ST THOMAS, USVI -- US Virgin Islands Governor John de Jongh will deliver his seventh State of the Territory address before a formal session of the 30th Legislature on Monday. In the annual report to the people of the US Virgin Islands, de Jongh will present an overview of the accomplishments the territory has experienced over the last year and outline some of the tough challenges that are confronting the USVI.
“Governor de Jongh will review the efforts made by the administration over the past year to support and develop the three cornerstones that he has always focused on when it comes to the territory’s long-term future: economic development, education and public safety,” said Government House director of communications, Jean Greaux.
Additionally, the governor will discuss the territory’s overall financial health and the adjustments that have been made to create an environment in the territory that is more flexible and adaptable for today’s economy.
“The governor will also review the advances being made in the education of the territory’s young people as well as the efforts underway to implement health care reform and the effect of major capital projects in our local economy such as the completion of the Christiansted Bypass and the continued build out of the broadband network through the Virgin Islands Next Generation Network, viNGN,” Greaux added.
Greaux indicated that the governor will also be very direct with US Virgin Islanders when it comes to the challenges that still face the territory.
“While at the end of the night some may view the State of the Territory address as a tough speech, the address will realistically outline the challenges that we still need to overcome if we are to ensure hope and potential for future generations of Virgin Islanders,” Greaux said.
The Senate session will be convened at 6:45 p.m. on Monday and the governor is likely to begin his address shortly after 7 p.m. Territorial radio and television stations will carry the annual speech live. The speech can also be viewed on the governor’s web site at www.GovernordeJongh.com