CT Next has designated four Innovation Places that will receive implementation grants in 2018. The four are:
- Hartford/East Hartford (led by Hartford/East Hartford Innovation Places Initiative)
- New Haven (led by Elm City Innovation Collaborative)
- New London/Groton (led by Thames River Innovation Place)
- Stamford (led by Innovate Stamford)
The Thames River Innovation Place includes CURE Innovation Commons, the newly designed office and laboratory facility in Groton.
“The Innovation Places program brought out the best in each community and provided a unique opportunity for the public and private sector to work across silos and think about how to collectively enhance their community’s economic vitality in an integrated and cohesive way,” said Glendowlyn Thames, executive director of CTNext.
Areas impacted by the Thames River Innovation Place include both sides of the mouth of the Thames River, encompassing Fort Trumbull, Downtown New London and Hodges Square in New London, and Groton Center, the Groton Waterfront and Avery Point in Groton.