Below is an excerpt of an article written by by Timothy McQuiston for Vermont Business Magazine regarding Deputy Housing Commissioner Jennifer Hollar leaving her position with the state government to work for the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board, which also highlights some of the work that the VHCB does throughout the state.
Deputy Housing Commissioner Jennifer Hollar is leaving her position in state government to work for the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board in Montpelier. Already experienced in community housing efforts, Hollar was among the first appointments of the Shumlin Administration and an important member of the team dedicated to the recovery efforts after Tropical Storm Irene hit in late August 2011. Hollar is stepping down at the end of September and will join VHCB November 1. Governor Peter Shumlin said in a statement: “Jen has been a great asset to the state of Vermont. Her efforts to expand affordable housing options for Vermonters have strengthened our downtowns and economy. She is a tireless advocate for affordable housing and has magically moved the levers of government to make things happen. Jen is bright, dedicated, and results-oriented. She will be missed but I know she’ll continue to do great things for Vermont at VHCB.” Similar to how the Vermont Economic Development Authority and the Vermont Student Assistance Corp are organized, VHCB is a quasi-public entity whose board is appointed by members of both the administration and the Legislature. Its mission statement, in part, says, “The dual goals of creating affordable housing for Vermonters, and conserving and protecting Vermont’s agricultural land, forestland, historic properties, important natural areas, and recreational lands are of primary importance to the economic vitality and quality of life of the State.”
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