The Connecticut Procurement Technical Assistance Program recently opened an office in Milford's Parsons Government Center, according to Mayor Benjamin Blake and Stephen MacKenzie, executive director of the Southeastern CT Enterprise Region.

The Connecticut Procurement Technical Assistance Program’s mission is to provide marketing and procurement assistance to Connecticut businesses interested in selling their goods or services to federal, state or local governments. The Procurement Technical Assistance Program is a statewide program administered by the Southeastern CT Enterprise Region, serving all cities and towns in Connecticut, and is a free service funded by federal and state dollars.

According to statewide program director Lisa Wood, “The Milford location provides a great opportunity to reach businesses in the area who want to pursue government contracts, and is a great complement to our offices located in New Haven, Rocky Hill and New London.”

Director of the Milford Office of Economic and Community Development Julie Nash welcomed the program to the city, stating, “This is a phenomenal growth opportunity for small business throughout Milford and the region.”

The counselor in charge of the new location will be Frank Dixon, who began his professional career with 20-plus years in the U.S. Army as an Air Defense leader. He graduated from Strayer University and has held senior level management positions as a production and manufacturing manager, government and international business development manager as well as a trainer and business strategic planning consultant.

The office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dixon can be reached at fdixon@secter.org, or at 203-283-3633. For additional information, contact Lisa Wood at 860-437-4659 x 208.