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12/6/2012 8:16:00 AM
Stenger Announces Even More Jobs
PHOTO BY ROBIN SMITH
Despite snow squalls, workers lay down the roof on the new Mountain Learning Center at Jay Peak Resort’s State Side area on Wednesday. State and local officials are rushing to coordinate education and training for the future employees of Bill Stenger’s Northeast Kingdom Economic Development Initiative.
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PHOTO BY ROBIN SMITH

Despite snow squalls, workers lay down the roof on the new Mountain Learning Center at Jay Peak Resort’s State Side area on Wednesday. State and local officials are rushing to coordinate education and training for the future employees of Bill Stenger’s Northeast Kingdom Economic Development Initiative.

PHOTO BY ROBIN SMITH
Cindy Robillard, regional supervisor for the Vermont Department of Labor, at left, talks on Wednesday with Gloria Bruce, executive director of the Northeast Kingdom Travel and Tourism Association about the impact of Bill Stenger’s proposed big developments in the NEK.
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PHOTO BY ROBIN SMITH

Cindy Robillard, regional supervisor for the Vermont Department of Labor, at left, talks on Wednesday with Gloria Bruce, executive director of the Northeast Kingdom Travel and Tourism Association about the impact of Bill Stenger’s proposed big developments in the NEK.


JAY -- The proposed AnC Bio Vermont facility and its clean rooms in Newport City are expected to create 500 new jobs, double the amount originally expected, developer Bill Stenger said Wednesday.

The prospect of even more new jobs at the bio-tech facility alone -- part of the 10,000 new jobs from Stenger's multiple economic developments -- fueled the conversation Wednesday morning as state and local education and workforce leaders brainstormed about how to prepare for the demand for employees.

Led by Vermont Commerce Secretary Pat Moulton Powden, the two dozen people from across Vermont and northern New Hampshire who have formed a special impact committee said they have their work cut out for them.

Stenger outlined how each of his $600 million in economic development projects in Burke, Coventry, Jay and Newport City are proceeding, alerting the leaders and representatives of colleges, high schools, career centers, marketing and the state's labor and commerce departments and other groups that his time line is tight and marching forward.

Stenger said the drive to improve the opportunities for his home community of Newport City and the whole NEK is what keeps him up at night.

He urged those gathered in the Hotel Jay ballroom to keep their eyes on the goal to create jobs for as many people in the Northeast Kingdom as possible, including high school graduates, the unemployed and underemployed, and those who left the NEK for jobs who may want to return.

"Do not let anything detract from that," he said.



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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."







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