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A Response To The Open Letter To Gov. Shumlin

- Sunday, June 22, 2014

Yesterday, I received a response to my Open Letter To Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin. It’s worded like a form response, which makes me think the impression I got of this program was not unique. So, what do you think? News failure or flip flop from response?

Governor Peter Shumlin <governorvt@state.vt.us>

Dear Scott,

Thank you for sharing your concerns and for your support. The new initiative is just one avenue we are pursuing for job growth, and it is targeted at both in state and out of state individuals. In fact, we are using our college and professional networks to advertise it, as well as our tourism and marketing campaign. The press release for this initiative made clear it was meant for both in state and out of staters who are job seeking, though I recognize news stories did not make that clear. The website promoted is our Department of Labor new job search tool. I will be aware of your concerns going forward and work to make this point clear.

When I became Governor, I made it my priority to grow our economy and create well-paying job opportunities for Vermonters. Please be assured, I have not given up on this effort. I have fought for a number of initiatives, such as including expanding broadband and cellular infrastructure, investing in renewable energy and green technology, focusing on education and training, and supporting small businesses.

As Vermont is quickly becoming home to one of the most dynamic work environments in the country, it has never been more important to provide quality and affordable higher education opportunities for Vermont students. This is why I worked with the legislature this spring and passed the Vermont Strong Scholars program during this past legislative session. Under this program, any Vermont student who attends one of our colleges or university and takes a job in Vermont in a designated, growing field, will be reimbursed for his or her final year of tuition if he or she receives a bachelor’s degree, or his or her final semester if he or she receives an associate’s degree. Not only will this program make it easier for Vermonters to go to college, but will make it advantageous to remain in the state they love and contribute to our economy where we need them the most. Both this initiative and the flexible pathways education initiative last year will benefit Vermonters and help career readiness.

The Great Jobs in Vermont website is a great resource that can connect people with the jobs that are being created here every day. This website is geared towards those interested in having and keeping the high quality of life that comes with living in Vermont, and I urge all Vermonters who wish to work in Vermont to utilize its services. As mentioned above, it is one of the avenues we are using to promote the Department of Labor’s job search engine, which we rely on statewide for employment outreach.

Thanks again for reaching out to me. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if my office can be of assistance in the future.

Sincerely,

Peter Shumlin
Governor
109 State Street, Pavilion
Montpelier, Vermont 05609
802-828-3333

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