Rhode Island Innovates 2.0 was released at the state’s economic development strategy in 2020 and clearly focused on the Blue Economy as the largest opportunity. The state’s geographical characteristics are a critical component, but the ecosystem which includes industry, academia and government partners now have the tools to take advantage of our natural resources, build a workforce pipeline and accelerate our economic growth.
Christian Cowan; COO; URI Research Foundation
4-5 p.m.: Presentation & Q&A
5-5:30 pm.: Networking
“The Blue & You: Understanding Our Blue Economy” summer speaker series will run for a second year in a row. These educational sessions, led by panels of experts, are offered to the general public. Considering Rhode Island has 400 miles of coastline, the blue economy has always been a vital component of the state and Greater Newport’s economy. In recent years, there has been a renewed focus on redefining the term and reenergizing efforts around making Rhode Island a regional hub for blue economy and blue tech. These sessions provide information that will help residents understand what the blue economy is and how it impacts them.