Wednesday, September 29
Algae and the Economy: Rural Job Development
Keynote and Plenary Sessions
Wednesday, September 29
12:10 pm - 1:30 pm
Moderator: Chris Cassidy, Renewable Energy Advisor, United States Department of Agriculture
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  • Mark Brodziski (Speaker) Deputy Administrator, USDA, Rural Business-Cooperative Service
  • Bren Smith (Speaker) Regenerative Ocean Farmer and Owner, Thimble Island Ocean Farm
  • Ryan Hunt (Speaker) Chief Technology Officer, ALGIX, LLC
  • Stephen Gomez (Speaker) Asst. Prof. and Dept. Chair, Santa Fe Community College (Algae-based Bioeconomy Workforce Development and Education at Santa Fe Community College)


The algae industry has a particularly important potential for rural communities, as many algae production facilities and operations are in rural areas. Growing the algae industry will help create more rural and agricultural jobs - everything from operators, engineers and scientists to accountants, marketers and logistics experts. Policy support, education and new investment models can lay the groundwork for a wave of opportunity in rural communities across the country. Meet the algae industry leaders that are at the forefront of these efforts.

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