Support Yankee, promote Vermont jobs
To the Editor:
According a July announcement from Gov. Shumlin, his office will be working to promote job opportunity in Vermont to encourage Vermonters to come back to the area to work, or consider staying here to work. Promoting job opportunities at Vermont Yankee would be a good place to start.
With more than 600 full-time employees, Vermont Yankee is the second largest employer in Windham County and has remained a steady employer through the recessions of the last decade. According to the Nuclear Energy Institute, the US nuclear industry will be replacing 25 thousand retiring nuclear workers by 2015. This number is based on demographic data collected in 2011. These 25 thousand jobs include all types of employees: engineers, operators, security personnel, maintenance employees, and technicians. This is a huge opportunity for Vermont to attract young, professional employees to the area.
I'm from Hinsdale, N.H., and my job in the public affairs department at Vermont Yankee kept me in the area. Vermont Yankee is a great place to work and I enjoy working there and living close by. If I didn't have work at Vermont Yankee I would certainly relocate, and with limited business growth in Windham County, I likely wouldn't find other work in Windham County.
If the Governor is concerned about job opportunities in Vermont, he can hope that Vermont Yankee will continue operating and continue to attract young professionals like me and many of my co-workers at VY in the next few years.