Building a strong and vibrant region with a thriving economic foundation

The purpose of the Thames River Innovation Place is to build prosperity in the Thames River region through authentic innovation, collaboration, and diverse partnerships.

Our group is an unprecedented alliance of public, private, and nonprofit sectors in the communities of New London and Groton in Southeastern Connecticut. Major institutions are collaborating to design a blueprint for the future of our communities that integrates existing plans and projects with new ideas that leverage and enhance all that is unique about this place at the mouth of the Thames River. Thames River Innovation is supported by CTNext.


Ignite sparks ideas, businesses, and innovative growth in the Thames River region by producing events, sponsoring education, and connecting entrepreneurs with a business development support system.

Opening or expanding a restaurant is a colossal undertaking. Thankfully, Cultivator Kitchen can help. More than just a test kitchen, the Cultivator Kitchen is where new restaurants are born and expanded.

Community Concierge is eastern Connecticut’s 21st-century ‘Welcome Wagon.’ It is a comprehensive tool for new arrivals to become acquainted with living, working, and playing in New London, Groton, and beyond.

By strengthening the connection between our two communities—Groton and New London—and taking steps to dramatically redevelop key neighborhoods, we can create a stronger, more stable sense of place and connectivity.

The Naval & Maritime Consortium is a network of companies that collectively addresses challenges, shares solutions, collaborates on opportunities, and capitalizes on the growing national undersea and offshore wind supply chains.


TRIP Announces 2 Year Business Plan