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February 1, 2022
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
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February Sigma Series - Offshore Wind & Hampton Roads: Opportunities for Leadership and Innovation

Tuesday, February 1, 2022

With a national target to deploy 30 GW of offshore wind by 2030, a new industry with great economic promise for Hampton Roads is growing. Dominion Energy’s Offshore Wind projects place Virginia in a position to be a leader of offshore wind development in the U.S. The Commonwealth is well-suited as a supply chain and innovation hub for this new industry with our best-in-class port infrastructure, a large and skilled maritime workforce, and competitive business climate. The opportunity from offshore wind, market drivers, the project pipeline on the East Coast, Virginia’s offshore wind advantages, and the effort to establish Hampton Roads as a hub of this new industry will be discussed.

Jerry Cronin leads the Open Seas initiative, an innovation hub focused on maritime and coastal issues. Jerry’s focus is to discover innovations, and then work with individuals and organizations to vet and develop viable enterprises. Jerry previously served as a Coast Guard officer. He has provided mentorship and consulting to companies globally. Jerry has a BS in Physics from the US Coast Guard Academy, with certificates in Leadership and Business Strategy from Cornell University.
 Matt Smith is Director of Offshore Wind for the Hampton Roads Alliance. He promotes Hampton Roads as a hub of the emerging East Coast offshore wind industry. Matt was previously a Senior Regional Planner at the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission Prior to his career in community development, Matt worked for a member of the U.S. House of Representatives and for a research and consulting firm. A native of Hampton Roads, Matt has an M.S. in Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Commonwealth University and a B.A. in American History from Washington and Lee University.

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