New London Roundtable

Next meeting is Thursday, October 26th, 2017 at Lyman Allyn Art Museum.

Participation in the New London Roundtable is intended for representatives of businesses and organizations currently operating in the City of New London, including registered New London Coalition partners.  Over 90 different businesses and organizations from the corporate sector, arts & cultural organizations, City, and educational institutions have attended in the past year.


More than 50 businesses and community leaders attended the November 2015 kick off meeting.

In 2016, the New London Roundtable heard keynote presentations and updates from speakers including:  New London Mayor Michael Passero, Senator Paul Formica, Superintendent Dr. Manuel Rivera, Coalition Chair Preston Whiteway of Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, RCDA President Linda Mariani, Mitchell College President Janet Steinmayer, Carey Redd of the New London Parking Authority, Wes Pulver of the National Coast Guard Museum, and Scott Bates, Chairman of the CT Port Authority.

Susan Froshauer of CURE Innovation Commons and Hannah Gant of Spark Makerspace discussed the Thames River Innovation Place initiative at a special August 2016 meeting.

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In a May 2016 meeting of the New London Roundtable, Thomas Plante, Director of Strategic Planning, Electric Boat spoke about EB’s robust hiring plans, and Kristina Newman-Scott, Director of Culture, State of CT, Department of Economic & Community Development spoke about the value of the arts and cultural community as an economic driver and its ability to help attract and retain employees. To better understand the needs and desires of employees, including millennials, the Cultural Coalition facilitated a survey of Electric Boat employees.  The results were presented to the New London Roundtable in November 2016 and available on the Electric Boat Employee Survey page.

In 2017, the New London Roundtable monthly meetings will:

1. Share relevant information and updates;
2. Bring projects to the table for collective brainstorming, collaborative opportunities, and support;
3. Help set goals and priorities for the City; and
4. Connect New London to regional initiatives for City benefit.

Focus Areas:
Arts & Culture; Education Initiatives; Workforce & Business Development; Infrastructure & Transportation

Rep. Chris Soto talks about State budget proposal revenue sharing option for municipalities at June 2017 New London Roundtable.

Over 25 attendees representing City, arts & culture, education, military, business, and the community attended the June 2017 held at Interdistrict School for Arts & Communication (ISAAC).

Meetings are at 4:00pm on the last Thursday of each month for one hour at venues around the city. Locations TBA as confirmed.

Keynote presentations and speakers will provide introductions or updates on project developments that:

  • Have city-wide and regional impact
  • Affect one or more of the focus groups
  • Contain pertinent information that people need to know early on
  • No advertising, solicitations or funding requests

If your organization or business would like to provide keynote or project introduction, please contact Wendy Bury at or (860)448-5135 with brief outline of topic that meets the above criteria and preferred month to speak.

Thank you to the following locations for hosting the New London Roundtable meetings:  Connecticut College-Palmer Auditorium, Fort Trumbull Conference Center, Garde Arts Center, Harris Place Conference Room, Hygienic Art Park, ISAAC (Interdistrict School for Arts & Communication), Lyman Allyn Art Museum, Marquee Gallery, Mitchell College, Mohegan Apartments Ballroom, Nathan Hale Arts Magnet School, New London Library, Ocean Beach Park.  The Roundtable locations will continue to rotate to venues throughout the city.

To be considered to host a meeting, the venue must be handicap accessible, and seat 40-50 attendees.  Some meetings require audio visual capabilities.  Please contact Deb Mathiasen at to be placed on the calendar.