Friday, May 17, 2013 - 3:14 p.m. - When Governor Shumlin outlined his priorities in January, he emphasized the importance of education to create jobs and opportunity. Vermont has made significant progress as we emerge from the deepest recession in American history. Just two years ago, employers were facing layoffs. Today, many of the same employers cannot find enough workers trained in science, technology, engineering and math to do the high-tech jobs of the 21st century economy. That’s why the Governor called on the Legislature to pass a series of initiatives focusing on education and workforce retraining. Here are some of the accomplishments:
Thursday, May 16 - 11:45 a.m. - Late Tuesday night, Gov. Shumlin delivered an address to the Vermont House of Representatives, effectively ending the 2013 legislative session. Take a look at the Governor's adjournment speech below.
May 17, 2013 - MONTPELIER - Gov. Peter Shumlin announced today that an innovative collaboration to address much needed wireless service is fully operational in Bethel. Working together, the State of Vermont, the Vermont Telecommunications Authority (VTA), the Town of Bethel, AT&T and FairPoint helped solve a challenge facing GW Plastics, a leading manufacturer of plastic injection molded products. The lack of cell coverage was presenting challenges, and Brenan Riehl, President and CEO of GW Plastics, needed to find a solution.
May 17, 2013 - MONTPELIER - Gov. Shumlin issued the following statement:
“It is great news that Vermont’s unemployment rate has dropped yet again, and we continue to have the third lowest rate in the nation. The unemployment rate traditionally fluctuates, but this steady decline reflects what I’m hearing from employers as I travel the state – that they are looking for skilled workers to fill their job openings. Vermont’s 4 percent unemployment rate, 3.5 points lower than the national rate, makes clear that Vermont is a great place to live and work.”