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The New Guy's Perspective: A Groundbreaking Day

June 3, 2014 5:30pm tngp home spring andrew

'Groundbreaking', as defined by Merriam Webster, means 'markedly innovative'.  We usually hear the term used in reference to a monumental work that somehow changes the landscape of whatever universe said work exists in. A 'groundbreaking' discovery, a 'groundbreaking' documentary, etc. Although today's events certainly fit that definition for the Resort, the ceremony was focused on a slightly more literal definition of the term, as we physically put shovel to dirt and broke the ground at the site of the Q Burke Mountain Resort Hotel & Conference Center. Hosted by EB-5 and Jay Peak President Bill Stenger, the event was set at what Mr. Stenger referred to as "likely the most beautiful hotel site in the state of Vermont" 

Speaking of the setting, we could not have asked for a more perfect day for the ceremony to take place. Despite some concerns earlier in the week of thunderstorms threatening the event, we saw perfect blue skies and warm temperatures this afternoon, truly showcasing the incredible setting upon which this Hotel will be built. We were honored to have Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin, Congressmen Peter Welch and a representative from Senator Leahy's office in attendance at today's festivities, as they were on-site to say a few words and participate in this monumental occasion for the Resort. We were glad to see the local and regional media present to cover the event and we were also glad to have our local friends and partners in attendance; Tim Tierney from Kingdom Trails, Kirk Dwyer from Burke Mountain Academy, our regional development board, selectmen, representatives from Peak CM, representatives from our local Chambers of Commerce, as well as a large number of local community members. Truly a great day for the mountain, for the community and for the Northeast Kingdom. 

This is an exciting time for the Resort and for the community, but this is just the beginning. Now that ground has been broken, Jerry Davis and his team from Peak CM will work to see this project through and deliver a stunning, 116 room, 180,000 square foot hotel and conference center for December of 2015. We'll continue to keep you updated on the progress and we cannot wait to see the finished product. To quote Governor Shumlin, "Let's ensure we take an extraordinary mountain, and make it thrive."