On Thursday, March 6, 2014 the NADO Research Foundation and the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) hosted an informative webinar about the Sustainable Working Waterfronts Toolkit. The webinar walks attendees through the website which contains information, data, and tools that individuals, communities, and governments at all levels can use to develop, inform, and enhance their sustainable working waterfront initiatives.
The fifth in a series of free webinars about various data tools developed with support from EDA, the toolkit is a web-based resource that contains a wealth of information about the historical and current use of waterfront space; the economic value of working waterfronts; and legal, policy, and financing tools that can be used to preserve, enhance, and protect these valuable areas. The Toolkit features case studies of successful working waterfront initiatives from communities around the country. Sharing this information with stakeholders – including waterfront businesses and industry, waterfront landowners, economic development districts, users and residents, and planners and governments – is an essential first step towards increasing knowledge, awareness, and implementation of the range of tools and options that are available.
The National Working Waterfront Network increases the capacity of coastal communities and stakeholders to make informed decisions, balance diverse uses, ensure access, and plan for the future of working waterfronts and waterways. Working waterfronts are waterfront lands, waterfront infrastructure, and waterways that are used for a water-dependent activity, such as ports, small recreational boat harbors, fishing docks, many more locations where people use and access the water. The Network consists of municipalities, state and federal agencies, nonprofits, universities, Sea Grant programs, businesses, industry associations, and individuals dedicated to supporting and enhancing our nation’s working waterfronts and waterways. Network partners provide access to the historical, economic, financial, and policy information and resources they need to address issues at the local, state, regional, and national level. They also maintain and strengthen a diverse network of partners who collaborate internally and act as liaisons to their stakeholders and communities.
The webinar presenters were:
- Stephanie Showalter Otts, Director of National Sea Grant Law Center at the University of Mississippi School of Law
- Hugh Cowperthwaite, Fisheries Project Director at Capital for Opportunity and Change
- Bob Swett, Associate Professor at the University of Florida’s School of Forest and Resource Conservation
- Brian Kelsey, NADO’s Director of Economic Development, moderated.