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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…)

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…)

VBR and EPR Release New Business Conditions Survey [8.14.13]

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Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

(South Burlington, Vt.)  Today Lisa Ventriss, President of Vermont Business Roundtable (VBR) and Jeffrey Carr, President, Economic & Policy Resources (EPR), announced the inaugural results of their new joint initiative, the VBR-EPR Business Conditions Survey.  The survey, which will be conducted quarterly, is the next generation of the Roundtable’s economic outlook surveys that began in 2004, and will result in 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…)

Chair’s Column: Make Vermont the Best Place

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Friday, April 5th, 2013

by Mary Powell, Chair

What a breath of fresh air a touch of spring is – it never seems to come a moment too soon. I feel the same way about the news emerging in the broader economy; there is a sense of fresh air and bounce that is back. While our global economy will always carry with it a new sense of fragility due to so many complex interdependencies, the view from my deck is that the bounce is back.  So it feels good to be working with all of you on building our companies, our community and our Vermont economy to be as strong as possible. Vermont is a smaller image of the bigger picture, we have many important interdependencies that can move us forward positively, or conversely, set up conflict and spiral us in a negative direction. (more…)

President’s Column: Springing Forward

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Friday, April 5th, 2013

by Lisa Ventriss, President

Ah, Spring, welcome to the Green Mountain State! Depending on where you live and the recent snowstorms that have hit the mountains, you may think my greeting to be premature, but mentally I have made the turn. Now that my skis and snowshoes have been stowed away for the year, it’s time to lighten the palette and start looking around at what’s popping up in the proverbial backyard. (more…)

Education Matters: Championing Quality Outcomes

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Friday, April 5th, 2013

by Mary Barrosse Schwartz, Staff Director, VBR Research & Education Foundation

The Vermont Business Roundtable has long been a champion of early childhood programs that create good outcomes for children. Quality is the issue of course, not just funding. Measurement is the best way to understand the impact of programs, and how to improve outcomes from the significant investments the state and federal government is already making. (more…)

VBR Foundation Elects Officers

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Friday, April 5th, 2013

The VBR Research and Education Foundation held its first organizational meeting and elected new officers including: Chair – Tim Donovan, Chancellor of Vermont State Colleges; Secretary – Jeff Francis, Executive Director of Vermont Superintendents Association; and Treasurer – Sr. Janice Ryan, President Emeritus, Trinity College (Vermont). Other directors include: Mary Powell, CEO, Green Mountain Power and Steve Voigt, President and CEO, King Arthur Flour. Also at the meeting the Board voted to approve the Staff Director’s job description and extended an offer to retain Mary Barrosse Schwartz in that position. (more…)

What is Vermont Health Connect?

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Friday, April 5th, 2013

As you may have heard, changes in federal and state law are changing the way a quarter million Vermonters will access health coverage starting in 2014. Though a new insurance marketplace, called Vermont Health Connect, individuals, families and small businesses will compare public and private health plans and select plans that fit their needs and budget. Vermont Health Connect will allow Vermonters to enroll in Medicaid and Dr. Dynasaur as well as in private health insurance plans. (more…)

Vermont Campus Compact

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Friday, April 5th, 2013

With much talk about tomorrow’s workforce, college graduate exodus and lack of appropriately skilled workers in the pool, wise business leaders partner with institutions of higher learning to help achieve the  best outcomes for Vermont and the world at large through a trained and engaged citizenry. (more…)