Griswold, Connecticut

and the Borough of Jewett City
      A Heritage River Community Growing on Strong Foundations


Economic Development in Griswold

Economic Development News










An Eastern Connecticut Enterprise Corridor Community

The Town of Griswold and its borough, Jewett City, is part of the Southeastern Economic Region and has identified six clusters considered key to the regions economic future and is concentrating their efforts on them.  These are:


  Creative Arts Higher Education  

Assisted Living Facilities

  Defense Medical Services  


  Green Energy Sports Equipment  
Arts & Entertainment                                               Tourism & Hospitality Industry

Griswold is part of the Eastern Connecticut Enterprise Corridor Zone.  Businesses that locate in the Griswold Enterprise District along I-395 may receive tax and other benefits including:


Seven year graduated tax deferral of increase local property taxes resulting from real property improvements. Exemption from sales tax on manufacturing equipment replacement parts. Job training and placement assistance.


Griswold celebrates entrepreneurship and nearly 200 businesses have started in the last five years. New business formation are an important part of the economy. Griswold's town government is receptive to business development that is compatible with the character of the community and will add to the Grand List.

Griswold's town government is receptive to business development that is compatible with the character of the community and will add to the Grand List. It has developed a Business Incentives Tax Abatement Policy, Sewer Buy-in Fee Relief and Low Interest Revolving Loan Funds to make Griswold more competitive in the global market-place.

Griswold, may enter into agreements ("agreement") with applicants eligible under the terms of C.G.S. §§ 12-65b and 12-65h, to provide specified forms and amounts of tax relief for prescribed periods of time.

The Perfect Blend of Nature & Business


The Town of Griswold and its Borough, Jewett City, is located in New London County. It is one of the 35 towns comprising the Quinebaug and Shetucket River Valleys. Griswold is a special place with a blend of nature, quality development, and people who live and work in the community.

Griswold has been blessed with many natural features such as the Pachaug State Forest as well as Pachaug Pond the second largest lake in Connecticut with 880 acres. Additional fishing and boating attractions can be found at Hopeville and Ashland Ponds

While Griswold cherishes its agricultural roots of small family farms, agribusiness is welcomed as part of a modern national economy; and as a Heritage River Community, it recognizes the importance that its mills played in making Griswold a manufacturing center in the 19th and 20th centuries.


Large tracts of developable land straddle state highways 395, 138 and 164. Recent upgrades and extensions of both water and sewer service now offer affordable access to large development projects.


Griswold welcomes manufacturing of “green” products, particularly those used in renewable energy systems and clean technology equipment of all kinds. It sees the “greening” of manufacturing as an engine for long-term job creation and views "green" manufacturing as a primary means of assuring competitiveness across globalized markets by reducing pollution and waste, by minimizing natural resource use, and by recycling and reusing what was considered waste, and by reducing emissions.

Griswold's town government is receptive to business development that is compatible with the character of the community and will add to the Grand List. It has developed a Business Incentives Tax Abatement Policy, Sewer Buy-in Fee Relief and Low Interest Revolving Loan Funds to make Griswold more competitive in the global market-place.

Successful Agribusinesses in Griswold  and  Green Manufacturing


Buttonwood Farm and Ice Cream, LLC is located near the intersections of Route 165 and Route 201.  It offers hay rides and a corn maize and the sale of sunflowers benefits Make A Wish Foundation.

  Geer Tree Farm is located on Norman Road and offers select Christmas trees and the Overlook at Geer Tree Farm is a new wedding and events venue overlooking fields of Christmas trees.

Stone Bridge Farm is located on Crary Road is an alpaca farm,. It offers soft alpaca fiber in their farm shoppe and craft demonstrations events.

  Kinnie Farm is located on Glasgo Road and offers Christmas trees, sweet corn and garden vegetables in season, as well as hay.

Campbell's Farm and Stand located on Campbell Road raises pasture feed beef cattle and pigs that enjoy outdoor access where they thrive.


Suitable Projects



Office Information Technology

Higher Education

Retail Manufacturing

Warehouse, Storage and Distribution

Arts & Entertainment Medical & Dental Services
Assisted Living and Nursing Care Facilities

Highway, Rail and Air


Griswold is accessible by vehicles from all directions. Exit 85 and Exit 86 off I-395 provide access to Route 138, Route 164 and Route 201. I-395 links with I-95 in East Lyme and with the Massachusetts Turnpike.  Freight service is available from the Providence and Worcester Railroad that runs along the western edge of Griswold. Air transportation is available at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, approximately 60 miles from Griswold and at T. F Green International Airport in Warwick, Rhode Island, approximately 40 miles from Griswold.


Other smaller general aviation airports in the region

that are within a reasonable driving time include

Danielson Airport - Danielson, CT

  Groton-New London Airport - Groton, CT

Windham Airport -  North Windham, CT

  Hartford-Brainard Airport - Hartford, CT

Griswold's Strengths for Business Development

There is access to a labor force of 22,400 within a short 30 minute drive of Griswold. There is ample sewer capacity for new businesses.  Griswold is situated logistically within proximity to major markets.  There is availability of large parcels of land in Griswold as well as a lower cost for commercial property.  Griswold is a very affordable area and Town government and residents are pro-business. Griswold has reasonable housing prices and boasts a pleasant rural environment with urban amenities.


Wastewater Treatment Facility Excellence Award Winner

Factors New London County


Land Area (square miles)                       35


The Wastewater Treatment Facility located in the Borough of Jewett City was recently selected by EPA for a Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant Excellence Award.  


The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection was very supportive of the nomination for this facility. In addition, the facility has been provided with outstanding support from the Borough of Jewett City and the Department of Public Utilities

New London Labor Market Area

  Population                                           15,543


Southeast Economic Development  Region

  Households                                          6,440
  Median Household Income           $64,161
  Median Age                                             39.6


Distances to Major Cities

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Mario J. Tristany, Jr., Town Planner

28 Main Street

Griswold, CT 06351

Telephone:  860 376-7060  Extension 111



Boston   94 Miles New Haven   66 Miles
Hartford   50 Miles New York City 143 Miles
Springfield, MA   73 Miles  Providence   41 Miles
Washington, DC 370 Miles Philadelphia 237 Miles


Contact us:   28 Main Street          Griswold, CT 06351          Phone:  860 376-7060          Fax:  860 376-7070

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