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north shore blue
economy initiative

 In partnership with the UMASS Gloucester Marine Station, ECCF is proud to support the  North Shore Blue Economy initiative to capitalize on our region’s natural maritime strengths, assets and history and develop a regional blue economic development strategy.

In October 2019, ECCF hosted an Essex County Think Lab that convened more than 75 community leaders to learn about the North Shore Blue Economy initiative. Participants were invited to lend their local expertise in exploring the strengths and challenges currently impacting the sector. Their feedback will be used to help inform the vision and strategy for next steps of the initiative.


north shore blue economy news and media

Exploring the North Shore Blue Economy cover page

Vision Forward report, 2021

North Shore Blue Economy fact sheet

Phase 1 Executive Summary, 2021

Exploring the North Shore Blue Economy cover page

ECCF Think Lab report, 2019

North Shore Blue Economy fact sheet

NSBE Fact Sheet

North of Boston Business article, Dec. 2019 cover page

North of Boston Business, 2019

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Our view: Nurturing the Blue Economy

The Blue Economy is already a powerful economic engine for the country as a whole and Massachusetts in particular. But it needs continued investment — in time, attention and resources — to continue to grow.

Essex County Think Lab Focuses on North Shore Blue Economy

Gloucester, MA – Outside 33 Commercial Street in Gloucester, gray skies hang over Harbor Cove, where the sounds of a bustling luxury hotel next door and the smell of fish linger in the air. The cove, alive with activity, is home to many businesses that rely on the...

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“The North Shore Blue Economy initiative is an exciting opportunity to bring together the diverse perspectives of cross-sector leaders to focus a path toward sustainable economic development on the North Shore. “That means maintaining our maritime heritage and regional culture while creating jobs connected to the health of our ocean and coasts.”

– Dr. Katie Kahl, UMass Amherst Gloucester Marine Station

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