About the Naval & Maritime Consortium
The 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.
The naval undersea business base is growing, and this growth provides opportunities for economic development across Connecticut and the region. With the increased production of the VIRIGNIA Class from two to three submarines a year, the VIRGINIA Payload Module, and the new COLUMBIA class of ballistic missile submarines, there is a once in a generation opportunity for companies doing business with in the Navy research and development and production spheres, and in the submarine supply chain. The Naval and Maritime Consortium is also laying the groundwork to maximize opportunities for members in the nascent US offshore wind supply chain.
Through a partnership with UConn, the Consortium promotes innovation and the transition of cutting-edge solutions to industry to improve products, reduce costs, and to develop the next generation of our workforce.
Just as the Aerospace Components Manufactures (ACM) consortium helped push Connecticut to the forefront of the global aerospace industry, our Consortium can do the same for the naval supply chain industry.
The main office and network hub is located at the UConn Avery Point Campus.
- Maintain a directory of regional market needs and associated contracting agents.
- Disseminate market opportunities and promote best practices throughout industry.
- Communicate new developments within the CT ports.
- Maintain a single point directory of supplier members and their services.
- Assist members in navigating contracting processes with large prime contractors.
- Organize trade shows linking small to medium sized businesses with larger OEMs.
- Promote CT suppliers as Subject Matter Experts within their specialty areas.
- Organize trade shows and represent member businesses at other non-Consortium run trade shows.
- Federal and state legislative monitoring and lobbying to reduce business barriers.
Small Business Assistance
- Assist members with gaining access to business grants and loans.
- Assist members in meeting defense contractor rules and compliance requirements.
- Provide consulting services for small business planning and proposal development.
- Partner with academic institutions for access to talent and to bring new technology to industry.
- Serve as conduit amongst members to form joint ventures to better compete for defense contracts.
- Match successful member businesses with new startup companies.
- Increase awareness of available state and federally funded workforce development initiatives.
- Increase member access to grants through the EWIB and others.
- Scan industry horizon for future workforce needs – skills and talents.
Economic and Community Development Manager, Town of Groton