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Thames River Innovation Place (TRIP)

  • An alliance of public, private, and nonprofit centers in New London and Groton in southeastern Connecticut
  • Partners collaborate on a shared vision of the future of the Thames River region
  • Efforts range from improving infrastructure to a Community Concierge program


One of four designated innovation places in Connecticut, Thames River Innovation Place is a group of private, public, and nonprofit partners to create a share vision for New London and Groton, cities located on the Thames River in southeastern Connecticut. TRIP aims to build prosperity in the region by boosting entrepreneurial projects, business expansion, and new business growth through innovation, collaboration, and diverse partnerships.

Who’s it for?

New and existing businesses in New London and Groton.


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

Resources & Services

TRIP secures and distributes funding to entrepreneurial projects in the Thames River region and helps build partnerships between different businesses and organizations. The central focus of the organization is “Blue Tech” and “Blue Economy” industries that rely on the river, ranging from submarine manufacturing and the emerging wind energy sector to arts and historic sites.

TRIP has supported a wide range of initiatives, including the Naval & Maritime Consortium, the New London Innovation Center, the Cottage Street Urban Farm, the Flock Makerspace theatrical initiative, and InnovatorsLINK.


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