On Course for New Frontiers

On November 8, Rhode Island voters said “Yes” to Question 1, providing funds for a significant upgrade to URI’s Narragansett Bay Campus facilities and ensuring that Rhode Island continues its leadership role in the global Blue Economy.

Although the world-class faculty and students at the Bay Campus are at the cutting edge of important scientific research, the campus today operates with outdated buildings and laboratories.

Thanks to the support of Rhode Island voters, who approved a $45-million bond referendum in 2018, Phase I construction has begun. Now, our sights turn to Phase II, which promises transformational changes to the Bay Campus, including several new buildings and green spaces.

An aerial view of the bay campus with a research vessel in the foreground

30New businesses created since 2012 based on technologies first developed at URI
625%Return on investment to the state and its constituents
$824.6MStatewide economic activity generated in 2019

What is the Blue Economy?

The Blue Economy — which includes the defense industry, tourism, marine trades, fisheries, and soon, offshore wind — is a critical driver of the state’s economy, generating more than $5 billion every year. By 2030, that total is projected to double to $10 billion.

Our work at the Bay Campus helps create Rhode Island’s new Blue Economy jobs while protecting the health of our oceans and environment.

URI is a world leader in the Ocean Economy. Let’s keep it that way and create more jobs and economic growth by investing in the Narragansett Bay Campus.

We have a great team here, but unfortunately, they’re forced to work in outdated buildings and laboratories left over from the last century. Saying ‘Yes’ to Question 1 will make it possible to modernize and improve the facilities on URI’s Narragansett Bay Campus and position us to be a leader of Rhode Island’s ocean economy.
Robert Ballard, founder, Ocean Exploration Trust