The Town of Thompson Department of Planning and Development has been awarded funding from the USDA Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production (UAIP) grant program to develop a Small Business Support Center with a focus on food system and agriculture start-ups at the Town-owned building located at 65 Main Street in the North Grosvenordale neighborhood. The UAIP planning project will capitalize on these traditions and regional resources.

A key component of the planning process is a year-long public workshop series, meeting monthly, to address the specific needs of Thompson’s small business community, identify deficits in local food security and, imagine ways in which the business center at 65 Main Street can show the highest community utility. These workshops will present all aspects of the project and solicit input from residents and stakeholders to be considered as part of the final master plan for the facility.

The public workshop will launch on Wednesday, October 4, 2023, from 6-8PM at the Thompson Public Library Community Center 934 Riverside Drive, North Grosvenordale, CT 06255. Project partners will discuss all elements of the project, answer questions, and outline the schedule for the workshop series. All are invited to attend. Registration is encouraged, but not required. Register at: