October Infrastructure: regional plans, and the Blue Economy

In October the Infrastructure Committee discussed the 208 Wastewater Plan, a Regional Policy Plan, and the blue economy. The EPA has approved the 208 Wastewater Plan, which you can find on the Cape Cod Commission’s website. According to a meeting where the Commission summarized the report, all the solutions will be on a regional watershed […]

First Friday at MBL

Since Woods Hole is the site of the prestigious 6th International Oyster Symposium (the first time held outside the Far East), the Cape Cod Technology Council invited Roger Williams University Associate Professor of Marine Biology Dale Leavitt to speak at October’s First Friday Breakfast. We met at the Marine Biological Laboratory’s Swope Conference Center in […]

The science and technology of oysters

Previously only held in the Far East, the International Oyster Symposium came to Massachusetts in October, at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole and at the Sea Crest Beach Hotel in West Falmouth, MA. Past conferences, covering oyster science, industry, and culture, have been held in Japan, Taiwan, China, Tasmania, and Vietnam. In preparation for […]

July’s First Friday: buried treasure

In 2010 Tom Keyes and his wife bought an 1817 colonial in Sandwich – or at least he thought they did. At our First Friday Breakfast in July, Tom told us what he discovered about his house, and how it became an archeological site and topic of learning at Sandwich’s STEM program for middle schoolers. […]

Anne Marie Fallon: Paving the way for digital natives

Things have changed. College students today have not known life without Google, Skype and cellphones. As students change, campuses change with them. In 2013 Mass Maritime Academy created a new VP position, overseeing technology and library services. Cape Cod Technology Council board member Anne Marie Fallon filled that position as Vice President & CIO, IT Services. […]

Think global, invest local.

It’s not a bumper sticker (yet), but to think global and invest local is good financial practice according to First Friday speaker Michael A. Tyler, Chief Investment Officer of Eastern Bank Wealth Management Division. Michael began with an economic overview, saying the summer 2015 rebound was welcome, but it’s been choppy and erratic. The drivers of the […]

Technology and visual arts: John Sullivan at First Friday

For someone who thought of computers as glorified typewriters, John Sullivan has come a long way. “I’m probably the worst person to talk about technology,” John admitted at our August First Friday breakfast. “Technology and I are friends, but we fight.” John’s talk focused on how the field of visual arts has changed with the […]

First Friday: from table to farm

The topic for June’s First Friday was black soldier fly larvae, because who doesn’t want to hear about fly larvae over breakfast? As one student said, “they’re not a pest fly, so they won’t land on your sandwich.” Joseph Fisher, Ann Marie Luppino, and Jack Rogers, students in the Upper Cape Regional Tech’s Environmental Science […]

Dara Bryan: Building a community

Cape Cod Technology Council Board member Dara Bryan moved here four years ago for the summer, and liked it so much she came back the following spring in search of “a real career.” Not only did she find a career, she found a community. But it wasn’t easy. She discovered that there are two Cape […]

February Infrastructure: Housing

The Cape Cod Commission is working on an update of the regional policy plan – a “coherent set of regional planning policies and objectives to guide development throughout said Barnstable County and to protect the region’s resources.”  The plan has to be revised at least every five years. In the past, this committee has reviewed […]