USM launches Gulf Blue Initiative

Powering the blue economy, University of Southern Mississippi unveils an innovative project to advance economic development and coastal resilience.

The launch of Gulf Blue helps place Mississippi on the global scale for blue economy related work.

With this new initiative, USM is opening the door for higher paying jobs, student employment, and a future for marine, engineering, science, and prototyping careers here in Mississippi.

USM and partnering organizations across the Coast hope Gulf Blue will leverage our geographic location, attract related companies here and compete with other hubs of innovation across the globe. USM President Dr. Rodney Bennett said, “I could not be more excited that this body of work has brought us here this evening. To unveil the framework for critical blue economy initiatives that will continue to propel the Mississippi Gulf Coast into its transformative future.”

The historic Gulf and Ship Island building in Gulfport is the facility for the new Gulf Blue Initiative and features connected space for blue tech innovators and a work place for startup blue tech companies.

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