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Roundtable Supports Economic Development Planning [7.01.14]

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Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Roundtable Supports Economic Development Planning

Education is the Foundation

 

(South Burlington, Vt.) The recent escalation in discussions at the statewide and national levels as to whether IBM will close or sell its facility in Essex Junction have created an opportunity for Vermont to strategically plan for the future at this important facility, regardless of ownership.

The Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation (GBIC) released a proposed Action Plan to encourage IBM or future tenants to continue to utilize the facilities and the talented workforce.  The Vermont Business Roundtable acknowledges the significant positive impact that IBM and this campus has on the economic vitality of the entire state of Vermont and supports the purposes of the proposed Action Plan; to retain the jobs that exist today while working to attract new future economic activity to this location. (more…)

VBR and EPR Release 1st Qtr Survey Results [4.15.14]

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Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Vermont Business Roundtable and Economic & Policy Resources
1st Quarter 2014 Survey Results Show Positive Outlook

(South Burlington, Vt.)  Today Lisa Ventriss, President of Vermont Business Roundtable (VBR) and Jeffrey Carr, President, Economic & Policy Resources (EPR), announced the 1st Quarter results of their joint initiative, the VBR-EPR Business Conditions Survey.  The survey, which is conducted quarterly, is the next generation of the Roundtable’s economic outlook surveys that began in 2004, and provides a more meaningful and predictive index going forward. The new economic indicator, constructed as a Diffusion Index, is designed to follow economic sentiments of Roundtable members over time, and serve as a tool for analyzing and presenting insight into the Vermont economic outlook, as a leading economic indicator. (more…)

Making Vermont the Best Place to Work

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Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

By Sherra Bourget

ShoutOut

Few public announcements bring greater delight to us than learning of our members and other businesses doing whatever they can to make Vermont the Best Place to do Business, be Educated and Live Life in earnest.  Nine Roundtable members were recently recognized by Vermont Business Magazine and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce for being the “Best Places to Work in Vermont.” Nominations were made by employees of the companies themselves, lending even more credibility to the honor.

Congratulations to: Basin Harbor Club; Gallagher, Flynn & Company; King Arthur FlourKPMG, LLP; Okemo Mountain Resort; Sonnax Industries, Inc.; Union Mutual Insurance Company; Vermont Energy Investment Corporation; Vermont Public Radio

For more details or a complete list of honorees, Click Here

Coates Op-Ed: State Pension Woes Become Municipal Woes [2.3.14]

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Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

By David Coates, Roundtable Member and Former Managing Partner, KPMG (Retired)

I wish there was better news to report to Vermonters on the pension front this year, but unfortunately there is not. In fact, the pension problem is now spreading to our cities and towns.

First, an update on the state picture. (more…)

VBR and EPR Release 3rd Qtr Survey Results [12.17.13]

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Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Vermont Business Roundtable and Economic & Policy Resources

3rd Quarter Survey Results Show Mildly Positive Outlook

 

(South Burlington, Vt.)  Today Lisa Ventriss, President of Vermont Business Roundtable (VBR) and Jeffrey Carr, President, Economic & Policy Resources (EPR), announced the 3rd Quarter results of their new joint initiative, the VBR-EPR Business Conditions Survey.  The survey, which is conducted quarterly, is the next generation of the Roundtable’s economic outlook surveys that began in 2004, and provides a more meaningful and predictive index going forward. The new economic indicator, constructed as a Diffusion Index, is designed to follow economic sentiments of Roundtable members over time, and serve as a tool for analyzing and presenting insight into the Vermont economic outlook, as a leading economic indicator. (more…)

Vermont Business Roundtable Applauds Basing Decision [12.03.13]

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Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

Vermont Business Roundtable Applauds Basing Decision

CEO Group Celebrates the “Best of the Best”

(South Burlington, Vt.)  Today Lisa Ventriss, President of the Vermont Business Roundtable commented on the basing decision for the F35s for Vermont. “Today is an historic day for the Vermont Air National Guard and all Vermonters. To be recognized as the best of the best, the Vermont Air National Guard has secured its future for decades with the basing of the F35 in Vermont. This decision by the Air Force will sustain a 50 million dollar per year resource for our community and continue a proud tradition of excellence by the Vermont Air National Guard. The Vermont Business Roundtable also wants to recognize and praise the leadership of Senator Leahy, Senator Sanders, Representative Welch, Governor Shumlin, Mayor Weinberger and Council Presidents Mackenzie and Shannon. This is indeed a proud day for Vermont.”

The Vermont Business Roundtable (VBR) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization of chief executive officers of Vermont’s leading private and nonprofit employers, representing geographic diversity and all major sectors of the Vermont economy. The Roundtable is committed to sustaining a sound economy and preserving Vermont’s unique quality of life by studying and making recommendations on statewide public policy issues.  www.vtroundtable.org.

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VPHCR Releases Study Examining 2017 Green Mountain Care Plan [11.14.13]

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Friday, November 15th, 2013

A coalition of Vermont organizations committed to health care reform in Vermont has commissioned a study examining key assumptions used in estimating the cost of providing all Vermonters with health care coverage.

The study was conducted by Avalere Health, LLC, a Washington-based analytical group, for Vermont Partners for Health Care Reform (VPHCR), a coalition that includes Fletcher Allen Health Care, the Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems, the Vermont Medical Society, the Vermont Business Roundtable, the Vermont Chamber of Commerce,  the Vermont Assembly of Home Health and Hospice Agencies,  and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont (BCBSVT). (more…)

Roundtable Today! to Air; Business Conditions Survey Results Discussed [12.10.13]

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Sunday, November 10th, 2013

Lisa Ventriss, President, Vermont Business Roundtable and Jeffrey Carr, President, Economic & Policy Resources will discuss latest Business Conditions Survey results on ‘Roundtable Today’ show on CCTV. The show will feature Ventriss, Carr and EPR Research Assistant and University of Vermont Student, Amanda Wassel.

To watch online, visit: http://www.cctv.org/watch-tv/programs/business-conditions-survey-and-index-4th-quarter-2013

or Tune into Channel 17
Thurs, Dec 12 3:00pm
Thurs, Dec 12 6:00pm
Sat, Dec 14 6:30pm
Mon, Dec 16 4:30pm
Sat, Dec 21 7:10pm
Sun, Dec 22 1:00pm
Weds, Dec 25 5:30pm
Sun, Dec 29 6:30pm
Weds, Jan 1 1:00pm

Roundtable Hosts Press Conference on F-35 Basing [10.24.13]

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Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

October 24, 2013 – Today the Vermont Business Roundtable hosted an information session/press conference on the basing of the F35 in Vermont. Participants included Frank Cioffi, President of GBIC, Lt. Col. Chris Caputo of the Vermont Air National Guard and Dale Rocheleau, Senior Counsel at Downs Rachlin Martin. (more…)

Ventriss Letter to Editor: In Support of Addison Natural Gas Project [8.21.13]

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Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Letter to the Editor
August 21, 2013

By Lisa Ventriss, President
Vermont Business Roundtable

The Roundtable applauds the recently executed Memorandum of Understanding between Addison County Regional Planning Commission and Vermont Gas Systems that addresses service to communities, energy efficiency, public safety, community engagement and conditions of construction during the Phase I of the Addison Natural Gas Project. With its 41 miles of new natural gas transmission pipeline in Chittenden and Addison Counties; approximately 5 miles of new distribution mainlines in Addison County; and new gate stations in Williston, St. George, Monkton, New Haven and Middlebury, it is a tremendously important infrastructure project worthy of support for several reasons. (more…)