Aerospace and defense summit planned in Groton

The USS New Mexico as it returned to the Naval Submarine Base in New London. (Photo: US Navy)

GROTON, Conn. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney is opening the Aerospace and Defense International Trade Summit in Groton, hoping to bolster business opportunities for Connecticut firms.

The three-day event was organized by the Democratic congressman with the U.S. Department of Commerce Export Center in Middletown. It will be held at the Mystic Marriott and is expected to bring together Connecticut and New England manufacturers and officials, as well as company representatives and government officials from 10 countries.

Courtney, who will give opening remarks on Monday, said the goal of the event is to facilitate trade partnerships, innovation and growth.

The event will run from Sunday through Tuesday.

Courtney is seeking re-election to Congress. He is being challenged by Republican Lori Hopkins-Cavanagh, Green Party candidate William Clyde and Libertarian Daniel Reale.

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