Business leaders say these 5 things will affect Connecticut’s economy in 2019

Monday, February 11, 2019

Connecticut business owners and executives gathered in Hartford at an annual economic outlook meeting, buoyed by good economic news last year, but wary about slower growth in the state than in the U.S. and whether it it will extend into 2019. Following are five factors that will have an impact on economic growth in Connecticut, according to presentations before the audience of more than 450. Read full article. 
February 7: Electric Boat Begins a Century of Submarine Building

Thursday, February 07, 2019

For over 100 years, Electric Boat has been the primary producer of submarines for the United States and allied countries around the world.  From its headquarters and shipyard in Groton, Connecticut, and auxiliary shipyards located in Quonset, RI and Newport News, VA, Electric Boat has designed and built dozens of technologically-advanced submarines for the U.S. Navy, beginning with the Navy’s first-ever formally commissioned submarine, the USS Holland, in 1900. Click here for the full article 
PERSPECTIVE: Connecticut’s Women-Owned Immigrant Businesses Contribute to the Community

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Diversity in business helps fuel success. According to a Harvard Business Review article, if diversity is not present within the workplace leadership, women are 20% less likely than Caucasian men to be endorsed for their ideas (Sherbin, 2014). This is why the increase of women in leadership roles is so crucial to growth and development. Read full article. 
New Tax Credit of $500 Annually for 5 Years Offered to STEM Graduates Working in CT

Monday, February 04, 2019

Passed by the state legislature over a year ago as part of the 2017 state budget compromise, a new tax credit aimed at keeping college graduates in the technology fields in Connecticut – and attracting young professionals to the state – becomes effective this year. It is a “refundable personal income tax credit for college graduates who are employed in the state; receive, on or after January 1, 2019, a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree in a science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) field; and live in Connecticut or move here within two years after graduating.”  The credit is $500 and...
History Revisited: Remembering two Thames River attractions

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Historical, commercial and cultural sites along the banks of the Thames River have drawn the attention of thousands of visitors over the years, from not only the local area, but from throughout the country. In recent years, the Thames River Heritage Park Foundation instituted a water taxi service to help visitors access the many historic and cultural destinations on both the New London and Groton sides of the river. The seasonal taxi, which transports passengers among several landing sites in New London and Groton, would, on most occasions, take short excursions up and down the Thames River to provide a riverside...
Pfizer exec touts Groton R&D site’s recent successes

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

 A top Pfizer executive told businesspeople Monday that the pharmaceutical giant’s research and development laboratories here are enjoying a boom period. “R&D is really running hot at Pfizer these days,” John Burkhardt, the Groton labs site director and vice president of global drug safety research and development, said during a luncheon meeting of the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut at the Groton Inn and Suites. Click here for the full article 
Brewing Up the Perfect Beer

Friday, January 18, 2019

Outer Light Brewing Company celebrating 4th anniversary with new custom drink It’s testing and tasting season at the Outer Light Brewing Company! The young business, which is about to celebrate four years in Groton, has celebrated each anniversary by debuting a brand new beverage. Co-founder Tom Drejer describes the process as part science and part art form.   “It’s like being a chef. At Outer Light Brewing, we all have an understanding of how certain flavors and ingredients blend together. We use that experience and knowledge to figure out how to brew the best-tasting beer possible. You also have to work within the...
January 21, 1954: World’s First Nuclear Submarine Launched at Groton

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

On January 21, 1954, at 10:57am, the USS Nautilus, the world’s first nuclear submarine, slid off a dry dock at General Dynamics in Groton, Connecticut and splashed into the waters of the Thames River, officially launching the United States Navy into the nuclear era.
Electric Boat official: Employment will be ‘pretty stable’ for the next several years

Monday, January 14, 2019

While the outlook for Electric Boat continues to be positive, it will be a challenge over the next couple of years to sustain the workforce, now at 17,050 employees, until construction starts on a new class of ballistic missile submarines, the president of the company said Monday. Jeff Geiger, in giving his annual company update to a room full of local and state officials at the Mystic Marriot, said employment at EB will be "pretty stable" over the next three to four years, then hiring will ramp up again with the workforce likely exceeding 20,000 employees in the mid-2020s. Click here for...
New executive director talks about Mystic Museum of Art

Monday, January 14, 2019

When V. Susan Fisher read about the opening for a new executive director at the Mystic Museum of Art, she felt an immediate connection. “I think I may sound Pollyannaish … because the remarkable thing, when I saw the job listing, was that it seemed to say, ‘Susan, this is you. Take it now. Don’t think about it. Just do it,’” she says, sitting in her office at the Mystic Museum of Art, where she started working as the executive director at the end of 2018. Click here for the full article 
Sift bakery plans major expansion in Mystic

Monday, January 14, 2019

Adam Young, whose Sift Bake Shop has become a tourist destination since he won Food Network's "Best Baker in America" title last year, is planning to sweeten his surroundings by this spring as he quadruples the size of his building in downtown and adds 160 seats inside and outside. Young, who is expected to close on the purchase of the Water Street building where Sift is located later this month, said this week that he has completed nearly all the approvals required to move ahead with the project, which should start within two weeks. Only a site plan approval by the Historic District Commission awaits. Click here for...
New training programs aim to match Connecticut manufacturers with workers

Friday, January 11, 2019

With thousands of manufacturing jobs to fill in Connecticut now and in the future, and not enough qualified workers to fill them, industry employers, state community colleges and job training agencies are trying to fill the employment pipeline. Gateway Community College and the New Haven-based Workforce Alliance are about to launch a program that would take unemployed and under-employed workers, provide them with an intensive five-week training course and then help them find jobs. The first five-week session of classes is scheduled to start in February and with a Dec. 7 registration deadline, about 35 people have put in applications, said...
General Dynamics Wins $347M Deal for Virginia-Class Submarines

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

General Dynamics Corp. 's GD business unit, Electric Boat, recently secured a modification contract in relation to the Virginia-class submarine program. Per the terms of the deal, the shipbuilder will offer fiscal 2019 lead yard support, development studies and design efforts for the Virginia-class submarines.  Details of the Deal  Valued at $346.5 million, the contract was awarded by the Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C. Under the agreement, lead yard support will maintain, update and support the Virginia class design as well as related drawings and data for each Virginia class Submarine (including technology insertion) throughout its construction and post-shakedown availability period. Continue to full article
America’s Best States to Live In

Friday, January 04, 2019

Each U.S. state has its advantages and shortcomings. Often, Americans live in the state they grew up in because it is familiar and feels like home. Other personal factors are often behind why people live in a certain state. However, there are several more objective factors that drive people to — or away from — a certain state, and can be used to help assess just how livable a state is. These factors include an area’s economy, job market, crime rate, health care, and more. Sometimes the best way of measuring these factors is to look at an outcome that best...
Connecticut ranked as fifth most charitable state

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

Giving Tuesday was a day when folks dug deep into their hearts and gave money, time, or gently used items to the charitable cause of their choice. And, according to the financial website WalletHub, a lot of Connecticut residents took on that philanthropic task. In its latest survey, the site ranked states from most to least charitable, based on such factors as volunteer rate and share of income donated to share of sheltered homeless. Connecticut scored as the fifth most charitable state, and had the third highest percent of state residents who donated money to charity. It also had the eighth highest number...
CT: Groton Air Traffic Control Tower Named 'Facility of the Year'

Monday, December 31, 2018

GROTON -- At the air traffic control tower at Groton-New London Airport, there's a collective 163 years of experience. The five air traffic controllers come from backgrounds in the Army and the Navy and at air traffic control towers in Boston and at Bradley International Airport, among other posts. "We all have the same level of training, and it's unique that we're working together," Chet Moore, air traffic manager at Groton-New London Airport, said in a recent interview. Continue to full article
With Filipino restaurant, Groton couple seeks to fill void

Friday, December 28, 2018

Groton — Raymond and Prescilla Go knew it was a gamble to open a restaurant that has an unfamiliar format and serves cuisine unfamiliar to many in the area, but a month and a half in they're feeling good. Prescilla said their customer base so far is about 40 percent Filipino, but they've been coaxing the other 60 percent into trying dishes new to them, like pork blood stew. As it turns out, they like it and return for more. "They could be African-American, or white American; it doesn't matter to them," Prescilla said. The couple opened Raymond's Pinoy Kusina at 928 Poquonnock Road,...
Meiser among those to be honored by Mystic Chamber

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Restaurateur Dan Meiser will receive the Joyce O. Resnikoff Excellence in Tourism Award at the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce 2018 Annual Gala, Jingle and Mingle, Celebration of Giving on Dec. 6 at the Mystic Marriott. Meiser first opened Oyster Club, called the Best Upscale Restaurant in Connecticut by the Connecticut Restaurant Association, and one of the Best Oyster Bars in America by Travel & Leisure Magazine. Along with his executive chef partner, James Wayman, he opened the Engine Room and, in 2017, Grass & Bone, a butcher shop and restaurant. Finally, Meiser and his wife, Jane, are developing the 250-year-old Stone Acres Farm into a 63-acre destination, with its...
Report: state climbs a notch in economic performance

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

The state’s economy edged up slightly from 40th to 39th place during 2017, but it remains one of the last states still coming out of the great recession, according to the state Department of Labor.  The DOL report, issued last week, found that Colorado had the best overall economy in 2017, the most recently available data, while Alaska scored at the bottom.  Connecticut’s rating of 128.7 was its best score in seven years, but still below the U.S. value of 139.1, according to the report. The report examined each state and Washington, D.C. using quarterly census employment and wages program, annual average unemployment rates from local statisticts. The...
The Influences, Impacts, and Implications for the CT Energy Market

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

As a follow-up to her recent presentation to the Connecticut Power & Energy Society’s 2018 Conference, Alissa DeJonge, CERC’s Vice President of Research, shares findings and considerations for the Connecticut energy sector in this episode of CERCONOMY.  Reviewing the influences, impacts, and implications of the state’s population, demographics, and other major state industries on the Connecticut energy sector, Alissa’s perspectives on the energy industry consider the new energy choices that both businesses and residents have, and the affect they are having on the energy market. Continue to full article
Connecticut program to assess growth potential for shellfish industry

Monday, December 24, 2018

Work on a project to maximize commercial shellfish harvesting levels is getting underway at the University of Connecticut Avery Point campus in Groton. A $75,000 grant from U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service will enable Connecticut Sea Grant to use geographic information system technology to show what parts of Long Island Sound can best support the growth of shellfish. Geopgraphic information system technology takes layers of information and data and converts them into maps and three dimensional scenes. Work on the project is just getting underway. A report that identifies the best areas for shellfish bed restoration will be released in two years. Continue to full article
Groton’s unused properties generating interest

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Groton is having what Economic and Community Developer Paige Bronk describes as "a convergence" of three redevelopment projects that could become public as soon as early 2019, if all goes as anticipated. Discussions are underway with a preferred developer, selected through a request for proposals process, for each of three properties — Mystic Education Center, 517/529 Gold Star Highway and the former Groton Heights School — though no contractual obligations have been made yet, Planning Director Jonathan Reiner said. Reiner and Bronk said the projects come amid the town's strategy to market the excess properties as redevelopment opportunities, where the developer proposes a use for the property that fits the community's needs,...
At first-ever U.S.-Australia defense summit, contractors share need for skilled workers

Friday, December 14, 2018

Despite activity not seen in decades due to increased military spending at the federal level, finding and retaining a skilled workforce remains a huge challenge, executives from Connecticut's big defense contractors said Tuesday morning. They were speaking at the first-ever U.S.–Australia defense summit, a two-day event hosted at the Mystic Hilton by U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, and Anne Evans, director of the U.S. Department of Commerce Trade Office in Connecticut. This year marks the 100th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Australia. Courtney referred to Australia as a “key ally and partner” for the U.S. in the Indo-Pacific...
Housing as a Component of Economic Development

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

In this episode of CERCONOMY, VP of Municipal Services, Courtney Hendricson, and President & CEO Bob Santy, discuss the topic of housing as a critical component of local economic development - a follow-up to their presentation at the Connecticut Housing Coalition Conference. With populations changing, municipalities need to consider the importance of housing to local economic development. Housing makes up approximately 70% of a town's assets, and town services are supported by property taxes, so it is critical that municipalities take a more inclusive approach and make investments where the demands are. Continue to full article
Preparing Our Communities to Be Competitive in the Business Recruitment Process

Monday, December 10, 2018

The months of September and October always represent periods of transition and change on the calendar. September marking the unofficial end of summer, as people prepare to return to school and work. October, often times, represents an upcoming change in elected officials and preparation for changes in policy. In these months, we also tend to enjoy nature at its best, and bare witness to its worst; as leaves begin to showcase a myriad of colors in the north, while our coastal counterparts in the south prepare for the environmental threats posed by tropical storms and hurricanes. But what remains a constant,...
Gov. Malloy announces big increase in Connecticut jobs

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Gov. Dannel Malloy announced an increase in job growth across Connecticut. In the last year, 23,000 private sector jobs have been created.  It’s the biggest one-year gain since 2011. Following a Bond Commission meeting, Malloy said the news was a win. The commission also approved $10 million to build more affordable housing units, and $300 million toward roads and infrastructure.  Continue to full article
Connecticut, New York Get Top Marks On Energy Efficiency Scorecard

Monday, December 03, 2018

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy has released its annual State Energy Efficiency Scorecard. The scorecard ranks states in a variety of categories including utility savings, combined heat and power, and building energy codes. Connecticut placed fifth in the country, a spot higher than last year. New York ranked sixth. ACEEE Executive Director Steve Nadel says there are many benefits to adopting energy-saving policies like “...reducing energy bills for consumers and businesses, there are the emission reductions whether its greenhouses gases or other emissions such as fine particulates, there are economic development benefits…” Continue to full article
The Oyster Club

Saturday, December 01, 2018

Mystic Staple Wins Connecticut Restaurant of the Year Award Mystic’s Oyster Club is still a young company. The business opened its doors just seven years ago, which makes its rise to prominence in the restaurant world even more impressive. CEO Dan Meiser was named Restaurateur of the Year in 2016. And in December 2018, the Oyster Club earned the title of Restaurant of the Year for the East Region by the Connecticut Restaurant Association. “It’s an incredible honor to be nominated again,” Meiser reflected. “For us, it’s humbling because there’s so many amazing restaurants and chefs in this state. We’re proud to...
Defense, aerospace continue to be keys to state’s economy

Friday, November 30, 2018

The defense and aerospace industries may be the key to leading Connecticut out of its job-growth doldrums, according to a Fitch Ratings review of the 2019 Defense Authorization Act. The 2019 defense budget includes several billion dollars for projects that will impact Connecticut, including $10.6 billion to purchase 77 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters. Connecticut-based Pratt & Whitney, a subsidiary of United Technologies, is part of the partnership that makes the fighters. Continue to full article
Connecticut Home Sales and Prices Take Off

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

HARTFORD: Continuing good news for home sellers and Realtors Single-family home sales in Connecticut increased in July on a year-over-year basis. Price improvement was also part of the story as the median sale price hovered at a five-year high, according to the latest report from The Warren Group, publisher of The Commercial Record. A total of 3,942 single-family homes were sold in Connecticut last month, compared to the 3,686 homes sold in July 2017 – a hefty 7 percent increase. The median single-family home price increased 4.1 percent on a year-over-year basis to $280,000, the median sale price remained unchanged from June. Sales momentum...
State Strategies to Help Businesses Launch and Expand

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Innovative approaches to regulation can boost opportunities for growth State governments can undermine opportunities for investment and job creation when businesses spend too much time or money on inefficient regulatory processes, or when new business projects get delayed because firms don’t understand how to comply with the rules. To address this challenge, state policymakers can focus on two types of reforms. First, they can improve the efficiency of regulatory systems so businesses can comply with the rules in a less costly and time-consuming manner. Second, they can partner with businesses to increase compliance as well as economic opportunity. Together, these changes form a powerful economic development strategy...
New England’s Regional Defense Industry Collaboration

Monday, November 05, 2018

The new organization, funded with a $1.5-million grant from the department of defense, will coordinate the growth of defense-related business across the six-state region. Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts and Rhode Island have received a joint grant of $1.5 million from the U.S. Department of Defense’s Office of Economic Adjustment to create the New England Regional Defense Industry Collaboration. Over the next 18 months, the funding will be used by the organization to coordinate the growth of defense-related businesses across the six-state New England region. The primary goals will be to aid small and midsize businesses in meeting new cybersecurity requirements...
Exclusive: Inside the USS Vermont

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

GROTON, Conn. (WCAX) You can't help but notice the seemingly nonstop trains and boat traffic in the coastal community of New London and Groton, Connecticut. But what you won't see is tucked inside a highly guarded building on the Thames River... until now. "This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," said MMAC Jacob Newsome of the U.S. Navy. It's the United States' most-advanced attack submarine being built by General Dynamics Electric Boat. It's fast, quiet and nearly invisible underwater-- undetectable to the nation's adversaries. It's technology that's so top secret, WCAX News is the only media allowed to see it and take you inside. This is...
Reinventing the Double Bass

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Local company to launch a product that could revolutionize the musical world The double bass, with its ability to hit the lowest notes, plays a critical foundational role in orchestras and jazz bands.  But lugging the massive stringed instrument around is not easy. The double bass can stand as tall as 6 feet and typically weighs about 25 pounds. Musicians can’t just put it in their carry-on bags when traveling. Upton Bass has a solution to this problem. The local company, based in Mystic, has a product that could revolutionize the classical music industry. Founder Gary Upton has created a double bass...
Startup Success: Taking artificial intelligence a step further

Monday, October 29, 2018

When we think of artificial intelligence, we picture futuristic robots. Yet AI is being used by most of us every day — whenever we order an Uber, or ask Siri a question. Local resident Gill Eapen has worked in artificial intelligence for 30 years using AI to provide predictive and economic analysis to advise companies. Recently, he has taken this work and developed a cloud-based application that can be adapted to many arenas. ‘We are the world’s first and only fully-integrated cloud-based predictive and decision analytics platform,” said Eapen. Continue to full article.
New training in Rhode Island for building submarines

Monday, October 15, 2018

U.S. Sen. Jack Reed is helping to kick off a new apprenticeship program for people who want to help build submarines. General Dynamics Electric Boat has facilities in Rhode Island and Connecticut. The submarine manufacturer has said it needs to hire many more employees to help build ballistic-missile and attack submarines. The apprenticeship program is a collaboration between Electric Boat and the Community College of Rhode Island. Click here for the full article 
Mystic Chamber launches Go Local gift card

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Al Valente envisions the new Go Local gift card as the Goldilocks of gift-giving. "If you give someone a specific gift, it's hit or miss," he said. "It might be something they love, it might be something they hate, but it's endearing." Cash, on the other hand, can come off as impersonal. Enter the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce, of which Valente is chairman of the board, and several dozen Mystic-area shops, restaurants, hotels, arts facilities and tourist destinations. Click here for the full article 
Students test the waters of marine technology at ‘Makerfaire’

Monday, October 01, 2018

On board a Project Oceanology vessel off Bluff Point on Saturday, a group of students in blue and yellow life jackets clustered around a control panel to lower a small, remotely operated vehicle further into the water. The students monitored the progress of the vehicle, powered by motors and equipped with a video camera, on a screen attached to the control panel. Click here for the full article 
Startup Success: Monitoring the oceans thanks to undersea technology

Thursday, August 30, 2018

A 19th century naval officer continues to inspire maritime strategy today. ThayerMahan Inc., located in Groton, is named for the famed officer. This 21st century company is dramatically changing how the physical and environmental security of the world’s oceans are monitored. ThayerMahan, founded in 2016, uses modern technology and robotics for undersea security to protect the world’s maritime food supplies, trade routes, industrial infrastructure and borders. While not a submarine supplier, ThayerMahan’s technology complements the use of submarines with smaller, less expensive undersea vehicles that can go places larger submarines can’t. Click here for the full article 
Bringing Connecticut's Coastal History To Your Phone

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Researchers at UConn are teaming up with local history groups to create a state “Blue Trail.” The idea is to build an interactive outdoor museum on Connecticut’s coast, that’s accessible through your phone. As I stood on the banks of the Thames River, a quick scan of the horizon yielded a view encompassing centuries of history. In the distance was Fort Griswold, which fell to Benedict Arnold in 1781, before his British troops burned New London. Behind me was the Egyptian-inspired Fort Trumbull. And across the river was Electric Boat: site of many naval firsts, including the U.S. Navy’s first commissioned submarine. “What is...
Connecticut has one of the best school systems in the U.S.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

With August coming, the first day of school is looming over students' heads. But though they made dread going back to school, kids in Connecticut should consider themselves lucky. According to WalletHub, Connecticut has the third best school system in the country. Click here for the full article 
Connecticut Maps Out Five-Year Plan For Ports, Economic Development

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Connecticut’s ports should be enlisted to do more to promote commerce, advocates said Thursday as they released a five-year plan outlining ways to strengthen the state’s maritime economy. The Connecticut Port Authority called for redevelopment of the State Pier in New London, building more volume in the commercial ports of Bridgeport, New Haven and New London and regular dredging of waterways. Click here for the full article 
With focus on fresh food, market to open in Noank

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Groton — Amy Sarcia's Buddhist faith teaches that coincidence means you're on the right path, and so a few events leading up to the opening of her new market in Noank seemed auspicious. There was the discovery that her landlord at the 17 Pearl St. site, Steve Jones, had written a book about her great-uncle, Capt. Lawrence Malloy. Then there was the synchronicity with which she and chef Andrew Fine thought of a name for the market. Settling on No Anchor Fine Food & Provisions arose from thinking about the epithet for the locals: Noankers. "We love that term, but we didn't want to...
Stay In The Loop About What’s Happening In Groton

Monday, June 04, 2018

You’ll never miss a minute of all the exciting events going on in Groton thanks to our Event Calendar! Our comprehensive schedule is laid out several months in advance, giving you plenty of time to plan ahead. You can also choose to view the page in either a calendar or list format—whichever makes the most sense to you. The Feature Calendar highlights a wide spectrum of events, so there is something for everyone. Grow your business or learn new financial tools by attending a networking event, budget seminar or job fair. There are events focusing on nutrition, public speaking and how...
Sift Bakery Shop owner is again in the national spotlight

Friday, June 01, 2018

MYSTIC, Conn. (WTNH) - Adam Young can be found hard at work in his Mystic bake shop but he can also be found just as hard at work on a national baking competition. He is competing to be the Food Network's Best Baker in America. "Everything is timed," said Young. "What would take us normally, a wedding cake, let's say, a day or two to work on here at the shop, we have three hours." Lots of pressure, but also lots of exposure. Young taped the show in Los Angeles for two weeks in February. Sometimes, he performed in two challenges a day. "It...
Mystic’s Adam Young shows promise on first episode of Food Network’s “Best Baker in America”

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Walk into the bright and airy Sift Bake Shop in downtown Mystic and you’ll be presented with exquisitely crafted chocolate raspberry tortes in eye-catching fuchsia, lemon tarts with jellied centers, opera cakes, and macarons of varying flavors, including peanut-butter-and-jelly, mimosa and rose water. This sort of perfection comes at no easy cost. Every variable, from air temperature to humidity — elements that could potentially distort the intended results of these remarkable creations — must be accounted for, ensuring that sponges, meringues and chocolate glazes are perfect. At Sift, owner and head pastry chef Adam Young is in control of all...
Arts And Culture Are Key Contributors To Connecticut's Economy

Friday, May 04, 2018

As an industry, arts and cultural events and productions pumped $9 billion into Connecticut’s economy in 2015, generating more money than utilities and construction, according to new figures from the U.S. Department of Commerce. The arts and culture account for 3.5 percent of the state’s economy, which is dominated by manufacturing and finance, but are seen as important parts of Connecticut’s efforts to revitalize its cities by drawing residents interested in urban life and employers who will hire them. “We use it to drive workforce development,” said Kristina Newman-Scott, executive director of the Connecticut Office of the Arts and state historic preservation...
Groton Economic Development Commission tours future development sites

Friday, May 04, 2018

The Economic Development Commission toured Groton’s future development sites by bus on Thursday, learning about each site from Economic Development Manager Paige Bronk. “This way, when we’re talking now we all have the same vision, through his eyes,” Commission Chairwoman Catherine Young said. The tour stopped at Mystic Education Center, the intersection of Routes 117 and 184, at Gold Star Highway, the former William Seely School, Groton Heights, Thames Street, Leonard Drive near the Groton New-London Airport and in downtown. When developers visit any one of the sites, Bronk said they always ask him, “What else (have) you got?” He distributed a folder...
Dan Haar: A factory job boom in CT? New numbers say yes

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Here’s a quirk you might not believe if you lived through the state’s loss of 90,000 manufacturing jobs, more than a third of its total, between 1999 and 2016: Connecticut gained 2,900 factory positions in 2017. That’s only the third annual gain since the 1980s, and it’s the largest one-year gain in more than a generation. Happy Days are here again? Not so fast. The state as a whole added just 2,300 jobs in 2017 even with the manufacturing jump — meaning all other sectors combined actually lost 600 jobs for the full year. That makes two straight years with lame growth,...
Dan Meiser and Mystic's Farm to Table Movement

Monday, April 23, 2018

Two years into a job at the State Capitol, Dan Meiser asked Richard Rosenthal, owner of the Max Restaurant Group, for five minutes of his time. Dan was seeking a career change and was eager to enroll in culinary school. What he anticipated to be a short talk ended up as an in-person, hour-long conversation in Rosenthal’s office. He cautioned Dan on jumping directly into culinary school: “Have you ever worked in a professional kitchen before?” Dan left the office with his first restaurant job at Trumbull Kitchen in Hartford, Connecticut: “I started off in the basement making minimum wage,...
Two Connecticut-Namesake Submarines Train in Arctic Circle

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Two U.S. fast-attack submarines that have the Nutmeg State to thank for their names are working together near the top of the world. Los Angeles-class fast attack sub USS Hartford and Seawolf-class fast attack sub USS Connecticut both surfaced through the ice in the Arctic Circle on Friday, according to the Department of Defense. The submarines are taking part in a five-week maritime Ice Exercise (ICEX) along with the United Kingdom Royal Navy submarine HMS Trenchant in the Arctic Circle north of Alaska. The exercise is a way to train crews and test the capabilities of the submarines in extreme cold-water conditions, according...
CT shellfish industry, going strong, hopes for EU breakthrough

Monday, April 16, 2018

Connecticut’s shellfish business has been experiencing a solid turnaround over the past few years — and a March 8 Food & Drug Administration announcement is raising hopes even higher. “It would be a great opportunity for us to diversify into new markets,” said Jeff Northrop, founder of Hummock Island, a venture-backed oyster farm startup in Westport. “It could drive up the value of the company and of the brand overall.” “It” is the FDA’s announcement that it was beginning the process of restoring shellfish trade between the U.S. and the European Union (E.U.). To do this, the FDA would make a determination...
Manufacturing Continues As Bright Spot In Connecticut’s Economy

Friday, April 13, 2018

EAST HARTFORD, CT — There are about 13,600 job openings in Connecticut manufacturing right now, and even though the state has beefed up its community college training programs and increased its tax credits, there’s no way they will all be filled. Connecticut is home to more than 4,000 manufacturers who employ 159,000 employees. That means that nearly one of every 10 Connecticut workers is employed in the manufacturing sector, but the demand for those skills continues to accelerate as many in the workforce are headed for retirement. “Manufacturing is still kind of a dirty word, and we’re working hard to overcome that,” Department...
How Connecticut became the least likely innovation hub in the U.S.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Think back to where Connecticut was 20 years ago. A National Hockey League franchise had just left the state, it was one of the only places in the country where incomes were actually falling and we were known more for David Letterman’s speeding tickets than anything resembling innovation. On the national economic stage, Connecticut was a punchline. Yet, since then, Connecticut has steadily flown under the radar, evolving from a state that most investors would bypass to a place that saw exits for two homegrown unicorns — startups valued at more than $1 billion — in the past few months. Continue to full article. 
Manufacturing Connecticut's Future Workforce

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Catherine Smith is Commissioner of Connecticut's Department of Economic and Community Development. She stopped by for an update on the state's economy and manufacturing workforce. Later, we also checked in with Goodwin College President Mark Scheinberg. We asked how is his school training the next generation of manufacturing employees?  GUESTS: Catherine Smith - Commissioner of Connecticut’s Department of Economic and Community Development Mark Scheinberg - President of Goodwin College in East Hartford, Connecticut Stephen Campbell - Goodwin College student Max McIntyre - President of Aerospace Component Manufacturers (ACM) and Vice President at New England Airfoil Products (NEAP) in Farmington, Connecticut Continue to full article to listen to the interview. 
Mystic pastry chef to compete on Food Network show

Monday, April 09, 2018

A Mystic baker is one of nine pastry chefs across the country competing on the upcoming season of "Best Baker in America," premiering on the Food Network on May 7. Adam Young, owner and head pastry chef at Sift Bake Shop, is used to working with dough but is hoping to bring home dough of a different kind: $25,000. Every penny counts for Adam and his wife, Ebbie, as they prepare to open a second Sift location, in Watch Hill. Click here for the full article 
Family-Friendly Happy Hour

Tuesday, April 03, 2018

A family trip to Mystic may include the historic Mystic Seaport and interactive Aquarium. A boat tour or visits to quaint shops rounds out the smiles and sweet memories.  Now you’re downtown at the edge of the Mystic River watching boat traffic but don’t want this fabulous day to end. Ice cream and candy shops beckon but your parental responsibility kicks in and you wonder where to find real food your kids will eat.  The surprising answer is Happy Hour… with the whole family. Yes, really. Savvy adults have enjoyed food and drink bargains this way for years but there’s...
Left behind: Navy families navigate life at home

Thursday, March 15, 2018

To get a better sense of what life is like at home while submarine crews are deployed, Day reporter Julia Bergman and photographer Sarah Gordon spent about five months shadowing two Navy families of sailors aboard the fast-attack submarine USS Minnesota as they navigated day-to-day life. According to one survey, 40 percent of military families experienced more than six months of family separation in the previous 18 months. We found that the hardships associated with submarine deployments are different for the families left behind than for those carrying out missions hundreds of feet below the ocean's surface. Click here for the full...
New Asia Market: Purple Yam, Jackfruit or Sticky Rice

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Hyung Im stops stocking shelves to help a man looking for sticky rice. The owner of New Asia is repeatedly interrupted as he arranges jars of roasted eel, tins of broiled mackerel, containers of kimchi, and Japanese cookies and candies on the shelves of his specialty food market at 505D Long Hill Road. He chuckles each time he suspends his task, always eager to help a customer find what they’re searching for. Click here for the full article 
Construction underway in Mystic

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Construction workers raise the second floor of the new Central Hall Block building on West Main Street in Mystic on Monday, Feb. 26, 2018. Click here for full article 
Airport authority seeking to bring regional commercial service back to Groton

Monday, February 26, 2018

The Connecticut Airport Authority wants to bring back regional commercial service to Groton-New London Airport and is in discussions with an air carrier, according to the executive director of the authority. Executive Director Kevin Dillon told an audience of about 35 on Thursday that the authority also is speaking with a developer about building a hotel with up to 40 rooms at the airport, and another developer about building additional hangars to house aircraft. State Reps. Joe de la Cruz, D-Groton, and Christine Conley, D-Groton, arranged the meeting in the Town Hall Annex to discuss the airport’s future with Dillon. Click here for...
Sift Bake Shop: Baking up a new business

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Throughout his career as a pastry chef, Adam Young of Westerly wowed people with his famous French macarons, exquisite cake designs, and impeccably flavored tortes, tarts, and other sweet treats. Adam wanted to share his craft with a wider audience – in a place that catered to locals and tourists alike. He had a vision of creating a space that had a coastal New England look with an exhibition feel. The farms in the area have incredible products, so Adam knew he wanted to incorporate local, seasonal ingredients in his baked goods, and he wanted guests of his bake shop to...
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Paul's Pasta still fresh after 30 years

Monday, February 12, 2018

As a kid, Paul Picken would mow the next-door Ledyard lawn of Paul and Dorothy Fidrych. The Fidryches, owner of Paul's Pasta Shop, would return the favor by bringing over a hotel pan of pasta. Picken is now 39, and he recalled this memory as he ate lunch at Paul's on Thursday afternoon with a Pfizer co-worker. Kimberly Thorp, his lunch companion, said Paul's hasn't changed in the decade or so she's been eating there. "I think that's why it's so good, because you can count on it," she said. Click here for the full article
Groton to open development proposals for Mystic Education Center on Feb. 15

Monday, February 05, 2018

The town has shown the former Mystic Education Center property 40 times since it began marketing the site, and will open proposals from developers on Feb. 15, according to an update on economic development in Groton. The 77-acre site on Oral School Road is owned by the state, but the state and town jointly have been marketing the property. Groton issued a request for proposals on Dec. 15 and has had several showings per week, Planning and Development Director Jon Reiner said. About 40 acres of the property are suitable for development. Town Manager John Burt said he’s excited about a dormant...
EB's workforce surpasses 16,000, a number not seen in nearly 25 years

Monday, January 22, 2018

Despite the uncertainty created by the federal government shutdown, "none of the markers would suggest that the support for submarines is going down," Electric Boat President Jeffrey Geiger told a crowd Monday morning at the Mystic Marriott. Geiger was delivering the company's annual update to state and local officials and other community stakeholders, and he painted a rosy outlook for the submarine builder, the beneficiary of lucrative government contracts. Last year, more than $7 billion in federal funding was spent on submarine programs. Though the budget for 2018 is still being worked out, the funding levels for submarines being debated are almost...
Nautilus, Submarine Force Museum get new boss

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

After serving aboard the USS Helena (SSN-725) and USS Chicago (SSN-721), two of the Navy's oldest submarines still in service, Lt. Cmdr. Reginald Preston thought his next set of orders would be to some "shiny" Virginia-class attack submarine. Instead, in a perverse sense of humor, he joked, the Navy sent him to the oldest submarine "still on the decks." For the past two years, Preston, 37, originally from Lyman, Neb., has been the officer in charge of the Historic Ship Nautilus, the first nuclear-powered submarine, and director of the Submarine Force Museum in Groton. "There's not a submarine officer among us that doesn't...
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Pfizer Groton Labs Opens Call for 2018 Community Grants

Friday, January 05, 2018

Local non-profit organizations are invited to apply for Pfizer Groton Laboratories’ 2018/2019 competitive grants. Applications from organizations serving communities in Southeastern Connecticut, the greater New Haven area, and southern Rhode Island will be considered. Priority will be given to programs that bring STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) to students from elementary through high school. Additional grants will be made to programs that provide for the underserved or to support local civic and cultural institutions. Click here for the full article 
Jim Turner, credited with saving EB from closure, dies at 83

Thursday, January 04, 2018

James E. Turner, Jr., a former president at Electric Boat who is widely credited with keeping the company afloat amidst downsizing and Navy cuts, died Dec. 27 at the age of 83. "I think he'll be long remembered as one of the best leaders Electric Boat had during a difficult business time," said Peter Green, 77, of Waterford, who was director of purchasing under Turner. Click here for the complete article
Groton Ink Master returning to tattoo show as mentor

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

In October, Steven Tefft was filming the 10th season of "Ink Master." Tefft, who owns 12 Tattoos on Route 12 in Groton, previously won the title of Ink Master in season two — and with it, $100,000. He is back for the new season, subtitled "Return of the Masters" and premiering Jan. 9 at 10 p.m. Tefft, 48, and two other Ink Masters are returning, not as contestants but as mentors. His "Ink Master" win in 2012 was great for business. He has flown to Argentina and Brazil to do tattoos, and has gotten offers to go to Germany, Australia and...
Industrial park expansion in region fueled by growing demand

Monday, December 18, 2017

Groton — Next summer, those finishing an intense workout at Crossfit Inguz on Leonard Drive will be able to reward themselves by going next door for a little craft beer and cheese. That's when the Beer'd Brewing Co. of Stonington and The Mystic Cheese Co. of Lebanon are slated to move into a building near the end of the street in the Airport Industrial Park. The foundation has been poured and parts for the 12,000-square-foot building are arriving Jan. 5. Click here for the complete article  
Millennials find useful tool in hunt for the perfect house

Saturday, December 02, 2017

Walking into Alex Eames and Mary Heneberry's recently purchased house in Salem, two things are immediately apparent: The home has been heavily renovated since its 1960 construction, and these changes are too unique to be found elsewhere on the market. Most striking is the kitchen floor, made of brick. Other renovations included putting in a KraftMaid kitchen with stainless steel appliances, knocking down a few walls to make the kitchen-dining-living area more open, and changing the layout of both bathrooms. Click here for the complete article
UConn research vessel heads back out onto the water, a little bigger than before

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

A tiny seam running down the side of the Research Vessel Connecticut is all that's visible of the months-long, $2.5 million project to cut the boat in half and expand it by 14 feet. But the extra space inside the UConn vessel's cabin will mean more students and researchers will be able to use the R/V Connecticut for long research trips, and will make the vessel an even more popular tool for scientists to rent, researchers said Monday, hours before the boat set off on its first major research trip since work on the boat began. Click here for the complete article.
UConn, URI work with EB on undersea vehicles

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Two public universities have partnered with a U.S. Navy contractor to research undersea vehicle technology and train people to work in the field. The University of Connecticut, University of Rhode Island and submarine manufacturer General Dynamics Electric Boat established the National Institute for Undersea Vehicle Technology at UConn's coastal Avery Point campus in Groton, Connecticut, this month. Click here for the complete article.
Defense startup aims to bring underwater search technology into the future

Monday, October 23, 2017

At the new ThayerMahan office, chief operating officer Richard Hine holds up a chart with colorful bubbles that demonstrate the components of a "marine robotics ecosystem." ThayerMahan is a systems integrator, and so some of the bubbles are the parts it combines: host vehicles from Liquid Robotics, towed array sonar from Raytheon, acoustic payload integration from OASIS. "We'll be providing basically mobile autonomous acoustic search systems," CEO Mike Connor explained of ThayerMahan. "We offer networking service and analytical tools to examine the results of those systems." Click here for the complete article.
Economic Development Chief Touts Tourism As Bright Spot In Connecticut

Monday, October 23, 2017

With the leaves turning, Connecticut’s economic development director on Wednesday touted the start of the autumn tourism season as one way to pump up Connecticut’s slow-growth economy. In a speech to the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce, Catherine Smith, head of the Department of Economic and Community Development, touted the tourism industry. “Mostly what we’re focused on is getting those New Yorkers who need a place to go for the weekend to come out here and look at our leaves,” she told an audience of about 100 business owners and others. “We’re a lot closer than Vermont, so why not come to...
Congressman Joe Courtney Tours New ThayerMahan Facility in Groton

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

On Friday, 1 February 2019, Congressman Joe Courtney (CT2) visited the headquarters of ThayerMahan Inc.  ThayerMahan recently completed a facility expansion which includes engineering spaces and its new state-of-the-art Autonomous Systems Operations Center. Congressman Courtney, who was recently elevated to Chairman of the influential House of Representatives Seapower and Projection Forces subcommittee, is a strong advocate of the Navy in general and undersea forces in particular. Click here for the full article 
Mystic Cheese: Modular shipping containers are being repurposed for food production.

Monday, February 04, 2019

The so-called “cheese pods” that have helped the Mystic Cheese Co. grow are actually upcycled containers, now being used by food producers across the country. On a 900-acre family-run dairy farm in Lebanon, Connecticut, two shipping containers sit among the barns and fields. Inside, in what is probably one of the smallest cheese-production facilities in the country, Brian Civitello creates cheeses that are winning the hearts of professional and home chefs alike. Click here for the full article 
‘Most modern sub in the world’ is commissioned

Monday, February 04, 2019

Ninety-two-year-old World War II veteran Richard "Dick" Hackley handed over the watch Saturday to Lt. Ben McFarland, a sailor assigned to the Navy's newest submarine. Hackley served as a radar operator on the USS South Dakota (BB 57), among the most decorated battleships of the war. McFarland, known as a plank owner, is among the first to serve on the fast-attack submarine USS South Dakota (SSN 790), which was commissioned at the Naval Submarine Base before a crowd of about 1,400 people. Another 800 watched on a screen from nearby Dealey Center on base. Click here for the full article
USS South Dakota: The Navy's newest submarine

Friday, February 01, 2019

Usually, the crew of a newly commissioned submarine run onto the boat. But, frigid temperatures are keeping the crew off the USS South Dakota under a heated tent for Saturday's ceremony. That's when the USS South Dakota becomes the Navy's newest submarine. Click here for the full article 
Connecticut DOT restores Shore Line East service

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Six weekday trains will be restored to the Shore Line East schedule to replace scheduled bus service that has been operating since April 2018, the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) announced earlier this week. In addition, two Friday-only trains now will operate every weekday to provide riders more travel options, department officials said in a press release. Click here for the full article 
Westerly hoping to add 9 more career education programs

Monday, January 14, 2019

The School Committee Wednesday received an overview of career and technical education programs offered at Westerly High School as well as others that are envisioned for as early as the next school year. The programs offer students hands-on experience in fields of interest. Students who complete the programs successfully obtain licenses, certification, or college credits in addition to their high school diplomas. In all cases the offerings are based on one of the district's primary goals, officials said. Click here for the full article 
See inside state's new namesake ship: USS South Dakota submarine

Thursday, January 10, 2019

For the first time in decades, a U.S. Navy ship named for the State of South Dakota is getting ready to join the fleet.     The future U.S.S. South Dakota, a 377-foot Virginia-class attack submarine, was featured in recent footage and imagery distributed by the Department of Defense in advance of the vessel's commissioning Feb. 2 in Groton, Connecticut.  Click here for the full article 
Where To Go In 2019 (and where to avoid)

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

In Reykjavik they’re dealing with a 25 percent year-over-year increase in tourists. Venice plans to charge day-trippers a tax to enter the city in an effort to curb the hordes of tourists. The daily number of visitors to Machu Picchu is double the number that UNESCO recommends. Barcelona residents were all but telling tourists “wish you weren’t here” in demonstrations targeting overtourism. Click here for the full article 
Electric Boat gets early repair work for one of Navy’s newest submarines

Monday, January 07, 2019

 Electric Boat will do the initial maintenance work on the future submarine Delaware, the Navy announced Friday. The work, which was slated to go to Newport News Shipbuilding in Virginia, will sustain about 300 jobs at EB's Groton shipyard, said U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District. Click here for the full article 
For many job seekers, manufacturing pipeline is a welcome gift

Monday, January 07, 2019

Most of the 18 students in the design engineering class are settled into their seats and working with the NX software when one man wanders in late, looking more dressed-up than most, in a button-down shirt, tie and suspenders. Instructor Cecil Carter stops to ask, "How was the interview, was it good?" The man replies with a thumbs-up. A woman later walks in, is asked a similar question and nonchalantly replies, "I got it." Carter doesn't seem to mind the tardiness, because the reason people are late is exactly why they're in this five-week, 150-hour course: to get a job, typically at...
Education center receives Navy grant to train people to build submarines

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

An education center in Rhode Island has been awarded a grant from the U.S. Navy to train people to build submarines. The Westerly Education Center says it received $750,000 from the Office of Naval Research to boost its capacities and equipment for workforce training and education in Rhode Island and Connecticut. Click here for the full article 
Through BBQ at sub base, Connecticut chef finds way to give back

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

As a cook in the Army, Dan Monroe knew a key part of his job was to boost morale.  That was particularly true during the holidays. At the chow hall, they would do something special — decorate cakes, "pull out the steaks." One time there was an ice sculpture. "You can feel the difference on the base when they're working, and it's the holidays, and they're far away from their families," Monroe said Friday.  Back in September, Monroe was explaining this to his friend Kristopher Plummer, who goes by the name Chef Plum, while a guest on his live food talk show "Plumluvfoods."...

Friday, December 21, 2018

Today, Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02) announced the award of a $62,100 federal Economic Development Agency (EDA) grant to the Naval & Maritime Consortium (formerly known as the Connecticut Undersea Supply Chain Consortium). The consortium, a partnership between the University of Connecticut and Thames River Innovation Place, is a network of companies that collectively addresses challenges, shares solutions, collaborates on opportunities, and capitalizes on the growing undersea supply chain. “Our region and our state are preparing for tremendous growth in submarine construction work in the coming years – and we need a robust supply chain to help meet the challenge,” said Courtney. “It’s all hands on...
Groton awarded state grant to clean up Groton Heights School property

Thursday, December 20, 2018

The town will receive a $150,000 grant from the state Department of Economic and Community Development for remediation work on the former Groton Heights School property, Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced Wednesday. The town is among eight municipalities across Connecticut slated to receive state grants "to assess, remediate and revitalize blighted properties in their communities — also known as “brownfields” — and put them back into productive use," according to the announcement. A total of $3.6 million will benefit 11 projects comprising 59 acres, the news release states. Click here for the full article 
Designs unveiled for consolidated middle school in Groton

Friday, December 14, 2018

Architects this week unveiled design plans for the approximately 155,000-square-foot new consolidated middle school proposed at the former Merritt Farm property near Fitch High School. Superintendent Michael Graner said the Permanent School Building Committee and a group of educators, from teachers to administrators of both middle schools, worked hard with the architects to ensure the design for the new middle school meets the needs of both the arts and humanities program currently at Cutler Arts and Humanities Magnet Middle School and the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math program at West Side STEM Magnet Middle School. Click here for the full article 
Orsted, Eversource tout proposal, plans for New London

Friday, December 14, 2018

When Orsted built the world's first offshore wind farm in 1991, the turbines generated less than half a megawatt of electricity and stood 115 feet tall with a 115-foot rotor diameter. In the Orsted-Eversource joint proposal to deliver the state about 800 megawatts from an offshore wind farm in federal waters south of Martha's Vineyard, roughly 100 8-megawatt turbines could tower more than 600 feet above the water — double the height of the Statue of Liberty — with a 538-foot rotor diameter. If the state selects the proposal in its zero-carbon electricity auction, Orsted might consider an even larger, 10-megawatt turbine still in...
Destination Location: News 8 Visits Mystic

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Let's head to Mystic this morning! Today's Destination Location is actually a village located in two towns:  Groton and Stonington, right along the picturesque Mystic River. It's one of the most popular destinations in New England. Visitors flock to its shops, restaurants and spots like Mystic Seaport, but tourists and locals alike love the town's beauty. Watch the video above to see what our viewers had to say! Click here for the full article 
Destination Location: News 8 Visits Groton

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

  Today's destination location is the submarine capital of the world! You'll find Groton between the Thames and Mystic rivers. The town is named after Groton in England but got its nickname when the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics made 74 diesel submarines for the Navy during World War II. Its shoreline location makes it a popular tourist spot during the summer but the locals love it year round. Watch the video above to hear what they had to say! Continue to full article    
Groton business owner directs improv toward scientists, ‘others who want to have fun’

Friday, December 07, 2018

"The sky is green today," asserted Bridget K. Brown, owner of StoryMatters LLC. Ignite Program Manager Emma Palzere-Rae replied, "Yes, and it looks like it's going to rain."  "The rain will come down in poodles." "Yes, and my cat will be doubly upset." Anyone remotely familiar with improvisational comedy knows that "Yes, and..." is the first rule, meant to signify that a participant should always accept the premise of another participant, and then expand on it. But Brown's style of improv is not about comedy.  "We're not trying to teach you how to be a character. We're not trying to teach you how to be...
Holiday sights, sounds fill Mystic

Friday, December 07, 2018

Mystic — Shoppers and revelers took to the streets of downtown Mystic on Tuesday for the Holiday Stroll & Luminara. Click here for pictures from the event
Lamont launches economic revitalization tour in southeastern CT

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Gov.-elect Ned Lamont launched a series of strategic economic development tours Friday with a visit to Connecticut’s southeastern corner, saying the region exemplifies the state’s potential for growth. Lamont and Lt. Gov.-elect Susan Bysiewicz, along with the region’s state legislative delegation, met with business, labor, education and municipal leaders, as well as representatives of the tribal casinos and regional economic development boards. Click here for the full article 
SeCTer breakfast focuses on region’s ‘strengths and opportunities’

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

As president of the Eastern CT Workforce Investment Board, John Beauregard hated giving presentations from midway through the Great Recession until about 2014. He said he would walk into a room and be "a wet blanket." But he was happy to be at Port 'N Starboard for the annual breakfast of the Southeastern Connecticut Enterprise Region (seCTer) on Wednesday, bringing news about the positive ways in which the local economy has "decoupled itself from the state." Click here for the full article 
Meet the U.S. Navy's Deadliest 'Stealth' Submarine Ever

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Navy developers tell Warrior the service is already making substantial progress in building a new 84ft section into Block V Virginia-Class attack submarine for the purpose of massively increasing firepower. The US Navy is arming a new fleet of attack submarines with stealthy “quieting” systems, new weapons, next-gen sonar and additional advanced undersea warfare technologies to enable its future boats to execute massive land-attacks, perform “covert insertions” of forces and conduct reconnaissance missions undetected. Click here for the full article 
Why Losing Out on Amazon HQ2 Isn't So Bad for Cities

Monday, November 19, 2018

After a yearlong and very public deliberation over the location of its second headquarters, Amazon this week disappointed some policymakers when it announced that it would split HQ2 into two locations, one in New York City and the other in the Washington, D.C., metro area. In choosing New York and D.C., Amazon opted for two cities that have led the economic expansion since the end of the last recession in 2009, far outpacing the rest of the nation in job growth. The decision drew the ire of politicians at the state and federal levels, along with others who had called on the tech giant...
Groton air traffic control tower named ‘facility of the year’

Thursday, November 15, 2018

At the air traffic control tower at Groton-New London Airport, there's a collective 163 years of experience. The five air traffic controllers come from backgrounds in the Army and the Navy and at air traffic control towers in Boston and at Bradley International Airport, among other posts. "We all have the same level of training, and it’s unique that we’re working together," Chet Moore, air traffic manager at Groton-New London Airport, said in a recent interview. Click here for the full article 
Connecticut’s economy growing at faster pace

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Connecticut's financial picture appears to be brightening somewhat, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's budget director told state lawmakers Tuesday. The state's economy is "growing at a much faster pace than it has (over) the last eight years," Ben Barnes, Office of Policy and Management secretary, told the General Assembly's Appropriations Committee. The news comes as Malloy prepares to leave office in January. A new consensus revenue report released Tuesday shows gradual, projected declines in some other state revenues, including payments from the tribal casinos and the cigarette tax. However, there's a gradual projected increase in revenue for the state's main transportation account over...
In first trip as governor-elect, Lamont talks economic development in New London

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

In his first trip since winning the gubernatorial election, Ned Lamont stopped at the Garde Arts Center midday Friday for a meeting with local elected officials and business leaders, and then visited Electric Boat. The meeting was closed to the media but Lamont and Lt. Gov.-Elect Susan Bysiewicz afterward spoke to reporters about the discussion of advanced manufacturing, tourism, gaming, energy and offshore wind. Click here for the full article 
Naval & Maritime Consortium launches

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Economic development and workforce professionals, higher education leaders and elected officials gathered at the University of Connecticut at Avery Point on Thursday evening for the launch of the Naval & Maritime Consortium. Previously known as the Connecticut Undersea Supply Chain Consortium, it is a Thames River Innovation Place project that involves a partnership with UConn. Funded by the public-private network CTNext, TRIP is a collection of programs designed to spur innovation in Groton and New London. Click here for the full article 
Officials eye growth for Groton-New London, Bradley airports

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

The Connecticut Airport Authority's executive director sees the potential for growth at Groton-New London Airport, calling it one of the airports in the state that shows the most promise. Not only is Groton-New London the only one of the five general aviation airports in the state that has the certification to handle commercial service, but its location in an area with a unique mix of companies and the casinos also is a plus, the executive director, Kevin Dillon, said Tuesday. Click here for the full article 
Pfizer’s Groton facility plays key role in recent FDA approvals

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Pfizer Inc. is on a roll, gaining U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval of three anti-cancer drugs in the last two months. Lorbrena, the most recently approved of the three, got the nod in early November, Pfizer has announced, following clinical trials that demonstrated its effectiveness in treating non-small cell lung cancer among patients with a specific gene mutation. In October, the FDA approved Talzenna for certain breast cancer patients, and in September it approved Vizimpro, a first-line treatment for patients with metastatic non-small cell lung cancer. As with virtually all Pfizer products, the drugs were developed, in part, at the New...
After UPS Store closure, Two Sisters Shipping expands into Groton

Monday, October 29, 2018

After the UPS Store in Groton Square Shopping Center closed in April, Kim Maxson saw a shipping void in the region. So last month, she opened the second location of Two Sisters Shipping and Business Center, at 105 Bridge St. "We can feel the economy getting better now, and that was another defining factor in us opening up here," Maxson said. She said the services offered are basically the same as those at the shuttered UPS Store: shipping for the United States Postal Service, UPS, DHL and FedEx, along with packaging, faxing and copying, professional printing, and notary public services. Click here for the full...
Groton Manufacturer Highlighted By U.S. Senator Chris Murphy

Monday, October 29, 2018

U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) announced machined parts and weldments fabricator Hillery Company in Groton is this week's "Murphy's Monday Manufacturer." Founded in 1952, Hillery Company specializes in the manufacturing of weldments and machine parts for defense contractors like Electric Boat, L3 Technologies, Lockheed Martin, the U.S. Navy, and more. Click here for the full article 
$850 Million. Nearly 2,000 Jobs. Electric Boat Looks To Expand Its Groton Shipyard

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Electric Boat plans to spend $850 million to significantly expand its Groton shipyard as the Navy picks up the pace of submarine construction and design to face down threats from China and Russia. The subsidiary of General Dynamics Corp. is building two Virginia-class attack submarines a year and is designing the ballistic Columbia-class submarines to be ordered from 2021 to 2035, replacing the aging Ohio-class subs. To keep up with demand for the two submarine programs, Electric Boat projects it will need 18,000 workers by 2030. The workforce reached 16,500 last year, the most in 25 years. Click here for the full article
10 Best New England Christmas Towns

Friday, October 19, 2018

Nestled along the banks of the Mystic River, the historic downtown of Mystic, Connecticut, is the perfect place to celebrate the holiday season. Don’t miss the lighted boat parade (including Santa’s arrival by tugboat) to kick off the season, and Mystic Seaport’s Lantern Light Tours, running weekends from Thanksgiving through Christmas. Click here for the full article 
Family affair: 3 generations of Maskells work at Electric Boat

Monday, October 15, 2018

In April 1969, Larry Maskell's family moved from a small city in Vermont to Connecticut in search of work. Maskell's father was employed as a stonecutter but he was concerned about jobs for the rest of the family, namely Maskell and his six siblings. "When it came time to get jobs, there was no jobs. You either cut stone, you drove a truck or you worked at a chicken farm," Maskell, 62, said in an interview this week. When he got to Connecticut, Maskell went through the shop program for machinists at New London High School. After graduating high school in 1974, he...
The inaugural Mystic Film Festival runs Thursday through Sunday

Monday, October 15, 2018

Yes, we all understand that the movie connection between Mystic and pizza will be eternal. Fair enough; no one wants to shortchange the charm and enduring cinematic appeal of "Mystic Pizza." At the same time, there's certainly plenty of room for more Mystic-centra cinema. In fact, part-time Mystic resident Shareen Anderson has founded the Mystic Film Festival, and the first annual edition takes place Thursday through Sunday with various panel discussions and events in Mystic Luxury Cinemas and the Mystic & Noank Library. Click here for the full article 
North Stonington, Norwich and Groton cited for economic growth

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Groton, Norwich and North Stonington are among the top cities and towns in the state for economic growth, according to the 2017 Connecticut Town Economic Indexes, which the state Department of Labor released this week. The index for each town is a score based on number of businesses, annual average wages, employment, and the unemployment rate.  Click here for the full article 
Groton Schools awarded grant for STEM, college and career readiness

Saturday, October 06, 2018

The Groton school district will get a boost to its STEM and college and career readiness programs, thanks to a federal grant announced this past week. The $750,000 Department of Defense Education Activity grant awarded to Groton Public Schools will provide funding over five years for outdoor STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) programs for elementary students; professional development for elementary and high school science teachers; and an International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme at Robert E. Fitch High School, according to the grant announcement. Click here for the full article 
Apple Picking, Pumpkins and More at Whittle’s in the Fall

Monday, October 01, 2018

The air is crisp and so are the apples according to 100+ year old Whittle’s Willow Spring Farm. At just a $1.50 per pound when you pick your own, this fun and flavorful Fall activity is great for all ages. The stone wall lined back country roads of Mystic will guide you to the property where you can park easily on most days. Grab a bag or two from the counter or bring your own basket. The folks at Whittle’s can direct you to your favorite variety, as they grow many types of apples…MacIntosh, Cortland, Macoun are a few.  Click here for the...
Fort Griswold tour caps battlefield archaeology conference

Monday, October 01, 2018

The final event of the 10th Biennial Fields of Conflict Conference started Sunday morning with a 166-step vertical climb. Eight attendees of the four-day battlefield archaeology conference, held this year at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center, followed conference co-chairman and museum archaeologist David Naumec up the narrow spiral staircase inside the Groton Monument. The monument, located at the Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park, is the oldest obelisk in the country that visitors can enter. Click here for the full article 
US-AUS Defense Trade Summit brings together global manufacturers and local supply chain

Friday, September 28, 2018

On September 17-18, the Connecticut office of the US Commercial Service hosted '100 Years of Mateship', a USA and Australia Defense Trade Summit. The name commemorates 100 years since US troops fought under Australian Lieutenant General John Monash in the Battle of Hamel in WWI. Despite General Pershing’s initial reluctance, this was the first time US troops were led in battle under a foreign general. US Congressman Joe Courtney and former US Ambassador to Australia, John Berry, gave poignant addresses highlighting the strong ties between our two nations, who share not only weapons systems and intelligence, but a friendship and trust...
General Dynamics Delivers Submarine South Dakota

Thursday, September 27, 2018

General Dynamics Electric Boat Monday delivered the nuclear-powered attack submarine South Dakota (SSN 790) to the U.S. Navy. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE :GD ). South Dakota is the 17th ship of the Virginia Class, which provides the Navy with the capabilities required to retain undersea dominance well into the 21st century. Click here for the full article 
Connecticut companies connect with counterparts down under

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

"I need help now and I look forward to having conversations with all of you throughout the day," said Blair Decker, Vice President of Materials and Quality at Electric Boat. Decker sat on one of the panels where more than 150 companies from Connecticut and Australia joined forces for the first-ever Mateship Defense Trade Summit.  Click here for the full article 
Thames River Innovation Place secures second-year funding

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Thames River Innovation Place, a collection of New London- and Groton-based projects designed to spur entrepreneurship, announced last week that it has secured about $620,000 in funding for it's second year, which runs from July 2018 through June 2019. That includes $494,197 from CTNext, a public-private network aimed at boosting entrepreneurs, and a $125,000 matching grant TRIP will get from CTNext if it acquires the federal Economic Development Administration grant it is seeking. Click here for the full article 
Chelsea Groton Bank Wins 2018 Top Workplaces Award

Monday, September 24, 2018

Chelsea Groton Bank has been awarded a 2018 Top Workplaces honor by The Hartford Courant, for the third year in a row. The Top Workplaces lists are based on the results of an employee feedback survey administered by Energage, formerly WorkplaceDynamics, a leading research firm that specializes in organizational health and workplace improvement. Several aspects of workplace culture were measured, including alignment, execution, and connection. Click here for the full article 
Groton Business Draws Praise From Sen. Chris Murphy

Monday, September 24, 2018

U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) announced marine and naval systems developer and manufacturer LBI Corp in Groton is this week's "Murphy's Monday Manufacturer." LBI Corp was founded by Peter Legnos in 1971, originally specializing in the designing and manufacturing of sailboats. Click here for the full article 
EB presents $850 million expansion, improvement plans to the public

Friday, September 21, 2018

 Electric Boat on Thursday night held a meeting to present its plans for an $850 million project to expand and improve its Groton shipyard, including a new construction bay where a new class of ballistic-missile submarines will be built. More than 50 people turned out for the meeting at the City of Groton Municipal Building, where they got to ask questions of representatives from EB and Fuss & O'Neill, the environmental consulting company assisting with the project. Click here for the full article 
Need Better Morale in the Workplace? Simulate a Plane Crash

Friday, September 21, 2018

Montana Woods, 19, a pre-med student at the University of Connecticut, had been told what to do, yet, as the water rose above her head, she was seized by fear and panic. Upside down, water filling her sinuses, it was difficult to remember how to escape. Ms. Woods and seven others — two university students, four trainers from a personal training company and the owner of a paving company — spent the Saturday before Thanksgiving surviving mock plane crashes at an indoor pool in Groton, Conn. Click here for the full article 
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Learning to Fly in Mystic

Friday, September 21, 2018

Fearless Flyers Academy Offers Experience Unlike Any Other in New England Our region is known nationwide for our underwater expertise and submarine base. But here’s something you might not know: you can also visit the Groton area and learn to fly! The Fearless Flyers Academy opened in Mystic in 2015. The massive indoor facility offers flying trapeze, aerial and trampoline classes year-round. Owner Ally Altman launched the business in New Hampshire in 2013. But growth was limited because the facility was outside, and classes could be offered on only a seasonal basis. Altman was inspired to move Fearless Flyers to Connecticut after connecting...
Off to the cardboard boat races

Thursday, September 20, 2018

High school students from around the state enrolled in the UConn ECE program, along with staff and students from UConn's Avery Point campus compete in the 8th annual UConn Avery Point/UConn Early College Experience cardboard boat races Wednesday at Eastern Point Beach.  Click here for the full article 
At first-ever U.S.-Australia defense summit, contractors share need for skilled workers

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Despite activity not seen in decades due to increased military spending at the federal level, finding and retaining a skilled workforce remains a huge challenge, executives from Connecticut's big defense contractors said Tuesday morning. They were speaking at the first-ever U.S.–Australia defense summit, a two-day event hosted at the Mystic Hilton by U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, and Anne Evans, director of the U.S. Department of Commerce Trade Office in Connecticut. This year marks the 100th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Australia. Click here for full article
Groton-based company to develop lightweight launch, recovery system for Navy’s underwater drones

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

LBI Inc., a research, development, engineering and manufacturing company that specializes in marine and naval systems, has been awarded a $5.4 million contract to design and manufacture a launch and recovery system for unmanned underwater vehicles for the Navy. The five-year contract is for a lightweight system to launch and recover UUVs from 11-meter rigid-hull inflatable boats used by Naval Special Warfare teams. The new 500-pound system will be made out of carbon fiber composite and will replace the current system, which weighs 2,000 pounds. Click here for the full article 
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New Groton committee would work to spruce up town with volunteers

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Groton – The Town Council on Tuesday night is expected to establish a Beautification Committee devoted to beautifying areas in town using volunteers. The committee was unanimously approved by councilors at a Committee of the Whole meeting last month, but Tuesday vote will represent the final step for approval. "I think it's important because I don't think we've really worked on this," said Town Councilor Rachael Franco, of why she felt starting the committee was important. "I can't see anyone opposing making our community look better." Earlier this year, after attending a meeting about the Poquonnock Bridge area that sought input from residents, Franco and fellow Town Councilor Lian Obrey...
Thames River Heritage Park Awarded 'Best Historical Attraction' by CT Magazine

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

New London, CT – The Thames River Heritage Park has been awarded “Best Historical Attraction” in the state by CT Magazine.   The Park is a collection of national and historic sites along two shores of the Thames River linked by a water taxi that tell the stories that shaped our nation and our region during the past 400 years. Click here for the full article
Dan Haar: Aussies’ arrival a triumph for CT trade

Friday, September 14, 2018

Quick, think of a big U.S. trading partner. Now think of a strategic ally that buys a lot of defense equipment from the United States. Australia most likely doesn’t come to mind right away. But it does for U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, and it does at Thinklogical, a maker of ultra-secure, ultra-fast systems for managing video and data at military and intelligence command centers, animation studios and commercial users that need secrecy and speed. Click here for the full article 
With the crack of a champagne bottle, UConn research vessel officially back in business

Friday, September 14, 2018

With the crack of a champagne bottle, the Research Vessel Connecticut is officially back on the water. The University of Connecticut boat, which last year underwent a monthslong, $2.5 million makeover to make it suitable for longer research trips and more people, has been operational for nearly a year, taking students and scientists from UConn, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and other organizations to do research in the Long Island Sound. But a ceremony Thursday, complete with speeches, a champagne bottle broken against the hull and a tour of the boat, made it official — the equivalent of the ceremony in a Navy ship's life that is "the day...
Connecticut Consumers Show Growing Confidence in State’s Economy and Business Conditions; Upbeat Attitudes Seen in Prospects for Next 6 Months

Friday, September 14, 2018

Residents Still Have Concerns, Ranging from Healthcare Costs to Job Prospects Connecticut residents are increasingly upbeat about the state’s economy, expressing more optimism about business conditions and the prospects for an improving economy than has been seen in years. Nearly 8 in 10 residents (77%) say overall business conditions in Connecticut are better off, or the same, compared with six months ago. That’s the highest percentage since 2016, according to the latest quarterly InformCT Connecticut Consumer Confidence Survey. The percentage who say conditions are better has increased for three consecutive quarters and is the highest since the first quarter of 2016. The survey...
Fairview Celebrates 125th Anniversary Of Receiving Charter

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

In 1892, Fairview opened its doors to our first patients, but it wasn't until 1893 that the organization received its charter, making this year a special one for Fairview. On Saturday, despite threats of rain, the organization celebrated a fun afternoon commemorating 125 years since receiving its charter.  Click here for the full article 
Somers, Mystic Museum of Art team up to raise awareness of ocean plastic pollution

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

The Mystic Museum of Art and state Sen. Heather Somers, R-Groton, are scheduled to announce Saturday that the museum will commission a sculpture using ocean plastic debris to raise awareness of the problem of pollution in the world’s oceans. The announcement is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. at the museum on Water Street. Click here for the full article 
Top 10 Lobster Rolls in Connecticut

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

The CT LIVE! team traveled the state in search of the top lobster roll in the Connecticut.  With lots of options to choose from, this is our Top 10.  You can't go wrong with any of these delicious choices. 10. S & P Oyster Company, Mystic 9. Lobster Shack, Branford 8. Max's Oyster Bar, West Hartford 7. 7 Seas, Milford 6. Lenny & Joe's Fish Tale, Multiple Locations 5. Lobster Hut, Milford 4. Abbott's Lobster in the Rough, Noank 3. Ford's Lobster, Noank 2. Captain Scott's Lobster Dock, New London 1. Lobster Landing, Clinton Continue to full article
Vocational Training Is Back as Firms Pair With High Schools to Groom Workers

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Gabe Schorner never considered himself a good student until he enrolled in his high school’s new welding program, where, in an industrial-style classroom, Mr. Schorner found himself enchanted by the molten metal and its bright blue glow as he molded it. The skills he picked up led directly to a full-time offer from Electric Boat, the Rhode Island-based submarine manufacturer, where he is now making $16.50 an hour. Click here for the full article  
New England’s Regional Defense Industry Collaboration

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts and Rhode Island have received a joint grant of $1.5 million from the U.S. Department of Defense’s Office of Economic Adjustment to create the New England Regional Defense Industry Collaboration.Over the next 18 months, the funding will be used by the organization to coordinate the growth of defense-related businesses across the six-state New England region. Click here for the full article 
Take the ‘Mystic Pizza’ tour

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

The village of Mystic, founded in 1654, built and sent whaling ships around the world in the 1800s. But since Oct. 21, 1988, it also has been indelibly associated with pizza. That is when the coming-of-age film “Mystic Pizza,” with 20-year-old Julia Roberts in her breakout role, was released.  Click here for the full article

Monday, September 10, 2018

Pick up your Escape campervan at the New York depot and head North – first stop, Connecticut. I-95 will get you out of the city and on your way, but you’ll want to veer off the highway sooner rather than later, to meander up the more interesting coastal route 1. Driving straight from New York to the Rhode Island Border on the highway will take you about 3 hours – but who wants to do that!? There are coastal towns, craft breweries, wineries, beaches, and more to explore! Click here for the full article 
Mystic Museum of Art going beyond art, into community

Monday, September 10, 2018

A rain garden, smart sponge, a job fair, school outreach. They are all part of an effort by the Mystic Museum of Art to go beyond being known for being “a dusty building with beautiful pictures on the walls,” according to Director of External Affairs Bill Furgueson. Since being hired in March to oversee membership, marketing, communications, development and outreach, Furgueson said one of his priorities has been to show people “we’re more than that.” “We’re part of the community and we want to be involved in the community,” he added. Click here for the full article 
State: Connecticut Posts Jobs Increase In June, Erasing Previous Declines

Monday, September 10, 2018

Employers in Connecticut added 6,100 jobs in June, erasing declines in March and April and taking a nick out of the unemployment rate, the state Department of Labor said Thursday. In addition, economists revised upward the May jobs gain, to 6,100 from 4,100 initially calculated. Over the year, nonagricultural employment grew by 14,900 jobs, an increase of nearly 1 percent. “June’s increase of 6,100 jobs overcame the entire decline we saw in March and April,” said Andy Condon, research director at the Department of Labor. Continue to full article
Why Care about Independent, Locally Owned Businesses?

Friday, September 07, 2018

Locally owned businesses play a central role in healthy communities and are among the best engines that cities and towns have for advancing economic opportunity and building resilient places. Small business ownership has been a pathway to the middle class for generations of Americans and continues to be a crucial tool for expanding prosperity and community self-determination. Here, we outline five important reasons for local officials to support independent businesses, based on a growing body of research. 1 | Local small businesses are linked to higher incomes and less inequality. Enacting policies that strengthen small businesses and expand opportunities for local entrepreneurs...
State awards $5 million for final phase of microgrid project at sub base

Thursday, September 06, 2018

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Wednesday announced a $5 million state grant to build out an electric microgrid at the Naval Submarine Base, which will allow the base to generate its own electricity to maintain key operations in the event of a disruption or power outage. The project was first proposed in 2010 but, given its complexity and need for buy-in from senior Navy officials, it took years to gain momentum. In addition to the $5 million, the state also spent $1 million on early design and planning of the project. Construction is expected to start next year. Click here for the...
Survey: CT residents more upbeat about economy, business growth

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Connecticut residents are becoming more optimistic about the state's economy, and job and business environment, according to a new survey. About 77 percent of state residents surveyed recently by InformCT, a public-private, nonpartisan research group, said the local business climate has improved or remained the same over the last six months. That represents the survey's highest percentage of optimism since 2016. Seventy-six percent of residents said they believe the business environment in Connecticut will be better, or about the same, by year-end. This also marks the fourth consecutive quarter for positive outlook, with just 24 percent claiming the state's business climate will...
Editorial: Connecticut — dead-end or opportunity?

Thursday, August 30, 2018

State Education Commissioner Dianna Wentzell had the right idea when she gave more than 100 school superintendents from around the state a pep talk Wednesday. Look at what’s going right, she told the education leaders at the annual Back to School forum. We could all use that lesson. Let’s pause from the rampant Connecticut bashing, everyone-is-leaving-our-state-or-wants-to-leave diss, and consider what is going right in our state. It’s hard to see the picture when you’re in the frame. Take a bird’s-eye view: Connecticut appears as a verdant tapestry of rolling hills, rivers, mountains and valleys. Not to sound like the tourism bureau, but we...
The 9 Best Sightseeing Tours in Connecticut!

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Spend some time learning more about the historic Nutmeg State. With options history buffs wouldn’t bat an eye at and multiple excursions for nature-lovers, long-time residents and first time visitors will be wowed with what our small state has to offer. Here are the nine best sightseeing tours in Connecticut.    1. Shoeleather Walking Tours, Hartford, CT   Think that you know it all about Connecticut? Think again—for proud CT natives who aced history classes, the Shoeleather Walking Tours of Hartford will stretch your knowledge even further. Shoeleather’s affordable walking tours cover lesser-known historical figures such as Big Bill Haywood and Josephine Bennett. The tours...
On International Beer Day, A Look Into Connecticut's Craft Beer Scene

Monday, August 27, 2018

          Friday marks International Beer Day, a global celebration of local breweries and bars. Ten years ago, the craft brewing industry was going through a rough patch. The combination of a hops shortage and the economic downturn meant there were only 1,574 breweries in the United States. Today, there are well over 6,000. And there’s been a similar trend in Connecticut, which is now home to 60 craft breweries, up from only 16 in 2011. Tony Karlowicz is the co-owner of one of them, Back East Brewery in Bloomfield. Click here for the complete article.
Groton Welcomes Home Ivory Ella

Thursday, August 23, 2018

The clothing company got its start in Groton and recently launched a retail store in Mystic An accomplished team of entrepreneurs has brought its booming business back home to Groton! Ivory Ella is an online apparel company that was launched with a greater mission in mind than simply earning profits. More than anything else, the founders had a desire to give back. They set their sights on a global issue: helping to save elephants. Why Elephants? Ivory Ella kicked off in 2015. Co-founder Matthew Fiano, who grew up in this region, explained that he and his teammates were inspired by the growing awareness...
60th Anniversary of Nautilus' Polar Crossing

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

In late summer of 1957 Nautilus made her first attempt at crossing the North Pole. When William Anderson took command of the Nautilus in early 1957, he was determined to prove the naysayers wrong. He believed that this new nuclear powerhouse could do the impossible. Even Hyman Rickover, creator of the nuclear Navy, believed that the odds were against the ship he created. Click here for the full article 
Art in the Airport Showcases UCP of Eastern CT’s Exhibit: Life Without Limits — Contemporary art by individuals with disabilities

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Life Without Limits highlights a variety of art including mosaic, sculpture, murals and paint on canvas. This work is currently on display at the Groton-New London Airport, where the exhibit will run through August 30, 2018. The show is part of the Art in the Airport Program; a Southeastern Connecticut Cultural Coalition and Connecticut Airport Authority collaboration aimed at providing off-site exhibit space that engage community organizations. Click to read the full article 
State Pier could become hub for smaller cargo ships, says federal maritime head

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

The head of the federal Maritime Administration made a short visit to State Pier on Monday, saying the city's deepwater port could be a hub for smaller shippers as "gateway ports" such as New York focus on container ships. Retired Navy Rear Adm. Mark H. Buzby, who was appointed by President Donald Trump to be the federal Maritime Administrator and sworn in on Aug. 8, 2017, stopped at the state-owned facility as part of a visit to southeastern Connecticut with U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District. Click here for the full article 
A little help for small business in City of Groton

Monday, August 20, 2018

New businesses have about a 50-50 chance of surviving more than five years. While the reasons for this oft-cited statistic from the Small Business Administration vary greatly depending on the type of business, its location, management and other factors, the costs associated with beginning and upgrading a business can contribute to the challenges entrepreneurs face as they strive to succeed. So-called soft costs, expenses related to engineering or architectural work or securing necessary zoning permits, for example, can be unanticipated or somewhat difficult to predict. When a business budget is tight, unanticipated costs could further skew those already none-too-encouraging odds of...
Connecticut's Coastal Pearl

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

A Quaint Waterfront. Fascinating History. Inviting Shops and Restaurants. There's No Mystery Why Mystic Is An Irrestible Draw For Visitors. It’s a balmy night in Mystic, Connecticut, and the tang of the salt air is unmistakable. Seagulls wail as they make one last swoop along the waterfront in a bid for a final snack before the sun takes a bow. Visitors, some nursing ice cream cones, quietly scan the harbor and watch the fading sunlight.  Sitting at the mouth of the Mystic River in southeastern Connecticut, Mystic is a small town with a big reputation. Its name derives from the Pequot tribe’s word...
Bill would help create living shorelines

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and others in the Senate have introduced the Living Shorelines Act, legislation that would create a new grant program under the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for nature-based shoreline protection projects known as living shorelines. Living shorelines are a type of green infrastructure that protect and stabilize coastal edges by using natural materials such as plants, sand, shell, or rock. Unlike a concrete seawall or other artificial structure, which impedes the growth of plants and animals, living shorelines can grow over time, allowing them to adapt to changing conditions. Using green and natural infrastructure, communities...
Port authority to unveil maritime strategy for state

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

New London — Increasing use and profitability of State Pier is the top priority of a maritime strategy for the state that the Connecticut Port Authority is unveiling Thursday morning. The Day received an advance copy of the strategy, which the port authority will formally announce at a 10 a.m. news conference in Hartford. It details much of what the port authority already is doing or talked about doing, such as increasing the volume of cargo coming in to the state's deep-water ports in New London, Bridgeport and New Haven, which handled over 2.2 million metric tons of goods in 2017,...
Looking to start a business in Connecticut?

Monday, August 13, 2018

Let us help you get your business started off on the right foot! We all know that business success doesn't happen by accident. It's planned for - but without a roadmap, it's hard to know what you are working towards. Rather than going it alone, let CERC guide you through the process of starting a new business here in Connecticut. We'll cover: Self discovery - are you really ready to start your own business? Business planning - how to develop a strong foundation Legal structure options - how to choose the right legal structure Finding the right location - considering all of your options and requirements Registration...
Attracting Business Investments to Connecticut

Friday, August 10, 2018

In this episode of CERCONOMY, CERC team members Jason Giulietti and Erron Smith talk about the ways Connecticut is working to attract international and domestic businesses to the state. Through a collaborative relationship with The Connecticut Department and Economic and Community Development, CERC works to coordinate partner organizations to work with interested companies and provide services for a successful new location – or relocation – in Connecticut.
A Perfect Blend: Why Groton Is An Ideal Place to Call Home

Monday, August 06, 2018

Groton, Connecticut is an ideal place to call home because it’s a perfect blend of small-town living and big-city possibilities. Whether you want to live by the beach, in a historic neighborhood or in a downtown apartment, Groton has it all. Being located near rivers and several parks means there’s ample opportunity for biking, hiking and water sports. We have a robust local food scene. And with a population of about 40,000, you can feel part of a tight-knit community. At the same time, Groton is a vibrant economic center that draws in tens of thousands of workers from across the...
The Definition of Local Economic Development

Sunday, August 05, 2018

In this episode, Courtney Hendricson, CERC’s VP of Municipal Services, shares the CERC definition of local economic development – retention, expansion, attraction, and creation. Learn ways that a town’s elected officials can be doing all four economic development components within the context of community character.
Gold Star Bridge sidewalk to be closed for 10 weeks for repairs

Friday, August 03, 2018

The state Department of Transportation said it plans to close the sidewalk on the Gold Star Memorial Bridge between New London and Groton for about 10 weeks, starting Aug. 13, for a significant repair project. "The extent of the repairs necessary for the sidewalk are larger in scope than originally anticipated," DOT spokesman Kevin Nursick said. DOT originally had anticipated keeping the sidewalk open for most of the rehabilitation project to the southbound Gold Star bridge. The repair project calls for replacing entire structures of concrete on the walkway, as well as expansion joints, and the work will entail using heavy machinery, Nursick said. It wouldn't be feasible or safe for pedestrians to access the...
Innovation Commons celebrates 2-year anniversary

Friday, August 03, 2018

July marked The Commons' 2-year anniversary and we are celebrating its success! We have reached some major milestones: 97% Occupancy (leased space) Resident companies generated over $89M in investment, grants and revenue 30 new FTE’s and 7 college interns 50+ people employed by 20 companies Over 2000 people attended business building programming and networking events 300 students participated in STEM career programs Opening of our on-site art gallery BioCT Innovation Commons is a business incubator dedicated to talent retention, job creation and the build of high value sustainable businesses. The Commons provides commercial-grade laboratories, offices, co-working and meeting spaces for entrepreneurs, start-ups and growing companies. Our infrastructure and amenities are designed to...
U.S.: In Connecticut, Personal Incomes Off To Strong Start In 2018

Friday, August 03, 2018

Connecticut residents had more money in their pockets at the start of 2018, with personal income jumping 4.6 percent, faster than the increase nationally, the U.S. Department of Commerce reported. It’s the best performance in more than three years, an economist said, though he added that higher gas prices, burdensome medical costs, rising interest rates and taxes will likely dampen consumers’ ability to spend. Personal income — money from labor or production, ownership of a home, business or financial assets and transfers from government and business — was $256.9 billion in Connecticut in the first three months of 2018. That’s up 1.1...
Submarine Indiana to make Groton its home sooner than expected

Thursday, August 02, 2018

Groton — The Navy’s newest submarine will make Groton its home after its Sept. 29 commissioning, which U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, said is seven months earlier than originally planned. Electric Boat already won a contract to perform maintenance on the USS Indiana, a Virginia-class, fast-attack submarine, beginning in November. The work will correct any defects found during so-called "shakedown" testing before the submarine is deployed. Newport News Shipbuilding in Virginia finished and delivered the submarine in June. Courtney said last month that the maintenance work awarded to EB typically is done at the shipyard that delivers the submarine. If that had...
Local sailing crew savors every moment of journey to Bermuda

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

After spending nearly five grueling — yet exhilarating — days sailing aboard Dreamcatcher in the Atlantic Ocean last month, Niantic's O.J. O'Connell and other crew members relaxed at St. David's Lighthouse in Bermuda, and reflected on an amazing journey that began roughly 635 miles away in Newport, R.I. "The only thing we wanted was to cross the finish line and have everyone safe and happy," said O'Connell, who served as navigator of the crew. "Turns out we did that and a lot more ... we surpassed expectations." They sure did. Click here for full article 
Officials celebrate new job center in Montville, talk manufacturing gains

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Montville — As officials celebrated the grand opening of a new job center here, a local initiative that funnels trained candidates into local manufacturing positions also got a boost. The Gawlicki Family Foundation has awarded a $450,000 grant to advance an expansion of the Eastern CT Manufacturing Pipeline initiative to high school students. The grant was announced Friday by Eastern Connecticut Workforce Investment Board President John Beauregard during a celebration of the new American Job Center in Montville. The pipeline, which began two and a half years ago, hit the 1,000 mark for job placements 42 days ago, Beauregard said. Click here for the full article 
Thames River water taxi catching on, popularity grows

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

The popularity of the water taxi service that shuttles people throughout attractions on both sides of the Thames River — collectively known as the Thames River Heritage Park — is growing. The editorial board met recently with Amy Perry, executive director of the Thames River Heritage Park Foundation and Marian Galbraith, president of the nonprofit group. Supportive of the project from the start — it is now in its third year — the board was glad to learn the 3,459 riders who had utilized the water taxis as of July 22 already surpasses the roughly 2,200 who paid to ride last summer. Click here for...
Choose Your Lifestyle In Groton, CT

Monday, July 30, 2018

Ready to put down roots? Consider Groton, Connecticut as your forever home. Whether you are looking to buy a historic home, be within walking distance of the beach or live in the center of all the downtown action, Groton can provide all of these possibilities. The historic seaport village of Mystic is a fantastic option if you love the idea of being able to walk to all the best hot spots. For private beaches and a place to dock your boat, you’ll want to look at Groton Long Point. The City of Groton is near major companies such as General Dynamics...
Engineering Entrepreneurship Leads Three CT Institutions to Collaborate in Masters Program

Monday, July 30, 2018

The latest effort to attract talented entrepreneurs from around the world to the state of Connecticut is a new partnership between the University of Connecticut, Trinity College and the University of New Haven, launching a joint Master’s of Engineering in Global Entrepreneurship. It is the first engineering-focused entrepreneurial graduate degree in the state. The new master’s degree program aims to create what officials describe as “a nurturing ecosystem” to enable novice entrepreneurs to learn best practices, receive mentorship from veteran entrepreneurs, and be “set-up for success.” Continue to full article
Arrival Of Infosys And Seven Stars Raises Hopes For Financial Tech Future Of Hartford Region

Friday, July 27, 2018

A string of recent announcements promising jobs and private investment have raised hope that Hartford will become a hub for innovation in financial technology. Stretching from one of the city’s oldest companies, Aetna, which is evolving into a digital health company, to a New York firm that plans to bring blockchain technology to West Hartford, to an Indian software giant that has selected Hartford for a regional headquarters, the developments offer a vision of a different future for a state mired in a stagnant economy that has largely failed to create jobs and attract new investment. Continue to full article  
Welcome Home! All The Resources You Need To Get Settled In Groton, CT

Monday, July 23, 2018

Relocating to Groton? The Economic Development team is here to make your move easier and help you feel at-ease in your new home. All the resources you’ll need are conveniently gathered in one place on our website. Here you’ll find our Guide to Town Government, which lists phone numbers and addresses of key facilities and services. We have business resources to help you shift operations here. You can also access our extensive Event Calendar and a list of recreational activities available for the whole family. We also provide a special Community Concierge Service. This is our free service designed to connect...
CT looking to bond $50M to create more 'job-ready' citizens

Friday, July 20, 2018

Connecticut taxpayers could fund up to $50 million to train and certify as many as 10,000 eligible residents to fill job shortages in manufacturing, health care and construction, workforce development pros say. State lawmakers at the end of this year's legislative session quietly authorized the "Apprenticeship Connecticut" initiative, which requires the state Department of Labor and workforce-development agencies in the Hartford area and statewide, to identify and make "job ready'' thousands of unemployed and underemployed residents, ranging from teens to middle-agers, authorities say. Continue to full article
General Dynamics Wins Deal to Modify Virginia-Class Submarine

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

General Dynamics Corp. 's GD business division, Electric Boat, has clinched a modification contract to procure onboard repair parts for Virginia Class Submarines Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) New Jersey (SSN 796) and PCU Iowa (SSN 797). Work related to SSN 796 is scheduled to be over by February 2021, while that for SSN 797 is expected to be completed by August 2021. Details of the Deal Valued at $36.5 million, the contract was awarded by the Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, DC. The deal includes option for Block IV mechanical and electronic repair parts, which will be stored on the ship while at sea.   Electric boat will...
Redevelopment plans sought for Hodges Square, Thames Street area

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

The cities of New London and Groton, in partnership with Thames River Innovation Place, are seeking a consultant to prepare redevelopment analysis plans for both Hodges Square in New London and Thames/Bridge Street in the City of Groton. The process will "serve to strengthen the function, sense of place, economic vitality, and transportation infrastructure to create a blueprint for redevelopment with a focus on specific and individualized real estate analysis and recommendations," reads the RFP, released Friday. Click here for the full article 
Feds OK all 72 CT 'opportunity zones'

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Connecticut has won federal approval of its 72 "opportunity zones'' (OZs) statewide, including seven in New Haven, making them eligible to lure tax-favored private investment to improve housing and jobs in the neediest areas, authorities say. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Friday announced the U.S. Treasury ratified all 72 OZs that were nominated by the state Department of Economic and Community Development and the state Department of Housing. As previously reported, OZs stem directly from recent federal income-tax reform, which authorized formation of "opportunity funds.'' Fund investors can put up capital to leverage additional investment, in exchange for long-term federal tax deductions...
Wind project will be powered by skilled workforce

Monday, July 16, 2018

Keith Brothers feels that far too often when local development happens, unions are the last to be contacted, and there's no early assurance that jobs will be local. But Brothers, business manager of the Connecticut Laborers District Council and president of the Norwich-New London Building Trades Council, said that's not the case with Deepwater Wind, which he's been in contact with for more than a year. "Clearly Deepwater Wind is a responsible development," he said. "They're looking to hire local, trained workers — a union workforce, which benefits the community." Click here for the full article 
SCSU helps build biotech workforce pipeline

Friday, July 13, 2018

New Haven Biz talks with Christine Broadbridge, dean of graduate studies, research, and innovation at Southern Connecticut State University and head of the university's Office for STEM Leadership and Innovation, about Southern's efforts to build a biotech workforce pipeline in the region. Q: Southern's BioPath partnership with the city of New Haven, aimed at increasing STEM opportunities in the area, was official in 2015. How have the objectives been fulfilled? In what ways have objectives changed or been modified? A: The Bioscience Academic and Career Pathway Initiative (BioPath) was created to benefit the Greater New Haven region, which is home to the second-largest cluster...
Three Connecticut universities rank among best in the world

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

A new study by the Center for World University Rankings pitted 1,000 of the globe's top schools against each other, ranking them by the quality of education and faculty, as well as alumni employment. The methodology also looked at the number of pending international patents and research papers published to better measure the college's broad impact and influence around the world. Yale came in at 11th behind the University of Chicago. UConn also made the list at number 193. Wesleyan University ranked 871st but made the top 200 nationally, scoring high for its alumni employment. Continue to full article
The Draken Harald Hårfagre sets sail

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

The replica Viking ship, Draken Harald Hårfagre passes the Mystic River Drawbridge after leaving Mystic Seaport Museum for the start of its East Coast Tour on Monday, July 9, 2018. The Draken is a clinker-built Viking longship, a reconstruction of what the Norse Sagas refer to as a "Great Ship." Click here for the full article 
A pastry pilgrimage to sample sweets from Food Network competitors

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

During these turbulent times, we seek the sweet solace of TV baking shows, where the worst that can happen is a soggy bottom or curdled custard. Hooked on the sugar rush of “The Great British Baking Show,” the gentlest, most polite competition ever, we added a baker’s dozen TV baking shows to our Netflix queue. Mind you, we never get up off the couch and actually bake, but we do offer helpful advice to the competitors by shouting, “That’ll never set — put it in the blast chiller!” at the screen. When we realized that three of our favorite Food Network...

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

$1.5 Million Awarded to New England States for Regional Defense Industry Collaboration (HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced that Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island have received a joint grant of $1.5 million from the U.S. Department of Defense’s Office of Economic Adjustment to create an organization that will be known as the New England Regional Defense Industry Collaboration. Over the next eighteen months, this funding will be used by the organization to coordinate the growth of defense-related businesses across the six-state New England region. The primary goals will be to aid small and medium-sized businesses...
Savor The Local Delicacies In Groton

Monday, July 09, 2018

When you visit Groton, be sure to bring a hearty appetite. Our community features an array of unique shops that will leave your taste buds craving more. One such example is the family-owned Sift Bake Shop, which specializes in artisanal breads, signature cakes and macarons. Your mouth will water just looking at the colorful displays! Each savory treat is made fresh every day, and their exhibition kitchen allows visitors to watch the bakers at work. Feeling thirsty? Step in to Barley Head Brewery. Their weekly-changing draft list will keep you coming back to taste the latest creation. The ingredients are also...
The Kula Project offers yoga, juice, paddleboard rentals and more

Thursday, July 05, 2018

 The scent of hardwood floors is still fresh in one of the airy yoga studios upstairs, with views overlooking the boats on the Mystic River. Across the hall, infrared heating panels can get the other studio up to 97 degrees for a class appropriately titled "Ultimate Sweatfest." Downstairs, jars of spirulina and chia sit next to packages of acai powder and matcha atop the bar of High Tide Juice Co., open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For $8, one can get a 12-ounce juice, a 20-ounce smoothie or a small acai bowl. Click here for the full article 
On a crowded, humid Fourth, a quiet celebration anywhere but the beach

Wednesday, July 04, 2018

Several dozen people were there when the first notes of the National Anthem began to drift through the quiet streets of Noank on Wednesday afternoon. And they were almost all still there two hours later, when the Noank-Mystic Community Band ended their concert with a lively version of John Philip Sousa's "The Stars and Stripes Forever." Click here for the full article 
Out and About: Barley Head a relaxing microbrewery in Mystic

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

On a Friday night in May, Mystic is brimming with visitors and locals. The streets are beginning to feel congested by the drawbridge and the inauguration of seasonal construction. But tucked away from the bustling streets is a small, quaint space to have a beer. Quietly positioned in the basement of an old brick building on Water Street is Barley Head Brewery, a microbrewery small in size but efficient in its use of a space filled with beer. There is just enough room to sit comfortably yet intimately with locals, visitors and friends. Click here for the full article 
Where to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner in Mystic, Conn.

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

On Connecticut’s southeastern coast, along either side of the picturesque Mystic River, the village of Mystic holds a deserved reputation as a relaxed, family-friendly destination. The downtown area is busiest in the summer, but it’s not hard to find peaceful and scenic spots — or a great meal — throughout the year. At some of the best establishments, you’ll find standout fare, much of it locally sourced, in casual surroundings. Click here for the full article
Climb The Treehouse At Oyster Club For A Summertime View Of Mystic

Monday, July 02, 2018

Oyster Club has earned its reputation as a haven for sea-to-table cuisine in its nearly seven years in Mystic, with national press and a loyal following. But when Memorial Day rolls around, its seasonal magic begins. Climb the stairs to the restaurant’s Treehouse, a dining area tucked under trees with multi-level decks, its own bar and table seating overlooking river views. The space is a destination in itself during the summer months, with a dedicated outdoor kitchen making use of a wood-burning grill. Click here for the full article
Financing Made Easy: Why You Should Launch Your Business In Groton

Monday, July 02, 2018

Raising money to start your own business can be a challenge. But Groton, Connecticut is a great place to begin that process because we have the resources to make the journey easier—whether you are building a small shop or a major corporation. One example is the Southeastern Connecticut Enterprise Region, which provides loans ranging from $10,000 to $2 million. Another option to explore is a loan from the Department of Economic and Community Development’s Small Business Express program; this organization lends to companies with fewer than 50 employees. Eligible businesses can also receive corporation tax credits via the Connecticut Neighborhood...
K&J Upholstery: 30 years of experience

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Groton — Jonathan Holland lost his grandfather decades ago but still recalls the advice he imparted. “He was the biggest influence in my life and he told me, ‘If you work with your hands you will never go broke.’ And I was not a book scholar, and I liked to work with my hands, and he was right,” Holland said. Holland, the owner of K&J Upholstery in the City of Groton, has been working with furniture for 40 years, 30 years as his own boss. He got his start directly out of Norwich Free Academy four decades ago when he landed an entry-level...
Connecticut joins the offshore wind rush

Monday, June 25, 2018

Connecticut has officially entered the offshore wind energy world. The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Wednesday awarded its first offshore wind project to Deepwater Wind for a 200-megawatt installation in the area it owns about half-way between Montauk, N.Y. and Martha’s Vineyard. It could begin providing electricity to the state by 2023 – enough to power about 100,000 homes. Click here for the full article 
Maritime heritage trail coming to region

Monday, June 25, 2018

The University of Connecticut has announced a new $40,000 project funded by the U.S. Department of the Interior to create a maritime heritage trail in southeastern Connecticut. The so-called Blue Heritage Trail will be focused on the Thames River Heritage Park that connects several historic sites in and near the waterway. The heritage park currently lists 18 local sites, including the Custom House Maritime Museum, Nathan Hale Schoolhouse and Fort Trumbull in New London, as well as the Avery-Copp House, U.S. Submarine Force Museum & Library and Fort Griswold in Groton.  Click here for the full article 
Marketing Connecticut to College Grads

Monday, June 25, 2018

As a rising senior at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, I find that there is one thing at the forefront of my mind, and the minds of all my fellow classmates who are entering their final year of college: post-graduation plans. The mere mention of those three words causes stress and anxiety levels to skyrocket amongst many college seniors. The significance that those in college place on post-grad plans can be discerned through the fact that, according to a major annual survey of incoming students conducted by UCLA, the number one reason that people attend college...
Kickstart Your Business in Groton

Monday, June 25, 2018

Here in Groton, we are committed to helping your new business succeed. There are multiple opportunities for loans and grants, and our economic development team is ready to help you find an operating space that suits your needs. When you are ready to draft a business plan, we have classes and one-on-one counseling programs available. The local Chambers of Commerce are also ideal sources to help you set up business insurance, as well as employee benefits and workman’s compensation. We are also armed with proven marketing and PR techniques that will get the community buzzing about your product. Groton’s central location...
Symposium focuses on education needs for workforce

Friday, June 22, 2018

Norwich — The Connecticut Department of Labor kicked off its annual CT Learns & Works conference on Wednesday morning at Three Rivers Community College, the location for the first of four symposiums across the state. "The purpose of CT Learns and Works is to bring educators and employers together to share their knowledge about what is needed and is being offered in terms of an educated workforce," CT Learns and Works Conference Chairman Stephen Dombrowski explained in a news release, "and to foster opportunities within a local area or region." Attendees at Three Rivers included high school guidance counselors and teachers, higher education...
Electric Boat CT Aid Deal To Bring New Work, Waterfront Investment

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Electric Boat said it’s poised for a major upgrade of its facility in Groton Connecticut. The company is planning to spend $850 million and hire another 2,000 workers. Connecticut officials have pledged to provide $80 million in economic development aid.  Congressman Joe Courtney calls it an important moment for the state and the region. "In terms of just making sure that we're going to create a future for young people who live here and their families, because that’s exactly the kind of work that happens at Electric Boat,” Courtney said.  Courtney said the investment will ensure the sub maker can take on more...
Preparing for Success in Economic Development

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

I recently attended the Governor’s Economic Development Forum where a nationally-renowned site selection consultant discussed the top factors that company executives evaluate when choosing a locale for the relocation or expansion of their business: Workforce skills Transportation infrastructure Utility infrastructure State and local tax scheme Land/building process and supply Quality of life Workforce development Ease of permitting and regulations Incentives Higher education resources For a town, having readily-available data on all of these factors is extremely important for the success of the economic development process. A company may be looking at sites in many towns just like yours, so when the time comes the argument for your town needs to be...
Six expert hurricane season preparedness tips for your business

Monday, June 18, 2018

For this blog about Hurricane Season preparedness, we thought it would make sense to get some business continuity tips from a real expert—a business owner who survived multiple disasters.  Three Brothers Bakery, a 69-year-old business owned by Janice and Robert Jucker, suffered losses of around $1 million after Hurricane Harvey devastated Houston last August.  In 2008, the destruction caused by Hurricane Ike forced the couple to close the bakery for nine months.  They lost $1 million after that storm. Click here for the full article 
Fuel Cell, Offshore Wind Projects Under Consideration By State

Monday, June 18, 2018

A Massachusetts-based energy company hopes to build the first offshore wind farm for Connecticut, promising the development would bring up to $1 billion in economic benefits to the state. Meanwhile, an investment firm proposes building a $1 billion energy and innovation park in vacant portions of the Stanley Black & Decker campus in New Britain. The first phase is a $100 million fuel cell project. Those are two of the 27 energy proposals before the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, which is seeking new projects to help meet Connecticut’s clean energy goals. The state plans to select projects that would...
Use Our Report Maker Tool to Download Information

Monday, June 18, 2018

Our historic community of Groton, Connecticut is making waves as a center for innovation and business expansion. Employers are seeing the benefits of placing headquarters here—a talented, highly educated workforce, financial incentives and a central location between other major cities. We have information about our community located on our website. Here, you will find everything you need to know about our history, our future, local incentives and why you belong here. Downloading this information is easier than ever. A new report tool has been built into our website, making it possible to create reports for review at a later date. This...
Medical Device Makers In Connecticut Build On The Old Industries

Friday, June 15, 2018

Seventy-four years after inventor Frank DeBisschop opened a tool and die shop in Thomaston, his grandson is still running a spinoff of his manufacturing business, mass-producing medical devices and honing prototypes in Wolcott. With 20,000 square feet of manufacturing space, including two clean rooms for assembly, Sequel Medical is one of several Connecticut companies to outlast the state’s earlier days of industry and the Great Recession, which hit manufacturing jobs harder than any other industry. Now, companies like Sequel make up a thriving medical device industry that fans out from central Connecticut and its cities built on rubber and brass, stamping and...
Seaweed farming and its surprising benefits

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Seaweed may be thought of as a nuisance, but an increasing number of fishermen, scientists and consumers are seeing it as a solution Many of us think of seaweed as a nuisance -- the slimy, sometimes smelly stuff that clogs fishermen's nets, gets tangled in our ankles in the ocean, and washes up unwanted on the beach. Even its name -- sea-weed -- implies something undesirable. And yet increasing numbers of fishermen, scientists, and foodies in this country are starting to look at seaweed very differently -- as a promising source of food, jobs and help cleaning ocean waters. With rising global...
History Revisited: Pine Island small in size, substantial in history

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Whether for adventure or possibly a longing for isolation or privacy, many people have entertained thoughts of living on an island. The actual number of islands in the world has been debated by geographers for centuries, but it can be safely said that there are thousands upon thousands. The sizes of islands vary dramatically: the world’s largest is Greenland, comprising almost 840,000 square miles, and the smallest, recorded in the Guiness Book of World Records, is Bishop Rock in the United Kingdom, which is 7,922 square feet in size. Connecticut is home to more than 180 islands, one being Pine Island in...
CT aims to be U.S.-Australia defense link

Monday, June 11, 2018

Australia, a longtime U.S. ally, is ramping up its defense spending for sovereign and economic reasons, and Connecticut's defense sector is showing an interest. The U.S. Department of Commerce's Connecticut office, working with U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney and major defense contractors like East Hartford's Pratt & Whitney, Lockheed Martin (which owns Stratford-based Sikorsky), and New London's Electric Boat, has helped to organize a first-ever summit for U.S. and Australian defense companies, to take place in Mystic this September. Click here for the full article 
Startup Success: Planning to make inroads with AI feature

Monday, June 11, 2018

As a project manager, Darwyn Azzinaro would have given anything for a tool to teach others how to navigate the tough road of planning out and implementing a team project from beginning to end. And that’s what his company has created with the app Project Planning Pro, a new version of which he hopes will be a game-changer in the project management industry. “Project Planning Pro not only connects project teams with each other, it connects them to the tools and resources they need to be successful,” says Darwyn. Click here for the full article 
Startup Success: Planning to make inroads with AI feature

Monday, June 11, 2018

As a project manager, Darwyn Azzinaro would have given anything for a tool to teach others how to navigate the tough road of planning out and implementing a team project from beginning to end. And that’s what his company has created with the app Project Planning Pro, a new version of which he hopes will be a game-changer in the project management industry. Click here for the full article
Submarines: Groton’s Crucial Role In Defending the U.S.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Connecticut has played a crucial role in the defense of the United States for more than 100 years. General Dynamics Electric Boat, which is headquartered in Groton, began building underwater vessels in 1899. The company supplied the U.S. Navy with 85 submarines during WWI, and another 74 diesel submarines during WWII. These contributions earned Groton the nickname “Submarine Capital of the World.” New innovations in underwater technology continue to be developed in Groton to help the Navy do its job protecting the United States. This is where the world’s first nuclear-powered submarine was built; the Navy’s first ballistic-missile submarines were also...
Community Concierge welcomes and is welcome

Friday, June 08, 2018

Plenty of hope for the region’s future hinges on Electric Boat’s continued robust hiring over the next years. The company hired some 2,000 new workers in Connecticut in 2017 and in the upcoming decade promises to double that number. The state’s and region’s leaders universally hail this hiring as providing a positive punch for the local economy at a time when it’s no secret many of Connecticut’s young people are leaving the state for warmer climates or more cosmopolitan locales. Younger generations are increasingly mobile and less reluctant than were previous generations to ditch unsatisfying jobs or leave behind places that...
Museums in Connecticut offer free admission to service members, their families

Thursday, June 07, 2018

More than 50 museums in Connecticut are offering free admission this summer to active duty members of the military and their families, part of the ninth annual Blue Star Museums Program. Running between Memorial Day and Labor Day, the program is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in collaboration with Blue Star Families and the U.S. Department of Defense. Click here for the full article 
The 20 Best Small Towns To Visit in 2018

Thursday, June 07, 2018

There’s something about small towns that ignite our imaginations. Maybe it’s the charming main streets lined with century-old structures, now filled with artisan shops and cozy family-owned breakfast eateries, or the meandering rivers that run through downtown centers and majestic mountains that rise in the not-too-far distance, offering access to a world of activity. Or perhaps it’s one-of-a-kind museums, attractions and festivities that are brimming with hometown pride. This year, we’re not only highlighting towns that embrace all these qualities, but those that are also celebrating a milestone anniversary, marking a major historic event, or unveiling a new museum or...
First U.S.-Australia defense trade summit planned for Mystic

Monday, June 04, 2018

U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, and U.S. and Australian trade and defense officials met Thursday at Mystic Seaport Museum to announce that the first U.S.-Australia trade summit for defense contractors will be held here in September. The USA-Australia 100 Years of Mateship Defense Trade Summit will take place Sept. 17-18. Click here for the full article 
Former Electric Boat Architect To Lead Undersea Supply Network

Monday, June 04, 2018

A former General Dynamics Electric Boat employee will lead a new Connecticut-based network for suppliers to the Groton submarine maker and other undersea vehicle manufacturers. Alexandra Halvordson has been appointed the program manager for the Connecticut Undersea Supply Chain Consortium, a member organization being formed to enhance the state’s naval manufacturing industry. Click here for the full article 
State of Connecticut approves $81M package to create, retain jobs

Monday, June 04, 2018

The state on Friday approved an $81 million package of grants and loans to expand businesses and create jobs — including $29 million for Fairfield and New Haven County companies. "The investments we’re making will produce thousands of good-paying jobs for our residents for years to come," said Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. "These investments are further proof of our commitment to companies right here at home, and to welcome new businesses to the great state of Connecticut," Malloy said. The overall package is expected to retain 15,003 jobs and create 3,876 jobs as companies expand, relocate or stay in the state, officials said. Click...
Need an entry-level job at a store? It can be harder now

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Asia Thomas knew she was at a disadvantage. It had been 16 years since she quit a job at McDonald's to raise her kids. When she left, restaurants didn't have kiosks to take orders, people didn't use smartphones to pay, and job seekers did applications on paper. "Things have changed," said Thomas, who lives in Baltimore. "And there were a lot of things I forgot." Getting a job at a store or fast-food restaurant — often a way into the economy for an unskilled worker — used to be as simple as walking up and down the mall and applying. Now, with...
Community Concierge program acts as ‘21st-century Welcome Wagon’

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Matt Jones was on a scavenger hunt through New London earlier this month, learning trivia about what a building was made of (concrete) and how many tattoo parlors are on Bank Street (three). The following night, he was at Pink Basil at Olde Mistick Village in Mystic, pressing rice into seaweed and adding cucumber, crab stick, avocado, salmon and tuna to make his own rainbow roll. Jones found out about the events, which are part of the Community Concierge program the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut runs, through North American Young Generation in Nuclear, a young professionals organization. Click here for the...
Fitch senior eyes computer science to help others with physical disabilities

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Marley Robinson was on vacation around Christmas 2016 in Australia – her mother's homeland, and a place for which Robinson proudly bears a few small tattoos – when she heard some good news. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration had approved Spinraza, the first-ever drug approved for treating spinal muscular atrophy, the condition Robinson has that keeps her from walking and from being able to sit upright without a strap. She has been using the medication for about a year now. "My breathing has improved a good amount since then, and I've gained a good amount of mobility in my arms," said Robinson,...
Groton woman who served as part of Operation Desert Storm among those marching in National Memorial Day Parade

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

It was a reunion for her unit, the Army's 477th Medical Company, which provided care and medical transport to the sick and injured as part of Operation Desert Storm, several summers ago that reconnected Thena Cranfill with her "military identity." Cranfill, 53, of Groton, had felt disengaged from her military service, in large part because she hadn't been able to find or connect with vets who shared her unique experience of serving in the "short but intense" conflict. The reunion helped to change that and encouraged her to become more involved in the veteran community. So on Monday, she marched with about 100 or...
Program manager announced for Connecticut Undersea Supply Chain Consortium

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

The Thames River Innovation Place has appointed Alexandra L. Halvordson as program manager of the Connecticut Undersea Supply Chain Consortium, TRIP announced Thursday. Halvordson, a Groton native, previously spent 10 years as a naval architect for General Dynamics Electric Boat Corporation, serving as a team lead designing the Columbia-class submarine and managing performance of the Virginia payload module insertion. Click here for the full article 
Quest Day brings treasure hunt-style hikes to New London and Groton

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Did you know that the red Ebenezer Avery House at the bottom of Fort Griswold State Park was used as an infirmary for injured soldiers at the Battle of Groton Heights? Did you know that a member of the Pequot Tribe was killed in that battle? Did you know that the little brick house within the fort was used to heat cannonballs? Conceivably, those might be easy facts to overlook or forget, but those are just some of the small details that you’ll learn, or relearn, if you take part in Thames River Heritage Park’s first Quest Day — a self-guided...
My Mystic Wedding brings together local vendors

Monday, May 28, 2018

Mystic — Michael Connery had a sizeable list of wedding vendors he has worked with as owner of Saltwater Farm Vineyard, but he wanted a more formal way to bring them together. He wanted to create a place where brides-to-be could find vetted photographers and florists and caterers. And he wanted it to be in Mystic. While many note Newport as a hot New England locale for nuptials, Connery says that Mystic is cheaper and easier to get around — and that it probably has nicer people. Brides are "looking for something with character," he said. "This area offers character, it offers diversity, it offers...
All The Community Info You Need In One Place

Monday, May 28, 2018

You’re a busy person. Between work, taking the kids to soccer practice and finishing all those extra projects around the house, you don’t have a lot of time to keep up with everything that’s going on right here in our community. To make it easier, we’ve created a monthly e-newsletter to help you stay in-the-know. Interested to hear about which of your favorite eateries are offering deals during restaurant week? We have that info. Curious about upcoming workshops to help you expand your business? We have details. Looking for information about local initiatives that could impact your wallet? We’ll have that...
Sub base names dive locker after Navy’s first female deep-sea diver

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

It was the boots. Weighing 17 pounds each, and sized much too big for her feet, they had toes that would point down no matter how hard she tried to lift her feet. That was the single biggest obstacle on a daily basis for Donna Tobias as she made her way through the Navy deep-sea diving school, the first woman to do so. On Tuesday, the Naval Submarine Base held a ceremony to name its dive locker, the facility used by divers who perform underwater maintenance on the 15 attack submarines based in Groton, after Tobias, the Navy's first female deep-sea diver. Click...
Bids Bring Offshore Wind One Step Closer in Conn.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) recently closed the bidding period of a request for proposals (RFP) for renewable-energy resources, including offshore wind. The RFP, which closed April 2, allowed bidders to propose up to the maximum amount of offshore wind generation allowed under law: 3 percent of load or about 250 megawatts. “Offshore wind is a critical technology for states to meet their clean energy and greenhouse gas reduction requirements,” said Emily Lewis, a policy analyst at Acadia Center. “The region needs rapid deployment of offshore wind, and Connecticut’s RFP shows that the state wants to participate in...
Grow Your Business In Groton: We Have The Space You Need

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Looking to expand your business or kick-start a new one? Groton, Connecticut, is the ideal location because we have the resources to help you get started. The Economic Development team is committed to helping your company find commercial space to suit your specific needs. We have dozens of buildings, sites and commercial spaces available for lease or sale right now. The properties include everything from cozy offices to 18-acre expanses of land ready to be developed. You will find rates in the area attractive as well; some commercial spaces are going for as low as $10-$15 per square foot. Click here...
State’s Opportunity Zone picks receive federal approval; Norwich, New London and Groton included

Monday, May 21, 2018

The U.S. Department of Treasury has approved the state’s application for 72 Opportunity Zones, including three each in New London and Norwich and one in Groton, where development projects will be eligible for federal tax incentives for investors, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Friday. The state solicited nominations of qualifying low-income census tracts from municipalities and submitted the nominations for the federal government’s recently established Opportunity Zone Program to induce long-term investments in low-income communities. Investors can claim tax credits off unrealized capital gains for investing into development projects within the zones. Each state was limited to nominating only up to 25 percent of...
Tech Industry Contributes $16.2B To Connecticut Economy

Monday, May 21, 2018

Connecticut’s technology industry contributed $16.2 billion to the state’s economy in 2017, a share equal to 6.5 percent, the national Computing Technology Industry Association. That economic impact is the 22nd largest in the country according to the association’s annual industry report. Published Tuesday, the analysis and rankings are based on data from the U.S. Department of Commerce and other sources. Connecticut also ranked 25th in net technology employment, and 15th in the share of tech workers in the workforce. Last year, Connecticut’s 6,700 technology businesses employed 140,600 workers, or about 7.6 percent of the state’s workforce, the association said. The state’s growth trailed many...
More kelp fishermen harvesting in local waters

Thursday, May 17, 2018

  GROTON & STONINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) - The waters off of southeastern Connecticut are growing what many see as a health food delicacy. More fishermen are now growing kelp which flourishes in salt water and can survive hazardous weather conditions. J.P. Vellotti, the general manager of East Coast Kelp Farms out of Norwalk, and Jay and Suzie Douglas who own Mechanic Street Marina, are now growing the seaweed off of Groton and Stonington. Douglas has gotten guidance from Branford fisherman Bren Smith, who started the non-profit GreenWave to help kelp fishermen get started. Continue to full article
History Revisited: Electric Boat Company’s astounding manufacturing diversity

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

A few weeks ago, while having breakfast with two of my more reliable local historical sources and friends, Everest Brustolon and Bill Scarano, we ventured onto the subject of some of the products, besides submarines, which had previously been made by the Electric Boat Company (now called the Electric Boat Corporation). Both men, now in their 90s, who had worked at the company back in the 1930s and 1940s, before and after World War II, vividly recalled the production of automatic bowling pin-setters and lightweight truck bodies. Everest recalled there being a small bowling alley at the company where they tried out...
Kevin visits the submarine capital of the world

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Nestled between the Thames River to the west, the Mystic River to the east, and fronting Long Island Sound, Groton has a long maritime history. While known as the submarine capital of the world, Groton’s connection to the sea is centuries old, and the Marine Science Magnet High School introduces future generations to the marvels of the sea. Click here for the full article
Marine Science Magnet ranked sixth-best high school in state

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Marine Science Magnet High School is the best high school in eastern Connecticut, the sixth-best in the state and the 352nd-best in the country, per new rankings from U.S. News & World Report. That puts it in the top 2 percent of the 20,548 public high schools the publication ranked — which Principal Nicholas Spera called "wild" for a school that's only seven years old. Because its ranking was below 500, Marine Science Magnet was named a gold medal winner. It was named a silver medal winner last year. Click here for the full article 
With a focus on advising startups, Tech Tour stops in Groton

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Traveling in an Airstream Classic, investor and entrepreneur Paul Singh took his North American Tech Tour to Groton this week for three days of roundtables, one-on-one consultations and fireside chats, all aimed at helping startup businesses. His visit May 8-10 followed a one-day visit in the fall. Ignite, an entrepreneur-supporting organization through Thames River Innovation Place, partnered with Crossroads Venture Group to bring Singh to Groton. Most of the events were held at the Innovation Commons, a lab and co-working space. "This is an opportunity for entrepreneurs to sit and to talk to a lawyer, to an accounting firm," said Mary Anne Rooke, executive director of...
SBDC connects entrepreneurs with free consulting services

Monday, May 14, 2018

When Jason Bittner, founder and CEO of Triple Helix Corp., first opened his East Hartford software and information management company in 2004, he was not only fully invested in his business dream but equally invested in getting solid business advice as a small-business entrepreneur. "I was paying a consultant between $500 and $1,000 a month to help guide and direct me because I was serious about the growth [of my business] and was trying to get the best advice I could," he said. "But as a startup, it was cost-prohibitive." Over the past 14 years, as his company has grown from a...
Business, economic development leaders praise state’s deal with Electric Boat

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Tony Sheridan said it's "really going to have an impact on everything and everybody." John Beauregard said he couldn't be prouder. Chris Jewell called it "wonderful news." Local business leaders and economists were effusive in their praise of the Tuesday morning announcement of a partnership between the state and Electric Boat. The deal involves $83 million in state funding to EB: a $35 million loan for machinery and equipment, $20 million in tax exemptions, $8 million for workforce development and $20 million for dredging. Click here for the full article
Electric Boat promises jobs, construction in exchange for state support

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Tuesday announced a "historic," long-term partnership between the state and Electric Boat that involves an $83 million investment by Connecticut, with a commitment from the submarine builder to add jobs and spend hundreds of millions on capital improvements in Groton. The partnership will "build upon our investments that we've made with other defense contractors and quite frankly be supportive of a supply chain that touches every single portion of our state," Malloy said at a news conference at Fort Trumbull with a view of Electric Boat's construction bay, where a new fleet of attack submarines is...
Electric Boat promises jobs, construction in exchange for state support

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

New London — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Tuesday announced a "historic," long-term partnership between the state and Electric Boat that involves an $83 million investment by Connecticut, with a commitment from the submarine builder to add jobs and spend hundreds of millions on capital improvements in Groton. The partnership will "build upon our investments that we've made with other defense contractors and quite frankly be supportive of a supply chain that touches every single portion of our state," Malloy said at a news conference at Fort Trumbull with a view of Electric Boat's construction bay, where a new fleet of...
50 years after winning the Boston Marathon, Amby gives it another go

Monday, April 23, 2018

Ambrose "Amby" Burfoot’s most joyous moment of the 1968 Boston Marathon certainly didn’t occur while running the fabled 26.2-mile foot race. “I was absolutely terrified the whole way,” he recalled the other day. “I kept waiting for other guys to pass me.” Amby also didn’t celebrate with fist pumps when he dashed down Boylston Street toward Copley Square amid cheering throngs and burst across the finish line in 2 hours, 22 minutes and 17 seconds. Even when the mayor placed the signature laurel wreath on his head — no reaction. Click here for the full article 
A run for the ageless

Monday, April 23, 2018

Imagine if Tom Brady donned his Patriots uniform in the year 2068 and tossed a touchdown pass to teammate Rob Gronkowski, or if Red Sox rightfielder Mookie Betts stepped up to the plate at Fenway that same year and smacked a double off the Green Monster. On Monday, Mystic's Amby Burfoot defied age and proved his heart still beats like a champion after he ran the Boston Marathon an astonishing half-century after winning the celebrated foot race in 1968. Only a handful of former Boston victors have even attempted such a feat. Click here for the full article 
Craft Brewers Call On Lawmakers To Lift Limits

Monday, April 23, 2018

HARTFORD, CT — An army of craft brewers descended on the state Capitol Tuesday to ask legislators to lift the limit on how much beer they can sell from the state’s increasingly popularity brewery industry. Currently, craft brewers in the state are limited to selling only 9 liters of beer per customer transaction from their breweries — which John Kraszewski, owner and founder of Armada Brewing of East Haven — said translates into “about 21, 16-ounce cans.” The General Law Committee heard testimony on a bill, HB 5036, that would lift the limits. "Craft beer is exploding in Connecticut,” Kraszewski said. “Meanwhile it is...
EB, Navy gearing up for boost in submarine production

Saturday, April 21, 2018

The U.S. Navy is working to build three attack submarines in some years as opposed to two, and wants to keep five of its attack submarines in service longer than expected to address a dip in the number of nuclear-powered attack submarines in coming years. The U.S. attack submarine fleet is expected to shrink by 20 percent over the next decade. There are 52 attack submarines today; by 2028, that number is expected to dip to 42. The Navy has said it needs a fleet of 66 attack submarines, but that isn’t expected to happen until 2048 under current plans. Meanwhile, the...
Norwich, New London and Groton included in governor’s Opportunity Zone plan

Friday, April 20, 2018

Seven U.S. Census tracts from southeastern Connecticut — three each in New London and Norwich and one in Groton — will be included in Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s plan to request federal Opportunity Zone status. The Opportunity Zone program, created as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, provides a federal tax incentive for investors to re-invest unrealized capital gains into development projects in designated zones. In exchange for their investments, opportunity fund investors will be able to decrease their federal tax burden. Click here for the full article 
Chelsea Groton reports ‘terrific year’

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Chelsea Groton Bank on Monday reported strong net income of $6.1 million last year, but missed its profit mark of more than $7 million largely because of a one-time tax event related to adjustments for new, lower rates going into effect this year. The bank was assessed an extra $1 million tax because of a technical adjustment imposed at the end of last year, said bank President and CEO Michael Rauh in an interview at his office. He added that the bank, which reported a $5.5 million profit two years ago, is under stricter regulation after crossing the $1 billion in assets mark last year. Click here...
Sub base reflects on its 150-year history

Thursday, April 12, 2018

 For its first 50 years, the New London Navy Yard in Groton was not of particular importance. Today, the site is home to the Naval Submarine Base, where 15 of the Navy's 52 attack submarines are based, and holds much more prominence. The Navy's push to build more attack submarines coupled with the changing role of the submarine have enhanced the strategic value of the base, officials say. Click here for the full article
Career workshop gives high school students tips on customer service, interviewing

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

What do you do if you're working the front desk of a hotel, and a guest arrives four hours before check-in but is furious his room isn't ready? How do you respond if you're an aquarium worker and a customer is angry the shark habitat is closed for maintenance, after having driven all the way from New Hampshire just to see that? What's the proper protocol, if you're the hostess at a popular waterfront restaurant, for handling a customer who is upset that the table for his reservation is not yet ready? These were some of the scenarios presented to Grasso Tech...
Most Important Historical Event in Every State

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

The USS Nautilus was built at the Electric Boat Shipyard in Groton and was the first nuclear-powered ship to be commissioned by the United States Navy in 1954. The submarine would set speed and distance records for submerged vessels. One of its accomplishments was making the first crossing of the North Pole by ship in 1958. The Nautilus served until 1980, when it was decommissioned. The submarine was important for its demonstration of the use of nuclear power as an energy source, rather than a weapon. Click here for the full article
May 1 to May 3: National Small Business Week Virtual Conference

Monday, April 09, 2018

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and SCORE will host a free, 3-Day Virtual Conference during National Small Business Week. This online conference will take place Tuesday, May 1 through Thursday, May 3 between 12:30 pm ET and 6:30 pm ET each day. Registration is free to the public. Join this event to get practiced advice on current business strategies, meet other business owners, and chat with industry experts! The virtual conference offers all the best parts of an in-person conference, but without the hassle of traveling. The conference will offer twelve educational webinars across all three days, one-on-one mentoring sessions, exhibitor...
General Dynamics Awarded $126 Million for Continued Columbia-Class Submarine Development

Thursday, April 05, 2018

The U.S Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $126.1 million contract modification to continue development of the Common Missile Compartment for the U.S. Navy's Columbia-class submarine and the Royal Navy's Successor-class ballistic-missile submarine. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD). The contract modification includes funding for procurement of long-lead time material for missile tubes which will be integrated into both the Navy's new SSBN and the Royal Navy's Dreadnought-class strategic missile submarine. Click here for the full article 
Passport to Connecticut Libraries

Monday, March 26, 2018

Several area libraries will be participating in the “Passport to Connecticut Libraries” program during the month of April. A Connecticut Library Association initiative, the Passport program encourages residents to visit their local libraries and others around the state, learn about the programs and other services available, and appreciate each library’s special quirks. Click here to read the full article 
Groton Town police adopt new policy for school safety

Friday, March 23, 2018

Inspired by an early March meeting among several police chiefs and U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Groton Town police have adopted a new policy regarding officer presence in schools. Called “Every School, Every Day,” the approach is not altogether different from what the department already does. There’s a resource officer assigned to Fitch, and some patrol officers stop by the other schools from time to time. Officers sometimes are in the schools to oversee events, too, or teach safety programming. Click here to read the full article 
Groton senior center, human services will distribute 250 pill-dissolving pouches

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Kits that destroy prescription medications are now available in Groton to people who wish to keep their drugs out of the wrong hands but may not be able to get to drop boxes at the town's police stations for that purpose. The Groton Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention, or GASP, used money from a Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services grant program, which is intended to help communities confront the prescription opioid crisis, to pay for 250 Deterra prescription drug-disposal pouches that use a charcoal-like substance to deactivate the drugs on a molecular level. Click here for the full article 
Submarines in high demand, officials say, as USS Colorado is commissioned

Monday, March 19, 2018

The Navy's newest attack submarine, the USS Colorado (SSN 788), was commissioned in a ceremony at the Naval Submarine Base on Saturday, at a time when these warships are in high demand. The crew has worked to get themselves and the boat seaworthy, "and the labor of your efforts is largely unseen," said ship sponsor Annie Mabus, daughter of former Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus. She was seated in the front row for the ceremony. The crew has spent three of the past four months underway, she said, to prepare for "the unknown that awaits her and you at sea." Click here...
Mystic Restaurant Week runs March 5-11

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Mystic Restaurant Week 2018 will take place from March 5 to 11, with more than 20 participating restaurants in the Mystic, Groton and Stonington areas offering special multi-course lunch and dinner menus and specials at fixed prices. Most of the restaurants’ lunch menus are set at $15 and dinner at $25, not including tax and gratuity.    Click here for the full article 
The newest Virginia-class attack submarine, USS Colorado, will be commissioned March 17 at Naval Submarine Base New London.

Friday, February 23, 2018

The newest Virginia-class attack submarine, USS Colorado, will be commissioned March 17 at Naval Submarine Base New London. The submarine can operate in littoral and deep ocean environments and presents combatant commanders with a range of operational capabilities. The submarine will be the fourth U.S. Navy vessel to bear the Colorado name.  Click here for the full article 
USS Virginia, one of the first fast-attack submarines to be integrated, returns home

Friday, February 23, 2018

When the USS Virginia returned to port Thursday, most on board were returning from their first deployment, including several female officers, who are among the first women to serve on submarines. "I'm not a female member of the crew. I'm just another crew member," Lt. j.g. Heather Kerber said of being one of five female officers assigned to the Virginia. "We're not men. We're not women. We're Virginians." The Virginia was one of the first fast-attack submarines to which female officers were assigned, and the boat has deployed twice now with women on board. The five female officers assigned to Virginia range...
Groton to market two former schools for development

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Planning Director Jonathan Reiner said Tuesday the town would begin marketing the former Colonel Ledyard School and former Pleasant Valley Elementary School for development as soon as both are turned over to the town. The town owns the Colonel Ledyard School at 120 West St. but had leased it to the city for $1 as potential future municipal office space. The city had planned to use it, but timing and budget constraints forced it to halt those plans. Click here for the full article 
Mystic ‘prettiest small town’ in America, website says

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

A website that bills itself as “the world’s #1 site for vacation rentals” has Mystic at the top of its list of the “15 Prettiest Small Towns in the U.S.” “This quaint seaside village is dedicated to all things maritime,” the website,, says. Click here for the full article
Budweiser Clydesdales to return to upcoming Mystic Irish Parade

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

 Organizers of the 15th annual Mystic Irish Parade have announced that the Budweiser Clydesdales will participate in the March 25 parade. The 10-horse team last marched in the parade 10 years ago. The horses, which are scheduled to arrive on March 20 and leave March 26, will be housed in a temporary stable constructed at Mystic Seaport. Click here for the full article 
SCORE expands workshop offerings

Monday, January 29, 2018

The local chapter of business advisory SCORE has announced an updated and enhanced educational program to go along with the appointment of Anne Driscoll as its workshop chairwoman. Driscoll, a Westerly resident, has spent more than two decades in marketing, having extensive experience in e-commerce and the digital realm for such companies as Victoria's Secret, Guitar Center and Filene's Department Store. She took over this month from Bill Ward and Ward Feirer, who previously ran the free workshops. Driscoll promises that her expertise in the online world will add a new dimension to workshops for the southeastern Connecticut chapter based in Old...
Institute to help bulk up ‘Silicon Valley of undersea warfare,’ officials say

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Former Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel once called southeastern New England "the Silicon Valley of undersea warfare." That vision is shared by the two major public universities in Connecticut and Rhode Island and submarine manufacturer Electric Boat, who have partnered to create a new institute that will develop a new generation of highly skilled naval engineers and accelerate research in the field of undersea technology. The timing is right for the new National Institute for Undersea Vehicle Technology, headquartered at UConn's Avery Point campus in Groton, said Michael Accorsi, senior associate dean of UConn's School of Engineering, given the push to ramp up...
Groton Business Association, Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce merge

Friday, January 26, 2018

The Groton Business Association, an affiliate of the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce, last week announced that it has merged with the chamber. This means it will go from being a working committee under the umbrella of the chamber to a standing committee, while retaining its logo. But have no fear: The Fall Festival, Holiday Lights Parade and Business Update Breakfast aren't going anywhere. The GBA has been an all-volunteer organization, and the "symptoms" that brought about the merger came from the organization "basically burning through its talent pool of volunteers," said Al Valente, chairman of the chamber's board of directors and...
Undersea Manufacturing Ecosystem Taking Shape In Groton

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

In a warehouse between the Poquonnock River and Groton’s Army National Guard base, engineers tinker with a vessel worn and weathered from months at sea. It’s a Wave Glider, an unmanned craft the shape of a surfboard and equipped with artificial intelligence and sonar sensors that trail along 20 feet underwater. Called the Outpost system, this new-age vehicle developed by year-old startup ThayerMahan is an example of the changing industry of undersea warfare, once the exclusive domain of submarine builders like General Dynamics Electric Boat, headquartered just two miles away. ThayerMahan also represents opportunity for Connecticut, as the state works to boost...
Undersea Manufacturing Ecosystem Taking Shape In Groton

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

In a warehouse between the Poquonnock River and Groton’s Army National Guard base, engineers tinker with a vessel worn and weathered from months at sea. It’s a Wave Glider, an unmanned craft the shape of a surfboard and equipped with artificial intelligence and sonar sensors that trail along 20 feet underwater. Called the Outpost system, this new-age vehicle developed by year-old startup ThayerMahan is an example of the changing industry of undersea warfare, once the exclusive domain of submarine builders like General Dynamics Electric Boat, headquartered just two miles away. ThayerMahan also represents opportunity for Connecticut, as the state works to boost...
Groton launches website on update of zoning regulations

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Groton — The town has launched a new website to give residents and others access to information about the progress of updating Groton’s zoning regulations. The site,, includes basics like how zoning affects residents, business and developers, links to meeting minutes and presentations at Zoning Commission meetings and updates on what’s coming next. The website also offers an option to receive updates via email. The Zoning Commission has been working to update zoning regulations for more than a year, after a market analysis and regulatory audit recommended it. Regulations last were updated more than 30 years ago.
What’s next for former Benny’s sites?

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Three former Benny's sites in southeastern Connecticut stand vacant. Three different owners are working to fix that. The Groton site is one of the two not sold to Carpionato Group. Benny's leased the building from Chris Regan, whose family has owned the Groton Shopping Plaza since 1952. Regan said there has been "strong interest" in the 17,200-square-foot building, and that he's been in discussions with five tenants. He noted that future use could be retail but that "the possibilities are endless." Depending on the needs of the future tenant, Regan thinks the building would either stay the same size or be expanded, not...
Business Planning and Access to Data

Friday, January 12, 2018

Are you a new entrepreneur just beginning to plan your business? Or, a well-established entrepreneur revisiting and fine tuning an existing business plan? If you answered YES, then you know the importance of accessing data. Our office receives this question often and we are here to help you access the resources you need. Click here to read the full article
In hunt for a career, hundreds flock to EB fair in Westerly

Friday, January 12, 2018

Cyrus Connors stood in line at the Westerly Education Center, waiting to speak to an Electric Boat staffing representative about his interest in becoming a shipfitter or sheet metal worker. Connors is a 2015 Grasso Tech alumnus and works in construction, so he has the carpentry-based skills that would suit him well in shipfitting. His grandfather was a sheet metal worker, employed at Electric Boat for about 35 years. Connors likes construction, but it's not something he wants to do forever. The Ledyard resident said of EB, "I know it's somewhere I can start a career in, and stay and grow within the...
Real McCoy Rum of Mystic partners with Constellation Brands

Friday, January 12, 2018

The Real McCoy Rum of Mystic has announced that Constellation Brands, which had $7.3 billion of sales in 2017 and is best known for distributing Corona beer, has acquired a minority stake in the company. Emmy award-winning filmmaker Bailey Pryor, who launched the rum in 2013 from his home on Pearl Street, said he, his wife Jennifer and other company officials will continue to oversee operations but Constellation will expand distribution and marketing. Click here for the full article
You thought the deep freeze was bad? The winter of 1918 was worse

Friday, January 12, 2018

During the winter of 1917-18, Long Island Sound filled with huge cakes of floating ice that made maritime travel dangerous for weeks. Several steamboats were damaged while plowing through ice fields, and the New London-Groton ferry struggled to operate because ice clogged its docks on both sides of the Thames River. Much of New London Harbor was covered with ice, leaving vessels lying at anchor cut off from the city. Click here for the full article
Planet Fitness moves to a new location

Friday, January 12, 2018

Planet Fitness has moved to a new location on Long Hill Road. The new location, located in the TJ Maxx plaza, is almost double the size of Planet Fitness' previous Groton location. The brand new building features all new, state-of- the-art strength and cardio equipment, a 30-minute circuit training workout area and a Black Card Spa that includes tanning, massage chairs, Hydro-Massage Loungers and a Total Body Enhancement booth.  "We are very excited to provide the Groton and southeast Connecticut community with a world-class facility where they can make their health and happiness a priority in 2018, regardless of their fitness level and without...
Happy New Year from the Mystic Cheese company

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Happy New Year from The Mystic Cheese Company! As you may have heard, 2018 is going to be a huge year for Mystic Cheese! We are opening a new location in Groton this summer and we will be neighbors with our friends at  The Beer'd Brewing Company!  We will be serving up amazing grilled cheese sandwiches, cheese boards, and have cut to order artisan cheeses to go. Click here for the full article
General Dynamics Wins $432M Virginia-Class Submarine Deal

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

General Dynamics Corp. 's GD business division, Electric Boat, recently secured a modification contract for providing fiscal 2018 lead yard services and development studies and design efforts for Virginia-class submarines.  Majority of the work related to this deal will be carried out in Groton, CT. Click here for the complete article
Mystic, Connecticut - Could You live Here?

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

By night, the river glides through the heart of Mystic in silence. It’s dark and mysterious, with a moody quietude that makes it easy to imagine tall ships sailing the narrow waterway out to the harbor and beyond. But tonight is different. On this late November evening, the river blazes with boats, tall and small, roped with brilliance, and fireworks flare overhead. Mystic’s Holiday Lighted Boat Parade bedazzles the darkness. The riverbank is thronged, the community streaming together from all directions, parents hoisting children onto shoulders, to gape at the luminous beauty. Click here for the complete article
Town of Groton Launches Business Assistance Website to Attract Investors, Businesses and Residents

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 2017 GROTON, CT -- The newly created Groton economic development website offers a full suite of business assistance resources and comprehensive business information. Investors, businesses and new residents can visit to access the available assets.  Groton economic developers want to attract new businesses, entrepreneurs and residents to participate in the success of Groton. Known as the “Home of the Submarine Force” and for perfecting penicillin and vitamin C Groton’s success has been fueled by Groton’s big ideas and innovators. “The creation of the Groton Economic Development website was a priority recommendation from the recently-completed Market Analysis,” said Economic...
General Dynamics Wins Modification Deal for USS Washington

Monday, October 23, 2017

Military shipbuilder General Dynamics Corporation 's GD business division, Electric Boat, recently secured a modification contract worth $20.6 million for planning and execution of USS Washington (SSN 787) in the post-delivery work period. Work related to this deal is scheduled to be over by February 2018. The contract was awarded by the Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion and Repair, Groton, CT. Per the terms of the agreement, Electric Boat will conduct planning and execution-related tasks including long-lead-time material procurement. These tasks will aid in accomplishing the maintenance, repair, alterations, testing and other work on USS Washington during the scheduled post-delivery work period. Majority of the work will...
State numbers show venture financing on the rise

Monday, October 23, 2017

Through his Blackdirt Farm in Stamford, David Nicola planted $850,000 last month in an initiative to repurpose Georgia farmland for the “grass-fed” and organic movement. Back on his home turf in Connecticut, plenty of other investors have been sowing the seeds for ventures that could one day sprout jobs. Connecticut had its single biggest quarter in three years for venture financing at $164 million between April and June, nearly doubling the first-quarter totals as tracked by Hearst Connecticut Media in its quarterly review of filings with the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission and other notifications. Click here for the complete article.