Trying to gauge NOAA’s effects on job growth potential in Lincoln County, the Yaquina Bay Ocean Observing Initiative (YBOOI) is holding a regional conference at the end of April in Newport, gathering marine science and related industries for an opportunity to dream out loud about the area’s economic future.
Topics include the current state of major marine research on the Oregon Coast and beyond, as well as scientific and support services that come with it. Presenters include Hatfield Marine Science Center, NOAA, Oregon State University, National Science Foundation’s Ocean Observatories Initiative and the Ports of Newport and Toledo.
The Keynote Speaker on April 30th is Dr. Rick Spinrad, VP of Research at Oregon State University Corvallis. Spinrad also served as Assistant Administrator for research for NOAA in Washington, D.C. Dr. Spinrad directs OSU’s $300 Million research program as well as the institution’s activities in commercialization, corporate development and research integrity.
On May 1st, comprehensive tours of the Hatfield Marine Science Center, NOAA Pacific Fleet Headquarters and the Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory at Oregon State University. Conference attendees will enjoy a deep, up close understanding of these facilities and for their potential to spin off a wide array of technological and service business opportunities in the region.
Any and all local business owners or executive who would like a ring-side seat at the conference and on the tours to learn about business and industrial opportunities that are emerging in the Newport area should plan to attend the inaugural Newport Ocean Observing Conference, April 30th through May 1st in Newport at the Hallmark Resort as well as the Hatfield Marine Science Center. Registration information is available on line at www.ybooi.org
The conference is sponsored by the City’s of Newport and Toledo, Charter Business, Economic Development Alliance of Lincoln County and Advanced Research Corporation. Additional sponsorships are available by contacting John Lavrakas at JLavrakas@OceanArc.com