Sustainable Workforce Development Network

Building Sustainable Career Pathways

Design-A-Thon for the Blue Economy

In June 2019, the Institute held a Design-A-Thon for the Blue Economy at Innovate Newport in conjunction with the Institute’s Summit on the Blue Economy. We brought together leaders of the Blue Economy in New England – from CEOs, to Newport’s Mayor and academic institutions to engage in a deep exploration to shape the design of the Institute’s Sustainable Workforce Development Network (SWDN™). The key takeaway of the Design-A-Thon was the growing number of jobs in the emerging Blue Economy and the need to engage educators and educate young people about these career pathways.

Sustainable Workforce Development Network Survey User Design Experience


Blue Tech represents roughly 75% of the Earth footprint. Imagine what we can accomplish if we could develop the missing 50% capacity to address our Blue Tech promise and challenges.  We have an absolute opportunity for Chambers of Commerce, working with local professional associations and organizations (i.e. from Blue Tech) and local government business development agencies, to engage united in an educational career and workforce development outreach program with our High Schools and Higher Ed Institutions. Students have high aspirations, helping them recognize and identify paths knowing what local industry and government incentive programs are, can offer them the opportunity to help them develop their dreams and ultimately ignite local communities with much needed solutions to local challenges.  I look forward to staying engaged and helping this great workforce development initiative.

Anthony Baro, PowerDocks LLC. 


• Anthony Baro, PowerDocks LLC
Jamie Bova, Mayor of Newport
• Bridget Burger, Cape Cod STEM Network
• Hugh Dunn, SouthCoast Development Partnership
• Robert Rak, Bristol Community College
• Toby Stapleton, Salve Regina University
• Keith Stokes, WindWinRI
• Kersey Sturdivant, Inspire Environmental