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Working Waterfronts: Trends and Tools for Improved Management
Working waterfronts are integral to economies and cultures, yet it can be challenging for communities to achieve the right balance of uses--especially when those uses conflict. The challenge of managing working waterfronts is complicated by factors such as climate change, limited financial resources, and a lack of public access and engagement.

In this dedicated session, the National Working Waterfronts Network will bring together a geographically diverse panel of experts in economics, planning, climate resiliency, and public engagement. These experts will share best practices, emerging trends, and useful tools for those involved in waterfront management and planning.

In particular, the session will present:
(1) tools available to understand the economic value of working waterfronts;
(2) examples of the ways in which offshore wind is shaping waterfront development and use of waterways in the northeastern United States;
(3) strategies for balancing public/recreational access while maintaining safe working waterfronts;
(4) examples of planning for climate resilience in working waterfronts, with a focus on communities in the Gulf of Mexico; and
(5) tools to reduce stakeholder conflicts related to working waterfronts.
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