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SOCIAL SECURITY FILES--Y2K CONCERN SAYS ONE OF OUR VIBUSINESS READERS
by VIBusiness Staff

     While everyone is running around contacting computer companies, banks, and so forth, the most important issue heading into Y2K is SOCIAL SECURITY. If you haven't already, please contact the Social Security office at (800) 772-1213 and request an "earnings and pay out benefits form" to be mailed to you. When you call you listen to the prompts and press the appropriate number, which is (2) and they will mail it to you. It will detail your work history and any job you have ever held and show you what you are entitled to once you turn 65. You then fill out the form and mail it back in order to receive your work history and information. It takes about 30-days for them to get the information back to you once you mail back the form. Think about it.... without your social security number/card -- WHO ARE YOU?
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     At VIBUSINESS, we certainly encourage you to contact your local Social Security Office to find out more about their Y2K readiness and to get a report of your earnngs.
     

INVESTORS NEEDED FOR CULTURAL TOURISM PROJECTS
   The possibilities for self-sustaining cultural tourism projects on St. Croix are endless, but it would take new vision and eager investors and a highly motivated community working together to make things happen.
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Interior Department has a mandate to assist the Virgin Islands and other Insular Areas under the American Flag.
   The Office of Insular Affairs (OIA) carries out the Secretary of the Interior's responsibilities for the insular areas such as the Virgin Islands. These responsibilities include providing the insular areas with financial assistance for government operations and needed infrastructure, and providing technical assistance and advisory services. This assistance is a recognition that local tax revenues and other Federal programs are insufficient to meet the unique needs of the insular areas. The Secretary's responsibilities also require coordination with other Federal agencies to develop insular policy positions and to enunciate the Administration's position in discussions with the Congress and the insular governments.
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DELEGATE CHRISTENSEN CONGRATULATES ENVIRONMENTALIST OLASEE DAVIS
   Olasee Davis, a part-time professor in natural science at the University of the Virgin Islands in St. Croix was nominated by Delegate Christensen, and was selected over candidates from New York, New Jersey and Puerto Rico for his extensive work in environmental education in the Virgin Islands.
  
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My Millenium Wish List for the Virgin Islands
   Thinkng about the future of the Virgin Islands? This article contains ten major items this writer wishes for the US Virgin Islands in the new millenium. Among these are--Business growth and prosperity; Education advancement and reform; Reinvented government; Reliable and modern infrastructure; Quality and affordable healthcare; Precious environment; Improved neighborhoods and housing communities; Happy, peaceful and caring community; Genuine futurists, visionaries and strategic planners to plot our future; and Renewed faith and reconnection with our maker and spiritual being. What's on your wish list?
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SOCIAL SECURITY FILES--Y2K CONCERN SAYS ONE OF OUR VIBUSINESS READERS
   One of our concerned readers claims to have been informed that because of the sheer size of the Social Security Administration this agency is no where near ready for Y2K. She urges everyone to get a copy of their earnings and pay out records. (Note: We normally do not publish these types of letters, but this one certainly had an important public reminder that we thought merited publication).
  
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Every Resident Should Actively Support Beal Aerospace Project For St. Croix. This is an Extraordinary Opportunity!
   According to Lt. Governor Frank Brogan, "Florida is committed to maintaining, expanding and diversifying its space industry by providing the most competitive business environment possible."
  What are we waiting for in the Virgin Islands?
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Improved Christmas Festival and Effective Advertising Can keep Delta and Other Airlines Coming to St. Croix Carmelo Rivera is a licensed Management and HR Consultant.
   To keep Delta and other commercial airlines flying to St. Croix beyond 1999 does not take much imagination--just improve the St. Croix Festival and tourism product. Give tourists good reasons to come here. Thousands and thousands of people could flock through our new airport for a well-earned holiday break and escape from the northern winter. Our Festival can be the economic booster to rekindle the St. Croix entertainment and cultural tourism economy.
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