Archive for January, 2011

Roundtable Releases 5th Quality of Life Report

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Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Vermont Business Roundtable Releases 2010 Pulse of Vermont: Quality of Life Report

Study Represents 20 Years of Trend Analysis on Vermonters Attitudes

At its 24th Annual Membership Meeting held on January 13th at Topnotch Resort & Spa in Stowe, the Vermont Business Roundtable (Roundtable) released the fifth Pulse of Vermont: Quality of Life Survey conducted since 1990. Each of the studies, conducted every five years, was directed by Dr. Vince Bolduc and Dr. Herb Kessel of the Center for Social Science Research at Saint Michael’s College under the sponsorship of the Roundtable. Since the first study in 1990, more than 2,000 Vermonters have been interviewed, allowing for the documentation of numerous longitudinal trends. (more…)

CEOs Forecast Improvements for first Six Months of New Year

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Friday, January 14th, 2011

(South Burlington, Vt.)  The chief executives of Vermont’s leading businesses appear increasingly poised for improvement in all three of the survey’s metrics:  sales prospects, capital expenditures and employment levels for the winter and spring months of 2011, when compared against the previous survey period.  The mood was assessed near the end of calendar year 2010 and released today by Vermont Business Roundtable Chair Bill Stritzler and President Lisa Ventriss. (more…)

Ventriss Op-Ed: Investing in Vermont’s Children: The Business Case

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Friday, January 14th, 2011

Nationally, states compete against each other to lure large employers with elaborate incentive packages. As important as these public investments are for those states, the Roundtable recognizes that Vermont cannot compete with them in supplying an array of expensive economic incentives for targeted business recruitment. However, we can certainly become a business relocation destination for all types of business and industry by building on an existing asset, and creating one of the best preK through higher education systems in the country. Businesses’ first need is a well-prepared and adaptable workforce so, by investing aggressively in our human capital beginning with our youngest children, Vermont can create a positive environment to attract new business and their workers at the same time that we bolster our existing businesses and ultimately create the workforce we need. (more…)