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BIG WIND, SMALL BUDGETS

January 14, 2013

Rep. Vicki Strong. Photo: Christopher Roy

NEWPORT CITY – Pending development in the Northeast Kingdom is on the minds of many local legislators. 
“We’re in the midst of a renaissance,” said Rep. Duncan Kilmartin of Newport City during Monday's legislative breakfast, held at the East Side Restaurant. 
Kilmartin, who serves on the Vermont House Transportation Committee, said that Bill Stenger of Jay Peak Resort and Stenger’s crew are doing the project right. Local and state zoning regulations will protect the region from any adverse effects like overgrowth, Kilmartin said. He also said that developers at Jay Peak Resort use the land wisely.
“The same thing will happen at Burke and the same thing will happen in the City of Newport,” Kilmartin said. Jay Peak Resort recently purchased Burke Mountain.
Rep. Mike Marcotte of Coventry and Rep. Sam Young of Glover have invited legislators to visit the region on Tuesday, Feb. 5. Marcotte and Young want lawmakers from the economic development committee to learn more about development at Jay Peak Resort; get a better understanding of the EB5 program, which is financing much of the project; learn more about the foreign trade zone; and tour the North Country Career Center, downtown Newport City and the Newport State Airport in Coventry.
Marcotte and Young also invited members of the transportation committee and some members of the education committee to take part in the tour.
Transportation is part of the region’s development. A goal of Kilmartin, who serves on the transportation committee, is to address the road conditions between Main Street in Derby and the west side of Newport City.

For more of this story, read Tuesday's Newport Daily Express for Jan. 15, 2013.

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