At our Phase I celebration event on November 2, 2017 at the National Marine Life Center in Buzzards Bay, the Blue Economy team announced the launch of the Cape Cod Blue Economy Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit. The CC Blue Economy Foundation will broaden the scope of funding resources available to the Blue Economy Project. The inaugural Board of Directors includes John Pappalardo of the Cape Cod Commercial Fisherman's Alliance, Bert Talerman of Cape Cod Five, Attorney Eugene Curry, Jon Hagenstein of Beacon Marine, and Stephen Tom of Teleport Consulting.
The celebration included a gathering of about fifty supporters of the Blue Economy Project, and featured presentations from Carolyn Kirk, Deputy Secretary of Housing & Economic Development for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and Co-Chair of the Seaport Economic Council, National Marine Life Center Executive Director Kathy Zagzebski, Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce CEO Wendy Northcross, Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce Board Chairman Ken Smith, and Blue Economy Project Manager Leslie-Ann McGee. See the slide deck here. We previewed the Blue Economy Video, and got a snapshot of the upcoming Blue Economy Action plan, both slated for release by the end of November.
At the end of the presentations our guests enjoyed bites and beverages, and took tours of the National Marine Life Center.