Department of Economic & Community Development
The Department of Economic and Community Development is the state’s lead agency responsible for strengthening Connecticut’s competitive position in the rapidly-changing, knowledge-based global economy. The agency takes a comprehensive approach to economic development that incorporates community development, transportation, education and arts and culture. Click here for the “Investing in Tourism” PDF presented by Tim Sullivan Deputy Commissioner Economic & Community Development
WITAN Intelligence, John Bourget, update on the Economic Impact of Tourism in CT. Click here for the WITAN Tax Loss update to Longwood Study PDF
Greater New Haven Chamber
The mission of The Greater New Haven Chamber is to provide unrivaled partner services and lead regional economic growth through bold and effective advocacy. Serving Bethany, Branford, Cheshire, East Haven, Guilford, Hamden, Madison, Milford, New Haven,North Branford, North Haven, Orange, Wallingford, West Haven, and Woodbridge.
Lower Connecticut River Valley Council of Governments (aka RiverCOG)
The Lower Connecticut River Valley Council of Governments (RiverCOG) is one of nine regional public agencies with representatives from seventeen municipalities formed in 2012 to provide a basis for intergovernmental cooperation in dealing with a wide range of issues facingthe lower Connecticut River Valley.
“Know Your Farmers”, a website of the RiverCOG Regional Agriculture Council
The “Know Your Famers” website, a project of the first-in-the-state RiverCOG Regional Agriculture Council, promotes the farms, farmers and farm products of the lower Connecticut River Valley. It provides the public many ways to search for the farm grown products that are increasingly popular to those interested in supporting local farmers and providing the freshest foods to their families and patrons.
Nature’s Art Village
A full day of family fun and shopping awaits at Nature’s Art Village: Indulge yourself in The Shops featuring jewelry, fossils, minerals, beads, toys & more, encounter over 40 life-sized dinosaurs at The Dinosaur Place, dig for gems in Discovery Depot, shop for antiques & collectibles at The PAST Antiques Marketplace and learn about American trades & innovations in The Gateway Museum – all at one stop in Montville, Connecticut.
Quinn & Hary Marketing
Based in New London, Connecticut, our experienced team of marketing and communications professionals, designers, web developers and wordsmiths are prepared to use every tool in our creative arsenal to help our clients achieve their brand objectives and drive business. We have assembled our team from diverse backgrounds in media, public relations, marketing, government, and the corporate world, which provides Quinn & Hary with a well-rounded perspective in understanding and achieving each client’s unique communication and marketing objectives.
Saybrook Point Inn & Spa
The Saybrook Point Inn & Spa offers a little bit of everything to make your stay exceptional. Expect an attentive staff to greet you at arrival and assist in finding the perfect accommodations with brilliant views to match, and this is just the beginning. Discover the true meaning of revitalization and relaxation at our spa or find your perfect stride in our state-of-the-art fitness center. Savor the fresh, local ingredients found throughout our thoughtfully curated menu at Fresh Salt. Or, if it’s not all play, allow our perceptive meeting planners to help you create the ideal corporate event with perfectly executed details at the ready. We strive to offer something for everyone and are always happy to help you plan a trip to best suit your needs.
One of the most state of the art food safe distribution centers in CT equipped with an in-house processing center for value added products. Now in it’s 3rd Generation brothers Devin and Jason Sardilli are continuing the family tradition created by their father, Don Sardilli, which is to combine excellent service and superior quality at a competitive price. The company continues to build on its network of local farmers in order to bring locally grown products to their chefs tables. We look forward to continuing to service all of our current and future customers.
Essex Stream Train & Riverboat
Essex Steam Train & Riverboat’s 2 1/2-hour journey begins at the historic 1892 Essex Station for a 12-mile, narrated round-trip into the heart of the unspoiled Connecticut River Valley. The steam locomotive pulls vintage coaches through the quintessential New England towns of Deep River and Chester. A natural highlight is the undeveloped Selden Neck State Park, accessible only by boat. Essex Steam Train offers unique access to several coves and preserves, immersing passengers in an on-board eco-excursion. The train travels near the tidal wetlands of Pratt Cove and Chester Creek — bountiful, natural habitats for birds including Cormorants, Ducks, Swans, Greenland Geese, Blue Heron, Egrets, and Red-winged Blackbirds. In February and March, the majestic Bald Eagle is the star of the show when it migrates south to the Connecticut River Valley from Canada and Maine.
Lady Katharine Cruises
Lady Katharine Cruises was founded on a long standing tradition of appreciation and respect for the Connecticut River Valley and its rich history. Lady Katharine Cruises is unique in its’ mission to provide the public with an opportunity to access the CT River and enjoy the historic landmarks, birdlife and picturesque sites along the river banks. When we welcome passengers aboard they will sense our pride, feel our spirit and embark on a memorable experience!
The Maritime Aquarium of Norwalk
The Maritime Aquarium inspires people of all ages to appreciate and protect the Long Island Sound ecosystem and the global environment through living exhibits, marine science, and environmental education. A constantly evolving facility, The Maritime Aquarium offers visitors personal interactions with animals and interpretation by knowledgeable staff and volunteers. With its welcoming atmosphere, focus on service to visitors, and outstanding amenities, The Maritime Aquarium is the premiere family destination in the region, attracting large numbers of return visitors. As it grows, it retains its intimate scale, and remains a beloved institution with deep ties to its community.
Connecticut Marine Trades Association
The Connecticut Marine Trades Association is a network of top marine-related professionals serving the recreational boating community in Connecticut and beyond. We are marinas, boatyards, boat dealers, yacht brokers, service technicians, electronics experts, welders, canvas creators, financial and insurance service providers and more. We are a well-trained, educated workforce specializing in the unique craft of boating sales and service.
And we love what we do.
In today’s highly competitive market, securing a booking is costly and time-consuming. Guest acquisition costs are on the rise and will continue this trajectory. The era of Experiential Demand is now. Consumers demand efficiency and convenience. Where others have dreamed, We Have Worked! Discover The Next Evolution of Experiential Discovery™ with GuestForce.
The Policy Circle
Connecticut ranks fairly highly regarding civic and political engagement. Read on for some statistics and insights about the level of civic engagement, political engagement and a “state of the state” overview of Connecticut.
University of New Haven
The University of New Haven Uniquely Positions You for Success. Within our distinctive colleges and schools, students find dynamic, responsive, engaging, and pragmatic paths of discovery across a wide variety of programs and disciplines. There are more than 100 academic programs to choose from, all grounded in a longstanding commitment to collaborative, interdisciplinary, project-based learning. Our colleges and schools are at the center of University life, and that’s where we lay the foundation for future scientists, artists, entrepreneurs, forensic psychologists, doctors, engineers, programmers, attorneys, and scholars – soon-to-be global citizens who, before long, will take their places in the world.
The mission of Mystic Aquarium is to inspire people to care for and protect our ocean planet through conservation, education and research. Sea Research seeks to achieve this mission by:
Creating thought-provoking encounters with marine life
Conducting research that advances aquatic animal husbandry and health
Serving as an interpreter of marine science discoveries and conservation issues
Sharing resources and expertise with the scientific and education communities
Pursuing these endeavors with a commitment to excellence and innovation
Foxwoods Resort Casino
Since 1992, Foxwoods Resort Casino has offered guests The Wonder Of It All as the premier resort destination in the Northeast. As the largest resort casino in North America, Foxwoods offers a vast array of gaming in seven casinos; AAA Four-Diamond hotels, restaurants from gourmet to quick service, world-renowned spas, award-winning golf, state-of-the-art theaters, exclusive retailers and free-to-play online casino games at FoxwoodsONLINE.com. Perfect for both recreation and business, Foxwoods provides modern and versatile convention and meeting space to infuse new life into any meeting or event. Foxwoods Resort Casino is owned and operated by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation. For a comprehensive look at Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation visit Foxwoods.com.
A world at play and a world to its own, Mohegan Sun, created in 1996 by the Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut, is one of the world’s most amazing destinations with some of New England’s finest dining, hotel accommodations, retail shopping, live entertainment and sporting events. Boasting three world-class casinos, Mohegan Sun is also host to the Kids Quest/Cyber Quest family entertainment facility, two luxurious spas, world-class meeting facilities, a state-of-the-art Poker Room as well as three major entertainment venues with seating from 350 to 10,000. People from across the globe come to see live concerts with some of today’s top headliners, along with major sporting events including Mohegan Sun’s very own WNBA team, the Connecticut Sun and lacrosse team, the New England Black Wolves.
Olde Mistick Village
Stroll the beautiful paved walkways and enjoy shopping in distinctive buildings designed to represent a New England Village of about 1720. In the Village, we have picturesque settings of flowers, trees, and duck ponds that surround you as you stroll, relax, and unwind. Our shopkeepers pride themselves on offering you some of the most interesting and unique items from Mystic and around the world. Olde Mistick Village is home to some of Mystic’s best restaurants as well as a multi theatre arts and movie cinema for your enjoyment.
The Connecticut Wedding Group
The best wedding experiences in Connecticut! The Connecticut Wedding Group offers Connecticut’s most sought after venues, award winning farm-to-table dining experience and exciting wedding options flawlessly executed by our expert planners and coordinators.
The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut
The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut is a collaborative of business and community leaders dedicated to securing and enhancing the economic vitality of eastern Connecticut. The Chamber is located on the Hartford Turnpike in Waterford, Connecticut.
Shoreline Chamber of Commerce
Branford and Guilford, located on Long Island Sound, are shoreline communities with all the charms a shoreline town should offer – boutique shopping, restaurants that offer a variety of cuisines, boating, beaches, hiking trails, antique shops, art galleries and historic home museums.
North Branford and Northford in addition to being farming communities, offer hiking trails, excellent recreational facilities plus dining and shopping, in charming bucolic settings.
Our towns seek to maintain their value and character as they continue the development of commercial and industrial business. Located halfway between New York and Boston, our communities are well served by major highways, including Interstate 95, Route 80 and rail connections.