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Southeastern Connecticut is home to some fabulous seafood experiences, from the iconic lobster roll (cold or hot, we’ve got both) to clam chowder, calamari, scallops, and much more. For the seafood lover, here are eight local restaurants that are o-fish-ally delicious.

A rising tide lifts all boats is an apt metaphor for the Thames River region, which encompasses Groton, New London and the Thames River waterfront that forms their shorelines. The Chamber is hosting a State of the Thames River Region with updates from Groton, New London and the Thames River Innovation Place on Friday, July 19 at 7:45 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. at the Submarine Force Library and Museum.

Joe de la Cruz understands the manufacturing pipeline from start to beautiful, high-shine finish. His perspective is gained from 30 years in metal fabrication and its machinery, from the shop floor to management of Hillery Company in Groton. Mr. de la Cruz now brings that perspective to the state legislature as Representative for the 41st District.

In a year of a flat budget for ACT—the new acronym for a new state-level committee: arts, culture and tourism—DECD Deputy Commissioner David Kooris called the budget a win as compared to the trend of cuts under the previous administration. With a dedicated source supporting the Tourism fund, he noted, “We have a mechanism to protect where we are and it sets a foundation we can build upon.”

Fireworks fans can enjoys shows throughout the summer at some great venues where there’s lots more to do and see. Festivals, concerts and baseball games offer fun before the fireworks shows. Check out some, or all, of the shows this summer.

Twenty-eight professionals from across fields and across the region celebrated their completion of our two-year program that invited them to explore Eastern Connecticut, learn about its leaders and challenges, and discover how they can participate in its success. Leadership Eastern Connecticut’s Class of 2019 built networks, friendships, and a remarkably large shed for The Arc of Eastern Connecticut.

Eastern Connecticut is home to three of the state’s General Aviation airports: Groton-New London, Windham, and Danielson. These essential resources both drive and facilitate economic growth.To discover opportunities for growth, the CAA is conducting a survey of Eastern Connecticut businesses, collecting data on businesses’ commercial air travel needs and annual expenditures. This information will help CAA assess the prospects for commercial flights out of Groton.

While commerce may be at the heart of the chamber model, the heart of the Chamber is often in its work in the community. The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT seeks ways to give back to the region’s residents, often in partnership with our benefactors and members.

U.S. Congressman Joe Courtney provided a legislative update at the Chamber's June Business Breakfast.