November 2003 Press Release
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Raleigh, N.C. Today Vermont Secretary of State Deborah Markowitz will be addressing the National Electronic Commerce Coordinating Council's (NEC3) annual conference in Raleigh, N.C. Secretary Markowitz will be discussing the challenge of creating secure and reliable electronic records in state and local government. Her presentation is entitled "Limiting Liability in the Digital Age: Creating Trustworthy Information Systems". Secretary Markowitz said," I feel honored to have been asked to address the NEC3 conference. The work we are doing at the Secretary of Stateís office to promote secure and reliable e-government is cutting edge and we are happy to be able to share our experience with others. This is also a terrific opportunity to learn what other states are doing with information technology."
The NEC3 is a national think tank of public and private sector leaders and practitioners working to identify and develop best practices for electronic government.
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New Program to Honor Vermontís Centennial Businesses
Montpelier. Today, Secretary of State Deb Markowitz announced the launch of a new program to honor Vermontís oldest businesses. The Vermont Centennial Business Awards recognize businesses that have operated in Vermont for at least 100 years. This is a joint project of the Office of the Secretary of State, the Vermont Chamber of Commerce and the Vermont Business Magazine.
Secretary of State Deb Markowitz said, "any business that has been in operation in Vermont for 100 years or more can participate in this new awards program by filling out a registration form and providing verification of its business start date." Vermontís centennial businesses will be presented with a plaque at an awards ceremony and their names will be engraved on a permanent marker recognizing Vermontís oldest businesses.
"It is important to recognize Vermontís businesses for their longevity, " said Secretary Markowitz. "It takes a tremendous amount of dedication to keep a business active for 100 years." Markowitz said, "The Vermont Centennial Business award acknowledges Vermontís oldest businesses for enriching our economic heritage. We also hope that this program will deepen our understanding of how Vermontís businesses have enhanced our community life during the last hundred years."
The Vermont Centennial Business Awards Program will honor award recipients at a reception to be held in March. Any business that has operated continuously for 100 years or more in Vermont is eligible to participate in the Centennial Awards program.
For more information about the awards program and to print an application visit the Vermont Centennial Business Awards page on the Secretary of Stateís web site:
Centennial Awards Program
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