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March 10, 2015 | Katie Mosher


Katie Mosher, 919-515-9069,

Posted Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Updated March 18, 2015, to note that evening reception will be held at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences Nature Research Center.

View of Rachel Carson Reserve, Taylor's Creek and Beaufort.

Speakers will discuss opportunities to connect communities, the coast and the economy. Photo by Brandon Puckett.

North Carolina’s Coastal Conference on April 14 will provide lively discussions and perspectives from a mix of leading university researchers, government officials from the federal, state and local levels, and leaders of nonprofits and industry.

“We are honored to have distinguished experts from so many arenas coming together to discuss critical coastal issues,“ notes Susan White, North Carolina Sea Grant executive director.

Sponsored by the University of North Carolina system and hosted by North Carolina Sea Grant, the event will include panels and discussions at NC State University’s McKimmon Center from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. A reception that evening at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences Nature Research Center will include demonstrations of new tools and technology for those who work and live at the coast.

The morning opening session will include remarks by NC State Chancellor Randy Woodson. The plenary panel will include Rebecca Tippett, director of Carolina Demography at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, who will note population changes that have occurred and are expected in coastal counties. Also, Phil Prete, senior environmental planner in Wilmington, will discuss challenges for a coastal city, while David Eggleston, director of NC State’s Center for Marine Sciences and Technology will share the range of research topics and partnerships in the state.

Throughout the day, six other panels will include a range of topics and speakers, including two members of Gov. Pat McCrory’s cabinet.

The evening reception will include remarks by Majority Leader Harry Brown of the North Carolina Senate, UNC President Tom Ross and Emlyn Koster, director of the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, as well as a the demonstrations of tools and technologies. Shannon Vickery of UNC-TV will serve as emcee.

Registration is required for North Carolina’s Coastal Conference: There is a $30 fee for attending the panels and discussion. There is no cost to attend the reception, but registration also is required for the evening program.

For more information, go to The draft agenda is available here.


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