Maritime Industry Innovation in Annapolis, Maryland

Monday, May 8, 2017 | 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

This poster proposes a reimagining of Annapolis’ four maritime districts into an innovation district centered on maritime and related industries.  It revisits a recommendation to develop a “maritime business technology center” but re-conceptualizes it under a more contemporary makerspace format, taking into account environment resiliency and sustainability issues in the coastal area. Annapolis has a rich maritime history and is considered America’s Sailing Capital. However, the maritime industry is struggling to recover from the recession and adopt innovation to grow the industry. Popular economic development tools such as innovation districts and makerspaces could bring vibrancy and new ideas to an industry steeped in practices passed down for generations. The proposed strategies address social, spatial, economic, and environmental aspects of the maritime areas while also considering practical implementation issues and community desires. These strategies resulted from the use of a variety of planning skills including spatial planning, research of historical data, economic analysis, and interviews with those involved in the maritime industry to develop a proposal for an innovation district and makerspace to help the maritime industry thrive once again in Annapolis.


Lindsey Bullen , Washington , DC (see bio)
Joseph Christo , Washington , DC (see bio)
Erin Gannon , Silver Spring , MD (see bio)