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SDEP October Monthly Meeting

  • Tuesday, October 15, 2013
  • 11:30 AM - 12:59 PM
  • Rock Bottom Brewery - La Jolla
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Michael Jones

President of the Maritime Alliance


Promoting the Blue Economy & the Role of Maritime Technology Clusters 


$30 for members, $35 for non-members, add $5 if reservation is not received by 5pm the Friday before. Online registration will end at noon on the Monday before the event. Walk-ins with no reservation will be charged an extra $10 and be asked to wait until those with reservations are seated.


The San Diego maritime industry represents $14 billion of direct revenue and 46,000 jobs.  That makes it one of the largest industries in San Diego – bigger than telecom, biotech and other better known industries.  Michael will present “Promoting the Blue Economy & the Role of Maritime Technology Clusters” to explain the importance on the Blue Economy and the 14 Blue Tech sectors internationally and in San Diego.  He will also talk about the Marine Spatial Planning process that is being organized in San Diego.   

Speaker Information:

Michael Jones is President of The Maritime Alliance (tag line “Promoting Blue Tech & Blue Jobs”).  Launched in 2007, it organizes the San Diego maritime technology community (the largest concentrated cluster in the U.S. and probably in the world).  Its three primary goals are:  Economic Development; Workforce Development (including OceanSTEM); and Outreach to promote the maritime technology industry regionally, nationally and internationally.  TMA is collaborative – it is signatory to the first international coalition of maritime technology clusters; is working with over 60 local partners to promote OceanSTEM in SD County; supporting the SDSU “Troops to Engineers SERVICE Program” (one of the largest in the U.S.); is organizer of the Maritime Workforce Development Taskforce in San Diego to facilitate the entry of students and veterans into maritime related jobs; and TMA is supporting the San Diego Regional EDC effort to develop an national Unmanned Systems Center of Excellence in the region. 

The San Diego Maritime Industry Report 2012 (a first-of-its-kind economic impact study in the U.S.), which TMA co-sponsored with the SD Regional Economic Development Corporation and the SD Workforce Partnership) showed that the maritime industry is the largest industry concentration (excepting tourism and defense) in San Diego – larger than biotech, cleantech, software and telecom – with per annum growth of 6% to 20% projected through 2020 across 14 sectors.  There is a growing recognition at economic and political levels in San Diego of the importance of the Blue EconomyThe Maritime Alliance and ERISS Corporation were recently chosen by NOAA IOOS (Integrated Ocean Observing System) program office to prepare a first-ever study on the economic impact of the ocean observation sector in the U.S.

Michael was born in Germany and grew up in Arizona.  He earned a BA from the University of Arizona and an MA from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.  His graduate studies included a year in Bologna, Italy; a year at the Catholic University in Lima, Peru; and internships at the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna and the European Union headquarters in Brussels.  Michael speaks five languages and has traveled extensively.  



  • BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger
  • Southwest Chicken Pasta
  • Margherita Pizza (vegetarian)



Rock Bottom Brewery
8980 Villa La Jolla Drive
La Jolla, CA 92037 


Directions from the North: Take I-5 or I-805 S to La Jolla Village Dr. Turn right off the freeway onto La Jolla Village Dr. Make your first left on Villa La Jolla Dr. Turn right into Rock Bottom parking lot.

Directions from the South: Take I-5 or I-805 N to La Jolla Village Dr. Turn left off the freeway onto La Jolla Village Dr. Turn left on Villa La Jolla Dr. Turn right into Rock Bottom parking lot.

Members: please remember to login in with your email and password before registering to ensure you receive the member price!

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