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VI Receives $20M NSF Grant Award for VI-EPSCoR

The U.S. Virgin Islands is one of six jurisdictions nation-wide to receive a Research Infrastructure Improvement Track-1 award from the National Science Foundation's Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) to support the Virgin Islands.

Governor de Jongh at the UVI EPSCoR News Conference

GOVERNMENT HOUSE BLOG
August 29, 2014 at 10:00 AM AST
GOVERNOR DE JONGH JOINS COMMUNITY IN MOURNING THE DEATH OF ANGEL CORNEIRO

Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr. expressed his condolences to the family and friends of the late Angel M. Corneiro, who died suddenly on August 26. "Mr. Corneiro was a remarkable and memorable Virgin Islander, a man who served this territory admirably both professionally and personally.

August 29, 2014 at 9:30 AM AST
THE GOVERNMENT OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS ANNOUNCES 3rd ANNUAL GVI H.E.A.L.T.H. & WELLNESS EXPO SERIES

The Division of Personnel, in partnership with the G.E.S.C Health Insurance Board of Trustees, will host the Government of the Virgin Islands 3rd Annual Health and Wellness Expo Series beginning on Saturday, September 6th.

August 28, 2014 at 1:20 PM AST
GOVERNOR DE JONGH APPOINTS MARINE COUNCIL COORDINATOR, TWO NEW MEMBERS AND HEARS PLANS FOR FADS AND RECREATIONAL MOORINGS INSTALLATION

Government House recently hosted the fourth meeting of the Virgin Islands Marine Economic Development Council at which John Holmberg was introduced as the newly appointed coordinator for the council by Percival Clouden, Chief Executive Officer of the Virgin Islands Economic Development Authority.

August 28, 2014 at 10:00 AM AST
OPEN APPLICATION WINDOW FOR THE 2014-2015 COLLEAGUE GROUP OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS CERTIFIED PUBLIC MANAGER® (CPM) PROGRAM

The Division of Personnel (DOP), in partnership with the University of the Virgin Islands’ (UVI) Institute for Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness (ILOE), is now accepting applications for the Virgin Islands Certified Public Manager® (CPM) Program’s 2014-2015 Colleague Group.

August 28, 2014 at 9:50 AM AST
VIRGIN ISLANDS PUBLIC FINANCE AUTHORITY SELLS $49.6 MILLION OF GROSS RECEIPTS TAXES BONDS TO ENTHUSIASTIC MARKET

The Virgin Islands Public Finance Authority sold $49.6 million of Gross Receipts Taxes Bonds on Wednesday. According to Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr., the bonds were issued to address a range of needs approved for funding by the Senate, including working capital for the General Fund and hospitals, and the payment of WAPA receivables.

August 28, 2014 at 9:40 AM AST
NOTICE OF OPEN ENROLLMENT FOR ALL INSURED UNDER THE GOVERNMENT OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS GROUP HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM WITH CIGNA

Kenneth L. Hermon, Jr. PHR, IPMA-CP, the Director of Personnel and the GESC/Health Insurance Board of Trustees would like to advise all participants in the Government’s Group Health Insurance Program of the Open Enrollment period begins on Tuesday, September 2, 2014.

August 26, 2014 at 10:30 AM AST
DIVISION OF PERSONNEL’s LIMITED OFFICE HOURS

Division of Personnel Director, Kenneth L. Hermon, Jr. is advising the General Public of the Division’s St. Croix location will be closed at 1:30p.m., on Tuesday, August 26, 2014, so the staff can support their colleague as she completes the Certified Managers Program (CPM) 2014. The St. Croix Office will be re-opening for normal business at 8:00 a.m., Wednesday, August 27, 2014.

August 26, 2014 at 10:10 AM AST
DSPR After School Tennis Program Athletes participate in the 97th American Tennis Association National Championship Tournament

Commissioner St. Claire N. Williams of the Department of Sports, Parks and Recreation today congratulated the four (4) junior tennis players form the Department of Sports, Parks and Recreation After School Tennis Program that recently traveled to Fort Lauderdale, Florida to participate in the Annual 97th American Tennis Association National Championship Tournament.

August 26, 2014 at 9:30 AM AST
Commissioner Williams denounces vandalism of the Department of Sport, Parks and Recreation Offices and Facilities.

Commissioner St. Claire N. Williams of the Department of Sports, Parks and Recreation today expressed outrage at the blatant vandalism and destruction of government property that occurred over the weekend at its facilities on St. Croix.

August 25, 2014 at 9:30 AM AST
FITCH RATINGS REAFFIRMS OUTSTANDING INVESTMENT GRADE RATINGS ON VIPFA MATCHING FUND REVENUE BONDS

Fitch Ratings, a national bond rating agency based in New York, has this week reaffirmed its outstanding investment grade ratings on the Public Finance Authority’s Matching Fund Revenue Bonds, including its BBB on the senior bonds. Those bonds have been and continue to be a critical source of Government funding for capital projects, and have also been used to finance Government operating costs in the wake of the Great Recession.

August 22, 2014 at 11:30 AM AST
UVI, VIEDA’s Economic Development Commission to host Career Fair this month

The Virgin Islands Economic Development Authority (VIEDA), in partnership with the University of the Virgin Islands Student Affairs’ Counseling & Career Services, will host the V.I. Economic Development Commission’s Career Fair this month.

Central High School Update

Executive Summary from the Central High School Odor Investigation

Based on interviews with hospital staff, CHS students and teachers, and others who experienced the March 18th incident, it was determined that hydrogen sulfide (H2S) and potentially other reduced sulfur compounds were the chemicals that likely caused the odor and the physical symptoms. The investigation focused on potential local sources of H2S and reduced sulfur compounds including the sanitary sewer system at the school and along Queen Mary Highway and on the two more distant potential industrial sources: the Diageo Rum Distillery and the HOVENSA Oil Terminal.

Special Section
PENSION REFORM
On March 11, 2014, Governor de Jongh submitted both draft legislation to the 30th Legislature, proposing major reforms to the government’s pension system. The legislation, once implemented, will begin the arduous task of addressing the constantly growing unfunded liability of the system which threatens the retirement savings of thousands of retired V.I. Government employees.
Governor's Transmittal Letter
Proposed Legislation
PROMOTING TOURISM
Virgin Islands Featured in Bridal Magazine

As a follow-up to the the highly successful Bridal Symposium held in the Virgin Islands last July, 201 (Bride) Magazine has featured the Virgin Islands in its Winter Issue. 

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Department of Tourism Brings the Heat to Southern Florida
Department of Tourism Celebrates the Season with St. Croix Residents
the FUTURE OF HOVENSA 
On November 7, 2013, Governor de Jongh signed into law Bill 30-0273 which ratifies the Fourth Amendment Agreement between the Virgin Islands government and the owners of the HOVENSA refinery on St. Croix.
Special Section
WAPA / LPG CONVERSION PROJECT
WAPA Announces Vitol Hires Local Contractor for Initial Phase of LPG Conversion Project
Governor Asks EPA to Support WAPA's Conversion to Cleaner Fuels
WAPA Receives 13 Responses to RFQ for Fuel Conversion Process
HEALTH CARE REFORM
On July 11, 2013, Governor de Jongh announced his decision to act upon the recommendations of a task force he appointed and expand the territory’s Medicaid program instead of implementing a Health Insurance Exchange Marketplace for the Virgin Islands.
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CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS
Government House recently provided an overview of the dozen projects that are being developed as part of the much talked about and anticipated revitalization of downtown St. Thomas. The initiative carries a $172 million dollar price tag.
Special Section
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