NMC Members & Community Partner News

Redevelopment in Groton Picks up Speed

CT Examiner, December 9, 2020

For years, plans to redevelop five vacant school buildings in Groton have inched ahead, but with the first project — a 280-unit apartment complex — set to break ground as soon as next year, town officials say they hope that new developments will attract many of the thousands of people who work in Groton, but live elsewhere.

The Town of Groton owns five vacant school properties it would like to sell to developers.

To date, developers have proposed converting two schools into apartments, one into office space and to demolish another to make way for a new mixed-use community with apartments.

The town has received applications for the fifth, Pleasant Valley Elementary, after soliciting bids earlier this year, but the town has not yet selected a preferred developer.

It will be another year at least before work begins at Colonel Ledyard Elementary School. In October, developer Bill Bellock presented plans to build about 80 new apartment units on the site, which has been empty since the school closed in 2008.  MORE>>>


**This information is shared due to featuring NMC Member ThayerMahan.


How to Get Involved with the NMC in December 2020 - Updated

We've repurposed the time we usually meet for the Thames River Working Group this month to bring you a helpful SBIR workshop. See below for our updated activities.



Cirtronics Wins NHBSR’s 6th Annual “Sustainability Slam” Award in the Community Category

Cirtronics Website, December 1, 2020

Cirtronics was a finalist in the “Community” category at the 6th Annual New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility’s (NHBSR) Sustainability Slam.  The Sustainability Slam is a dynamic evening of storytelling where businesses bring their sustainability stories to life through fast-paced (90 seconds), fun presentations.  This year’s virtual event required a video submission from each finalist.

At the end of the evening, Cirtronics was announced as the winner of the Community category for large companies.  

The Challenge or Opportunity: During the pandemic, opportunities for volunteering and donating items to their non-profit partners have been restricted. In order to meet the needs of their community and to provide Cirtronics employees a new way to serve during the crisis, they needed to adapt their donation program within the COVID restrictions.

The Solution: Instead of a single event “drive”, Cirtronics created a perpetual donation bin to collect clothing and household textile items. All donations are bagged per COVID requirements and are dropped off at the SHARE bins at their headquarters in Milford, New Hampshire. SHARE is a local non-profit organization that provides emergency and ongoing support in the form of food, clothing, emergency financial assistance and connections with other area resources to individuals and families in need the south-central region of New Hampshire.  MORE>>>


How to Get Involved with the NMC in December 2020

Wondering how you can get involved with the NMC this month? Here are your opportunities. We've kept things light this month due to the holidays but there are still plenty of opportunities to connect with others in our membership and learn this month.

 NMC December Meetings


Rooted in CT, BL Companies Helps Foster Success in the State

Metro Hartford Alliance, November 2020

BL Companies provides architecture, engineering, environmental, and land surveying services in 10 states, including Connecticut, where the company was originally established over 30 years ago. MetroHartford Alliance Content Manager Nan Price spoke with BL Companies Executive Director of Engineering and Principal Derek Kohl about working in Connecticut, learning lessons from COVID-19, forming collaborations, and giving back during the holiday season.

NAN PRICE: Why Connecticut and what do you enjoy most about the company’s location?

DEREK KOHL: Our company’s first office and employees were based in Connecticut and, as we expanded over the years, we opened our second Connecticut office in Hartford in 2006. Connecticut is part of our company’s history and roots. While we work throughout the United States and we’re growing in many locations, we continue to maintain a large employee owner presence here in Connecticut with more than 230 employees in our Hartford and Meriden locations.

We enjoy the best of what Connecticut has to offer including a strong, engaged, motivated, and highly educated employee base. Connecticut is also strategically located in the northeast in proximity to many of our major clients. We believe it’s a great place to live, work, and play.

NAN: Tell us about the employee ownership component of BL Companies.

DEREK: Our employee ownership is essential to our company and permeates in everything we do—from our culture to our values. BL has more than 350 employee owners in our 14 offices throughout the Eastern and Southeastern United States.

Our employee ownership has a couple of components. There’s the cultural side of it, how we operate and interact with each other and go about doing our business. Also, working for yourself is empowering and creates a great environment where everybody has a voice and can provide input and feedback in all that we do as well as contribute in a significant and meaningful way.

There’s also the supplemental retirement side of it, our Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). So, in addition to our 401(k) program, being an employee owner means employees are allocated shares within the company. As we perform and grow, the share price increases and so does the value of their ESOP account.  Read more >>>


SeCTer announces new Board of Directors at 2020 Annual Meeting

On November 20, 2020, seCTer hosted its first-ever virtual Annual Meeting. Produced live from the studios of Creative Konnection on Bank Street in New London, CT, Executive Director Nancy Cowser and Board Chairman Mark Oefinger delivered key insights and achievements from the year, including program and financial highlights.  MORE>>>


ThayerMahan Receives 2020 HIRE Vets Gold Medallion Award from U.S. Department of Labor

ThayerMahen's website; November 18, 2020

U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia recognized ThayerMahan as one of the 675 recipients of the 2020 HIRE Vets Gold Medallion Award during an award ceremony at the U.S. Department of Labor. The Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans Act (HIRE Vets Act) Medallion Program is the only federal award program that recognizes job creators who successfully recruit, hire, and retain veterans.

Mike Connor, ThayerMahan CEO said,

"ThayerMahan has tremendous respect and admiration for the men and women who have served in our military. 57 percent of our employees are veterans, and we are a stronger company because of it. We are committed to supporting our Veterans by hiring and advancing their careers through training. ThayerMahan is honored to be recognized by the Department of Labor for our actions in support of veterans with the HIRE Vets Gold Medallion Program Demonstration Award."

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