On a beautiful sunny day, 115 local chamber of commerce and business leaders recently got onboard a boat in Massachusetts for a 30-mile journey to tour America's first offshore wind project, the Block Island Wind Farm.
With offshore wind development growing along the eastern seaboard, it was a fun opportunity for chamber leaders to learn about the tremendous economic benefits this new industry offers.
In a tour organized Chambers for Innovation and Clean Energy and the National Wildlife Federation, chamber leaders learned about the benefits expected to accrue over the next decade to Massachusetts alone, including:
- 6,870 to 9,850 new jobs
- $1.4 to $2.1 billion in investment
- Economic opportunities for nearly 20 communities along the supply chain.
They also heard from several chamber colleagues. Check out the photos and quotes below.