Gov. Douglas delivers farewell address on Jan. 5

"Vermont's brand of quality, our deserved reputation for a well-educated workforce and our commitment to environmental excellence make this a great place to start or grow a business."

As he prepared to hand over "the reins to a new administration," Douglas wished Gov.-Elect Peter Shumlin and his team "the very best," and he reflected on 38 years of state service before heading home to Middlebury for the last time as Vermont's 80th governor.

"I've focused all of my energies on a singular purpose - to make Vermont a better place. Across thousands of miles, through bright morning dawns and days that stretched to night, though sometimes weary, I never lost faith in the promise of Vermont. And as the long arc of my career draws close, I look back and know with all certainty that our state and her people have been most worthy of a life's work.

"In the years to come, as I pass over the high gaps of the Green Mountains and take in the full breadth of Vermont - from its clear flowing waters up to its majestic crowns - I will be forever thankful for this land we call home."

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