Capitol Hill Briefing on Coastal Economic Resiliency Planned

Jim Sharrow with the Duluth Seaway Port Authority will be one of three speakers on Capitol Hill on Sept. 21. Sharrow, director of port planning and resiliency, will speak about the port’s successful economic activities and his work with both the Wisconsin and Minnesota Sea Grant programs on the beneficial reuse of dredged material and finding answers to the issue of freshwater corrosion of steel structures in the harbor.

The briefing is open to the public and will focus on economic resiliency in the nation’s coastal communities. The projects Sharrow will describe provide examples of how coastal communities can rebound from negative human health, environmental and economic impacts.

Joining him will be speakers from the Gulf Coast and the West Coast who will offer their experiences and insight into factors that can help build and maintain coastal community resiliency. These speakers are Herb Malone, president and CEO of the Alabama Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Ian Jeffords, owner and general manager of Penn Cove Shellfish in Washington State.

The briefing is sponsored by the Sea Grant Association in cooperation with The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Capitol Visitor Center (SVC 201-00). Seating is limited. A “brown bag” lunch will be available. Please RSVP to by Sept. 16 to attend.