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MIST is The University of Southern Mississippi's marine technology cluster program under the Gulf Blue Initiative supporting growth of the State's small business autonomous marine and related technology sectors.

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The Marine Industries Science & Technology (MIST) Cluster is a regional group of organizations involved in the development and implementation of applied technologies for operating in, working around, and monitoring the marine and coastal environments. The MIST Cluster supports the growth of the marine economy (aka Blue Economy) in the northern Gulf of Mexico region.


Large and small business, federal, state and local agencies, universities, and nonprofits through their applied technology efforts support other related marine industries. These include commercial & recreational fishing, shipbuilding, defense, aqua-mariculture, off shore oil & gas, and environmental restoration and recovery to name a few. The MIST Cluster Program is where technology innovators come together with industry end-users to understand each other's capabilities and needs and collaborate to foster expanded business and address shared issues. 


Established in part by a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Regional Innovation Cluster contract, the University of Southern Mississippi, and their cluster program Team Members provide Direct Services and Linking Services to assist MIST Cluster members. These services address the 3 Cs of Counseling, Capital access, and Contracting -with the government and primes. This includes aiding government agencies and large businesses identify local companies to assist them in meeting small business goals and connecting with the innovative culture of these small high-tech firms.

The MIST Cluster is funded in part by a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Regional Innovation Cluster contract. SBA's funding is not an endorsement of any products, opinions, or services. All SBA programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.

To learn more about industry clusters and their importance read Michael Porter's article, "Clusters and the New Economics of Competition".

Click here to learn more about: Blue Tech Clusters of America



Building 1103, Suite 131

Stennis Space Center, MS 39529 US

Tel: 1.228.688.3144

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The following are links to several resources and resource providers that may be helpful to MIST members engaged in applied research and technology development as well as business start-up and development.


Disclaimer of Endorsement:
Any information obtained from this site to a specific product, process, or service does not constitute or imply an endorsement by the MIST Cluster, SBA or the University of Southern Mississippi of the product, process, or service, or its producer or provider. The views and opinions expressed in any referenced resource do not necessarily state or reflect those of the MIST Cluster, SBA or the University of Southern Mississippi.

Disclaimer of Liability:
The MIST Cluster, SBA, the University of Southern Mississippi, nor any of their employees, makes any warranty, express or implied, including warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose, or assumes any legal liability for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information from the listed resources or their presenters.

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