A day-long forum will take place in Antioch on Friday to discuss the economic revitalization of Contra Costa County's northern waterfront, an area that stretches from Hercules to Oakley.

The Northern Waterfront Economic Development Initiative calls for representatives of local businesses and government to develop a strategic plan for improving the working waterfront. An interagency group will use that plan as a basis to upgrade existing maritime and land-based resources to encourage development of vacant and underused industrial lands, now that redevelopment no longer exists.

The 50-mile stretch of shoreline covers both unincorporated areas and cities, but excludes parks, open spaces and wetlands.

The board launched the waterfront initiative in early 2013. A report commissioned by the Contra Costa Board of Supervisors will be presented at the event.

"Contra Costa is the second most industrialized county in California," said Supervisor Federal Glover, whose district includes the waterfront area. "The Northern Waterfront has historically been the center of most of the County's manufacturing and industrial output. It is important that we enhance the waterfront to improve our economic base. At the same time, we must balance that with environmental, recreation and transportation needs."

The report finds that the region has several key advantages for industrial and maritime-related development, even though the area has suffered from years of inattention by both the public and private sectors.

To view the report go to http://www.cccounty.us/northernwaterfront_event.

Contact Eve Mitchell at 925-779-7189. Follow her on Twitter.com/EastCounty_Girl.