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Grads, you spoke and we listened! In 2018, portions of our monthly program sessions will be open to a limited number of alumni to support learning and development post-graduation.

The following drop-in opportunities are available for Wednesday, February 14 as part of our annual Economic Development Day. Both sessions will take place at the New Bedford Whaling Museum’s Harbor View Gallery, 18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, MA 02740

Panel Discussion with SouthCoast Economic Development Practitioners – 10:15-11:30 a.m.
For decades, economic development and economic opportunity have been framed on the national level in terms of policies that focus on either people or place, often with radical consequences. While locally, in application, there is always overlap and intersection; cities and towns do not have the luxury of separating where they are, from the people who live in them. However, more and more success is being measured by how well a place can enter and compete at a global level, stratifying the economic playing field in new ways. The juggernaut of globalization has fundamentally changed this playing field, and New Bedford and Fall River are both cities in transition between vibrant industrial pasts and uncertain global futures. It is clear that many decisions happening at the local level attempt to balance ways to attract people who have abundant choices with ways to help people who have few. In third-tier cities like NB and FR it is also clear that success will not fall on the doorstep and all solutions are “high-touch,” requiring an extraordinary level of cooperation, personal interaction, and giving back — all elements of strong leadership. The panel will explore some of these dynamics through the lens of three major topics areas: housing, workforce development, and entrepreneurship.

Esperanza Alejandro-Berube, Resident Services Manager for the New Bedford Housing Authority
Jeremiah Hernandez, Executive Director for EforAll SouthCoast
Alan Macomber, Historic Property Redeveloper and Principal of Commonwealth Landing
Charlie Merrow,CEO at Merrow Manufacturing & Merrow Sewing Machine Co.
Derek Santos, Executive Director of New Bedford Economic Development Council


Presentation by Ed Anthes-Washburn (LSC ’15) on the New Bedford Ocean Cluster – 2:30-3:30 p.m.
On September 21, leaders from the Greater New Bedford commercial fisheries, allied maritime industries, ocean research, tech sector and government officials gathered at the New Bedford Whaling Museum to witness the signing of a memorandum to create an official partnership between New Bedford Harbor Development Commission and the Iceland Ocean Cluster.

The New Bedford Ocean Cluster (NBOC) is the second of its kind to be established in the U.S. This exciting new partnership will officially make New Bedford part of a global network of Ocean Clusters, each committed to sharing knowledge and developing business opportunities for their member organizations. ImpactLABS executed an MOU with New Bedford’s Harbor Development Commission, committing ImpactLABS to serving as a core pillar of the New Bedford Ocean Cluster. NBOC will focus on the area’s natural strengths in the commercial fishing industry, fish processing, offshore renewable energy and the developing opportunities for traditional marine businesses in the burgeoning tech segments known as Blue Tech and the Internet of Things (IoT).

Ed Anthes-Washburn (LSC ’15), Port Director for the New Bedford Harbor Commission will tell us all about New Bedford’s new Ocean Cluster and the implications for economic development here on the SouthCoast.

Five spaces are available for each offering; contact Jennifer Downing to reserve your seat. Opportunities for drop-in sessions will be posted monthly in our 2018 newsletters. Registration is required and participation is on a first-come, first-served basis.

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