One of Vermont’s largest employers has renamed its 725-acre campus
to better reflect what happens there. IBM’s
site in Essex Junction and Williston will now be known as "The Champlain Valley Technology and Innovation Park."
company based in France and Wisconsin is opening a manufacturing plant on IBM’s campus in
Essex Junction that will employ 90 people within three years. The
company makes specialized security technology that’s used in passports and
enhanced drivers’ licenses.
Voters in Essex rejected a town-wide, 1-percent local sales tax. The Essex Selectboard and the Essex Junction Board of Trustees had both endorsed the proposal. Officials say the tax would have raised about $850,000 annually for the town and village. Funds would have been used to lower property taxes and to up date infrastructure and increase economic development funding to attract more businesses to the town. Selectboard member Linda Myers said the tax was rejected in a voice vote by a strong majority of the standing-room only crowd.