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Governor Signs V.I. Agricultural Plan

Before traveling to Washington D.C. for meetings, Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. signed a bill funding $2.2 million for the V.I. Agricultural Plant - the official agriculture plan for the territory.

Bryan to Travel Next Week to Meet with White House and D.C. Officials and Top Tech Execs; Roach Also Off Island

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. and Lt. Gov. Tregenza Roach will be out of the territory next week, leaving Finance Commissioner Bosede Bruce as acting governor, and Senate President Novelle Francis Jr. will assume the duties of the lieutenant governor, Government House announced Friday.

Office of Management and Budget’s Transparency Website Closes Down Until Feb. 28

The USVI Transparency website (www.transparency.vi.gov) is currently inaccessible while routine system maintenance is being performed.

USVI Offers Special Air and Hotel Packages for the 2023 Winter Season

“Vacationers already know our islands for their unadorned beauty, temperate weather, unparalleled beaches and turquoise waters. And now we are tapping into our most precious resources – our people and culture,”

AARP Supports Passage of Four Disparities Bills by V.I. Legislature

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. signed the bills on Jan. 20. AARP thanks the governor and all legislators involved in making it possible that these bills have become law.

DOL Hosts Career Fairs From November 2022 to January 2023; Nearly 400 Job Seekers Helped

Applicants were given an opportunity to network with over 60 employers who offered job opportunities in numerous career fields.

VIFEMS Appoints New STT-STJ Fire Chief and Deputy Chief

"This new chapter signifies a continuation of our efforts to improve our services from within and pass the torch to the next generation of leaders," said Director Daryl George.

Division of Personnel UHC Medicare Advantage Plan Adds New Added Benefit for Government Retirees

If a person is a U.S. Virgin Islands Government retiree over the age of 65, that person will receive a $40 quarterly allowance to spend on thousands of covered products.

VI 2023-2024 Certified Public Manager® (CPM) Program Sign-up Period Now Open

To be considered for participation in the VI CPM 2023-2024 Colleague Group, an applicant must currently be employed with a local or federal government agency, non-profit organization or private sector business within the USVI.

Social Security Stipends Still Delayed

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. acknowledged there have been flaws dispersing checks to Social Security recipients on St. Croix during the weekly Government House press briefing Monday.

This Week’s Senate Calendar: Jan. 30 – Feb. 3, 2023

Here is what’s on tap at the V.I. Legislature this week.

Bryan Vetoes Beeston Hill Rezoning

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. has rejected a controversial bill that would have rezoned nearly 16 acres of St. Croix green space from light residential to allow a strip mall, restaurant, and rows of condominiums. 

U.S. Virgin Islands Supports Its Travel Advisors With New Rewards and Incentive Program

The USVI is offering its travel advisors a new rewards and incentive program to express thanks for their hard work and loyalty and to offer incentives for them to consider booking USVI for their clients.

USVI and Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Partner on Dream Trip Giveaway to Paradise

One lucky winner will be able to choose a trip to St. Thomas, St. Croix or St. John for two. The price includes airfare from the continental U.S. to the USVI, a four-night hotel stay, activities, ground transportation, and a private photography session.

DPNR Celebrates the Environment With Blue ‘Ocean Friday’

Each month a new theme and challenge will be announced that will demonstrate examples of how the community can join in the celebration of these natural and cultural resources.

Bryan: What Wasn’t in the Speech Part 1

After the post-State of the Territory Address reception, Gov. Albert Bryan slipped back home, poured himself a scotch, lit a cigar, and sat on his porch in the night air. At the start of his second term, the ever-upbeat governor said he still has too many ideas to implement in his short four years left in office. But Monday night, away from the legislators and commissioners and cameras, he allowed himself a moment of relaxation.

DLCA Releases List of Upcoming Public Board and Commission Meetings for February

Interested individuals can join any of the meetings through the Zoom links provided here.  Registration in advance is required for the meetings.

Office of Child Care and Regulatory Services Offers Virtual Informational Zoom Meeting on Jan. 27

DHS invites all child care providers and persons interested in becoming child care providers to the Zoom meeting.

Veterans Town Hall Meetings Scheduled for Each District

Representatives from the headquarters of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, the Veterans Integrated Services Network, the VA Caribbean Health Care System and the V.I. Office of Veterans Affairs are collaborating to hear voices of the veterans within the USVI community.

Upbeat Bryan Optimistic in State of the Territory Address

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. spoke glowingly of the U.S. Virgin Islands' future in his State of the Territory Address Monday night, touting relative economic prosperity, increased tourist arrivals, infrastructure investment, and reduction in crime.
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