Supervisor Cox to Propose BlueTech Incubator
County Supervisor Greg Cox tomorrow will call for the creation of a BlueTech incubator as part of a maritime vision for the region. The maritime vision is being initiated by the County, the City of San Diego and the Port of San Diego to “promote San Diego as a leading global maritime technology center,” according to a resolution being voted on Tuesday by the Board of Supervisors. The City Council is expected to vote on the vision at their meeting tomorrow and a Port vote is expected in April. As part of that vision, the three agencies will partner to create a BlueTech incubator to create more jobs and businesses in water technology, aquaculture, underwater robotics and other related industries. “Our Blue Economy already includes 1,400 maritime-related companies with over 46,000 employees but we’re just scratching the surface of what we can do with it,” said Supervisor Cox. “A regional vision and a BlueTech incubator will help us realize the full potential of our Blue Economy.”
Supervisor Cox has championed the Blue Economy, with support from The Maritime Alliance. Last year, working with the Port, the Supervisor pushed for the temporary opening of a fishermen’s market at Seaport Village. He is working with State legislators on a bill that would allow for permanent fishermen’s markets and would promote locally caught seafood. The regional Maritime vision includes work by the private sector and governments, including military research grants and innovations supported by world-class organizations like the Hubbs-Seaworld Research Institute and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.