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November 02, 2020
waterloop #59: Diane Durance on Growing the Blue Economy in North Carolina

Diane Durance is the Director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW). In this episode Diane explains that the term Blue Economy refers to a range of economic uses of ocean and coastal re...


Diane Durance is the Director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW).

In this episode Diane explains that the term Blue Economy refers to a range of economic uses of ocean and coastal resources including energy, shipping, fisheries, aquaculture, and tourism. She discusses efforts by UNCW to grow the Blue Economy in southeastern North Carolina by supporting entrepreneurs, attracting funding, forging partnerships, and encouraging companies to set up in the area. Diane talks about preparing students to enter the Blue Economy and providing jobs in areas such as marine engineering, biology, and biotech, as well as coastal resilience.

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