Offshore Wind Industry Cluster
The Offshore Wind Industry Cluster is a regional priority due to seCTer’s award from USEDA for the Build Back Better Regional Challenge.
The Southeastern Connecticut Enterprise Region (seCTer) is the federally designated Economic Development Organization of the Economic Development District of southeastern Connecticut (EDD).
With seCTer as the lead institution, the Build Back Better Regional Challenge (BBBRC) coalition members will develop an Offshore Wind Industry Cluster (OWIC). When combined with existing strengths in defense-based advanced manufacturing, available industrial land, nationally recognized equitable workforce development, and top research and higher education facilities, the OWIC will catalyze and diversify the region’s economy to establish southern New England as the leading global center of Blue Economy.
The Hub and Spoke approach will center in the EDD, with a spoke in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and will provide opportunities to collaborate in Phase 2 with Rhode Island and Massachusetts on integration across their respective Blue Economy initiatives.