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December 19, 2018
Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02) announced the award of a $62,100 federal Economic Development Agency (EDA) grant to the Naval & Maritime Consortium (formerly known as the Connecticut Undersea Supply Chain Consortium). The consortium, a partnership between the University of Connecticut and Thames River Innovation Place, is a network of companies that collectively addresses challenges, shares solutions, collaborates on opportunities, and capitalizes on the growing undersea supply chain.

“Our region and our state are preparing for tremendous growth in submarine construction work in the coming years – and we need a robust supply chain to help meet the challenge,” said Courtney. “It’s all hands on deck to make sure we are ready to provide the manufacturing capability, the skilled workforce and the innovation that will get us there. I am proud to work with partners such as UCONN and the Thames River Innovation Place to accomplish this important and exciting goal.”

“UConn Engineering is very excited to be working with the newly established Naval & Maritime Consortium and all our other partners in Groton as part of the Thames River Innovation Place project supported by CTNEXT,” said Kazem Kazerounian, Dean of the UCONN School of Engineering. “The new grant from the EDA Technical Assistance program will allow us to accelerate our activities focusing on assisting the naval supply chain across Connecticut.”

“The Naval & Maritime Consortium is thrilled to be acknowledged by the EDA as an investment opportunity that will benefit our region and state,” said Alexandra Halvordson, head of the Naval & Maritime Consortium. “We are growing quickly as we prepare for new industry expansions, and we look forward to using these funds to support and grow a stronger maritime supply chain.”

According to the EDA, this federal grant will be used to establish an economic development planning framework, process, and strategy that supports private capital investment and job creation in the region.

In November, Congressman Courtney spoke at the launch of the Naval & Maritime Consortium at UCONN Avery Point and highlighted the tremendous growth in submarine construction work at Electric Boat and through the supply chain.  Read more here:

Courtney currently serves as the ranking member of the House Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, which oversees Navy shipbuilding and submarine construction and development programs.

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