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PARTNERSHIP IN RENEWABLE ENERGY INDUSTRY

Arizona State University (ASU) is partnering with the Virgin Islands to assist in the development of sustainable environmental practices and education opportunities in the territory as well as support the expansion of the renewable energy industry.

Governor de Jongh speaks with Robert Page, Provost of Arizona State University and Gary Dirks, Director of Global Institute of Sustainability during visit to Arizona State University.

GOVERNMENT HOUSE BLOG
July 25, 2014 at 12:40 PM AST
BILL 30-0443 and BILL 30-0447 SIGNED INTO LAW

On Thursday evening, Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr. signed into law two bills relating to the Virgin Islands Port Authority. The bills had been the subject of a Special Session of the 30th Legislature de Jongh called on Wednesday. At the session, fourteen members voted unanimously to approve the two measures. At Large Senator Craig Barshinger was absent from the Special Session.

July 25, 2014 at 12:40 PM AST
GOVERNOR VETOES BILL 30-0337; DE JONGH SAYS THE LEGISLATURE’S HURRIEDLY ADOPTED VERSION OF THIS BILL WILL COST GENERAL FUND MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN REVENUE

Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr. on Wednesday nixed Bill 30-0337 returning it to the Senate with a scathing message about both the introduction of flawed legislation and a rush by the 30th Legislature to hurriedly adopt a bill that, should it become law, would cost the cash strapped General Fund of the government millions of dollars in revenue.

July 24, 2014 at 10:30 AM AST
WAPA PROPANE TANKS ARRIVE ON ST. CROIX

On Wednesday, the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority and Vitol Virgin Islands Corporation announced the arrival of the first shipment of eight empty LPG storage tanks. Ten more tanks will follow the first shipment in the coming weeks for a total of eighteen tanks.

July 23, 2014 at 1:40 PM AST
GOVERNOR DE JONGH THANKS 30TH LEGISLATURE FOR APPROVAL OF VIPA-RELATED MATTERS

Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr. this afternoon expressed his appreciation to the fourteen members of the 30th Legislature who today voted unanimously to approve two measures related to the operations of the Virgin Islands Port Authority. At-Large Senator Craig Barshinger was absent from today’s Special Session.

July 22, 2014 at 9:30 PM AST
THE POTENTIAL LOSS OF 13 CRUISE SHIP CALLS EQUATES TO MORE THAN $18 MILLION IN LOST ECONOMIC ACTIVITY

On the eve of a Special Session of the 30th Legislature called by Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr. to address a critically-needed major coastal permit for the Virgin Islands, the government’s Bureau of Economic Research released results of an impact analysis conducted over the last few days to gauge the effect on the territory should it suffer the loss of more than a dozen cruise ship calls. The impact analysis was developed at de Jongh’s request following his call for Wednesday’s Special Session of the Legislature.

July 22, 2014 at 5:30 PM AST
DE JONGH: VIRGIN ISLANDS RECEIVES $50,389.00 FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR LAND & WATER CONSERVATION FUND

Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr. has been advised by the Secretary of the Interior that the Virgin Islands has been awarded $50,389.00 of the Fiscal Year 2014 Certificate of Apportionment for Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) State and Local Assistance Grant Program that distributes funds to the 50 states, American Samoa, the District of Columbia, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U. S. Virgin Islands for state-identified outdoor recreation projects.

July 21, 2014 at 6:20 PM AST
GOVERNOR DE JONGH: SECOND PUBLIC HEARING ON NEW ST. JOHN SCHOOL

The Office of the Governor in partnership with the Departments of Education and Public Works announces the second in a series of three public scoping meetings to respond to submitted comments for a new St. John School and present the findings of the Phase I Archaeological Study for a suggested property for the school.

July 21, 2014 at 4:40 PM AST
VIEDA and Ex-Im Bank host seminars, meetings in the Territory

V.I. Economic Development Authority (VIEDA) representatives; other local government officials; representatives from Scotiabank, Merchants Commercial Bank (MCB), and the Bank of St. Croix; along with potential and existing USVI small manufacturers and service providers participated in three days of meetings and two seminars with officials from the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank).

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. 

Read the full article .pdf (5MB)

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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Special Section
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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