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Robert Miller is "Citizen of the Year"

BURLINGTON For more than four decades, the Vermont Chamber of Commerce has recognized an individual that has made Vermont a better place to live and work through the Citizen of the Year Award. This year, the Vermont Chamber of Commerce presented its Citizen of the Year Award to Robert E. Miller, a Rutland native. An independent selection committee reviews the nominations each year and deliberates, presenting the Award to the Vermonter who: Has made major contributions to the progress and betterment of the Green Mountain State; has been distinguished through outstanding service to his or her community and region; and in the judgment of the Selection Committee, typifies the true spirit of service and self-sacrifice in representing the finest ideals of Vermont citizenship. Born and raised in Rutland, Miller is a true native of the state, and he understands the needs and great potential of Vermonters. Miller is currently the president of R.E.M Development Company. He founded the company in 1984 and, in just over two decades, it has grown to be the largest commercial real estate developer in the state. His most significant successes, however, have come through his philanthropic activities and general compassion for the people of Vermont. His commitment to the prosperity of the people and businesses in Vermont reaches statewide. The community has continuously received support and advocacy from Miller; most notably in his leadership role to renovate a community center. The center services the senior population with meals and activities. It also houses a local teen center, providing a safe space for teens that encourages them to reach their fullest potential. The community has also benefited from Millers attention. He has created avenues for job creation and economic stability in that area at a time when layoffs and bleak economic prospects were prevalent. Millers compassion has reached many other nonprofit organizations such as the Visiting Nurse Association, Champlain Valley Exposition Center, the King Street Youth Center, and Champlain College. Specifically, Roberts donation to the Champlain Valley Exposition Center helped the center draw more and larger cultural events to the area. Along these same lines, he is largely responsible for the growth at the Burlington International Airport which has had a positive, multi-million dollar impact on the Vermont economy. He has served on the Board of Airport Commissioners for more than a decade. As a member of the Next Generation Commission, he highlighted the critical need for technical education and workforce training programs to help young Vermonters learn applicable skills for high-tech jobs in Vermont. The Vermont Chamber of Commerce will honor Miller on Nov. 14 at the DoubleTree Burlington Hotel.

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