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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

Mesut Ozil opens door to Arsenal exit once contract expires

first_imgOzil is out of contract next year (Picture: Getty)Ozil will enter the final 12 months of his current contract in the summer and recent reports claim Arsenal are not prepared to let him run down his contract a second time.Arteta has been working to unify his squad since taking charge and Ozil praised the head coach for his efforts so far.‘We know it is a hard season for us but we want to win games to take the points to be maybe at the end of the season in the top four,’ Ozil said.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Our goal is to be in the Champions League. This year we had difficult times but I think we’re in a good way.‘In just the two months Mikel [Arteta] is here we improve a lot.’Arsenal’s squad return from Dubai this week ahead of their Premier League clash against Newcastle on Sunday.MORE: Emmanuel Petit slams Unai Emery and rates Mikel Arteta’s start as Arsenal managerMORE: Juventus preparing to sell Aaron Ramsey just year after Arsenal transfer Ozil is in Dubai with his Arsenal team-mates (Picture: Getty)Mesut Ozil has admitted he is unsure if his long-term future is at Arsenal.The German is one of the most influential players in Mikel Arteta’s squad, but has struggled for consistency in recent years at the Emirates.Ozil was welcomed back into the fold by Arteta following Unai Emery’s sacking and is currently in Dubai with the rest of the first-team for a warm weather training camp.Asked by reporters if he would remain at Arsenal beyond his current contract, Ozil said: ‘After this season I have one more year and after that I don’t know what will happen because I can’t see the future.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘What I can do is give everything for the team, for myself, to be successful and let’s see what happens in the future.’Arsenal committed a small fortune to keeping Ozil at the club in 2018, but have been rumblings ever since that the Gunners regretted handing the attacker a £350,000-a-week deal. Comment Advertisement Mesut Ozil opens door to Arsenal exit once contract expires Coral BarryMonday 10 Feb 2020 2:59 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.6kShares Advertisementlast_img read more