News in this area is kept up on the website for approximately two months from published date.
We have provided below a mix of COVID19 Resources as well as other industry news. During this time, we realize that COVID19 is effecting business and want to ensure you have resources and information while also ensuring we supply you with other updates about what’s happening within the industry.
CT maintains funds for transportation, port development, amidst pandemic
CT Mirror, April 1, 2020
State government will put its credit card to work next week for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic hit Connecticut.
And while the State Bond Commission will consider $5 million for emergency supplies for state and municipal public health agencies, most of the $1 billion in new financing is aimed at transportation infrastructure, economic development and long overdue municipal aid.
The meeting of the 10-member panel, which is chaired by Gov. Ned Lamont, will meet next Wednesday via teleconference at 1 p.m. The proceeding also will be aired and streamed on The Connecticut Network, the state’s public access cable channel.
NMC Check In Call Summary
On March 31, we meet with several members via Zoom to discuss how COVID has affected workplaces and how our members, community partners, and guests are responding to the changes. Here are a few takeaways from our conversation:
- Proactive communication with empathy to ensure people know they are understanding of the various emotions and realities currently present.
- Weekly Q&A meetings because more than ever people want to feel informed.
- Keeping as many employees working from home as possible and practical.
- Evaluating technology use and how to leverage this time for training, thinking of new avenues of communication, and new ways to solve problems.
- Reassessing current methodologies and processes as well as partnerships to ensure they are leveraging best possible resources and tools.
- Many companies are on a skeleton crew and want to ensure the safety and wellbeing of employees and families.
- Peter Legnos, President of LBI, is seeking volunteers to sew masks they are cutting with a CNC machine.
- CCAT working with UTC P&W to make shields with additive technology, as well as with Skyre to investigate use of their O2 generator for respirators.
- Hitachi is working with GM to manufacture ventilator components.
- Munger Construction is finishing a renovation for a veterinarian that may be used as a medical triage for a nearby hospital, if necessary, before they reopen for their four-legged clients.
Other Comments and Observations
- The aerospace industry is experiencing a slowdown with a drop in travel. There is an opportunity to transition the aerospace supply chain workforce to the submarine industrial base.
- Electric Boat is still working. They have reached out to Hitachi with a warehousing request, signaling a potential slowdown in some operations. (Post-meeting side note: EB reported its first positive COVID-19 case this afternoon.)
- It was acknowledged that trying to get new customers at this time can be uncomfortable, but also that companies need to procure products and services from others in order to operate and succeed, and these business interactions are a key element to our rebounding economy.
The first call was very helpful and we had really good feedback so we have agreed to host them every two weeks until future notice. You can register for our April 16th call here.
Katie Arrington Offers Updates on Pentagon’s CMMC Program
GovConWire, March 31, 2020
Katie Arrington, chief information security officer for acquisition at the Department of Defense and a 2020 Wash100 award winner, told Government Matters in an interview posted Sunday about the creation of standards that third-party assessment organizations will use to evaluate and certify contractors under DoD’s Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program.
Arrington said DoD and the accreditation body training working group have been working with Johns Hopkins University, Carnegie Mellon University and other institutions to develop the training that is standardized for all the C3PAOs and individual auditors that will come through assessments.
Rhode Island Small Businesses: Here’s What You Qualify for in the Cares Act
Rhode Island Monthly, March 31, 2020
Small business owners and private nonprofit leaders in Rhode Island, did you know: You can apply for a $10,000 economic relief grant — read: you don’t have to pay it back — and get the money within three days? Or you can get up to eight weeks of payroll loans forgiven by the federal government? Congress’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act includes immediate and long-term assistance for small businesses across the nation. Read on to see if you qualify.
Connecticut Port Authority Secures Use of More Land in New London
The Day, March 31, 2020
The Connecticut Port Authority on Tuesday announced it plans to lease a 5-acre parcel of railroad property adjacent to State Pier that will expand the port’s footprint in New London.
State Pier is the future site of a massive $157 million upgrade project, in part to accommodate a wind turbine staging area for partners Ørsted and Eversource.
Since the offshore wind industry does not require rail service, the port authority has said that in return for the lease, it will help facilitate use of the rail further upriver at the site of a newly proposed pier facility envisioned by Mohawk Northeast Inc., a heavy civil construction and engineering company with operations in New London and Groton.
FBI Re-Sends Alert about Supply Chain Attacks for the Third Time in Three Months
ZD Net, March 31, 2020
The FBI has issued an alert on Monday about state-sponsored hackers using the Kwampirs malware to attack supply chain companies and other industry sectors as part of a global hacking campaign.
This marks the third alert about this particular group sent this year, in as many months, after the FBI sent alerts on January 6 and February 5.
This time around, the FBI highlighted that some of the group’s targets are organizations in the healthcare industry, currently grappling with the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
State of Rhode Island REIMA Requesting Laptop Donations / Lending / Leasing
Member Share: Liberty Bank Information About Payment Protection Program
By email from Joe Raycraft, Liberty Bank – Middletown
The CARES Act was signed into law on Friday, March 27th and includes the newly created Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”). The PPP is a new credit program that offers loans for payroll costs and other eligible expenses for certain small businesses. PPP loans will be provided by banks and administered by the SBA, which will provide guarantees for loans that Liberty Bank and other banks will make. For your reference, I have attached a guide that summarizes the various programs. Liberty Bank is an SBA Preferred Lender and has originated hundreds of SBA-backed loans in the past several years. You and NMC members have probably seen similar information that was provided to them by their CPA or attorney. With all the programs out there the PPP program appears to be the one with the most benefit for small businesses as it has a forgivable portion.
We are still awaiting specific guidance from the SBA directly on the CARES Act and PPP loans. The SBA is currently drafting regulations for this program, which are required to occur within 15 days of when the bill became law. Once these regulations are in place, lenders can begin making loans. No loans can be processed under this program until the SBA publishes their guidelines. We will let you know once we receive information about the application process from the SBA.
For NMC members that are interested in PPP, please have them read the attached document and start to accumulate the payroll and other information that will likely be required for the PPP loan application. I would suggest that interested companies start pulling together their average monthly payroll costs over the past 12-month period. I have also attached a questionnaire that Liberty Bank will likely include in the processing of PPP loan requests and a template weekly cash flow model that companies may wish to use to further support the PPP loan request and/or for their own internal purposes.
Updated 4/1 to add: See additional information here on the SBA site.
Member Share: Open Letter to Siemens’ Stakeholders from Tony Hemmelgarn
March 30, 2020 via email
I wanted to make sure that the NMC members were aware of the following open letter from our Business Unit CEO, Tony Hemmelgarn, put out last week demonstrating some of the things that Siemens is doing, and offering for those (everyone) affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic. As you may know, we provide the core software for the COLUMBIA Program design. This software training and gratis student licenses are made available, as noted below. After the letter, there are links to see the classes available, and for accessing the training. ~Brian Flynn
During this global health crisis, our priority is the health and wellbeing of our employees, customers, partners and their respective families and communities. To this end, we’ve taken many steps over the past few weeks to enable us to continue developing and delivering solutions that speed digital transformation and best support our customers throughout this uncertain period. This includes canceling or postponing some events and transitioning to virtual events whenever it works best for our customers.
Changing work conditions present an opportunity for our community to increase their skills and abilities with Siemens software. Effective immediately, and for the period of the COVID-19 impact, we’re offering free 30-day subscriptions to our online learning memberships. With this offer, the community will have free access to a rich set of video-based learning, labs and other engaging training content that can improve proficiency in the products they already use and build skills in new Siemens solutions.
We know that many of our users are working outside their normal environment, so Siemens is working to expand access to our portfolio to our community. A free version of the Mendix application development platform is available for anybody, and many of our solutions are available for free to students and start-up companies. Today we’re making available to students and instructors a free 12-month license of the student edition of Mentor’s flagship PADS Professional PCB design software . In addition, we’re working with our customers to enable home use of some of our products. For more information, visit this special website on our response to COVID-19 with up-to-date ideas, offers and details from across Siemens Digital Industries Software.
As an industry leader with a broad network of partners and customers across industries from medical devices to industrial machinery and aerospace to pharmaceutical, we feel a responsibility to apply the power of our ecosystem to creating innovative solutions for global issues including sustainability and the coronavirus pandemic. As one example, we’re partnering with Engineering for Change on the Innovate for Impact design competition, which will award $20,000 for innovative solutions that solve hunger and clean water challenges, and we’re extending the deadline until May 4, 2020.
We recognize that we are in extraordinary times, which is why we’re taking these steps to support our communities and each other during this period of change. As this situation evolves, we pledge our support to our employees, customers, partners and communities – we’re all in this together, and we encourage you to reach out anytime.
President & Chief Executive Officer
Siemens Digital Industries Software is driving transformation to enable a digital enterprise where engineering, manufacturing and electronics design meet tomorrow. The Xcelerator portfolio helps companies of all sizes create and leverage digital twins that provide organizations with new insights, opportunities and levels of automation to drive innovation. For more information on Siemens Digital Industries Software products and services, visit www.sw.siemens.com or follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Siemens Digital Industries Software – Where today meets tomorrow.
***Regarding the following links, the first explains how to get the free trials and the second lists specific Master Memberships available.
Partnering With the U.S. Defense Industrial Base to Combat COVID-19
US Department of Defense, March 28, 2020
Statement attributed to Lt. Col. Mike Andrews, Department of Defense spokesman:
“The Department continues to aggressively partner with the defense industry to mitigate impacts from the COVID-19 national emergency.
Under Secretary of Defense Ellen Lord’s Acquisition and Sustainment leaders in Industrial Policy, Defense Pricing and Contracting, Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) and the Defense Contracting Management Agency (DCMA) continue to work closely with the military services, the Hill and State Governors to make significant progress supporting the whole of government effort to combat COVID-19.
This week DLA modified an existing contract for the procurement of 8,000 ventilators from four vendors worth an estimated $84.4 million. This will be a time-phased delivery over the next several months and we expect orders to begin shipment within the next few days, with 1400 being delivered by early May. Delivery locations will be determined by FEMA.
In addition, DLA’s support to the Navy’s hospital ships, the USNS Comfort and USNS Mercy, includes over $2 million in pharmaceuticals and medical supplies, 975,000 gallons of fuel, as well as food and repair parts. These New York City and Los Angeles deployments respectively will help local medical systems by helping alleviate strain on civilian medical infrastructure.
CT PTAC Shares Info on Donating PPE
We know that many manufacturing operations stock PPE for use. If you have any to spare and are not sure where or how to donate it, see below.
Dear Friend of CT PTAC,
Please share with your constituents the information provided below regarding a “Request for Information” for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in response to COVID-19 from the Defense Logistics Agency.
DLA welcomes industry to identify alternatives or identify additional PPE items necessary to protect against viral contamination of the COVID-19.
Specific PPE Categories:
(1) Protective Coveralls, in any variant, i.e. with hood and booties, without hood and booties, with hood no booties, with booties no hood, etc.
(2) Protective Aprons and or Gowns
(3) Protective Hoods
(4) Protective Masks
(5) Protective Booties
(6) Protective Gloves
(7) Protective Boots
Note: The Initial response was due by 5:00 PM, Tuesday, 24 March 2020. However, DLA will accept any and all responses received after this date and time for any ongoing requirements.
How to Find Capital to Save Your Business During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Hartford Business Journal, March 30, 2020
As the new normal of social distancing sets in, small businesses, the 30-million strong that employ 47% of the U.S. workforce, must find a way out. … Capital is the respirator to revive small businesses as they prepare for life after COVID-19. Every small business that has been impacted by COVID-19 should apply for the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Assistance (EIDA) now. This program can provide up to $2 million to a business as a direct loan from the government to pay vendors, employees and other bills. Expect it to take at least a month to get approved and funded, due to the volume of applications.
SBA Disaster Assistance Loan Process Updated
The SBA has updated it’s disaster assistance loan process for those of you who are interested in applying for small business loans under this program to help those affected by COVID-19.
Coronavirus Resources Hub for Manufacturers and Industry Professionals
For up-to-date industry information and resources, register on the Thomas Coronavirus Resources Hub for Manufacturers and Industry professionals.
Large Scale Exercise 2020 Will Be Postponed Amid COVID-19 Pandemic Concerns
USNI News, March 25, 2020
The Navy has postponed its Large Scale Exercise 2020, an event conceived of by the last chief of naval operations as the first real opportunity to execute Distributed Maritime Operations and re-orient the fleet towards advanced operations in support of the National Defense Strategy.
The exercise was postponed until 2021 as the Navy and the joint force deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, both trying to keep the fleet healthy as well as contributing to whole-of-government efforts around the country.
“After careful consideration, Large-Scale Exercise 2020, planned to be executed this summer, is postponed until 2021 in a joint decision made by U.S. Fleet Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet, and U.S. Naval Forces Europe,” a Fleet Forces spokesperson told USNI News.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources
Health and government officials are working together to maintain the safety, security, and health of the American people. Small businesses are encouraged to do their part to keep their employees, customers, and themselves healthy.
Robinson + Cole Recording on “Force Majeure” Clauses & the Coronavirus
NMC Member Robinson & Cole conducted a program for the U.S. Department of Commerce on “force majeure” clauses and the Coronavirus. They have shared the recording with our members as well as the PDF below.
Click on image to go to PDF or click here to listen to recording.
Coronavirus Threatens 35,000 US Wind Jobs; Lockdowns Cut Power Demand, Shift Loads
New Energy Update, March 25, 2020
US wind industry calls for coronavirus aid to limit job cuts
US wind, solar and hydro industry groups have called on Congress to extend tax credit deadlines for renewable energy projects to prevent mass job losses from the coronavirus pandemic.
On March 25, the U.S. Senate reached a deal on a $2 billion coronavirus aid package to rescue the economy, the third introduced by the Trump administration. Details of the package were not yet published at 12:00 GMT.
Supply chain delays following the COVID-19 outbreak is putting 25 GW of wind projects at risk, representing $43 billion of investments, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) said in a statement March 19. This is jeopardizing 35,000 jobs across wind manufacturing, installation and servicing, it said.
INSIGHT: New DoD Cybersecurity Certification Holds Key to Contracts
Bloomburg Law, March 23, 2020
Cybersecurity attacks represent a real threat to our national security and the defense industrial base. To combat these threats, the Department of Defense recently released Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification v1.0—a conspicuous change in how cybersecurity will be viewed in the performance of DoD government contracts.
Cybersecurity will no longer be viewed primarily as an element of contract performance. Rather, once CMMC is fully implemented, third-party certified and mature cybersecurity practices and processes will be foundational in contracting with the DoD—without the appropriate CMMC certification, contractors will not be considered for contract awards.
CMMC certification will represent contractors’ ticket to get into the game. Without that ticket, contractors will not have a chance to compete for and win DoD contracts.
Town of Groton (CT) Disaster Assistance Resources
The Town of Groton Economic Development staff has created a list of resources for our local businesses. Please visit the page if you are operating with Groton and need guidance on what’s available for you.
Employment Law Letter – COVID-19 Resources
NMC Member Shipman & Goodwin shares a good amount of employment law information on their Employment Law Letter. They’ve recently posted great articles to help you navigate this challenging time.
For the last 40 years, Employment Law Letter has been published quarterly as a service to clients and friends by Shipman & Goodwin’s Labor and Employment Practice Group. The firm is pleased to announce the launch of this website which features the long standing publication along with timely updates relating to Labor and Employment Law.
COVID-19 Connecticut Business Survey
Please complete this survey at your convenience. “It will help direct the response from the CT Governor’s office and CT state Department of Economic and Community Development in conjunction with AdvanceCT and CBIA.”
R.I. Charity Fund Established, Business Loans, Telephone Triage, Microsoft Program Available
Westerly Sun, March 18, 2020
Help is on the way for Rhode Island businesses struggling amid the widening coronavirus pandemic even as Gov. Gina Raimondo complained that the federal government needed to do a better job of supporting the states’ efforts to cope with the outbreak.
Raimondo and other officials announced Tuesday a new fund to support local nonprofits serving vulnerable populations.
Small businesses will also be able to tap into federal disaster relief loans, and Microsoft is offering free software so residents can work from home. The state has 23 positive cases, and 2,500 people have been instructed to self-quarantine.
The Rhode Island Foundation and United Way of Rhode Island said Tuesday they’ve raised $1.5 million for their COVID-19 Response Fund.
Worcester, North Central Chambers Offer Help to Businesses Affected by Coronavirus
Telegram.com, March 17, 2020
Area chambers of commerce, the U.S. Small Business Administration and the state are offering assistance to businesses adversely affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
The Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce announced Tuesday afternoon that the chamber is offering services to members and nonmembers in Greater Worcester.
“While the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce is a member-based entity with a primary focus on meeting the needs of those approximately 2,100 dues-paying organizations, we recognize our mission is also about advocating for the broader needs of the business community as it relates to economic development and job creation in Central Massachusetts,” President and CEO Timothy P. Murray said.
“As we collectively seek to navigate the many challenges presented by COVID-19, if there are any businesses that have questions or need assistance, whether chamber members or not, our staff is available to provide information and/or assistance to you as needed. By working with our government and health care partners, we will get through this together,” Murray said.
For more information about chamber services, contact Alex Guardiola, director of government affairs and public policy, at email@example.com or call (508) 753-2924, ext. 222.
Governor Lamont Announces Connecticut Businesses Approved to Receive Disaster Assistance Due to COVID-19
Hamlet Hub, March 17, 2020
Governor Ned Lamont yesterday announced that small businesses and nonprofit organizations in Connecticut that have been negatively impacted by the global COVID-19 outbreak are now eligible for disaster relief loans of up to $2 million from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
On Sunday, the governor submitted a request to the federal agency for expedited approval of the disaster relief to immediately provide aid to businesses in Connecticut. Over the past several days, the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) has been working diligently to survey companies statewide to assess the impact of COVID-19 on the small business community and the local economy.
Rhode Island Manufacturer Resources and Support – COVID-19 Coronavirus
Polaris MEP, March 17, 2020
From Polaris MEP’s LinkedIn page:
Supporting Rhode Island manufacturers continues to be the mission of Polaris MEP. We are working closely with state agencies including Rhode Island Commerce, Rhode Island Manufacturers Association – RIMA and the Rhode Island Department of Labor & Training to make sure manufacturing employer needs are represented related to the COVID-19 coronavirus. Polaris MEP has created a web page with lists of guidelines and/or links to resources that we felt relevant to manufacturing: http://bit.ly/3d6xFmg. Polaris MEP has postponed all in-person educational and group training events for March and April. As we move to virtual learning where possible, our most important message is … CONTACT US with questions, problems or needs! While the coronavirus challenge is unprecedented, the Polaris MEP team stands ready to help move manufacturing forward in difficult times.
Important Resources for Workers During COVID-19 Challenges
Plus: Feds approve CT’s request for Disaster Loan Assistance for Small Businesses
Paul Formica’s email newsletter, March 17, 2020
ASSISTANCE FOR WORKERS
The CT Department of Labor now has important information on unemployment benefits and frequently asked questions related to COVID-19 on their website at www.ctdol.state.ct.us/DOLCOVIDFAQ.PDF. More help available at filectui.com. This includes information for workers and information employers can share with their employees.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved CT’s request asking the federal agency to issue a declaration that will enable Connecticut’s small business owners to receive economic injury disaster loans. Small businesses and nonprofit organizations in Connecticut that have been negatively impacted by the global COVID-19 outbreak are now eligible for disaster relief loans of up to $2 million from the SBA.
Small businesses can learn more about the program and apply for financial assistance at www.sba.gov/disaster or call the SBA at 1-800-659-2955.
Read full update from Paul Formica’s newsletter here.
U.S. Military Allies want to Participate in Pentagon’s Latest Cyber Security, Information Warfare Standards
Military & Aerospace Electronics, March 16, 2020
The Cyber Security Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) 1.0, released in January, is a tiered cyber security framework that grades companies on a scale of one to five based on the level of classification and security that necessary for the work they are performing.
These standards were designed not only to set a level playing field for contractors, but also to increase the cyber security of companies that possess sensitive secrets tied to the Pentagon programs they work on.
The U.S., its allies, and partners find themselves involved in a daily high-stakes information warfare battle against sophisticated actors such as China and Russia, which have discovered that defense companies that support the military are juicy targets.
DoD Under Secretary Ellen Lord Warns Contractors of CMMC Fraudsters
MeriTalk, March 16, 2020
The Department of Defense (DoD) released the final version of its Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) in January 2020, but without certification processes in place, third-party entities are offering fraudulent CMMCs to contractors interested in working with the department.
The guidance, which aims to certify DoD contractors’ cybersecurity practices and bolster supply chain security, is not required to be implemented for requests for information until June 2020 and for requests for proposals until September 2020. Lord explained that the CMMC third-party assessment organization has not yet been finalized and, therefore, no third-party entity has the ability to grant CMMCs.
Northeast Governors From Connecticut, New York, New Jersey Announce Collective Measures to Combat Spread of COVID-19
Office of the Governor, March 16, 2020
(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont of Connecticut, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo of New York, and Governor Phil Murphy of New Jersey today announced a regional approach to combatting the novel coronavirus – or COVID-19 – throughout the tri-state area.
These uniform standards will limit crowd capacity for social and recreational gatherings to 50 people effective 8PM tonight. This follows updated guidance that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued yesterday recommending the cancellation or postponement of in-person events consisting of 50 people or more.
The three governors also announced that restaurants and bars that serve food will temporarily be required to move to take-out and delivery services only. Bars that do not serve food will be required to temporarily close. These measures will take effect at 8PM tonight.
Finally, the three governors said they will temporarily close movie theaters, gyms and fitness centers, and similar public workout facilities and studios. New York and New Jersey will close commercial casinos effective at 8PM tonight. Governor Lamont will do the same for the state’s physical off-track betting facilities, noting their willingness to voluntarily close. In addition, Governor Lamont and Governor Cuomo are strongly urging their tribal partners to close tribal casinos.
This uniform approach to social distancing is meant to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus or COVID-19.
How to Transition to Remote Work in a Hurry
Zapier, March 16, 2020
For those of you whose companies are having you work remotely and aren’t sure how to make the transition smoothly, here are some great tips from Zapier.
Working remotely becomes second nature when you do it all the time. But if you need to suddenly transition to remote work, you won’t necessarily have effective systems in place. I consistently get emails from folks looking for advice on how to make remote work actually work. While we’ve written the book on how to do it, that advice is best suited for teams who have time to formulate a plan. But what should you do if you’re thrust into remote work abruptly?
Here, I’ll share my own tips—along with tips from my friends on fellow remote teams—on how to transition to remote work without warning.
Coast Guard Struggling to Get Ships Repaired as Navy Expands Use of Smaller Yards
USNI, March 16, 2020
SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The Coast Guard is struggling to get ship repair yards to bid on its work as the Navy is leaning on more of these same companies to help dig out of its own ship maintenance backlog – and with the Navy contracts being larger and more lucrative, the Coast Guard is realizing it must “change the way we do business,” its engineering official said.
Pentagon, Navy Issue Sweeping ‘Stop Movement’ Order to Limit Coronavirus Spread
USNI News, March 15, 2020
Pentagon leadership issued unprecedented travel restrictions to servicemembers, their dependents and military civilians and in an attempt to limit the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus across the services.
The “stop movement” order from Secretary of Defense Mark Esper goes into effect on Monday and freezes almost all government-funded movement to the local commuting area of a service member’s command until May 11.
Greentown Labs and Vineyard Wind Launch the Offshore Wind Challenge to Accelerate Technologies that Protect Marine Life
Vineyard Wind, March 12, 2020
Greentown Labs, the largest cleantech incubator in North America, and Vineyard Wind, developer of the first utility-scale offshore wind energy generation facility in the United States, are now accepting applications for the Offshore Wind Challenge. Greentown Labs and Vineyard Wind are seeking submissions from startups that are innovating in marine mammal monitoring, either surrounding data collection and real-time transmission or data analysis.
The Offshore Wind Challenge is a six-month accelerator program housed at Greentown Labs in Somerville, Mass., and is focused on fast-tracking entrepreneurs with the mentors and business and technical resources they need to launch or scale successful ventures with direct support from Vineyard Wind. The Offshore Wind Challenge is for startups with a technology readiness level between three and six and a proof of concept that can be brought to a state of practice. The Challenge will be supported by experts from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and the New England Aquarium.
Another Successful and Informative SUBASE NLON Tour with NMC Members
Once again, Mark Jones of the Naval Submarine Base New London led NMC members on an informative and entertaining tour of the SUBASE. Several members shared that they have worked with EB and the DoD for years but had never seen the areas we were able to share with them during the tour. We had a delicious lunch at the Galley and enjoyed a beautiful day despite not being able to ride a boat due to the current status of the SUBASE.
We have 3 spots remaining for the June 2020 Members-Only tour, so please sign up by emailing us if you are interested in reserving your spot. We will reach out in mid-May to begin collecting information for your background check. Please remember that all attendees must be American citizens.
To keep up with events and closures on base, you can visit their FaceBook page.
Are You Familiar with the SBIR / STTR Programs?
The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is a highly competitive program that encourages domestic small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) that has the potential for commercialization. Through a competitive awards-based program, SBIR enables small businesses to explore their technological potential and provides the incentive to profit from its commercialization. By including qualified small businesses in the nation’s R&D arena, high-tech innovation is stimulated and the United States gains entrepreneurial spirit as it meets its specific research and development needs. ~https://www.sbir.gov/about/about-sbir
The Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) is another program that expands funding opportunities in the federal innovation research and development (R&D) arena. Central to the program is expansion of the public/private sector partnership to include the joint venture opportunities for small businesses and nonprofit research institutions. The unique feature of the STTR program is the requirement for the small business to formally collaborate with a research institution in Phase I and Phase II. STTR’s most important role is to bridge the gap between performance of basic science and commercialization of resulting innovations. ~https://www.sbir.gov/about/about-sttr
While we normally reserve events for our event space, we want to ensure you are familiar these programs as a valuable tool for small businesses. On March 26th, we are hosting an SBIR Workshop during which Sonalysts’ COO and President, and NMC Board Member, will lead you through tips and strategies they implemented to make the most of the time between the topics being issued the proposals being due. If you are interested in the SBIR / STTR program, come to this free workshop. It is not an overview of the program but a chance to learn how to respond to the topics in an effective and efficient way.
NMC March Newsletter eMailed Today
If you aren’t currently receiving our newsletter, see the link below to read our March edition. You can sign up for future emails by clicking here.
Eco RI News, March 3, 2020
PROVIDENCE — A new glass-and-steel office space is less about the number jobs or the company that will occupy it and more about the industry taking root there.
Seven co-working desks at the Wexford Innovation Center on Dyer Street in the Jewelry District will soon be used by Ørsted U.S. Offshore Wind. The Danish company is joining seven other wind-related companies already there. And judging by the 200 or so attendees at the March 2 office opening, a nascent industry is on the verge of rapid growth.
“This is a brand-new industry and it’s being born right here in the state of Rhode Island. It’s unbelievable,” Gov. Gina Raimondo said.
Twenty-two gigawatts of wind facilities are planned for federal waters between Maine and North Carolina, and undoubtedly a lot of engineers, tradespeople, boatbuilders, and more will be needed to get the turbines built and spinning.
Stony Creek Networking Evening Pictures
We’ve been receiving great feedback about the NMC Networking Evening at Stony Creek featuring Pat Munger Construction. If you didn’t send Shell feedback yet, please respond to her email so we can ensure your voice is heard. We enjoyed meeting everyone and hearing about great networking opportunities that were created when we gathered you together in one place with great beer and food. Stay tuned for future events like this and be sure to sign up for the March 26th SBIR workshop, which is our next opportunity for members, community partners, and guests to get together!
Rep. Courtney Questions Navy Officials Over Virginia-Class Submarine Reduction in 2021 Budget
Congressman Joe Courtney (D-CT), Chairman of the House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, today questioned Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Admiral Michael M. Gilday about the Navy’s 2021 budget request, which included a reduction in Virginia-class production next year from two submarines to one.
“In this year’s submission, you’ve got two salvage ships. We need them, they’re important, but let’s face it: the [operational plans] for our near-peer competitors, China and Russia, the attack submarines are really the tip of the spear in terms of what we need out there. And cutting that Virginia-class sub […] is at-odds with the National Defense Strategy when you drill down in terms of what real lethality is.”
February Events Announcement E-Mailed February 11th
Did you see our latest events announcement? We sent them via email to all members and email subscribers on February 11th. Please check your email and be sure to put us in your contacts. This email shares all of our February and March events so you can join us this month and plan ahead for March! For ease, we’ve included the two events for this month below along with a link to the online version of the newsletter that includes more detail.
Connecticut Port Authority Approves Revised Wind Energy Plan for State Pier in New London
HARTFORD — The Connecticut Port Authority unanimously approved a $157 million plan to reconfigure State Pier for use by offshore wind companies following discussions during two closed executive sessions at a special meeting Tuesday morning.
David Kooris, chair of the authority, said the plan was “fundamentally different” from the $93 million memorandum of understanding announced by the State of Connecticut, Gateway Terminal, Ørsted and Eversource on May 2, 2019.
Like the original project, the new facility will have heavy-lift capacity needed for offshore wind components, but will also include three berths designed not to conflict with Cross Sound Ferry’s routes along the southern side of the pier, including one on the eastern side of the pier that will accommodate larger vessels.
Under the new agreement, Ørsted and Eversource will pay $77.5 million in construction costs, which includes $22.5 million previously committed in the Revolution Wind project. The State of Connecticut and the Connecticut Port Authority will fund the remaining $79.5 million with $25.5 million that the state bonded for the authority previously and additional bond funding. As with the first agreement, Ørsted and Eversource will sign a 10-year lease, but will pay $2 million annually over ten years.
Halvordson Weighs in on Addition of Offshore Wind to Region’s Submarine Supply Chain
CT Examiner, Feb 8, 2020
GROTON — Opportunities for Connecticut-based companies in the supply chain that services the undersea and maritime industries are increasing now that offshore wind has entered the market, according to Ali Halvordson executive director of the Naval and Maritime Consortium.
“The offshore wind supply chain is very immature in this country. It’s growing and we want to attract it as much [and] as early as possible from Europe,” said Halvordson in her office at UConn Avery Point on Feb. 4.
The consortium, formed in 2017, was originally known as the Connecticut Undersea Supply Chain Consortium and focused on the submarine industry, but that changed recently to include offshore wind, given the overlap of supply chains for the two industries.
“It just made a lot of sense in our overarching vision, as well to help companies diversify their portfolios beyond defense. It’s a lot of the same technology, a lot of the same goods and services on the commercial side,” she said.
HII CEO: $350M Deal for UUV Maker Hydroid Keeps Shipbuilder In Line With Navy Demand
USNI News, February 4, 2020,
Shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries is making a major move into the unmanned underwater vehicle business in buying UUV-maker Hydroid, HII CEO Mike Petters told USNI News.
The $350-million deal to acquire the Massachusetts-based UUV maker from Norwegian company Kongsberg sets up HII to compete in the emerging U.S. military UUV market, Petters told USNI News in a Tuesday interview following the announcement of the deal.
“The UUV space is a space that we believe is only going to grow in importance. In my personal view, it’s not going to be a replacement for anything, it’s going to be an augmentation to the Navy’s traditional missions and operations,” he said.
The NMC and Ali Halvordson, Executive Director of the NMC, Nominated for 2020 CTEntreprenuer Awards
Congratulations to our Consortium as an entity, which has been nominated for Program of the Year, and to our own Ali Halvordson, who has been nominated for CTEntreprenuer’s Community Builder of the Year!
Ali and the Board of Directors are honored and thankful for these nominations. They have put much effort into building a great community here at NMC and ensuring 2020 is set up for success in growing the organization as well as developing ideas to bring maximum value to our members.
Ørsted and Eversource Partner with Groton, Conn. Maritime Automation Technology
North American Clean Energy, January 30, 2020
Joint venture partners Ørsted and Eversource announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Groton-based marine automation and monitoring innovator ThayerMahan. ThayerMahan is a pioneer in the marine robotics and maritime surveillance industry and the MOU will explore the provision of maritime wildlife monitoring and seabed surveillance services for Ørsted and Eversource’s upcoming Revolution Wind offshore wind project.
“When we started looking at growing the offshore wind industry in Connecticut, one of the most important factors was ensuring we are setting up in an area with some of the best innovators and most skilled workforce in the world. Offshore wind is part of the next generation of green energy and green technology, and we need partners who are the best in their industry,” said CEO of Ørsted U.S. Offshore Wind Thomas Brostrøm. “The people at ThayerMahan are remarkable inventors, and their technology will help us reduce any disruption offshore wind might have on North Atlantic marine life and the local fishing fleets.”
“In addition to the hundreds of well-paying, local jobs that will be required to construct our Revolution Wind project, utilizing local partners like ThayerMahan will be critical to the overall success of our projects in Connecticut and beyond,” said Eversource Vice President of Business Development Mike Auseré. “We look forward to working with ThayerMahan to bring our Revolution Wind project to life and advance Connecticut’s clean energy economy and achieve its aggressive climate goals.”
ThayerMahan is an NMC member.
Marine Construction Firm Envisions Expansion, New Pier in New London
The Day, January 24, 2020
New London — Mohawk Northeast Inc., a heavy civil construction and engineering company that operates a marine services division in Groton, is contemplating an ambitious expansion project in New London that would boost use of the city’s waterfront.
The Plantsville-based company recently purchased three acres of land off Lewis Street on the Thames River adjacent to State Pier that a century ago was the site of the Thames River Lumber Company, a thriving lumber yard complete with a pier for offloading ships carrying wood.
The site, just north of the Gold Star Memorial Bridge, now features a collection of warehouse buildings that Mohawk had been leasing for the past several years and uses for storage of vehicles, equipment and material. Public records show the company, under the name West Bank Properties LLC, purchased the site, listed as 18 Eastern Ave., for $2 million from Eastern Avenue Properties.
Under plans in the early conceptual stage, Mohawk imagines a bulkhead to expand use of the shoreline, a staging area, railroad spur, and a 100-foot-by-400-foot pier — enough space to dock barges and other vessels for repairs or offloading equipment and bulk materials. The parcel offers water access and straddles the rail line, making the site an optimal place to use both the waterway and freight rail for its marine construction operations, said J. David Schill, Mohawk’s vice president of special projects and business development.
Mohawk Northeast Inc. is a member of the NMC. David Schill serves on our Board of Directors.
The New Directions in Environmental Law 10th Annual Conference – February 7 & 8
The NDEL 2020 Conference will highlight the innovative work that states and local actors have undertaken to address the climate crisis in the absence of strong federal leadership. While the Trump Administration has undone environmental regulations, attempted to prevent states from implementing environmental policies, and withdrawn from the Paris Climate Agreement, states and local actors have taken charge. Across the country, states, cities and other local actors are at the cutting-edge of climate crisis solutions. NDEL 2020 will bring together these diverse actors to discuss successful strategies that can serve as examples for other states and for the next Administration.
The conference speakers will cover a wide range of exciting environmental law and policy topics. Panels include: Climate Change Litigation, Rights of Nature, Labor and Climate Organizing, State Coalitions for Climate Action, Climate and Sustainable Agriculture, Energy and Just Transition, Climate Mitigation, and Climate Adaptation.
Best of 2019: Connecticut Looks for a Future in its Manufacturing Past
Connecticut Mirror, December 25, 2019
North Haven — An aerospace executive was introduced Monday by Gov. Ned Lamont as Connecticut’s first chief manufacturing officer, a private-sector voice inside a state administration that says manufacturing is resuming its role as an engine of growth after a quarter-century of wrenching change and loss.
The appointment of Colin Cooper, 59, an entrepreneur, executive and former design engineer credited with the tenfold growth of an Eastford aerospace supplier, the Whitcraft Group, comes as Connecticut is facing a welcome challenge — filling advanced manufacturing jobs available due to modest growth and a coming “silver tsunami” of retirements.
Aerospace companies alone have 1,000 job openings, and the state’s major manufacturers and smaller supply-chain players have locked in major roles in the next generation of aircraft, jet engines and associated products needed by commercial and defense customers, Cooper said.
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