Report title: Charting the Course: A Regional Assessment of the Marine Science and Technology Sector in Southeastern New England

Author(s): Michael Goodman, David Borges, Elise Rapoza, Michael McCarthy,
Mashiat Amreen, Salvador Balkus, Evan Gendreau, and Robert Stickles

Report date: November 2019

Sponsor: Economic Development Administration

Issue areas: technology, economic development, marine science, offshore wind, regional planning, workforce assessment

Summary & key findings: In 2018, UMass Dartmouth and two regional planning agencies (RPAs)—the Southeastern Massachusetts Planning & Economic Development District and the Cape Cod Commission—were awarded an EDA grant to facilitate the development of a “Marine Science and Technology Corridor.” This project was designed to be a 3-year initiative coordinated under the direction of the UMass Dartmouth, in collaboration with the RPAs, Chambers of Commerce, colleges and universities, businesses in the marine industry, and others.

The project is broken out into three, year-long phases. The execution of a comprehensive study of the MST sector is the first phase, the results of which are summarized in this document. This work attempts to lay the foundation for the second phase of this project, which is expected to include the development of a strategic plan. The original project proposal called for year three and beyond to be devoted to implementation and the development of funding mechanisms to make the larger initiative self-sustaining beyond the life of the EDA-funded portion of the project.

This initiative is premised on the idea that the region has not benefited economically from the extraordinary success of the Greater Boston innovation economy as evidenced by its ongoing struggle to contend with higher unemployment, lower income and wages, and lower educational attainment levels as compared to the state of Massachusetts as a whole. This report documents that the Southeastern New England region has unique strengths in Blue Economy sectors and a relatively high concentration of activity in Marine Science and Technology (MST) fields. A central goal of the initiative is to build on these strengths to create more well-paying jobs and increase the overall prosperity of the region and its communities. Accordingly, our research and the implications that are drawn from it are designed to help regional leaders craft an effective strategy for closing the regional performance gap and creating meaningful economic opportunities for the region’s people, businesses, and communities.

For a discussion of the implications and a full summary of the results, see the link below.

Report link: Access the report here.