Massachusetts Governor Baker recently appointed Verrill Dana attorney Harlan Doliner to the newly established Seaport Economic Council. The duties and responsibilities of the Council include designing and implementing a statewide growth strategy for the maritime economic sector that includes clean energy. Governor Baker established the Council pursuant to Executive Order No. 564, which establishes the Council’s duties as follows:
- researching and monitoring economic activity in the local, national, and global maritime economy so as to make informed, up-to-date policy and funding recommendations to the Governor;
- using best available science and information regarding potential threats to coastal communities from rising sea levels and extreme weather events in order to evaluate and improve the sustainability and resilience of projects in which the Council invests;
- designing and implementing a statewide growth strategy for the maritime economic sector, including: trade, science and technology, recreation and tourism, clean energy, and the seafood industry;
- coordinating state agencies’ activities which are associated with coastal community planning and investment activities, with the aim to stimulate sustainable economic development and create jobs in the maritime economy sector as well as to protect coastal assets;
- designate, for investments across the maritime economic sector, capital funds authorized by the Legislature and allocated by the Governor to the Council;
- designate, for investments in resilient coastal infrastructure, capital funds authorized by the Legislature and allocated by the Governor to the Council; and
- reviewing state programs and regulations relating to the Commonwealth’s coastal communities and advising the Governor as to their effectiveness.
The Seaport Economic Council replaces the Seaport Advisory Council.
Harlan brings to the Council over 37 years of experience in practicing environmental, energy and maritime law. He is honored by this opportunity to advance Massachusetts’s clean energy policy as integral with the economic progress of its ports.