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Expo News: Innovation station
Source: National Fisherman
11-17-2020 | News
By Peter Steinbrueck
Imagine a place where maritime industry partners work to adopt advanced technologies, stimulate entrepreneurship, promote knowledge transfer, incubate businesses and advance workforce development.
At or around the third quarter of 2022, you won’t have to imagine it. It will be a reality at the Port of Seattle’s Fishermen’s Terminal, where planning and design are underway for the Maritime Innovation Center, or Minc.
The Minc will be located in the former Seattle Ship Supply building, which has been vacant for two decades. The port is working with architecture firm Miller Hull to design a building that will meet the requirements of the Living Building Challenge, a green building certification program and sustainable design framework.
The Minc is part of a partnership between the Port of Seattle, the Washington State Department of Commerce and other partners, called Washington Maritime Blue. The goal is to ensure that the state of Washington is home to a world-class, thriving and sustainable maritime industry through 2050 and beyond.
Although the Minc isn’t built yet, programming is underway. In December 2019, the port announced its first cohort of 11 companies participating in the Maritime Blue Innovation Accelerator Program.