We’re mapping and connecting the supply chain that supports the emerging Offshore Alternative Renewable Energy industry in the US. Who should care and participate?
Businesses Seeking Growth
If you’re involved in any way in the existing maritime or energy sectors, offshore alternative renewable energy is a huge opportunity. We get you knowledgeable, connected and in front of the people driving the industry. In effect we become part of your business development team.
Prime and Sub-Contractors
If you’re up the food chain and need to buy quality goods and services, the risk of bad information and poor transparency is crucial in terms of being on time, to spec and in budget. In effect we become part of your program and risk management efforts.
If you’re a city, town, county, region or state along the coast of the U.S., you need the information to determine how to grow jobs. In effect we become part of your economic development team.
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Chesapeake, VA – The Hampton Roads Innovation Collaborative (former HR Tech Council) announces their agreement to host Porous City, a test lab for sea-level rise solutions.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration warns that Hampton Roads, anchored by Norfolk, is at the greatest risk from sea-level rise for a metro area its size, save for New Orleans. The City of Norfolk has commissioned several detailed studies in the past which have quantified the hazards and identified solutions. These studies form a robust basis for further detailed discussion about best solutions and implementation strategies.
The Virginia chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) hosts an Emerging Leaders in Architecture (ELA) program. ELA is a year-long program aimed at providing young designers with the knowledge and tools required to be thoughtful leaders and engaged citizens.
The AIA Virginia’s 2015 ELA class has created Porous City. Porous City is an on-line public collaboration for architects, engineers, developers, and inventors to share their ideas about the built environment and how it can be resilient in the face of sea-level rise. From this collaboration platform, knowledge can be shared about implementations, best practices, as well as financing options. The platform will draw expert opinion from across the U.S. and internationally, and will function as a resource to policy makers and private businesses seeking council on building and infrastructure issues related to sea-level rise and resiliency.
Alejandro J. Medina, ELA class member and architect at Clark Nexsen, said, “The ELA class effort was a great start, we needed to find the right organization to host our efforts and carry it forward.”
HRIC’s president Dan Bell stated, “The Hampton Roads Innovation Collaborative supports innovation of all forms in our region and sea-level rise actions are part of our regional innovation efforts.” Bell added, “We talk about growing our regional economy, but there are serious implications to people and businesses leaving. We have to build resilience into our region to overcome these challenges.”
Sea-level rise solutions do not need to be limited to an expense upon our region. With the area’s manufacturing expertise and the vitality of the port it can become an export business. Medina went on to add, “The goal is to turn sea-level rise from an expense into an economic opportunity.”
The Porous City Test Lab welcomes architects, engineers, fabricators, cities officials and investors to participate and determine feasible solutions.
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Unmanned Vehicle Systems in VA
Virginia offers a number of competitive advantages for UMS firms: a stable and friendly regulatory environment, a unique geography with ample testing locations, a plethora of civil business and existing technology firms, an ample and well-trained workforce, and a host of educational institutions conducting advanced research and training the next generation of industry leaders. Read more.
Virginia Unmanned Systems Commission
Governor Terry McAuliffe signed Executive Order 43, establishing the Virginia Unmanned Systems Commission to bring public and private sector experts together to make recommendations on how to make Virginia the national leader in unmanned systems.
“Capitalizing on Virginia’s advantages in the unmanned systems industry is key to building a new Virginia economy,” said Governor McAuliffe. “This executive order will lay the foundation for my administration’s efforts to make this Commonwealth the world’s leader in unmanned systems and seize the enormous economic opportunities that accompany growing this industry.
The Virginia Unmanned Systems Commission will be a key asset in charting the way forward to grow this industry and create new, good jobs and economic opportunities across the Commonwealth.
Virginia Unmanned Systems
We are home to many of the top universities in the country, many of which offer advanced courses in Unmanned Systems (UMS), cyber security, software design, legal services, science and research, and robotics- everything your UMS company needs to succeed. Our workforce includes the high-tech skills found in our Northern Virginia Technology Corridor, experienced veterans returning to civilian life from our many defense installations, and leading edge research performed at our universities and local federal laboratories.
Virginia’s business environment is designed to help your business grow. Virginia provides superb access to hubs of innovation and to air/land/sea testing areas within close proximity to customers in both the private and public sectors. We provide an excellent manufacturing environment with easy access to transportation and family-friendly quality of life and cost of living.