UMass receives grant to build coastal economy

Mar 6, 2019

The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth received a $150,000 grant from the Seaport Economic Council on February 27. UMass plans to use the grant to develop the Southeastern Massachusetts Marine Science and Technology Corridor. Over three years, the project will develop a plan and build support to diversify and expand economic opportunities from fishing and seasonal tourism industries to jobs in engine and turbine manufacturing, wind and hydro power generation, nautical systems manufacturing, and coastal water transportation technologies.

UMass was one of four educational institutions and six communities to receive a grant.

“Expanding capacity, resiliency, and opportunity in coastal communities will ensure the vitality of the Commonwealth’s maritime industry for years to come,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Our administration will continue to prioritize Massachusetts’ leadership in the global blue economy through the guidance of the Seaport Economic Council.”

Since the Council was launched in 2015, it has invested more than $39 million in projects designed to support coastal infrastructure.

“I want to thank the Baker-Polito Administration for supporting UMass Dartmouth and our region as we develop our blue economy corridor from Rhode Island to Cape Cod,” said UMass Dartmouth Chancellor Robert E. Johnson. “In awarding this grant, the Seaport Economic Council is demonstrating the Commonwealth’s commitment to an industry sector that can transform our economy.”