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PLANS REVEALED FOR PORT OF MANDAHL

Governor de Jongh and the principals of Mandahl Bay Holdings, Inc. today announced plans and signed agreements to develop Port of Mandahl, a new $487 million resort community at Mandahl Bay located on the north side of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.

Partners of the project, government officials and others witnessed the signing of both a development agreement and a lease agreement.

GOVERNMENT HOUSE BLOG
November 20, 2014 at 10:30 AM AST
Marine Economic Development Council Meeting

A meeting of the Marine Economic Development Council was held at Government House Frederiksted earlier this week. The meeting, chaired by Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr., addressed the installation of two Fish Attraction Devices (FADS) each district, replacement of 40 recreational moorings throughout both island districts, and development of a public-private partnership to address the installation and maintenance of commercial moorings.

November 19, 2014 at 9:00 PM AST
GOVERNMENT SIGNS LEASE FOR REDEVELOPMENT OF FORMER WATER ISLAND HOTEL

Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr. today approved a lease agreement to the Water Island Development Company to facilitate the redevelopment of the former Water Island Hotel property as a boutique resort.

November 19, 2014 at 10:00 AM AST
VIEDA, Economic Development Commission to hold Governing Board Decision Meeting on November 24

The V.I. Economic Development Authority (VIEDA), along with its subsidiary the Economic Development Commission, will be holding a Governing Board Decision Meeting on Monday, November 24, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. This decision meeting will be held on applications and resolutions of compliance matters for various businesses along with other matters which may be brought to the appropriate Board for action.  All interested persons are notified in accordance with law.

November 18, 2014 at 10:00 PM AST
A STATEMENT FROM THE GOVERNOR

Earlier tonight, Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr. congratulated Kenneth E. Mapp on his election to serve as the eighth elected Governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands. Today’s run-off election capped a three-month electoral process to select not only our next Governor and Lieutenant Governor, but also the fifteen Senators of the 31st Legislature and our next Delegate to Congress. The Governor wished all well as they prepare to assume the responsibilities of their respective offices.

November 17, 2014 at 10:00 AM AST
GOVERNMENT HOUSE: TUESDAY NOVEMBER 18, RUN-OFF ELECTION DAY, IS A LEGAL HOLIDAY; V.I. GOVERNMENT OFFICES CLOSED

Following Saturday’s certification of the 2014 General Election by the district Boards of Elections which results require a run-off election in the gubernatorial race, Government House on Sunday advised that Tuesday, November 18, 2014, the run-off election day, will be a legal holiday across the Virgin Islands. As such, local government offices across the Territory will be closed on Tuesday.

November 13, 2014 at 5:30 PM AST
GOVERNOR DE JONGH COMMENTS ON SENATE’S VOTE ON AGREEMENT TO FACILITATE SALE AND RESTART OF ST. CROIX OIL REFINERY

Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr. expressed his displeasure today at the vote by the 30th Legislature to stall consideration of a proposed agreement that would provide for the restart of the idled oil refinery and provide both economic and employment opportunities on St. Croix. The Senate voted unanimously to send the agreement to the Committee on Finance for additional consideration with the majority of its members calling for additional time to review the agreement and to weigh its own analysis of the agreement.

November 10, 2014 at 9:45 AM AST
GOVERNOR DE JONGH COMMENTS ON SALE OF HOVENSA

Ahead of today's hearing by the 30th Legislature's Committee of the Whole on the proposed sale of the oil refinery on St. Croix, Governor de Jongh commented this morning on the need for the sales process to be completed, the transaction closed and the refinery reopened to boost economic activity on St. Croix and provide a source of employment for hundreds of Virgin Islanders.

November 6, 2014 at 2:20 PM AST
PLANS REVEALED FOR ST. THOMAS’ FIRST NEW HOTEL IN MORE THAN TWENTY YEARS

Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr. and the principals of Mandahl Bay Holdings, Inc. today announced plans and signed agreements to develop Port of Mandahl, a new $487 million resort community at Mandahl Bay located on the north side of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. The resort’s centerpiece will be a 300-hundred room, Hyatt Regency Hotel, the first new hotel built on St. Thomas in more than twenty years.

November 3, 2014 at 4:45 PM AST
GOVERNOR DE JONGH HOSTS MEETING TO DISCUSS A COMPREHENSIVE RECYCLING PROGRAM ON ST. JOHN

Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr. hosted a meeting at Government House Monday morning to discuss implementation of a comprehensive recycling program on St. John. The program would be built on a public-private partnership that will involve the collection of household goods, crushing of aluminum cans and transportation of waste based on support from local vendors and shippers.

November 3, 2014 at 4:00 PM AST
St. John BMV Closure due to Training Workshop

Director Jerris T. Browne would like to inform the motoring public that the St. John Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) Office will be closed on Thursday, November 6, 2014, so that the employees may attend a training workshop. “We regret any inconvenience placed on our customers and thank them for their kind understanding”, Browne said.

November 1, 2014 at 5:30 PM AST
GOVERNOR DE JONGH SUBMITS OPERATING AGREEMENT FOR ST. CROIX OIL REFINERY TO THE 30TH LEGISLATURE; CALLS SPECIAL SESSION FOR WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 12

Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr. on Thursday submitted to the 30th Legislature the Operating Agreement signed by ABR VI and the Government of the Virgin Islands setting forth the terms and conditions under which ABR VI, the purchaser of the St. Croix oil refinery presented to the government by HOVENSA, will operate the refinery.

October 31, 2014 at 9:45 AM AST
PROCLAMATION SIGNING CEREMONY--GOVERNMENT HOUSE, ST. THOMAS---TODAY AT 11 AM

Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr. and Lieutenant Governor Gregory R. Francis will host a proclamation signing ceremony at Government House, St. Thomas at 11 am today, Friday, October 31, 2014. De Jongh and Francis will sign a proclamation commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War. Vietnam war veterans and other military personnel, both active and retired, will be in attendance.

October 30, 2014 at 1:15 PM AST
THE DIVISION OF PERSONNEL ANNOUNCES ELECTIONS FOR EMPLOYEE REPRESENTATIVES TO SERVE ON THE GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES SERVICE COMMISSION HEALTH INSURANCE BOARD

KENNETH L. HERMON, JR. PHR, IPMA-CP, the Director of the Division of Personnel, is advising all employees who are members of the Government’s Group Health Insurance plan, that elections will be held for government employee representatives to the GESC Health Insurance Board on December 16, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and December 17, 2014 from 8:00 – 12:00 noon within the individual departments and agencies, pursuant to Title 3, Chapter 1 § 6(b) of the VI Code.

October 29, 2014 at 8:00 PM AST
GOVERNOR DE JONGH HOLDS CABINET MEETING; BUDGETARY CONCERNS; SALE OF REFINERY; THREAT OF EBOLA HIGHLIGHT MEETING AGENDA

Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr. today convened a meeting of members of his Cabinet—the commissioners and directors of the various Executive Branch departments and agencies—to provide an update on government operations, the sale of HOVENSA and to begin a discussion on transitioning from his Administration to the incoming administration.

October 29, 2014 at 7:30 PM AST
DE JONGH AND ABR VI—COMPANY SLATED TO PURCHASE ST. CROIX OIL REFINERY—SIGN OPERATING AGREEMENT

Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr. and principals of Atlantic Basin Refining VI signed an Operating Agreement that, once approved by the VI Legislature, will begin the process towards a restart of the oil refinery on the island’s south shore. “Today’s signing is an important step towards finalizing the Operating Agreement that has been negotiated between the buyers of the refinery and the Government of the Virgin Islands."

October 28, 2014 at 9:30 AM AST
GOVERNOR DE JONGH GETS UPDATE FROM PAUL GOLDEN ON RESORT AND CASINO DEVELOPMENT ON ST. CROIX

Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr. met Tuesday with hotel developer Paul Golden of Golden Resorts, LLLP who provided an update on the golf resort and casino development project slated for St. Croix. Golden was accompanied by Paul Penney of CTL Capital, representing the financing institution, his counsel Marjorie Roberts and Roy Rogers, advisor on the project.

October 28, 2014 at 9:30 AM AST
GOVERNOR DE JONGH ANNOUNCES AGREEMENT WITH BUYERS SEEKING TO RESTART HOVENSA REFINERY ON ST. CROIX

Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr. said Monday that the owners of HOVENSA have reached a tentative agreement with a buyer to purchase the oil refinery on the south shore of St. Croix that has been idled since February of 2012, and that the Government of the Virgin Islands has also reached agreement with the new buyers on a detailed Operating Agreement that will define their rights and obligations going forward.

October 24, 2014 at 9:30 AM AST
HOVENSA ASKED TO EXPLAIN WHY FUEL PRICES ARE NOT DECREASING IN VI

Commissioner Wayne Biggs of the V.I. Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs has requested all information regarding HOVENSA's "pricing mechanism for the sale of fuel in the Virgin Islands" by no later than November 3, expressing concern that the company's fuel prices have remained unchanged over the last few weeks even though worldwide prices have decreased.

October 23, 2014 at 6:15 PM AST
VIEDA offices on St. Thomas and St. Croix will open at 10:30 a.m. on October 28

The Virgin Islands Economic Development Authority advises the general public that the VIEDA’s offices in the districts of St. Thomas-St. John and St. Croix will open at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 following the VIEDA’s general staff meeting.

October 23, 2014 at 6:00 PM AST
PUBLIC AUCTION OF A ST. THOMAS TAXI MEDALLION SCHEDULED FOR NOVEMBER 6th , 2014

The Virgin Islands Taxicab Commission will be conducting a public auction of a St. Thomas Taxi Medallion on Thursday, November 6th, 2014 at the St. Thomas Office of the Virgin Islands Taxicab Commission.

October 22, 2014 at 5:00 PM AST
VIEDA hosts site selectors at Investment Advisor Forum in the V.I.

The V.I. Economic Development Authority (VIEDA) welcomed 13 global tax advisors and site selection professionals to the U.S. Virgin Islands and recently hosted its first Investment Advisor Forum in the Territory.

October 21, 2014 at 10:45 AM AST
GOVERNOR DE JONGH ASSISTS IN DEDICATION OF NEW CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION FACILITY AT KING AIRPORT

Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr. joined the owners of St. Thomas Jet Center, Michael and Susan Hancock, to dedicate a new facility that will provide a much needed service for passengers arriving on private aircraft from non- U.S. locations.

October 21, 2014 at 10:15 AM AST
DEDICATION OF K-9 COMPLEX ON ST. CROIX--TODAY, TUESDAY OCT 21

Commissioner of Police Rodney F. Querrard will host ribbon cutting ceremonies today for the new VIPD K-9 Complex on St. Croix. The ceremonies begin at 5:30 pm and will be followed by a K-9 demonstration. The event will be held at the Patrick Sweeney Police Headquarters and is open press.

October 21, 2014 at 9:25 AM AST
DIVISION OF PERSONNEL ANNOUNCES CIVIL ENTRANCE EXAMINATION FOR POLICE OFFICER AND CORRECTION OFFICER TERRITORY-WIDE

Kenneth L. Hermon, Jr., the Director of Personnel, is pleased to inform the general public that the Division of Personnel has scheduled the entrance police and correction officer examinations territory-wide for the week of December 1-5, 2014.

October 20, 2014 at 7:10 PM AST
VIRGIN ISLANDS GOVERNMENT AND VI PUBLIC FINANCE AUTHORITY FILE SUIT AGAINST BUCHANAN, INGERSOLL & ROONEY AND BANK OF AMERICA OVER IRS DISALLOWANCE OF $219 MILLION DOLLAR BOND ISSUE

The Virgin Islands Public Finance Authority and the Government of the Virgin Islands today filed a multi-million dollar malpractice lawsuit seeking punitive and compensatory damages for the failure of its law firm Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney PC and its financial advisor, Bank of America.

October 20, 2014 at 1:45 PM AST
GOVERNOR DE JONGH PLAYS HOST TO BVI DELEGATION AT ANNUAL USVI/BVI FRIENDSHIP DAY CELEBRATION ON ST. THOMAS

Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr. and First Lady Cecile de Jongh welcomed a delegation of almost 100 persons from the British Virgin Islands to the annual USVI/BVI celebration, hosted on St. Thomas Saturday.The delegation weas greeted by steel pan entertainment as they arrived at the St. Thomas waterfront and later walked across to Emancipation Garden for a cultural fair and various presentations as the two territories celebrated their historic ties and joint future.

October 20, 2014 at 9:00 AM AST
OCB TO TEMPORARILY CLOSE ON TUESDAY

Chief Negotiator Dr. Valdemar A. Hill, Jr., wishes to inform the general public that Office of Collective Bargaining on St. Croix will be closed on Tuesday, October 21, 2014. The Office of Collective Bargaining will be hosting a seminar at the Juan F. Luis Hospital and Medical Center’s Cardiac Center on Tuesday, October 21, 2014. Normal hours will resume on Wednesday, October 22, 2014.

October 17, 2014 at 5:50 PM AST
GOVERNOR DE JONGH HAILS LEGISLATURE’S DECISION TO RESTORE FUNDING TO HIS OFFICE’S BUDGET

After taking action this week on more than 50 pieces of legislation that comprise the Fiscal Year 2015 budget for the Virgin Islands government and pointing out that the Senate’s slashing of his office’s budget from $9 million to just over $2 million represented a new low, Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr. said Friday he is pleased to see that the Senate will restore full funding to the Office of the Governor for the current fiscal year.

October 17, 2014 at 3:15 PM AST
DOH Plans Series of Table Top Exercises to Test Readiness and Response Capabilities

The Commissioner of Health, Darice Plaskett, announced today that a series of table top exercises are planned to test the territory's coordination and readiness capabilities.

October 17, 2014 at 10:15 AM AST
GOVERNOR DE JONGH INVITES THE PUBLIC TO ATTEND THIS WEEKEND’S USVI / BVI FRIENDSHIP DAY CELEBRATION

The public is invited to attend the annual USVI / BVI Friendship Day weekend celebration in downtown St. Thomas on Saturday, October 18, 2014. Beginning at 9 am, Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr. will roll out the red carpet for a delegation from the British Virgin Islands as the leaders of the two territories gather on St. Thomas to celebrate the ties that bind the people of the U.S. and British Virgin Islands.

October 16, 2014 at 5:30 PM AST
DE JONGH PRAISES WAPA LINE CREW DISPATCHED TO ASSIST IN ANGUILLA’S RECOVERY FROM EFFECTS OF GONZALO

Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr. today praised the efforts of WAPA Executive Director Hugo Hodge Jr. and the line crew that has been dispatched to Anguilla to assist in the recovery from Hurricane Gonzalo.

October 16, 2014 at 3:30 PM AST
GOVERNOR DE JONGH VETOES CONTROVERSIAL STREETLIGHT AMENDMENT; CALLS OUT LEGISLATURE ON SLASHING HIS OFFICE BUDGET WHILE INCREASING THEIR OWN;

On Wednesday night, Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr. took action on the final pieces of legislation that comprise the Fiscal Year 2015 budget for the Virgin Islands government. De Jongh vetoed legislation which sought to remove the District Street Lighting Fund and allow WAPA to charge its customers for maintaining and installing street lights in the territory.

October 15, 2014 at 9:20 AM AST
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH HOSTS ASTHO AND HHS SITE VISIT; DISCUSS PROGRESS ON STRATEGIC TERRITORIAL HEALTH PLAN DEVELOPMENT AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE OPPORTUNITIES

The Department of Health (DOH) hosted a two day site visit last week for representatives of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) at the Charles Harwood Complex.

October 14, 2014 at 7:10 PM AST
GOVERNOR TAKES ACTION ON 47 BILLS, APPROVING 45 AND VETOING TWO

In a six-page transmittal letter outlining his analysis and actions, Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr. late Monday notified Senator Shawn-Michael Malone, President of the 30th Legislature, that he had taken action on 47 bills submitted to his office.

October 14, 2014 at 12:39 PM AST
BIR REMINDS TAXPAYERS THAT EXTENSION DEADLINE TO FILE 2013 INCOME TAX RETURN IS OCTOBER 15TH

Claudette Watson-Anderson, CPA, Director of the Virgin Islands Bureau of Internal Revenue, reminds taxpayers who applied for the six month automatic extension of time to file their income tax returns, that the deadline to file the return is Wednesday, October 15, 2014.

October 14, 2014 at 11:36 AM AST
DLCA NEWS RELEASE--LIFT OF PRICE FREEZE
October 14, 2014 at 5:52 AM AST
HURRICANE GONZALO MOVES AWAY FROM VIRGIN ISLANDS; GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS AND PUBLIC SCHOOL OPERATING UNDER NORMAL SCHEDULES TODAY

After a 4:45 am conference call today with officials of VITEMA, the Department of Education and Public Works, Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr. made the decision for the government to proceed with normal operations today in both districts.

October 14, 2014 at 1:21 AM AST
Hurricane Watch Discontinued for St. Croix, Puerto Rico, Culebra and Vieques Hurricane Watch Still in Effect for St. Thomas and St. John Tropical Storm Warning Remains in Effect for All of the US Virgin Islands

The National Hurricane Center has discontinued the Hurricane Watch for St. Croix, Puerto Rico, Culebra and Vieques. However, the Hurricane Watch remains in effect for St. Thomas and St. John and a Tropical Storm Warning is still in effect for all of the Virgin Islands.

October 13, 2014 at 5:25 PM AST
Gonzalo Becomes a Hurricane as it Moves Across the Leeward Islands USVI Remains Under a Tropical Storm Warning, Hurricane Watch Flash Flood Watch in Effect for all of the USVI

The National Hurricane Center has upgraded Gonzalo to a Category 1 hurricane as continues to strengthen on its trek across the Leeward Islands.

October 13, 2014 at 3:30 PM AST
Tropical Storm Gonzalo Forecast to Become a Hurricane This Evening, USVI Remains Under Tropical Storm Warning, Hurricane Watch

At 2 p.m. the center of Tropical Storm Gonzalo was located by an Air Force Reserve Reconnaissance aircraft near Latitude 17.4 degrees north, Longitude 62.4 degrees west, about 160 miles east of St. Croix. Gonzalo is moving toward the west-northwest near 10 miles per hour and this general motion is expected to continue today followed by a turn toward the northwest tonight.

October 13, 2014 at 6:20 AM AST
Center of Gonzalo to Pass Over or Near the US Virgin Islands Tonight VITEMA Urges the Public to Get Ready, Stay Informed

Tropical Storm Gonzalo is forecast to pass over or near the US Virgin Islands with winds of up to 60 miles per hour, according to the latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center. VITEMA is urging the public to take steps now to get ready for storm impact.

October 12, 2014 at 6:15 PM AST
GOVERNOR URGES RESIDENTS TO CLOSELY MONITOR THE STORM TRACK AND PREPARE FOR BOTH A RAIN AND WIND EVENT MONDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH TUESDAY

On Sunday afternoon, Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr. was briefed on the threat of developing Tropical Storm Gonzalo which is forecast to bring rains and tropical storm force winds to the territory beginning late Monday afternoon through Tuesday.

October 12, 2014 at 2:29 PM AST
USVI Under Tropical Storm Watch as Gonzalo Forms East of the Leeward Islands

The US Virgin Islands has placed under Tropical Storm Watch as the Gonzalo forms about 429 east of St. Croix.

October 10, 2014 at 5:10 PM AST
VIEDA, Entrepreneurs Incubator Institute to offer free course on entrepreneurship

The V.I. Economic Development Authority (VIEDA) will host a class for aspiring entrepreneurs and business owners that are seeking to learn how to overcome today's challenges in order to succeed in their business.

October 10, 2014 at 5:00 PM AST
VIEDA, Small Business Camp to host weekend seminar for local business owners, aspiring entrepreneurs

The Virgin Islands Economic Development Authority and the Small Business Camp will host a Small Business Camp Weekend training program for entrepreneurs, executives, non-profit leaders, and anyone that has a business idea.

October 10, 2014 at 11:10 AM AST
BOND RATING AGENCIES AFFIRM OUTSTANDING RATINGS ON VIPFA GROSS RECEIPTS TAXES BONDS

This week, the national bond rating agency Fitch Ratings affirmed its “BBB” investment grade bond rating on the Public Finance Authority’s Gross Receipts Taxes Bonds.

October 10, 2014 at 10:25 AM AST
GOVERNOR DE JONGH EXTENDS CONDOLENCES TO KLINDWORTH FAMILY ON DEATH OF PATRIARCH JOHN

Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr. offered his sympathies to the family and friends of the late B. John Klindworth, who died on Monday due to complications from gastric cancer.

October 09, 2014 at 10:40 AM AST
GOVERNOR DE JONGH COMMENTS ON HIS PRELIMINARY ANALYSIS OF FISCAL YEAR 2015 BUDGET PASSED BY LEGISLATURE LAST WEEK

Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr. made several observations about the Fiscal Year 2015 operating budget approved by the Legislature last week, after he began a detailed study of the changes made. The Governor's original proposed budget had been submitted to the 30th Legislature on June 17, and addressed a projected gap of $159.6 million.

October 09, 2014 at 10:40 AM AST
VIRGIN ISLANDS ARCHIVES COUNCIL RECOGNIZES ELECTRONIC RECORDS DAY

The United States Virgin Islands Archives Council, which also functions as the Territory’s State Historical Records Advisory Board, invites everyone to join the nation’s archival community in celebrating the fourth annual Council of State Archivists (CoSA) Electronic Records Day on Friday, October 10, 2014.

October 09, 2014 at 9:30 AM AST
GOVERNOR DE JONGH SIGNS MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING WITH INTERIOR FOR $4 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR PUBLIC SCHOOL REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE

On behalf of the Government of the Virgin Islands, Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr., has executed a memorandum of understanding with the Department of Interior's Office of Insular Affairs for maintenance and repairs to the territory's public schools with assistance from the Army Corps of Engineers.

October 08, 2014 at 8:20 PM AST
DIRECTOR OF PERSONNEL KENNETH L. HERMON, JR. RESIGNS; ACCEPTS LEADERSHIP POST IN GEORGIA

Acting Director of the Virgin Islands Bureau of Corrections, Dwayne A. Benjamin, Sr., Wednesday announced the resignation of Golden Grove Adult Correctional Facility & Detention Center (GGACF/DC) Warden Donald Redwood and the immediate appointment of Diane Prosper to fill the post.

October 08, 2014 at 7:30 PM AST
GOLDEN GROVE WARDENS SUBMITS RESIGNATION; DIANE PROSPER TAPPED AS ACTING WARDEN

Acting Director of the Virgin Islands Bureau of Corrections, Dwayne A. Benjamin, Sr., Wednesday announced the resignation of Golden Grove Adult Correctional Facility & Detention Center (GGACF/DC) Warden Donald Redwood and the immediate appointment of Diane Prosper to fill the post.

October 08, 2014 at 11:30 AM AST
GOVERNOR WELCOMES CMS DECISION ON JFL HOSPITAL; WARNS THERE IS MUCH TO BE DONE TO ADDRESS THE SHORTCOMINGS IDENTIFIED BY CMS SURVEY TEAM

Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr said Tuesday he was encouraged by the CMS decision not to decertify the Juan F. Luis Hospital come October 9 and instead grant an extension of the period by which the hospital can address shortcomings identified during a late July survey.

October 06, 2014 at 3:50 PM AST
INSURANCE PREMIUMS COLLECTED ON THIRD PAY DAY IN OCTOBER 2014

Kenneth L. Hermon, Jr., Director, Division of Personnel today advised all active government employees who are members of the Government’s Health Insurance plan managed by Cigna, that on the October 30, 2014 pay day, members will see an additional deduction on that check for health insurance which covers the difference between the Fiscal Year 2014 rate and the new Fiscal Year 2015 rates.

October 06, 2014 at 3:30 PM AST
BUDGET DIRECTOR EXPRESSES GRAVE CONCERNS ABOUT BUDGET CUTS TO REVENUE-PRODUCING DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES

Budget Director Debra Gottlieb said Monday that she has grave concerns about some of the provisions of the Fiscal Year 2015 budget as passed by the 30th Legislature. In light of those concerns, she has called on the Senate’s Post Auditor to request the revenue projections that the 30th Legislature relied on to fund the Fiscal Year 2015 Budget.

October 06, 2014 at 11:30 AM AST
DIVISION OF PERSONNEL (DOP), IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS (UVI) INSTITUTE FOR LEADERSHIP AND ORGANIZATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS (ILOE), ANNOUNCES THE ACCREDITATION OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS CERTIFIED PUBLIC MANAGER® (CPM) PROGRAM

Mr. Kenneth L. Hermon, Jr., Director of the Division of Personnel is pleased to announce that the Virgin Islands Certified Public Manager (VI-CPM) Program has been granted full accreditation status through 2019 by the National Certified Public Manager® (CPM) Consortium.

October 05, 2014 at 10:30 AM AST
BIR Reminds Taxpayers of Publication of Names of Delinquent Taxpayers

Director of the Virgin Islands Bureau of Internal Revenue, Claudette Watson-Anderson, reminds taxpayers that, pursuant to section of 8(a) of Act No. 7261, as amended by Act No. 7559, the Bureau has been authorized to publish in a generally circulated newspaper, the names of all businesses and entities and the owners thereof, that are delinquent on the payment of gross receipts and hotel occupancy taxes three (3) months after the tax is due.

October 04, 2014 at 11:20 AM AST
GOVERNOR MEETS WITH GVI EMERGENCY FIRST RESPONDERS ON PROTOCOLS FOR TRANSPORTING OF THE DEAD

The Virgin Islands Economic Development Authority (VIEDA) recently participated in the Credits & Incentives Symposium in Arlington, Virginia. This three-day symposium, hosted by the Institute for Professionals in Taxation, brought together economic development practitioners from the United States and approximately 300 tax advisors from companies in various industries to discuss the issues related to credits and incentives for businesses.

October 04, 2014 at 9:00 AM AST
VIEDA official touts Territory’s business incentives to tax advisors at national symposium in Virginia

The Virgin Islands Economic Development Authority (VIEDA) recently participated in the Credits & Incentives Symposium in Arlington, Virginia. This three-day symposium, hosted by the Institute for Professionals in Taxation, brought together economic development practitioners from the United States and approximately 300 tax advisors from companies in various industries to discuss the issues related to credits and incentives for businesses.

October 03, 2014 at 7:00 PM AST
CORRECTIONS LEADERSHIP TESTIFIES BEFORE SENATE COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY, PUBLIC SAFETY & JUSTICE

Acting Director of the Virgin Islands Bureau of Corrections Dwayne A. Benjamin, Sr. appeared this week before the Committee on Homeland Security, Public Safety and Justice to provide an update on the agency's operations, progress with its settlement agreement, and recent initiatives and improvements at the Golden Grove Adult Correctional Facility & Detention Center.

October 02, 2014 at 5:00 PM AST
GOVERNOR DE JONGH UNDERSCORES ADMINISTRATION SUPPORT FOR ST. CROIX HEALTH CARE SYSTEM AS LUIS HOSPITAL LEADERS PREPARE TO MAKE THE CASE FOR CMS RECONSIDERATION OF DECISION TO DECERTIFY JFL HOSPITAL

As the leadership of the Governor Juan F. Luis Hospital prepares to make its case for a reconsideration of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) decision to decertify the hospital on October 9th, Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr. today reaffirmed his administration’s support for the hospital and the overall healthcare delivery system on St. Croix.

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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