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Coastal economy: Delaware's coastal economy is topic of UD 'Focus on the Delaware Coast' seminar

Coastal economy: Delaware's coastal economy is topic of UD 'Focus on the Delaware Coast' seminar

Delaware’s coastal economy will be the next topic in a series of seminars that focuses on coastal resource issues in Delaware.

The seminar will take place Friday, Dec. 7, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Virden Center at the University of Delaware’s Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes, Del. The event is hosted by the Delaware Sea Grant College Program and the Sussex Economic Development Action Committee (SEDAC).

Economic activity along southern Delaware’s coast, including the Inland Bays, generates $6.9 billion annually, according to a new report initiated by the Delaware Sea Grant College Program. Beach communities and surrounding areas support 59,000 jobs and $711 million in tax revenue, ranking the coast-related economy on par with agriculture among the state’s top industries. Coast-related activity generates more than 10 percent of the state’s total employment, taxes and business production.

The purpose of the half-day seminar is to share results of the recently completed study on Delaware’s coastal economy and to discuss importance of local linkages, issues, opportunities and challenges facing the coastal economy.