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NO. R-199.  House concurrent resolution congratulating the Vermont Business Roundtable on its 20th anniversary.


Offered by:  Representatives Pugh of S. Burlington, Andrews of Rutland City, Condon of Colchester, Donahue of Northfield, Donovan of Burlington, French of Randolph, Head of S. Burlington, Heath of Westford, Keenan of St. Albans City, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Larson of Burlington, Lorber of Burlington, Morrissey of Bennington, Orr of Charlotte, Peterson of Williston, Trombley of Grand Isle and Zuckerman of Burlington

Whereas, the Vermont Business Roundtable (Roundtable) was established in 1987 to “elevate the standard of living for all Vermonters” and to encourage public debate on a range of current policy issues related to education, the economy, and health care, and

Whereas, this independent, nonprofit, and nonpartisan organization maintains a focus that is far broader than a traditional trade association, and it relies on research analysis and member recommendations to determine its agenda and program initiatives, and

Whereas, the Roundtable consists of 110 chief executive officers from throughout the state, and

Whereas, approximately 25 other similar organizations have emerged nationwide to stimulate a discussion and policy initiatives that promote both economic growth and a desirable quality of life, and

Whereas, the Roundtable seeks to improve the Vermont business climate by continuously reassessing business, economic, and social strategies and encouraging basic infrastructure investments that are essential for Vermont to attract new and maintain existing business enterprises, and

Whereas, one of the Roundtable’s most innovative initiatives was to serve as the initial home of the Peer to Peer Collaborations program that brought together teams of successful Vermont business leaders to advise struggling local businesses,  and

Whereas, a more recent Roundtable endeavor is its report entitled: “Having the Courage to Change:  Avoiding the Coming Workforce Crisis” that examines the shortage of skilled workers in Vermont and explores educational policy options to alleviate this crucial problem, and

Whereas, as the Roundtable celebrates 20 years of serving the citizens of Vermont as an idea incubator and policy initiator, it is looking ahead to future projects that seek to improve Vermont as a place to do business, be educated, and live life, and

Whereas, this special organization merits recognition for its accomplishments and the nobility of its achievements, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the Vermont Business Roundtable on its 20th anniversary and wishes it continued success, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Lisa Ventriss, president and chief executive officer of the Vermont Business Roundtable.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont