May 2017 Newsletter


May at Foundry 66

Small Business Is What We Do

Foundry 66 CoWork Space understands the needs of small business. Powered by Norwich Community Development Corporation, Norwich’s Economic Development agency, we have a long reputation of working with small business in Norwich and the region to help get them going and growing. Foundry 66 offers not only tangible office and work space for small business, but also virtual office space (in case you are just looking for an address to register your business), conference rooms, event space, networking, educational classes and more.


Foundry 66 is running a special for the month of May.  If you sign up for Flex Space (think open seating like Starbucks that includes printing) in May you pay only $75 a month for 6 months.




Tuesday, May 9 

6:30-8 Kickoff for the BBC – Business Book Club stop on in! LEARN MORE


Wednesday, May 10

4-6 Wine Down Wednesday – FREE Open House and Networking LEARN MORE


Friday, May 12

12-1 – Tips for Talking to the Media with Bernadette Grecki – Grecki Consulting $20 Lunch 


Saturday, May 13

9-12 AM Restorative & Meditation Workshop with John Benbow $45 Register with John LEARN MORE


Tuesday, May 16

6-8 PM Quickbooks Real Estate Management Training with Jena Williams

$125 for 4 part series.

Register Here


Wednesday, May 17

6-8 – Excel at Excel – Formulas and Functions – $25/class

Register Here


Thursday, May 18

6PM – Greater Norwich Area Technology Meetup

6-8 PM – Trivia Night – Teams of 3 sign up – FREE – Register by


Friday, May 19

12-1 Lunch and Learn – Your Company Brand, Why it’s so Important – with Bernadette Grecki – Grecki Consulting $20 Lunch Provided



Wednesday, May 24

4-6 PM Wine Down Wednesday Open House and Networking – FREE


Thursday, May 25 

4-5 PM HR Series Part 1 – First of 4 1 hour discussions about HR with Lisa Sanders of HR Masterpiece



Friday, May 26

12-1 – Lunch and Learn – Video Marketing for Business with Arnold Alina of Barnberry Productions – Bring Your Own Lunch

Congratulations to Thayer’s Marine!

Thayer’s Marine has been named the Top Single Market Dealer for Stratos Boats. This honor is presented to the dealership with the highest average of purchases in a single market and was presented to Rich and Dolores Thayer by Stratos Brand Manager Jason Bragg at the National Dealership Conference on July 29, 2015.

We are elated that Thayer’s Marine is part of the Norwich business community and congratulate them on the outstanding work they put into the business and customer service.

To find out more about Thayer’s, please visit their website:




Algonquin Gas Transmission, LLC                                                   Docket No. PF15-12-000






(April 27, 2015)

The staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or Commission) will prepare an environmental assessment (EA) that will discuss the environmental impacts of the Atlantic Bridge Project (Project), which would involve construction and operation of facilities by Algonquin Gas Transmission, LLC (Algonquin) in New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts.  The Commission will use this EA in its decision-making process to determine whether the Project is in the public convenience and necessity.


This notice announces the opening of the scoping process the Commission will use to gather input from the public and interested agencies on the Project.  You can make a difference by providing use with your specific comments or concerns about the Project.  Your comments should focus on the potential environmental effects, reasonable alternatives, and measures to avoid or lessen environmental impacts.  Your input will help the Commission staff determine what issues need to be evaluated in the EA.  To ensure that your comments are timely and properly recorded, please send your comments so that the Commission receives them in Washington, DC on or before June 11, 2015; however, this will not be the only public input opportunity for the Project.  Please refer to the Review Process flow chart in Appendix 1.[1]


If you sent comments on this project to the Commission before the opening of this docket on January 30, 2015, you will need to file those comments in Docket No. CP15-12-000 to ensure they are considered as part of this proceeding.

[1] The appendices referenced in this notice will not appear in the Federal Register.  Copies of the appendices were sent to all those receiving this notice in the mail and are available at using the link called “eLibrary” or from the Commission’s Public Reference Room, 888 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20426, or call (202) 502-8371.  For instructions on connecting to eLibrary, refer to the last page of this notice.

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Norwich Named One of Countries Best Minor League Baseball Towns


Thomas Dodd Stadium photo courtesy of CT Tigers_thumb_201312021626348880

One of Norwich’s best kept secrets has always been it’s minor league team at Dodd Stadium.  It is a secret no more!  The Connecticut Tigers a minor league affiliate of the Detroit Tigers has been named one of America’s Best Minor League Baseball Teams.  How did they factor all of this you may wonder?  The answer may surprise you! The authors took into account Violent Crime, Property Crime, Disposable Income, Unemployment, and Dining and Entertainment. They also looked at team win percentage, stadium experience and minor league class.  Norwich came in 6th overall.  We recommend you take a look at the article yourself.  Congratulations Connecticut Tigers and City of Norwich!

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NCDC Receives Farmer’s Market Promotion Grant

For Immediate Release 

Norwich Community Development Corporation (NCDC) is pleased to announce it has been selected by the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service to receive federal funding for the Downtown Norwich Farmer’s Market through the Farmer’s Market Promotion Program (FMPP).

The $36,365.00 award will help promote the Downtown Norwich Market, make it more accessible to people of limited means and promote the market locally and regionally.

According to our Market Manager, “This grant is really a boon for the City.  It will allow us to bring more people into the market and provide services such as cooking demonstrations, and classes for children.  It allows for promotion of the market in newspapers and with print material.  This grant will help us make the Downtown Market a huge success for the 2015 season.”

NCDC is in its fourth year managing the Downtown Norwich Farmer’s Market after the departure of Rose City Renaissance.  This year the American Group has stepped up to partner with NCDC on market management.  “The market is the perfect complement to what we do at the American Group,” says CEO Michael Aliano. “Our newest addition Get Bent Yoga Studio is about bringing health and wellness to the City and what better way to start than with healthy eating.  That is why we brought Yoga in the Park to the market this year.”

“NCDC strives to do everything in our power to bring business to Norwich, and the Farmer’s Market is a place where small local farms and crafters can do business in the city.  It just makes sense,” says NCDC President Robert Mills. “This grant will enable us to properly promote these small businesses in a way they couldn’t do themselves.”

Norwich was one of only two cities in Connecticut to receive funding in this round of awards and we are very grateful to the USDA for awarding it to us.

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Norwich Has A Lot to Offer This Summer

photo (2)Featured Author: Evan Bilda

Historical Downtown Norwich has much to offer as summer is rolling in. From good music to delicious food to unique art, anyone can find something of interest.

The Norwich Farmers’ Market is set to kick off again beginning Wednesday July 2nd from 10-2. The market will run on Wednesdays all season until October 29th. Folks can come purchase the freshest local produce and baked goods from community farmers, try yoga on the waterfront, grab lunch and enjoy a relaxing day of sunshine.

Norwich’s summer concert series is back in action as Rock the Docks is right around the corner. On Wednesdays from 6-8pm family and friends can come hear some great live music at Howard Brown Park. With the summer atmosphere in full effect, feel free to bring your own picnic or purchase dinner and a beverage from one of Norwich’s bars and restaurants.


July 9th – EasyBaby

July 16th – Eight to the Bar

July 23th – Coyote River Band

July 30th – Johnny & the East Coast Rockers

August 8th – The Fat Cats

August 13th – Melaena


Norwich’s First Friday art program is offering a special event for their August showing. On August 1st starting at 6pm come check out August’s First Friday Summer Art Festival. Galleries will be open their normal 6-9pm. There will be live music, a Worship Skateboard’s art contest, a variety of craft and specialty vendors, and enough fun for the whole family to enjoy.

Harp & Dragon recently opened their outdoor deck. Come grab a bite to eat and a drink while still enjoying the outdoor summer atmosphere.  They are open for lunch, dinner and any time in between.



NCDC to Receive “Community Revitalization Leader of the Year” Award from The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT

Have you heard the news?


NCDC will be receiving an award from The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut!


“Norwich Community Development Corp. and its executive director, Robert B. Mills, will receive the Community Revitalization award. Mills “has transformed NCDC,” according to the nomination form, investing in redevelopment and revitalization worth $6 million in economic activity in the private sector in the last year. Mills and his two staff members are on 30 committees and organizations throughout New London County, devoting hours outside of the work day to improving life not just in Norwich, but in the region.”