Vermont Chamber of Commerce President Chris Barbieri announced that Sue Kruthers has accepted the position of Vermont Chamber Vice President of Government Relations. As the chief lobbyist for the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, she will lead the Vermont Chamber five-member lobbying team in representing the business interests of over 1,500 members statewide.“Sue Kruthers is a natural choice for the job,” stated Vermont Chamber Chairman of the Board Carl Spangler. “She has worked vigorously and effectively on behalf of the business community for decades.”Formerly the Vermont Chamber of Commerce Vice President of Travel & Tourism, Kruthers is intimately familiar with state house people and issues. She has spent her career advancing the interests of travel and tourism in the state of Vermont, first in the ski industry, then for the Vermont Chamber.Vermont Chamber President Chris Barbieri commented, “Sue is an astute and loyal advocate of sound business policies. Not only is she a veteran of the hallways under the Golden Dome, she holds a thorough understanding of all aspects of Vermont’s complex business policies.”During her tenure as the Vermont Chamber’s Travel and Tourism Vice President, Kruthers created the Vermont Chamber of Commerce B&B/Country Inns Council, was a founding member of the Vermont Farms Association, and was the Chair of the Vermont Travel Industry Conference Board of Directors. Kruthers retains her positions as President of the Vermont Attractions Association, Vice Chair of the National Council of Attractions, and on the board of the Travel Industry Association of America.Kruthers, a Montpelier resident, replaces Betsy Bishop as Vermont Chamber Vice President of Government Relations. Bishop vacated her position in November to be the Douglas administration Deputy Chief of Staff.
ILOILO City – Dinagyang Festival willparticipate in this year’s edition of the Aliwan Fiesta, a competition of grandfestivals across the country, Mayor Jerry Treñas announced yesterday. This year’s Dinagyang champion, TribuPaghidaet of La Paz National High School, earned the privilege of representingthe festival and city in the Aliwan. Last year, the city government underthen mayor Jose Espinosa III did not showcase the Dinagyang in the Aliwanciting budgetary constraints.At yesterday’s thanksgiving luncheon hosted by the Iloilo Festivals Foundation,Inc. (IFFI), Treñas said around P4 million is needed for Dinagyang’s Aliwanparticipation this summer. Treñas said the city government willallot P1 million, the IFFI may shoulder P2 million and hopefully, the Iloiloprovincial government would shell out another P1 million. In 2018, Dinagyang failed to defendits 2017 Aliwan Fiesta championship crown. It was represented by the 2018Diangyang champion Tribu Panayanon of Iloilo City National High School whichsettled for a third place finish.Tribu Panayanon choreographer Romel Flogen blamed “budget issues.”Leyte’s Kasadyaan Festival (represented by Tribu Buraburon) was declared thechampion.Guimaras’ Manggahan Festival (represented by Tribu Mangunguma) placed second.Flogen was also its choreographer.“For the Dinagyang, I felt sad. Our limited budget limited our creativity,”said Flogen.The city government allotted P2 million for Dinagyang’s 2018 Aliwanparticipation. It was released late, according to Flogen’s co-choreographerGeorge Susvilla.A bigger budget would have made a big difference in Tribu Panayanon’spresentation, said Flogen.“Wala kita sang wow effects bala, wala spectacular parts nga mapa-wow ang tawo,” he said.Flogen was referring to arresting props that could have given Panayanon what hecalled “visual magic.”“This was what we heard from the audience after our performance at the QuirinoGrandstand. Kulang. Kun sa cake pa, kulang icing angDinagyang,” Flogen told Panay News.Preparation time was also short because the budget was released late, helamented./PN This year’s Dinagyang Festival champion, Tribu Paghidaet of La Paz National High School, has earned the privilege of representing Iloilo City in the Aliwan Fiesta, the so-called “mother of all festivals”, in Metro Manila this summer. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN