Note: This post has been updated.
The North Carolina Coastal Federation is hosting a coastal economic summit in March, where it is set to unveil plans to use habitat restoration and aquaculture to bolster local economies, as well as explore other opportunities.
The summit, Sound Economic Development: Creating a Rising Economic Tide for the North Carolina Coast, will be held from March 22-23 at the N.C Museum of Natural Science in the Nature Research Center Bill G. Ross Jr. Environmental Conference Center.
The federation said its plan, titled the Strategic Plan for Creating a Robust Coastal Economy with Coastal Restoration, “emphasizes coastal habitat preservation, restoration and shellfish aquaculture as ways to improve and preserve the coast’s economic and environmental prosperity.”
The plan is also expected to incorporate low-impact development strategies and oyster restoration to keep coastal waters clean.
Among those expected to be in attendance to discuss the plan, are elected and appointed officials, academia, business, economic developers and other stakeholders.
Featured speakers on day one of the summit include Chris Chung, CEO of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, Tom Looney, a board member of the partnership, and Jason Gray, Senior Fellow at the North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center. At the conclusion of the first day, attendees can munch down on locally grown oysters prepared by five North Carolina restaurants at the Legislative Oyster Reception.
Day two of the conference will feature panels discussing topics including aquaculture, case studies and water quality.
The North Carolina Museum of History does not sponsor or endorse this event.