H.159

An act relating to community and economic development and workforce revitalization

Sponsors: Rep. Sara Coffey , Rep. Mollie Burke, Rep. Kathleen James, Rep. Stephanie Jerome, Rep. John Killacky, Rep. Charles Kimbell, Rep. Paul Lefebvre, Rep. Kirk White

Location: Senate Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs

Last Recorded Action: 3/30/2021 - Read 1st time & referred to Committee on <strong>Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs</strong>

Committee Activity - Meeting Full List

Regular Session 2021-2022

Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Committee(s):
House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development
9:00 AM

H.159 - An act relating to community and economic development and workforce revitalization

Walk-through and committee discussion.

Rep. Sara Coffey, Sponsor
David Hall, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
Chris Cochran, Director of Community Planning & Revitalization, Department of Housing and Community Development
Richard Amore, Planning & Outreach Manager, Department of Housing & Community Development
1:00 PM

H.159 - An act relating to community and economic development and workforce revitalization

Committee discussion.

Rebecca Stone, Principal, Senior Planner & Engagement Specialist, Community Workshop, LLC
Chris Cochran, Director of Community Planning & Revitalization, Department of Housing and Community Development
Richard Amore, Planning & Outreach Manager, Department of Housing & Community Development
Lydia Petty, Rep., Northfield Placemaking Committee
Karen Horn, Director, Public Policy & Advocacy, Vermont League of Cities and Towns
Benjamin Doyle , President, Preservation Trust of Vermont

Tuesday, March 9, 2021
Committee(s):
House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development
9:00 AM

H.159 - An act relating to community and economic development and workforce revitalization

This bill will become the Committee's Economic Development Bill.
Seed capital discussion.

Cassie Polhemus, CEO, Vermont Economic Development Authority

Wednesday, March 10, 2021
Committee(s):
House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development
10 mins. after the House Floor

H.159 - An act relating to community and economic development and workforce revitalization

This bill will become the Committee's Economic Development Bill.

Richard Amore, Planning & Outreach Manager, Department of Housing & Community Development
Chris Cochran, Director of Community Planning & Revitalization, Department of Housing and Community Development

Thursday, March 11, 2021
Committee(s):
House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development
9:00 AM

H.159 - An act relating to community and economic development and workforce revitalization

This will become the Committee's Economic Development Bill.
Tourism discussion.

Amy Spear, Vice President of Tourism, Vermont Chamber of Commerce
Kenneth Jones, Economic Research Analyst, Agency of Commerce and Community Development
Heather Pelham, Commissioner, Department of Tourism & Marketing
10:30 AM

H.159 - An act relating to community and economic development and workforce revitalization

Discussion about the Vermont state colleges and workforce development.
This will become the Committee's Economic Development Bill.

Katherine Levasseur, Director of External & Government Affairs, Vermont State Colleges
Sophie Zdatny, Chancellor, Vermont State Colleges
Sharron Scott, Chief Financial Officer, Vermont State Colleges
10 mins. after the House Floor

H.159 - An act relating to community and economic development and workforce revitalization

This will become the Committee's Economic Development Bill.


Friday, March 12, 2021
Committee(s):
House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development
10 mins. after the House Floor

H.159 - An act relating to community and economic development and workforce revitalization

This bill will become the Committee's Economic Development Bill.

1:00 PM

H.159 - An act relating to community and economic development and workforce revitalization

This bill will become the Committee's Economic Development Bill.
Vote.


Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Committee(s):
House Committee on Appropriations
2:00 PM

H.159 - An act relating to community and economic development and workforce revitalization

Review of the bill

Rep. Charles Kimbell, Vice-Chair, House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development

Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Committee(s):
House Committee on Ways and Means
9:15 AM

H.159 - An act relating to community and economic development and workforce revitalization

Ellen Czajkowski, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
Graham Campbell, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
Chris Cochran, Director of Community Planning & Revitalization, Department of Housing and Community Development

Friday, March 19, 2021
Committee(s):
House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development
10 mins. after the House Floor

H.159 - An act relating to community and economic development and workforce revitalization

Committee discussion regarding who is presenting which piece of the bill.


Friday, March 19, 2021
Committee(s):
House Committee on Appropriations
10:30 AM

H.159 - An act relating to community and economic development and workforce revitalization

Committee Discussion/Vote


Tuesday, March 23, 2021
Committee(s):
House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development
9:00 AM

H.159 - An act relating to community and economic development and workforce revitalization

Review and vote of the Mulvaney-Stanak Amendment.

David Hall, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel

Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Committee(s):
House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development
9:00 AM

H.159 - An act relating to community and economic development and workforce revitalization

Discuss and vote on House Committee on Ways & Means amendments to H.159.

Rep. Janet Ancel, Reporter of Amendments, House Committee on Ways and Means
10:39 AM

H.159 - An act relating to community and economic development and workforce revitalization

Discuss and vote on the House Committee on Appropriations amendment to H.159.

Rep. Tristan Toleno, House Committee On Government Operations

Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Committee(s):
House Committee on Appropriations
9:45 AM

H.159 - An act relating to community and economic development and workforce revitalization

Floor amendment

Rep. Emma Mulvaney-Stanak, Sponsor of amendment

Thursday, April 1, 2021
Committee(s):
Senate Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs
8:30 AM

H.159 - An act relating to community and economic development and workforce revitalization

David Hall, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
Rep. Charles Kimbell, Reporter, House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development

Tuesday, April 6, 2021
Committee(s):
Senate Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs
10:00 AM

H.159 - An act relating to community and economic development and workforce revitalization

Walk-through

David Hall, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
Stephanie Barrett, Associate Fiscal Officer, Joint Fiscal Office

Wednesday, April 7, 2021
Committee(s):
Senate Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs
8:30 AM

H.159 - An act relating to community and economic development and workforce revitalization

Better Places

Chris Cochran, Director of Community Planning & Revitalization, Agency of Commerce and Community Development
Richard Amore, Planning & Outreach Manager, Department of Housing & Community Development
Benjamin Doyle , President, Preservation Trust of Vermont
Sarah Waring, Vice President of Grants and Community Investments, Vermont Community Foundation
Chris Miller, Board Chair, National Coalition for Community Capital, Michigan
10:10 AM

H.159 - An act relating to community and economic development and workforce revitalization

Continued

Kelly Stoddard-Poor, Associate State Director, American Association of Retired Persons, Vermont
Amy Cunningham, Deputy Director, Vermont Arts Council
Paul Costello, Executive Director, Vermont Council on Rural Development
10:45 AM

H.159 - An act relating to community and economic development and workforce revitalization

Tourism

Heather Pelham, Commissioner, Department of Tourism & Marketing

Thursday, April 8, 2021
Committee(s):
Senate Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs
9:10 AM

H.159 - An act relating to community and economic development and workforce revitalization

Beth Fastiggi, Commissioner, Department of Human Resources
Josh Hanford, Commissioner, Department of Housing and Community Development
Jennifer Hollar, Director of Policy and Special Projects, Vermont Housing and Conservation Board
Clarke Collins, Benefits Director, Vermont Department of Human Resources
10:20 AM

H.159 - An act relating to community and economic development and workforce revitalization

Continued


Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Committee(s):
Senate Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs
8:30 AM

H.159 - An act relating to community and economic development and workforce revitalization

Workforce Development

Matt Musgrave, Government Affairs Director, Associated General Contractors of Vermont
Nathan Piper, Business, Legislative & Community Relations Manager, State of Vermont, Agency of Human Services
Alex Potvin, Member, Local 693
11:00 AM

H.159 - An act relating to community and economic development and workforce revitalization

Workforce Development Continued

Tom Cheney, Executive Director, Advance Vermont
Hal Cohen, Executive Director, Vermont Adult Learning

Thursday, April 15, 2021
Committee(s):
Senate Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs
8:30 AM

H.159 - An act relating to community and economic development and workforce revitalization

Pat Moulton , President, Vermont Technical College
Sophie Zdatny, Chancellor, Vermont State Colleges
Sharron Scott, Chief Financial Officer, Vermont State Colleges
Katherine Levasseur, Director of External & Government Affairs, Vermont State Colleges
Jay Ramsey, Assistant Director of the Student Pathways Division, Vermont Agency of Education
Suresh Garimella, President, University of Vermont
Kirk Dombrowski , Vice President for Research, University of Vermont
Maureen Hebert, Associate Dean of Workforce Education, Vermont Technical College
Wendy Koenig, Federal and State Relations and Legislative Liaison, University of Vermont
9:50 AM

H.159 - An act relating to community and economic development and workforce revitalization

Continued


Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Committee(s):
Senate Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs
8:30 AM

H.159 - An act relating to community and economic development and workforce revitalization

Rep. Emma Mulvaney-Stanak, Rep., Chittenden 6-2
Charles Tino Rutanhira, Chairperson, Vermont Professionals of Color Network (Chittenden County)
Curtiss Reed, Executive Director, Vermont Partnership for Fairness and Diversity
Mark Hughes, Executive Director, Vermont Racial Justice Alliance
Gwen Pokalo, Director, Center for Women & Enterprise
10:40 AM

H.159 - An act relating to community and economic development and workforce revitalization

Sarah Buxton, State Director of Workforce Development, Department of Labor
Karen Horn, Director, Public Policy & Advocacy, Vermont League of Cities and Towns

Thursday, April 22, 2021
Committee(s):
Senate Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs
8:30 AM

H.159 - An act relating to community and economic development and workforce revitalization

Cassie Polhemus, CEO, Vermont Economic Development Authority
Heather Pelham, Commissioner, Department of Tourism & Marketing

Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Committee(s):
Senate Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs
8:30 AM

H.159 - An act relating to community and economic development and workforce revitalization

Kathy Callahan, Benefits Advisory Committee, Vermont State Employees Association
Rich Grogan, Exective Director, Northern Border Regional Commission
Talena Companion, Owner, Premier Entertainment and Events, Vermont Association of Wedding Professionals
Austin Davis, Government Affairs Manager, Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce
Charles Martin, Government Affairs Director, Vermont Chamber of Commerce
Roxanne Vought, Executive Director, Vermont Business for Social Responsibility
Hans van Wees, Co-Chair, Vermont Lodging Association
10:45 AM

H.159 - An act relating to community and economic development and workforce revitalization

Continued

David Hall, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel

Thursday, April 29, 2021
Committee(s):
Senate Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs
8:30 AM

H.159 - An act relating to community and economic development and workforce revitalization

Joan Goldstein, Commissioner, Department of Economic Development
David Hall, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
9:40 AM

H.159 - An act relating to community and economic development and workforce revitalization

Continued

David Hall, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
Chris Cochran, Director of Community Planning & Revitalization, Agency of Commerce and Community Development
10:55 AM

H.159 - An act relating to community and economic development and workforce revitalization

Continued


Friday, April 30, 2021
Committee(s):
Senate Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs
8:30 AM

H.159 - An act relating to community and economic development and workforce revitalization

David Hall, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
Joan Goldstein, Commissioner, Department of Economic Development
Kenneth Jones, Economic Research Analyst, Agency of Commerce and Community Development
Megan Sullivan, Executive Director, Vermont Economic Progress Council
David Bradbury, President, Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies
9:40 AM

H.159 - An act relating to community and economic development and workforce revitalization

Continued


Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Committee(s):
Senate Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs
8:30 AM

H.159 - An act relating to community and economic development and workforce revitalization

Committee Discussion

David Hall, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
Joan Goldstein, Commissioner, Department of Economic Development
Tom Kavet, Legislative Economist, Kavet, Rockler & Associates, LLC

Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Committee(s):
Senate Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs
8:30 AM

H.159 - An act relating to community and economic development and workforce revitalization

Committee Discussion and Possible Vote

David Hall, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
Joan Goldstein, Commissioner, Department of Economic Development
Sarah Buxton, State Director of Workforce Development, Department of Labor

Thursday, May 6, 2021
Committee(s):
Senate Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs
8:30 AM

H.159 - An act relating to community and economic development and workforce revitalization

David Hall, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel

Friday, May 7, 2021
Committee(s):
Senate Committee on Appropriations
1:00 PM

H.159 - An act relating to community and economic development and workforce revitalization

David Hall, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel

Friday, May 7, 2021
Committee(s):
House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development
10 mins after the House Floor

H.159 - An act relating to community and economic development and workforce revitalization

Committee discussion regarding the changes that the Senate made to the bill.

David Hall, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
1:00 PM

H.159 - An act relating to community and economic development and workforce revitalization

Joan Goldstein, Commissioner, Department of Economic Development
Sarah Buxton, State Director of Workforce Development, Department of Labor

Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Committee(s):
House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development
9:00 AM

H.159 - An act relating to community and economic development and workforce revitalization

Discussion regarding potential changes of this bill by the Senate Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs.

Heather Pelham, Commissioner, Department of Tourism & Marketing
David Bradbury, President, Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies
Cassie Polhemus, Chief Executive Officer, Vermont Economic Development Authority
Chris Cochran, Director of Community Planning & Revitalization, Agency of Commerce and Community Development
Richard Amore, Planning & Outreach Manager, Department of Housing & Community Development
2:30 PM

H.159 - An act relating to community and economic development and workforce revitalization

Discussion regarding potential changes of this bill by the Senate Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs.

Breck Knauft, Executive Director, Vermont Youth Conservation Corps
Marilyn Cargill, Vice President, Financial Aid Services, Marketing and Research, Vermont Student Assistance Corporation
Jay Ramsey, Assistant Director of the Student Pathways Division, Vermont Agency of Education
Katherine Levasseur, Director of External & Government Affairs, Vermont State Colleges

Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Committee(s):
House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development
9:00 AM

H.159 - An act relating to community and economic development and workforce revitalization

Fred Kenney, Executive Director, Addison County Economic Development Corporation
Thomas Kennedy, Executive Director, Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission
Chris Winters, Deputy Secretary, Secretary of State's Office
Nick Grimley, Director of Entrepreneurship & Tech Commercialization, Agency of Commerce and Community Development
Joan Goldstein, Commissioner, Department of Economic Development
Karen Lafayette, Lobbyist, Vermont Community Action Partnership
Kirk Dombrowski , Vice President for Research, University of Vermont
Christopher Koliba, UVM Department of Community Development and Applied Economics, Clean Water Network
Wendy Koenig, Federal and State Relations and Legislative Liaison, University of Vermont
11:00 AM

H.159 - An act relating to community and economic development and workforce revitalization

Committee discussion continued.

Joan Goldstein, Commissioner, Department of Economic Development
Karen Lafayette, Lobbyist, Vermont Community Action Partnership

Friday, May 14, 2021
Committee(s):
Senate Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs
9:30 AM

H.159 - An act relating to community and economic development and workforce revitalization

Committee Discussion


Monday, May 17, 2021
Committee(s):
Senate Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs
-

H.159 - An act relating to community and economic development and workforce revitalization

David Hall, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel

Wednesday, May 19, 2021
Committee(s):
Senate Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs
-

H.159 - An act relating to community and economic development and workforce revitalization

David Hall, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
9:25 AM

H.159 - An act relating to community and economic development and workforce revitalization

Continued

2:15 PM

H.159 - An act relating to community and economic development and workforce revitalization

David Hall, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
4:45 PM

H.159 - An act relating to community and economic development and workforce revitalization

Possible Vote

David Hall, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel

Wednesday, May 19, 2021
Committee(s):
House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development
5:56 PM

H.159 - An act relating to community and economic development and workforce revitalization

Committee discussion and straw vote on H.159 .


Thursday, May 20, 2021
Committee(s):
Senate Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs
-

H.159 - An act relating to community and economic development and workforce revitalization

David Hall, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel