Investments in coastal habitat preservation, restoration and shellfish aquaculture can help increase and protect the long-term economic prosperity of North Carolina’s coastal communities. This will be the topic of a professional, two-day summit organized by the North Carolina Coastal Federation March 22 and 23 in Raleigh, N.C.
Titled Sound Economic Development: Creating a Rising Economic Tide for the North Carolina Coast, the summit will convene elected and appointed officials, academia, businesses, economic developers and other stakeholders to discuss and learn about opportunities for oyster and coastal environmental restoration as an economic development strategy for North Carolina. The recently-developed Strategic Plan for Creating a Robust Coastal Economy with Coastal Restoration will be presented at the event. This plan outlines an economic development strategy for the coast that:
1) Builds upon and enhances the state’s coastal environmental assets,
2) Provides sustainable and improved economic opportunities and quality of life, and
3) Ensures the sustainability of our coastal ecosystems, economies and communities.
The Legislative Oyster Reception, featuring locally grown oysters, five restaurants from across the state preparing signature dishes and professional exhibits for lawmakers and summit participants, will be held on Wednesday, March 22, as part of the event.