AltaSea Presents: Where Economic Development Meets Ocean Sustainability

August 12, 2020 at 1:00pm

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AltaSea will be hosting a dialogue on the convergence of the ocean economy and sustainability from a local, national and global perspective. This discussion will be focused on investing in zero-emissions technology and infrastructure, fighting climate change, and creating good-paying green jobs.

It will also look at how to measure the size and changing nature of economic relationships with the oceans and coasts in order to guide choices and monitor progress including the economics of climate change adaptation in coastal regions.

The “Ocean Economy,” the first new job category designated by the LA County Economic Development Corporation in LA in over 10 years, provides over 660,000 direct jobs and over $143 billion of total economic output in the state.


  • Hon. Nanette Diaz Barragán, US Congressmember, 44th District
  • Tim McOsker, CEO, AltaSea
  • Jason Scorse, Associate Professor; Program Chair, International Environmental Policy; Director, Center for the Blue Economy at Middlebury Institute of International Studies


  • Val Zavala, multi-Emmy award-winning journalist

AltaSea & LAEDC: Latest cutting-edge tech companies are all wet

Recorded Thursday, July 16 at 10:00am

Tim McOsker, AltaSea’s CEO, will be joined by the LAEDC CEO, Bill Allen, for the July 16 webinar. Allen has been active in regional economic development for over 20 years, and as CEO of the LAEDC, he led the effort in February 2020 to designate the Ocean Economy as a new category of jobs in Los Angeles – the first addition in over a decade. The LAEDC and AltaSea’s Economic Report on the Ocean Economy states that this new economic engine will support more than 126,000 direct jobs and pay wages upwards of $37.7 billion by 2023 in LA County alone.

Rounding out the group of panelists on July 16 will be the founders of two of the most innovative ocean tech companies in LA – Holdfast Aquaculture and Blue Robotics.

  • Rusty Jehangir, founder and CEO of Blue Robotics. Blue Robotics has developed the first professional quality underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) at a price point that’s accessible to all users, not just giant oil and gas companies. Blue Robotics currently tests its ROVs and other technological innovations at AltaSea, which provides a rare secure, quiet place to access the water.
  • Kelly Stromberg, co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Holdfast Aquaculture. Holdfast produces top-quality seed for bivalves, including mussels, clams, oysters, and seaweeds, which act as nature’s own filtration systems, keeping our oceans clean and providing a healthy, local, and scalable source of food. Holdfast’s products promote sustainable aquaculture, and tap into a growing market for these superfoods.

Moderating the July 16 event will be the multi-Emmy award-winning journalist, Val Zavala. Zavala spent 30 years as a broadcast journalist at KCET in Los Angeles, winning numerous journalism awards. During her career, Zavala has covered a broad spectrum of Southern California issues, including politics, the environment, and the economy.

AltaSea, Milken Institute & Santa Monica College: Mobilizing an Ocean Economy Workforce in California

Recorded Friday, July 17 at 11:00am

Tim McOsker, AltaSea’s CEO, will be joined by:

  • Matt Horton, director of public policy for the Milken Institute. Horton has an extensive history in addressing economic growth and resiliency across Southern California. His current role at the Milken Institute involves interacting with government officials and business leaders in developing and directing statewide programming and policy initiatives.
  • Dr. Patricia Ramos, Dean of Workforce & Economic Development at Santa Monica College. The college has transferred more students to the University of California campuses than any other college in the country for 28 straight years. Additionally, SMC has transferred more LatinX and African Americans to the Cal State schools than any other California community college. Through Patricia’s work, Santa Monica College has transformed into an engine for talent development across critical industries in the Greater Los Angeles area and has shown to have a significant impact in the region’s economy.

The July 17 webinar will be moderated by David Abel, publisher of The Planning Report and chairman of the VerdeXchange. The Planning Report is the preeminent trade publication that engages Southern Californian leaders in substantive debate about urban planning, growth, design, and public infrastructure investment for the past three decades. VerdeXchange hosts an annual conference comprised of green tech and blue economy entrepreneurs and industry leaders to discuss sustainable practice and ways to advance the new energy economy.