On August 1st, members of GOMA’s Alliance Management Team met with the White House Council on Environmental Quality to discuss the future of the National Ocean Policy and regional ocean partnerships.  The new administration has a strong interest in job creation and economic development related to the environment.  
Per our discussions, the White House CEQ considers GOMA an effective model for regional coordination among a broad range of stakeholders. Since the Gulf is poised for a multi-billion dollar restoration industry, GOMA is looking to the White House CEQ to provide leadership on issues such as state-led priorities for coastal areas, right-sized restoration permitting, and access to federal datasets.  GOMA looks forward to continuing to engage with the White House CEQ on these and other relevant issues.