Vermont Economic Stimulus and Recovery Blog
The 67-year-old Evslin was lured out or retirement by Gov. Jim Douglas in March 2009 to become the state's chief recovery officer and oversee Vermont's use of stimulus grants and applications for competitive stimulus grants.
Recovery.gov went live with initial section 1512 reporting on October 30. Section 1512 of the Act requires jobs accountability reporting on a quarterly basis.
Now, when recovery from the worldwide recession is beginning, Vermont has an opportunity to emerge with a stronger economy, a cleaner environment, a broader tax base, and better jobs than we had before the downturn.
The nearly $69 million dollar stimulus award Vermont utilities received from the federal Department of Energy (DoE) this week will have a much greater and long lasting effect on the Green Mountain State than hundreds of millions of dollars in stimulus band aids that we are also receiving.
Which broadband grant applicants does Vermont like or not like? That’s the question the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), which is the part of the US Commerce Department and is charged with distributing some of the stimulus funding for broadband, asked the Economic Stimulus and Recovery (ESR) office, which has the responsibility for answering such questions in Vermont.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) has created opportunities for significant investment in Vermont for business development; support of educational programs; expansion of housing, nutrition and other public services; construction of transportation , water and wastewater infrastructure; and substantial opportunity to retain and increase jobs.