U.S. Economic Development Administration has awarded a $500,000 grant to the state Department of Commerce to support Maritime Blue 2050, a statewide vision for creating and expanding the sustainable ocean industry and technology cluster.

“Washington’s maritime industry strengthens communities all over the state by employing a diverse workforce of nearly 70,000,” says Commerce Director Brian Bonlender. “Our goal is to build on that by creating a green, efficient, sustainable maritime sector that will serve as a model for the rest of the country.”

Every segment of the state’s $37.8 billion maritime sector will be affected by technological advances in coming years, so leaders in government, research, businesses and academic communities are working together to capitalize on prime opportunities through innovation.

The Marine Blue 2050 project has three main objectives:

  • Set the course for sustainable maritime industry innovation.
  • Support strong blue tech cluster coordination, forming strategic alliances, growth in trade, and increased jobs.
  • Support development of the Washington Maritime Innovation Center at the Port of Seattle, in partnership with the Port of Seattle and the University of Washington’s Applied Physics Lab.

Every federal dollar from this grant is matched with state and local funds.