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The GBA meets monthly at different Groton businesses for networking, updates, and news in the Town and City of Groton, and presentations on topics of general interest to our local business community. If you are a Groton business, work at a Groton business, or want to do business in Groton, you're invited!

NEXT MEETING
Date: Thursday, April 20, 2017, 5:30-7 pm 
Location: Survival Systems USA, 144 Tower Avenue, Groton, CT 06340
Registration fee is $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Space is limited. Register for the event here.

Survival Systems USA, Inc., an employee-owned company dedicated to safety and survival education, is the world’s leader in underwater egress training and water survival techniques. The facility features a state of the art Survival Training Simulation Theater (STST™) that provides the realistic settings where their professional staff offers training. A tour and demonstration will be offered in the facility’s simulation theater! With more than three decades of research and innovation behind them, Survival Systems USA teaches those whose business or pleasure takes them on, over, or near water the skills that could save their lives in an emergency event. As a company, Survival Systems USA has trained over 100,000 individuals with completion rate in excess of 99%.   

Franz Edson, a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) and team leader for the AOPA Fly-In at Groton-New London Airport this October 6-7, will discuss the upcoming aviation expo event, which is expected to attract up to 500 aircraft and 3,000 attendees. What can our business community do to welcome these visitors and encourage them to return to our beautiful area?  We’ll find out more about them, the event and AOPA, and network our ideas together! The Business Social meeting, moderated by Susan Bailey, is open to the local business and civic community.  

About Survival Systems USA, LLC:

Survival Systems USA provides post-incident survival training; whether from an aircraft ditched in coastal waters, vessel abandonment in the open ocean, or a motor vehicle submerged.  They teach the skills needed to perform surface abandonment, underwater egress, and to survive in an inhospitable environment, land and sea, with limited resources until rescued. Trainees come from diverse industries, and each with unique life experiences, and backgrounds. The company has recently expanded its services to include Leadership and Team Building Development to help business professionals build confidence, increase stress tolerance and work better as a team.  With a broad array of product offerings there is a course for everyone. “Your success is our success. Your survival is our survival.”

About the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association:

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) mission is to ensure that the sky remains within reach of everyone who dreams of becoming a pilot. AOPA boasts a membership of over 400,000 spanning 75 countries, and represents the largest aviation community in the world. Whether through educating the public about the fun and the utility that aircraft can provide, preparing resources and training material to enhance the skills of pilots everywhere, or advocating for aviation within government agencies—AOPA strives to maintain the strength and vitality of the flying community.  


 IMPORTANT CHANGES TO THE WATER RESOURCE PROTECTION OVERLAY DISTRICT THAT COULD IMPACT YOUR BUSINESS

One of the region’s most valuable resources is Groton’s reservoir system. This high quality reservoir supplies drinking water to a number of towns in Southeastern Connecticut. Since 1987, the Town of Groton has protected the watershed with an overlay zone designed to limit uses that could pollute the water. The Groton Zoning Commission is now finishing work on a complete overhaul of this zoning regulation.

The Zoning Commission started this project with the goal of making the regulations easier to follow and to allow uses currently prohibited if they use current technology to protect water quality. The Commission has received input mainly from Groton Utilities, the owner of the reservoir system and the environmental community.

A number of the proposed changes could impact new and existing businesses. These changes are outlined on the attached fact sheet. One of the more significant changes is a 100 foot non-disturbance area adjacent to watercourses and associated wetlands in which no development or vegetation removal will be allowed. Tighter controls on stormwater discharge and handling of hazardous materials are also proposed.

It is important that businesses participate in this process. The Zoning Commission has heard very little from the business community about the impact of their regulations. The new regulations will be available for review in February and Groton anticipates a spring public hearing.

Jonathan Reiner, the Director of Planning and Development Services will discuss the Water Resource Protection District regulation amendments at the GBA meeting on Thursday, January 19, 7:30am at Cardinal Honda.  

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