Stenger and Moulton Powden said that Vermont and the NEK are uniquely positioned to collaborate and reorient the whole region to prepare for the jobs that Stenger's multiple developments will create.
"Not another place in the country can do what we are about to do," Stenger said.
"This is going to take a team," Moulton Powden said.
She called it "a massive opportunity."
This impact committee first met last month with Stenger to begin the task of preparing for the impact of the major projects that Stenger and his partners are proposing, tapping foreign investors through the EB-5 program that allows them to invest $500,000 each into a project, create jobs and earn a green card.
Stenger has already brought about $300 million into the NEK to Jay Peak Resort, and has bought the Bogner property for the AnC Bio Vermont plant and also bought Burke Mountain.
Stenger updated his projects, emphasising that the work will begin next year on many of those projects.
The clean rooms rooms for research and development by researchers at AnC Bio Vermont are a greater opportunity than Stenger said he first thought, because there is a "pronounced shortage" in Boston.
Of those jobs, 450 will be full-time, permanent jobs, he said.
Many of the people who will work at AnC Bio will be local, who will need education, he said.
The NEK Initiative projects are:
- Expansion of Jay Peak Resort's West Bowl and State Side;
- Expansion at Burke Mountain Resort;
- Expansion at the Newport State Airport in Coventry, center of the Foreign Trade Zone;
- The Renaissance Block construction in downtown Newport City;
- Marina Hotel and Convention Center in Newport City;
- AnC Bio Vermont;
- Menck Window manufacturing plant at the AnC Bio site.
The committee and state are already beginning to act in reaction to these projects.
Moulton named Cindy Robillard, regional supervisor for the Vermont Department of Labor, as chairman of a construction committee to focus immediately on preparing the workforce for the construction jobs in engineering, heating, plumbing and other fields that will open very quickly next year.
Next week, Vermont State Colleges Chancellor Tim Donovan will announce the hiring of a project manager to coordinate the whole impact effort, to work with the committee and increase communication to the greater community, Moulton Powden said.
The impact committee will meet again next month to continue workforce development plans and to consider longer term impacts on transportation needs, housing and services.
Moulton Powden urged patience from everyone involved "while together we figure out how to pull this off."