Pat Moulton leaving Vermont Labor Dept for Vermont Chamber

first_imgPat Moulton Powden is leaving state government to join the Vermont Chamber of Commerce as vice president of public affairs.  Moulton Powden is currently the Commissioner of the Department of Labor and was previously the Chair of the Environmental Board. Deputy Labor Commissioner Valerie Rickert has been appointed by Governor Douglas to take over. Moulton Powden will be starting with the Vermont Chamber on July 19.”Her experience in unemployment insurance, workers compensation, environmental permitting and economic development will be an undisputable asset to our members,” said Betsy Bishop, President Vermont Chamber of Commerce. “Her expertise has earned her the respect of many legislators, regardless of party and it is my goal for her to elevate the Vermont Chamber’s presence and influence in the government and regulatory arenas.” It has been an honor to serve the citizens of Vermont as Commissioner at the Department of Labor, Moulton Powden said in a statement. It s been a privilege to work together with my colleagues in the Administration and the Legislature to achieve the Governor s goals of comprehensive unemployment insurance reform that will restore balance to the trust fund, while maintaining benefits for the unemployed.  I am so proud of this Administration s work – from implementing many new workforce development initiatives to making changes to workers comp and workplace safety that have benefited Vermont employers and workers.Governor Douglas said: I want to thank Pat for her tremendous leadership at the Department of Labor, as well as for her years of dedicated service to the people of Vermont in her current role and, previously, as the Chair of the Environmental Board. The members of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce are incredibly lucky to have Pat leading their government affairs team.  She will bring her expertise in economic development, unemployment insurance, workers compensation and environmental permitting to her new role.Prior to her current role, Moulton Powden led Regional Development Corporations in Springfield, St Johnsbury, Bennington, and greater Windsor county.  She was also appointed by both Governor Dean and Governor Snelling to lead the Department of Economic Development. Her legendary father, Al Moulton, was secretary of the agency (now the Agency of Commerce) under both Governor Snelling and Governor Kunin.Rickert has served in numerous positions in the Department of Labor for the past 25 years.  Prior to her current role as Deputy Commissioner, she served as Director of Unemployment Insurance and Wages overseeing all unemployment benefits, tax payments and enforcement of Vermont wage and hour law. Val is a strong leader and was instrumental in forging a compromise this year on the unemployment insurance trust fund issue, said the Governor. I am confident that she will do an excellent job and ensure a smooth transition at the Department. I am honored by this appointment, and I look forward to leading the Department of Labor team, said Rickert. I intend to build on the strong foundation here at the Department that Commissioner Moulton Powden has established, balancing the needs of both the labor force and employers in the key areas of workforce training, workers compensation and unemployment insurance.Moulton Powden and her husband Tim Powden reside in South Londonderry. Rickert lives in Barre Town.Source: Vermont Chamber of Commerce. Governor’s office. 6.23.2010last_img read more

S.V. has Weaver’s number

first_img“This is a guy who’s a very talented pitcher,” Angels general manager Bill Stoneman said. “He’s got great baseball savvy. Even though he was a rookie last year, he really had a feel for what he was doing.” Weaver’s potential was just starting to blossom during his days at Simi Valley. He was 3-2with a 3.38 ERA and 58 strikeouts in 56 innings as a senior. Former Pioneers baseball coach Joe Gordon told of how he anticipated big things from Weaver, even though the 6-foot-7 athlete was better known as a basketball player back then. Gordon worked with Weaver as a student and a teacher’s aid in addition to as a player, and was impressed by Weaver’s dedication to success. “What Jered has accomplished so far is no accident,” Gordon said. Weaver says he frequently returns to the school to watch basketball games, but had a difficult time watching much of Friday’s game. He spent much of the game signing autographs for children, many clad in Angels gear. When the Pioneers’ student cheering section finally noticed Weaver in the far corner of the gym, they briefly switched their cheers to chants of “Let’s go Weaver.” Weaver preferred to praise the basketball team and encourage kids to stay in school rather than talk about himself during his halftime speech that was followed by a video tribute. The evening was just one in a series of memorable events for Weaver since last season ended. He’s watched his brother win the World Series and recently landed on the cover of the video game MVP 07 NCAA Baseball. His cherished anonymity is dwindling as he says he is often recognized around town. He leaves for spring training next week looking to his first full season in the majors after beginning last year at Triple-A Salt Lake. “It’s not going to be as stressful,” said Weaver, who describes having his brother playing in the same division this year with Seattle as a more stressful situation (his parents say they will root for a scoreless tie until both sons are out of the game if they pitch against each other). “Last year, I went in just trying to make the team and everything was all new to me. Now I hope I already have a spot set up. And it’s nice knowing what to expect going in this time. “I’m not trying to top (last year), just stay on that same playing level. Obviously it’s tough to have the kind of season I did, and team’s have had chance to see my stuff more. I’m just trying to keep the same approach. That’ s what got me here, so I haven’t changed anything.” The Angels are equally optimistic. “Shoot, he got off to an unbelievable start,” Stoneman said. “To expect that again, I don’t know if you could expect anyone to duplicate that, but we ‘re certainly expecting good things from him. “We feel our pitching is very good, it’s one of our strengths, and he’ s a big part of that.” heather.gripp@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “It’s a pretty big honor for me to have my jersey shown here at the school,” said Weaver, who received a framed jersey, as did his parents. “They haven’t retired very many jerseys, so it’s a big honor. For me and my brother to both be up there, that’s special.” The Pioneers retired older brother Jeff’s number five years ago, and that number was also 25. The brothers say it was just a coincidence they wore the same number in high school and didn’t even realize it until Jeff was honored. Jered admits he switched to No.36 in college to be like his major-league brother and plans to wear that number this season with the Angels. Since graduating from Simi Valley in 2001, the younger Weaver has been an All-American at Long Beach State, starred on the U.S. National Team, was the Angels’ first-round draft pick in 2004, and last year became the first American League rookie since Whitey Ford in 1950 to win his first nine decisions. Weaver was 11-2 with a 2.56 ERA in 19 big-league starts last season. The easy part of his life comes on the baseball field. At least Weaver makes it look easy, and that’s what Simi Valley High honored Friday. During halftime of the Pioneers’ basketball game against cross-town rival Royal, Simi Valley retired Weaver’s No. 25 that he wore as member of the school’s baseball and basketball teams. center_img SIMI VALLEY – Jered Weaver’s first offseason as a major leaguer wasn’t exactly the relaxing experience he envisioned. Buying his first house ignited the 24-year-old Angels pitcher’s foray into to grown-up life. “That took up pretty much my whole offseason,” Weaver said of the Simi Valley house that is a few miles from his parents. “I didn’t know buying a house was so much work. It’s a lot more than just moving all your stuff in. It’s been a lot of work, it hasn’t been easy.” last_img read more