Archive for July, 2009

Economic Outlooks Stabilizing


Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

The opinions of Vermont’s leading employers continue to reflect the strain of the current global recession, according to the results of the Roundtable’s 2009 Q2 economic outlook survey that concluded earlier this month. On the whole, though, members seem to have stabilized in their outlooks, if not begun turning in a more positive direction; more CEOs are expecting their sales to increase in the next six months while negative outlooks for capital expenditures and employment levels have decreased. (more…)

WCAX Interview with Bill Stritzler (VIDEO)


Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

In case you missed it, here is the WCAX interview with Marselis Parsons and Bill Stritzler, President of Smugglers’ Notch and Chair of Vermont Business Roundtable, on July 13, 2009 regarding VBR’s released 2nd Qtr. 2009 CEO Economic Outlook Survey.

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Roundtable Mobilizes Around Tax and Fiscal Policy


Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

As we  begin our emergence from the Great Recession and see budget deficits forecast through FY13, the Roundtable’s Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force has been taking a fresh look at these and related issues.  The Task Force, which began meeting earlier this summer and will continue  through November, is chaired by Ken Perine, President of National Bank of Middlebury, and a member of the Roundtable’s Board of Directors. Recommendations will be submitted to the Board for consideration at its November planning retreat. (more…)

Business Roundtable Releases 2nd Quarter 2009 CEO Economic Outlook Survey


Friday, July 3rd, 2009

The chief executives of Vermont’s leading businesses seem cautious over capital expenditure and employment levels for the summer and fall when compared against expected increases in their sales volumes for that same timeframe. In general, however, the attitude of the business community appears to have stabilized from the last quarter.  The mood was assessed at the end of the second quarter and released today by Vermont Business Roundtable Chair Bill Stritzler and President Lisa Ventriss. (more…)

Roundtable Welcomes Two New Directors


Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Mary Powell photo Tommy Harmon photo

Mary Powell, President and CEO of Green Mountain Power, and Tommy Harmon, President and CEO of Sonnax Industries, were elected to the Board of Directors by the members at the Roundtable’s summer meeting on June 18th. (more…)