In an age when the Vermont economy continues to struggle with a diminishing workforce and growing retired population, a new leader in Gov. Scott’s administration has stepped up to right the ship.
In this episode of Vote for Vermont, co-hosts Pat McDonald and Ben Kinsley interview Lindsay Kurrle, commissioner of the Department of Labor, about the challenges employers and employees face in the state.
A Montpelier native and St. Michael’s College graduate in accounting, she first worked with international accounting firm KPMG. Later she ran a convenience store and deli, and now owns fuel hauling firm Kurrle Transportation. Her work in the public sector has included, among other things, a role as assistant director of statewide financial reporting for the Department of Finance.
In the interview, Kurrle discusses economic challenges presented by the governor’s “6-3-1” mantra. The construct reminds everyone that each day six workers leave the state, three children leave the public school system and one baby is born addicted to drugs.
She touts Vermont’s career resource centers, which serve employers and employees alike, and emphasizes that education must partner with industry to develop skilled employees who are ready to fill positions in high demand.
Regarding Vermonters who struggle with mental health issues or drug addiction, Kurrle says employers play a vital role in helping people maintain jobs and keep their lives on track.
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