SouthCoast Blue Economy Corridor Initiative update set for June 28

Updated at 1:40 p.m.

NEW BEDFORD – Reps. William Richard Keating, D-Mass., and Joseph Patrick Kennedy III, D-Mass., along with SouthCoast Development Partnership officials, will visit the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth’s School for Marine Science and Technology for a Blue Economy Corridor Initiative update on June 28.

Keating and Kennedy are scheduled to speak. The session will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at the SMAST building at 706 South Rodney French Blvd.

The UMass Dartmouth Public Policy Center will give an update on the comprehensive regional marine science and technology cluster analysis. According to a news release, “To date, nothing of this scale has been executed along the Atlantic coast.” The project is funded by the U.S. Economic Development Administration.

UMass Dartmouth will head up industry activities, including building a global presence, as well as form alliances and partnerships, and drive research and job creation.

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The event’s agenda includes updates on the Vineyard Wind Project; New Bedford Waterfront Development and Ocean Cluster; and Brayton Point Redevelopment. SouthCoast Development Partnership Executive Director Hugh Dunn will speak on lessons learned from national and international blue-economy clusters.

Registration may be made by emailing Dunn at

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect a change in the location of the Blue Economy Corridor Initiative update to the UMass Dartmouth School for Marine Science and Technology.

Susan Shalhoub is a PBN contributing writer.