BURLINGTON (AP) - The economic development organization in Vermont's largest county is asking the state to implement a series of measures to protect 4,000 jobs at the IBM plant in Essex Junction.

Frank Cioffi of the Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation released a proposal Monday he called "The Vermont Plan." It recommends a series of measures including workforce development and training.

He was joined at the news conference by Pat Moulton, secretary of the agency of commerce and community development.

They were responding to published reports that IBM is considering selling the division that includes the Vermont plant.

Armonk, N.Y.-based IBM has not responded to the reports.