Biloxi, Mississippi

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The WorkBoat Professional Series is proud to partner with Gulf States Shipbuilders Consortium to present two industry events. The GSSC 7th Annual Conference and the new WorkBoat Professional Series Regional Summit at the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino in historic Biloxi Mississippi.
WorkBoat will present a half-day regional summit on Tuesday, April 1st, Shipyards: A Vision for the Future. The experience continues with GSSC's seventh annual conference, Workforce Development: A Time for Change, on April 2, 2014. A complete agenda for the GSSC Annual Conference will be available in January.

These conferences will provide a forum for those who work in and support the shipbuilding and repair industry to:

  • Discuss critical workforce issues facing the industry
  • Discuss regulations and their impact
  • Learn how to put technology to work to streamline operations
  • Share best practices
  • Engage with top industry representatives
  • Meet with vendors to learn about innovations and new products available to the industry

Shipyards:  A Vision for the Future
In the current market most shipyards are experiencing growth and stability; orders are up and business is steady. Possible changes to the Jones Act, increased regulations and the need to streamline designs and operations are all issues which will present challenges in the days ahead. Now is the time to start looking for solutions. Topics that will be covered at this regional summit include:
• Putting Technology to Work/Streamlining Operations
• Regulations & Their Impact

Who Should Attend?
Professionals in the boatbuilding industry, or those companies that support:

  • Shipbuilding and repair executives
  • Supply chain executives
  • Vendors
  • College personnel
  • Economic development personnel

Summit Schedule
Tuesday, April 1, 2014

1:00pm – 2:00pm Shipyards: A Vision for the Future Keynote Address – Frank Foti, Vigor (Invited)
2:15pm – 3:30pm Regulations & Their Impact Roundtable Discussion
3:45pm – 5:00pm Putting Technology to Work to Streamline Operations
5:30pm Networking Reception 

About the Gulf State Shipbuilders Consortium
GSSC was founded in 2006.  With 78 members consisting of shipbuilders, suppliers, economic developers, and educational partners from organizations along the Gulf Coast, GSSC focuses on workforce development issues facing the industry.  Its mission is to promote increased productivity and improved competitiveness in the gulf coast shipbuilding industry.

About the WorkBoat Professional Series
The WorkBoat Professional Series is a combination of events, both face-to-face and online, designed to help you overcome the challenges that face your business today. Information and solutions available in these programs will assist in addressing issues that impact you externally as well as help develop your team internally. 


If you would like a Regional Summit to come to your area please contact the conference team at or 207-842-5624. 

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