Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Gloucester's Blue Economy Gets State Boost

Gloucester Harbor is a unique and precious resource that is important today, and has tremendous potential for the future. Capturing that potential and strengthening current uses of the harbor undoubtedly requires careful planning and an inclusive conversation with the community.

Today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced more than $2.9 million in Seaport Economic Council Grants to support nine coastal communities projects including an award of $240,000 for Gloucester's maritime economic planning. #Gloucester is looking to capitalize on new opportunities in marine research and product development and will begin a planning process to update the Gloucester Harbor / DPA Master Plan, to reinforce its seafood industry base while taking into consideration the challenges of climate change and opportunities in the marine research and development sector and life sciences cluster.

This grant provides us with the needed funding to do those things, in a comprehensive and professional way and is the result of excellent collaboration at the state and local levels.