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July VBR/EPR Survey Results Released (July 2015)

07.29.2015

The VBR/EPR Business Conditions Survey for the second quarter of 2015/third quarter of 2015 has been released. For the fifth quarter in a row, most responses to the overall question about the state’s business climate outlook were neutral to mildly optimistic.  More than half of respondents (59 percent) shared negative outlooks specifically with ease of hiring for available positions. For the first time, both the accommodations/food services and construction sectors had the most optimistic outlooks on the general business climate (75 percent, respectively).  For this reporting period, the diffusion index shows a slight upturn in optimism from Q1 2015 to Q2 2015, indicating that Vermont CEOs continue to feel neutral to mildly optimistic about the business climate for the coming three months.

The Business Conditions Survey is conducted in partnership between the Vermont Business Roundtable and Economic & Policy Resources.  The nine question survey of the 97 members of the Vermont Business Roundtable captures a glimpse of how Vermont business leaders see the state economy.  The survey asks business leaders how  their businesses have fared in the recent past and how they view the future.  Sentiments regarding the current and expected business climate and the expected impact on hiring and investing decisions are also surveyed.   Included in the standard survey is a question asking roundtable members for opinions on a current debate in public policy.   Along with providing a snapshot of the Vermont business climate, the survey allows Vermonters to see how these markers change over time.

Watch EPR's Amanda Wassel discuss the survey results on Channel 17: https://www.cctv.org/watch-tv/programs/vermont-business-roundtableepr-business-conditions-survey-2nd-quarter-results-2015

Read more on Vermont Digger: http://vtdigger.org/2015/08/04/vermont-business-roundtable-and-economic-policy-resources-second-quarter-2015-business-conditions-survey-results-show-neutral-outlook/

The Press Release is available as a PDF below.


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Chicago EB-5 Project Finance Forum (Apr. 2015)

04.09.2015

Mr. Carr was an expert speaker at the Chicago EB-5 Project Finance Forum on April 8, 2015.  While at the Chicago Conference, Mr. Carr presented on EB-5 business plans and economic reports.


EPR in the News: VBR/EPR Business Conditions Survey in the Burlington Free Press (April 2015)

04.01.2015

You can check out the article here:

http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/story/money/2015/03/31/vt-business-leaders-optimistic-tech-hires/70726648/

The Business Conditions Survey is conducted in partnership between the Vermont Business Roundtable and Economic & Policy Resources.  The nine question survey of the 97 members of the Vermont Business Roundtable captures a glimpse of how Vermont business leaders see the state economy.  The survey asks business leaders how their businesses have fared in the recent past and how they view the future.  Sentiments regarding the current and expected business climate and the expected impact on hiring and investing decisions are also surveyed.   Included in the standard survey is a question asking roundtable members for opinions on a current debate in public policy.   Along with providing a snapshot of the Vermont business climate, the survey allows Vermonters to see how these markers change over time.


Vermont Business Round Table/EPR first Quarter 2015 Business Conditions Survey Released (March 2015)

03.31.2015

The VBR/EPR Business Conditions Survey for the first quarter of 2015 has been released. For the fourth quarter in a row most responses said that the state's business outlook was neutral to  mildly optimistic.   Employers continue to have difficulty finding qualified workers, with a majority of employers expressing negative outlooks for finding qualified workers.  In a first for the survey, the Professional/Technical Services sector had the most optimistic outlook.

Watch EPR's Amanda Wassel discuss the survey online and find broadcast times here:

ttps://www.cctv.org/watch-tv/programs/vermont-business-roundtableepr-business-conditions-survey-4th-quarter-2014

Also read the report here:

http://blog.vtroundtable.org/in-the-news/vbr-epr-release-1-qtr-2015-business-conditions-survey-results/

The Business Conditions Survey is conducted in partnership between the Vermont Business Roundtable and Economic & Policy Resources.  The nine question survey of the 97 members of the Vermont Business Roundtable captures a glimpse of how Vermont business leaders see the state economy.  The survey asks business leaders how  their businesses have fared in the recent past and how they view the future.  Sentiments regarding the current and expected business climate and the expected impact on hiring and investing decisions are also surveyed.   Included in the standard survey is a question asking roundtable members for opinions on a current debate in public policy.   Along with providing a snapshot of the Vermont business climate, the survey allows Vermonters to see how these markers change over time.


2015 Invest in America Conference in Shanghai, China (Mar. 2015)

03.16.2015

On March 13-15, 2015, Jeffrey Carr of EPR was a VIP speaker at the 2015 Invest in America Conference in Shanghai, China. This EB-5 conference is the largest conference in the world and is sponsored by Wailian Overseas Investment—one of the largest Chinese migration agents.  Mr. Carr made presentations regarding recent trends in the adjudication of I-924 regional center designation applications and I-526 investor petitions.  Mr. Carr discussed ways to preemptively address issues that frequently are raised in USCIS Requests for Evidence (or RFEs).


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