Newport, Ore – Registration closes soon for the upcoming inaugural Newport Ocean Observing Conference April 30 and May 1 in Newport, Oregon. The conference will highlight the growing economic and business development opportunities presented by the burgeoning marine research activities in Newport.
The conference is being hosted by the Yaquina Bay Ocean Observing Initiative, a partnership of scientists, business owners, local government personnel, and economic development interests who work to promote Newport as a critical hub for ocean observing activities and related economic development.
Newport is the fastest-growing center of marine research and education on the U.S. West Coast. This coastal town is the home of the Hatfield Marine Science Center, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Marine Operations Center – Pacific (MOC-P), a major portion of the NSF-funded Ocean Observatories Initiative, and a wave energy test site for the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center. Newport also serves at the gateway to the ocean for the world-class marine research conducted by nearby Oregon State University. Approximately $1 billion has been invested in marine research infrastructure in the Newport area and the nearby ocean in recent years.
The first day of the conference will highlight ongoing research and existing infrastructure supporting research in the region. Confirmed speakers will represent the Hatfield Marine Science Center, the National Science Foundation’s Ocean Observing Initiative, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Pacific Marine Operations Center, the local ports of Newport and Toledo, and businesses already located in the region that support marine research.
The second day of the conference will consist of tours of a range of relevant facilities, including the Hatfield Marine Science Center and its ship operations, the NOAA Pacific fleet headquarters, local ports, and the Hinsdale Wave Research Lab and Ocean Observatory Center at Oregon State University.
“The tours will allow participants to get a feel for the range of activities going on here, and to see first-hand the extensive infrastructure in our region that already supports marine research,” said John Lavrakas, President of Advanced Research Corporation in Newport and Co-chair of the meeting.
Tours are organized into thematic series. For example, Tuesday morning will be the Marine Infrastructure series, which will tour the NOAA MOC-P facility, Oregon State University’s Ship Operations, and the Ports of Newport and Toledo. Tour participants will learn about infrastructure capacity at all of these facilities, and receive briefings on facility operations, current technology, and relationships with local vendors.
The Marine Science Technology series will take place all day Tuesday, and include tours of MOC-P, OSU Ship Operations, the Hatfield Marine Science Center, and two critical facilities on the Oregon State campus in Corvallis: the Hinsdale Wave Lab and the Ocean Observatory Center. The Hatfield tour will be preceded by a short talk by OSU geologist Bill Chadwick entitled “Sensing the Ocean’s Floor: Present and Future.”
A third tour theme will be Facility Infrastructure, which will be held in an open house format at the conference hotel on Tuesday afternoon. Participants will be able to meet with representatives from the City of Newport, the City of Toledo, the Port of Newport, a Lincoln County planning representative, and a real estate agent. These individuals will provide information on infrastructure available in the region and plans for additional relevant facilities.
“The third series will answer any and all questions that attendees have about availability of real estate, quality of life, and other issues related to living or working in Lincoln County,” explained Caroline Bauman, executive director of the Economic Development Alliance of Lincoln County and co-chair of the conference.
“This is an exciting time in Newport, and we want to share our success with new potential partners and entice them to investigate business opportunities on the beautiful Oregon coast,” Bauman said.
Conference registration information is available on YBOOI’s web site at www.ybooi.org. The conference will be held at the Hallmark Resort and at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport. Conference sponsorships and vendor display opportunities are currently available. Contact John Lavrakas at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Current sponsors of the conference are the City of Newport; the City of Toledo, OR; the Ports of Newport and Toledo; Lincoln County; CoastCom; Charter Business; the Yaquina Bay Economic Foundation; the Economic Development Alliance of Lincoln County; and Advanced Research Corporation.Share on Facebook