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Blue Convergence

As part of the Alliance for the Blue Economy sponsored All Blue Week in November 2021, globally recognized futurist Deb Westphal conducted a series of ‘Convergence’ interviews to facilitate local leadership investment in the Blue Economy.  See the Convergence conversation with Glenn Anderson, the Board Chair of Cape Fear Ocean Labs.  CFOL is a nonprofit dedicated to…

What are the Blue Economy and Blue Tech?

“Although the term “blue economy” has been used in different ways, it is understood here as comprising the range of economic sectors and related policies that together determine whether the use of oceanic resources is sustainable.” – World Bank  The blue economy includes many different activities, including: renewable energy, fisheries, maritime transport, tourism, and defense…

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The Blue Economy Ecosystem in the U.S.

Wilmington, due to it’s proximity to the ocean, has a strong Blue Economy.  However,  the region currently has no economic development programs focused on growing its Blue Economy. The UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) has recently started  a blue focused program, still in its formative stage. Cape Fear Ocean Labs grew out of…