The Blue & You: Understanding Our Blue Economy

Thursday, August 26, 2021 at 4:30pm to 5:30pm

Innovate Newport, Gymnasium 513 Broadway, Newport, RI 02840

This summer, 2021, Innovate Newport will host a program called “The Blue & You: Understanding Our Blue Economy.” Each week starting July 8, we will host an in-person event in which an audience can hear from experts in various sectors of The Blue Economy such as marine trades, defense, blue tech, tourism & recreation, offshore wind, and research/education.  
The speaker series will be held every Thursday from 4:30-5:30 p.m. (July 8-Aug. 26) in the gymnasium at Innovate Newport. This is a FREE event. Registration is required. 
Panelists & Registration Links Below: 
July 8: The Blue Ecosystem  

  • Judith Underwood; CEO of BLUE Institute Labs   
  • Pete Rumsey; Chief Business Development Officer URI Research Foundation 

July 15: Tourism & Recreation  

  • Evan Smith, President & CEO of Discover Newport 
  • Brad Read, Executive Director of Sail Newport. 

July 22: Research & Education  

  • Jen McCann, Director of U.S. Coastal Programs at URI 

July 29: Defense  

  • Molly Magee, Executive Director of Southeastern New England Defense Industry Alliance and Undersea Technology Innovation Consortium 
  • Dave Lussier, President of SEACORP 
  • Victor Ricci, Chief Technology Officer at Naval Undersea Warfare Center. 

Aug. 5: Offshore Wind  

  • Will Cotta, Offshore Wind Supply Chain Director; RI Commerce 
  • Dr. Drew Carey, CEO; Inspire Environmental 
  • Chris Waterson; General Manager; Waterson Terminal Services 

Aug. 12: Marine Trades  

  • Jay Coogan, President of IYRS School of Technology & Trades 
  • Evan Ridley, Director of Environmental Programs at Rhode Island Marine Trade Association  
  • Neal Harrell, President of Brooks Marine Group. 

Aug. 19: Blue Tech  

  • Christian Cowan, Executive Director; 401 Tech Bridge 
  • Annette Tonti, Managing Director; RI Hub 
  • Erik Brine, Executive Director; National Institute for Undersea Vehicle Technology 
  • Jason Kelly, Executive Vice President; Moran Shipping Agencies 

Aug. 26: Looking Ahead 

  • Toby Stapleton, Managing Director at TXX Strategies Group 
Event Type

Career / Job Fairs, Conferences / Meetings




Offshore Renewable Energy
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