- 5 Take-aways (Summary blog)
- Ocean Frontiers III Film: Youtube link
- Working Port Report: Full report (PDF)
- Working Port Idea Exchange PowerPoint Slides: Full slide deck (PDF)
- Photo Gallery from the Working Port Symposium: Facebook link
January 23rd – January 24th 2018
Boston’s waterfront is undergoing an historic redevelopment boom. Boston’s Designated Port Areas (DPAs) are experiencing increasing pressure to be developed for commercial, recreational and residential uses. As a decades-long champion of the working port, Boston Harbor Now has been working on a comprehensive white paper that examines the current state of Boston’s working waterfront, the regulatory structure that governs Designated Port Areas, and provides a series of comparable regional and international case studies.
A two-day idea exchange is scheduled in conjunction with the release of the Innovation in Boston’s Working Port report. Our goal is to achieve broader public-private consensus on the necessary steps to build a 21st century Harbor and, in doing so, create a Boston’s working port that is increasingly innovative, climate-resilient, and economically viable.
Day 1: Jan. 23rd, 2018
Ocean Planning Film and Expert Panel (6:00pm – 8:30pm)
- Screening of Ocean Frontiers III at New England Aquarium
- Expert Panel
Day 2: Jan. 24th, 2018
Working Port Cruise $15.00 (10:00am – 12:00pm)
- Harbor Industry Expert-led Harbor Tour
Working Port Idea Exchange $25.00 (1:30pm – 6:00pm)
- White Paper Executive Summary
- Maritime Expert Panel
Day 1: Tuesday, January 23, 2018
“Ocean Frontiers III” Screening & Panel
New England Aquarium, 1 Central Wharf, Boston, MA 02110
6:00pm – 8:30pm
Join us for a special screening of Ocean Frontiers III at the New England Aquarium. This award winning film series explores the challenges at the heart of ocean conservation and development, presenting solutions from a range of people who are leading the way to a healthy and sustainable ocean future. The film will be followed by a panel conversation from area maritime experts.
This special film screening is in partnership with Boston Harbor Now, Green Fire Productions and the New England Aquarium. This event is free and open to the public.
- 6:00pm – guest reception
- 6:30pm – introductions & Ocean Frontiers III film screening
- 7:30pm – panel discussion + audience Q&A on the new Northeast ocean action plan
Ocean Planning Experts Panel
- Mark Cutter – Assistant Branch Chief, Waterways Management, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Boston
- Bruce Carlisle – Director, Massachusetts Coastal Zone Management
- Emily Shumchenia, PhD – Marine Scientist, Northeast Ocean Data Portal Working Group
- Randall Lyons, CMM– Executive Director, Massachusetts Marine Trades Association
- Moderator, Bud Ris — Senior Advisor, Green Ribbon Commission, former CEO New England Aquarium
Day 2: Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Working Port Cruise
A two-hour narrated cruise of the four inner-harbor Designated Port Areas. This ticketed tour will depart from Rowes Wharf, head down to the South Boston Designated Port Area, across and up the Harbor to the East Boston DPA, hug the waterfront through the Chelsea Creek DPA, and wrap up in the Mystic River DPA. The boat will drop passengers off at Commonwealth Pier in the Seaport.
- Lisa Berry Engler – Assistant Director, MA Office of Coastal Zone Management
- Richard McGuinness — Deputy Director for Climate Change and Environmental Planning, Boston Planning and Development Agency
- Andrew Hargens — Deputy Director Real Estate Development, Massport
- Fred Laskey — Executive Director Massachusetts Water Resources Authority
- Ryan Cox — Vice President at Boston Line & Service, President Propeller Club of Boston
- Marty McCabe — Boston Harbor Pilots, VP Propeller Club of Boston
- Magdalena Ayed — Executive Director, Harborkeepers
- Steve Dodge — Executive Director, API Mass Petroleum Council
- Shelagh Mahoney — CEO and Owner, Eastern Salt
- Carol Churchill — Communications Manager at ENGIE North America
- Captain Claudia Gelzer — Captain of the Port, United States Coast Guard
Working Port Idea Exchange
Exchange Conference Center at Fish Pier, 212 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210
1:30pm – 6:00pm $25.00
Welcome & Introductions
Welcome remarks by
Tom Glynn, CEO Massport
Carolyn A. Kirk, Deputy Secretary, Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Bruce Carlisle, Director Massachusetts Coastal Zone Management
Executive Summary of Innovation in Boston’s Working Port Report
Kathy Abbott, President & CEO Boston Harbor Now.
To plan the future of Boston’s working port, we must have a better understanding of Boston Harbor now! We have invited speakers from around the Harbor to address the challenges Boston’s working port is facing. Each speaker is allowed 8 slides shown for 40 seconds each. By the end of the first hour you will have a working knowledge of Boston Harbor today.
- Andrew Hargens – Deputy Director, Real Estate Development, Massport
- Roseann Bongiovanni – Executive Director, Greenroots
- Dan Adams – Founding Principal at Landing Studio
- Jake Citrin – CEO, Cargo Ventures
- Mia Mansfield – Climate Ready Boston Program Manager, City of Boston Office of Environment, Energy and Open Space
- Tiffany Skogstrom – Outreach and Policy Coordinator, Massachusetts Office of Technical Assistance (OTA)
- Moderator, Jamie Fay — Founder and President of Fort Point Associates
National and Regional Maritime Expert Panel
The second panel will include a conversation with thought leaders focused on the opportunities for growth in Boston’s working port and a guide to building a 21st-century Harbor.
- Moderator, Bruce Mohl — Editor, Commonwealth Magazine
- Ammar Kanaan – President, Kanaan Consulting focused on global maritime trends
- Bill Needelman – Waterfront Coordinator, City of Portland ME
- Jamie Torres Springer — Partner, HR&A Advisors, Inc.
- Austin Becker, PhD — Assistant Professor of Coastal Planning, Policy, and Design University of Rhode Island
Board Chairman, Boston Harbor Now
Attendees, panelists, and presenters are invited to a post-conference wrap up reception. This is an excellent opportunity to make new connections, network, and continue conversations offline.