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Thames River officially designated an Innovation Place!

On Tuesday June 6th the state announced that New London and Groton achieved the Innovation Places designation with the opportunity bring in up to $900,000. We are among four finalists which include Hartford, New Haven, and Stamford. Read more here.

The work is now on to determine how to raise the matching capital needed to bring in the full $900,000!

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Coverage of the first Innovation Boost

This Day article by Claire Bessette neatly captures the attitude expressed by project teams at the first Innovation Boost on Saturday February 4th:

"The grant application will be submitted April 1, but when participants broke into four groups to work on their specific projects Saturday, they talked about “when” their plans would be implemented, not “if” they can get state backing."

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Introducing the Innovation Boost

The Thames River Innovation Place (TRIP) initiative is an unprecedented alliance of public, private, and nonprofit sectors in New London and Groton. The purpose is to spur new business development, support existing entities as they seek to grow, and identify catalytic projects that make the Thames River region more attractive for people to live, work, and start businesses.

Since its formation in fall 2016, TRIP has been engaged in a research and planning process to identify underlying patterns evident in historically successful efforts in New London & Groton. These observations have generated Design Principles to guide the improvement of new ideas and existing entities. Still in draft form, these are currently:

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ISAAC Students Win Hackathon!


Congratulations to all who participated in the first ever Hackathon in southeastern CT. Four teams competed through the weekend at Spark Makerspace and presented at CURE Innovation Commons on Sunday.

Read more about the winning team in this article from the Day which included Teressa Simpkins and Clarileni Santiago, 8th grade students at ISAAC school.

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Thames River Hackathon: Transit Edition!


Check out coverage from the Day newspaper about the upcoming first ever Hackathon in southeastern CT hosted by Spark Makerspace and CURE Innovation Commons.


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We got the full $50k for the planning grant!

The Thames River Innovation Places initiative is pleased to share that the state awarded this effort the full $50,000 to support the planning phase between now and April. 

Read more about this in a recent article from the Day newspaper.

Congratulations to all of the places throughout CT that received support!

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How to Help & Follow Along

The best way to help right now is SPREADING THE WORD!!!

Here is content that can be copy & pasted to send out in an email to family and friends:

Have you heard about the opportunity that New London and City & Town of Groton have to become an Innovation Place? We are collaborating in new ways to build a strong and vibrant region with a thriving economic foundation. This could mean millions of dollars over the next several years from the state!

This initiative has adopted the name: Thames River Innovation Place. Check out this recent article in the Day or learn more by visiting the new website: www.thamesriverinnovation.org.

In order to improve the chances for getting an initial $50,000 planning grant from the state we need to raise matching money.

The easiest way to do this is by contributing to this crowd funding campaign.

Short on money? There is also the option of giving a product or service that could be listed as a reward during the campaign which will go through September. You can submit ideas using this form.

Other ways to help / follow:

  • Like the page on FB and invite others to do so
  • Follow @thamesriverinno on twitter
  • Use these hashtags when posting on different social media: #thamesinnovation
  • Sign up for the newsletter

Primary way to help: SPREAD THE WORD by forwarding this email!

And, save the date: Tuesday Sept 20th from 5 - 7pm is a chance to meet Bill Reed from Regenesis Group that is leading the planning phase with a process called Story of Place at the CURE Innovation Commons in Groton with pizza and beer. This is not to be missed! RSVP here.

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News coverage in the Day


The initiative has garnered attention from the regional newspaper the Day. Lee Howard wrote an excellent article about this unprecedented collaborative effort.

There was a follow up article reporting out on the public presentation on August 31st about Innovation Places.

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Thames River Innovation Places Crowdfunding Campaign

We have launched a crowdfunding campaign so that everyone in our community will be able to participate and show their support to the Innovation Places initiative. Watch the video to learn more!


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