New Bedford mayor wants to create marine science collaborative
Mayor Jon Mitchell wants to capitalize on the city's natural affinity for the marine sciences by creating a collaborative institution that would bring together key research entities and commercial organizations from across the region, he said Friday.
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#1 Jun 2, 2012
The best outlook for New Bedford is to combine all the future projects together in one central location. Bringing together the environmental restoration of the six acre Palmer's Island, University of Massachusetts Marine Sciences Collaborative Institution and the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal together under one roof with the ocean wind turbine contractors who have an interest in both academia and industry.
The future New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal for building offshore wind turbines will consist of a 1200 foot bulkhead with deep-water access and roughly 20 acres of surface space. The total project with the Palmer's Island restoration would consist of 26 acres and include the UMass institution.
A project this size would put thousands of people to work in New Bedford and a plus for the taxpayers. Mayor Jon Mitchell is right : "The payoff would be very big ."
It's been a long time since October 20th 2010 when Gov Patrick announced the building of the New Bedord Marine Commerce Terminal. Many believe the governor went around to every city in the Commonwealth and promised anything just to get elected for the Nov 2 2010 election. The terminal was to be completed as of today.
Quote from 2010 election speech :‘The City That Lit the World,’” Patrick said.“Now, with this new terminal, and this first-in-the-nation project, New Bedford will once again begin to light the world, but this time with the clean, renewable energy resource of the 21st century – offshore wind.”
Elected officials, from the governor to city and town officials, and some Massachusetts citizens, spoke of jobs that casinos,train stations,marine aquarium, business zone,ocean passenger port,air port extensions etc on and on.
The truth is the past has been the politicians make a promise and the studies and financials take longer than they are in office- What has happened new in the past 30 years in New Bedford ? Nothing except a new super market with some part time work.
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