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Charlotte Amalie
Friday, June 24, 2022


Four new members with varying backgrounds have been nominated to fill expired seats on the Virgin Islands Industrial Development Commission, Government House announced Tuesday.
Randolph Allen, a 39-year territory resident, has been selected for the vacant post of commission labor representative. Allen is the international representative for the United Steelworkers of America.
Well-known business leader and developer Neil Weiss, a 34-year island resident, will fill the position of John P. Woods. Weiss, along with a strong business background, has an extensive community service record with several organizations including United Way of St. Thomas, Rotary Club and the V.I. Chapter of the Boy Scouts of America.
Malcolm Plaskett of St. Croix, a retired Labor Department official, and executive assistant to former Lt. Governor Derek Hodge, will fill the post of Eling S. Joseph.
Another St. Croix resident, Mary Ann Pickard, will replace Marcia Hollins. Pickard is a retired educator and former senator.
The IDC board has seven members, headed by the commissioner of Tourism, appointee Rafael Jackson, and the director of the Internal Revenue Bureau, Claudette Farrington. Jackson will assume his new position March 20. The board has been without a permanent chairman since the current administration took office, since there has been no permanent Tourism commissioner.
The other five members of the board cannot be IDC beneficiaries or V.I. or U. S. government employees. They serve three-year terms, with a maximum of three terms. One member must be under age 30 at the time of appointment, and that seat is still empty. All new members must be approved by the Legislature.
The IDC, a powerful commission, determines tax breaks to companies to encourage them to do business in the Virgin islands.
Gov. Charles W. Turnbull said, "I look forward to the Legislature giving timely consideration to these very qualified nominees so that the important matters before the commission may be acted upon."

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