Keynote Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership

My first exposure to the idea that Burlington’s shoreline had any other significance than as a large body of water was when I was 15 and my mother gave me […]


Below are comments delivered by former chair, Bill Schubart (1998-2000) during Chairmen’s Circle panel at VBR’s 2012 Summer Membership Meeting on June 14, 2012. At 67, and barely able to […]

Mt Abraham Academic Excellence Night Comments

Thanks for inviting me to join you in this celebration. It’s always a pleasure to return to Mount Abraham. I enjoyed my time here greatly and my children Steve and […]

VT Bus. for Social Responsibility Comments 5/12/2011

I’d like to wind up the day by saying a few words about the social contract. I think we can all agree that the social contract is an agreement between […]

Myths of Economic Development & Taxation in Vermont

Before I get down to economic development, let me make a few general remarks that may unsettle your thinking: All too often, economic development is defined not by its opportunities […]

Economic Development Speech Green Mtn. Business Expo

I’d like to talk with you today about the new reality of economic development in Vermont. Historically, I don’t believe we’ve been very strategic in our business development initiatives, choosing […]

*Champlain College Graduation Speech ’08

Thank you. I am honored to be here today and am mindful that I am here because of you all and what you have accomplished. You have made today possible […]

*Key Note: Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility

A month ago, I was standing in the Sala della Pace in the Palazzo Publico in Siena, Italy, looking up at a fresco by Ambrogio Lorenzetti depicting the virtues of […]

*Vermont and The Creative Economy

First, I want to thank the Vermont Council on Rural Development, both for convening us today, but also for the great community-level work they are doing around the State to […]