Vermont Chamber hires Pat Moulton Powden to oversee legislative and regulatory issues

first_imgThe Vermont Chamber of Commerce has hired Patricia Moulton Powden. Powden, who recently joined the organization as Vice President of Public Affairs, will be responsible for initiatives in both the legislative and regulatory arenas.‘Pat’s experience in unemployment insurance, workers’ compensation, environmental permitting, and economic development will be an undisputable asset to our members,’ said Betsy Bishop, President of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. ‘Her expertise has earned her the respect of many legislators, regardless of party and I am confident that she will elevate the Vermont Chamber’s presence and influence in government and regulatory affairs.’ Prior to joining the Vermont Chamber, Powden served as Commissioner of Labor for four years under Governor Jim Douglas where she was responsible for the implementation of many new workforce development initiatives as well as changes to unemployment insurance, workers’ compensation and workplace safety that have benefited Vermont’s business community.   Before becoming Commissioner, she was appointed by Governor Douglas to serve as the full-time Chair of the Vermont Natural Resources Board which is responsible for administering Vermont’s land use and development law and establishing water policy for the State of Vermont.Pat has led economic development efforts in Springfield, St. Johnsbury, Bennington, Windsor and part of Orange Counties and has spent many years helping numerous companies start-up, expand, and relocate to Vermont.  She has also served as Commissioner of Economic Development for the State of Vermont.‘I am honored to continue serving Vermont’s business community and workforce and I look forward to helping the Vermont Chamber of Commerce advocate for the needs of businesses across the state,’ said Pat Moulton Powden, Vice President of Public Affairs. The Vermont Chamber of Commerce, the largest statewide, private, not-for-profit business organization represents nearly every sector of the state’s corporate/hospitality community. Our mission is to create an economic climate conducive to business growth and the preservation of the Vermont quality of life.Source: Vermont Chamber of Commerce. 7.27.2010###last_img read more