SHELBURNE Explaining his theory that good projects make good politics, Lt. Gov. Brian Dubie described a broad range of projects he is responsible for in the current administrations plan to strengthen the states economy and improve the quality of life for the citizens.
Lt. Gov. Dubie, who is a captain with American Airlines and a colonel in the Air Force Reserve, has taken the message of Vermonts technological sophistication and its many businesses involved in green engineering, to other countries including a recent trip to China. He said that he has found that the world has a perception of the Vermont brand as environmental stewardship, and is open to his Green Valley Initiative which is designed to leverage the work of Vermont educational institutions and businesses.
He also reported that the Governors Commission on Healthy Aging, one of his special projects, has worked with the University of Vermont to establish the Center for Aging at the UVM Medical School. The center will be a clearinghouse for information on health and care for seniors and will share that expertise with caregivers and families of elders all over the state. He said that, relative to the many issues facing society as the population ages, there need to be changes in laws related to working conditions, compensation and retirement. He also spoke of the need to develop a network to develop better social support for elders as a way of fighting the serious problem of depression.
Another project he is involved in leading is the Vermont Aerospace and Aviation Organization which works to raise the awareness of the many aviation and aerospace industries in Vermont, and the impact they are having on the national and international scene.
He also described a project in the Newport area where Terra-Star is researching a new generation of land and satellite communication systems, a pioneering endeavor with huge implications for the future.