I am writing to thank the people of St. Croix, Virgin Islands, and Lt. Gov. Gerard James II, who recently hosted more than 100 state officials and major business executives in the Virgin Islands for the annual meeting of the National Conference of Lieutenant Governors.
The meeting, coordinated by Lt. Gov. James, gave us a unique opportunity to see firsthand the critical technological strategic and economic role the Virgin Islands play not only for the United States but throughout the world.
Lt. Gov. James also arranged for us to meet on and discuss how best to address issues that I know all of us are concerned about, from ensuring that all our children have the best education they need to succeed in life, to the rising costs of health insurance that is affecting how we deliver health care.
In addition, key state officials and business leaders were able to focus on the challenges of economic development, particularly in light of a troubled stock market and the enormous impact September 11th has had on all our economies, particularly those based on tourism.
The information provided and the warmth and hospitality of the people of the Virgin Islands made this a wonderful event. On behalf of all my colleagues, I thank Lt. Gov. James, his staff and the people of the Virgin Islands for their hospitality and a memorable conference.
Charles J. Fogarty,
Lieutenant Governor, State of Rhode Island
Chairman, National Conference of Lieutenant Governors
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V.I. PEOPLE, LT. GOV. HOSTED A FINE CONFERENCE
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