The GBA meets monthly at different Groton businesses for networking, updates, and news in the Town and City of Groton, and presentations on topics of general interest to our local business community. If you are a Groton business, work at a Groton business, or want to do business in Groton, you're invited!
Join us for our next meeting, the Annual Groton Business Breakfast Update
Date: Thursday, May 18, 2017, 7:30-9:30 AM
Location: Groton Inn & Suites, 99 Gold Star Highway, Groton, CT 06340
Registration Fee: Tickets can be purchased below for $30 per attendee, or purchased at the door for $35 per person. We highly recommend that you purchase in advance for expeditious entry. REGISTER HERE.
Curious to know the answers to the following questions?
- What’s ahead for the overall Groton economy?
- What will be the effect of Electric Boat’s rapid expansion?
- How is Groton reaching over the rivers to collaborate with New London and Stonington?
- How has a Groton incubator industrial park enjoyed such rapid expansion in a soft economy?
- What’s the new buzz about Mystic?
Find out at the Annual Groton Business Update, presented by the Groton Business Association (GBA) & Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce (GMCC).
This annual event, held each May, offers a current overview and future plans for the Groton business environment. Thank you to our generous sponsor Groton Utilities for their continued support to the Groton community. Also, special thank you to Groton Inn & Suites for hosting our annual update.
The Annual Groton Business Update will include a full breakfast as well as feature a presentation and discussion by a panel of business leaders who are influential and significant to the Greater Groton business community:
Robert Ross, Executive Director of the Connecticut Office of Military Affairs
Tom Plante, Director of Strategic Planning, General Dynamics’ Electric Boat
Stephen Clemente, Mystic retail business owner and Chairman of the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce
Tim Tylaska, President of the Mystic Business Park
Hannah Gant, Director of Strategy and Innovation at Spark Makerspace
About the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association:
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) mission is to ensure that the sky remains within reach of everyone who dreams of becoming a pilot. AOPA boasts a membership of over 400,000 spanning 75 countries, and represents the largest aviation community in the world. Whether through educating the public about the fun and the utility that aircraft can provide, preparing resources and training material to enhance the skills of pilots everywhere, or advocating for aviation within government agencies—AOPA strives to maintain the strength and vitality of the flying community.
IMPORTANT CHANGES TO THE WATER RESOURCE PROTECTION OVERLAY DISTRICT THAT COULD IMPACT YOUR BUSINESS
One of the region’s most valuable resources is Groton’s reservoir system. This high quality reservoir supplies drinking water to a number of towns in Southeastern Connecticut. Since 1987, the Town of Groton has protected the watershed with an overlay zone designed to limit uses that could pollute the water. The Groton Zoning Commission is now finishing work on a complete overhaul of this zoning regulation.
The Zoning Commission started this project with the goal of making the regulations easier to follow and to allow uses currently prohibited if they use current technology to protect water quality. The Commission has received input mainly from Groton Utilities, the owner of the reservoir system and the environmental community.
A number of the proposed changes could impact new and existing businesses. These changes are outlined on the attached fact sheet. One of the more significant changes is a 100 foot non-disturbance area adjacent to watercourses and associated wetlands in which no development or vegetation removal will be allowed. Tighter controls on stormwater discharge and handling of hazardous materials are also proposed.
It is important that businesses participate in this process. The Zoning Commission has heard very little from the business community about the impact of their regulations. The new regulations will be available for review in February and Groton anticipates a spring public hearing.
Jonathan Reiner, the Director of Planning and Development Services will discuss the Water Resource Protection District regulation amendments at the GBA meeting on Thursday, January 19, 7:30am at Cardinal Honda.