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(J.R.S. 60)

Offered by: Committee on Institutions.

Whereas, the proclivity to invent and creatively use technology is an often unexplored aspect of Vermont's history that is attributable to Vermont's citizen-based town meetings and the state's rural self-reliant lifestyle that served as an ideal incubator for inventors to develop new and more efficient technologies for farmers, self-employed trade and craftspersons and industry, and resulted in an extraordinary number of significant 19th-century patents, originating in a state with a very small population, and

Whereas, this technological competence is today demonstrated in a variety of fields, including electronic measurement, medical science, air and rail transportation, space travel and computers, and

Whereas, a Vermont Welcome and Exhibition Facility centrally located in Montpelier would provide an ideal venue to introduce both Vermonters and visitors to the state's unique blend of working farms, environmental preservation and technological competency that characterizes contemporary Vermont, and

Whereas, a Vermont Welcome and Exhibition Facility would also serve as an introduction for schoolchildren and adults to Vermont's citizen legislature, and

Whereas, in the fall of 2000, the Vermont Academy of Arts and Sciences will sponsor a conference entitled "Democracy and Technology in Vermont: Civic and Technical Competency in Vermont's Past and Future" that will serve as an introduction to possible exhibits and programs that would be features at a Vermont Welcome and Exhibition Center, and

Whereas, the Vermont Academy of Arts and Sciences, under the leadership of William Brown, the former director of the Fairbanks Museum and the Associate Director of the Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS), is conducting a study to determine the feasibility of locating a Vermont Welcome and Exhibition Center in Montpelier, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly expresses its strong interest in the concept of establishing a Vermont Welcome and Exhibition Center in Montpelier and requests that the Vermont Academy of Arts and Sciences send a copy of its completed feasibility study to the House and Senate Committees on Institutions, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to William Brown at the Vermont Academy of Arts and Sciences.