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Champlain, Planning Commission Respond to Rejected Housing Proposal

Last week, Burlington’s Development Review Board rejected a six-story apartment building proposed to house Champlain College students in the city’s downtown.

Champlain College is disappointed by what we hope is a minor setback,” David Provost, Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration of Champlain College told the BBA. “We are hopeful there is a path forward in working with the City of Burlington on getting a project back on course to bring 300 upperclassman to a downtown district that would benefit significantly from a dense active housing project.”


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Mayor Outlines City Work Ahead, Shannon retains Council Presidency

Burlington Free Press - Burlington’s finances are on the mend, Mayor Miro Weinberger said Monday in a State of the City address that focused almost entirely on the municipal balance sheet.

“After two years of focus and resolve to fix our troubled municipal finances, we have turned the corner, and the State of the City is steadily and measurably improving,” Weinberger said in the annual address at the Burlington City Council organizational meeting.

Member of the Month: VT Wine Merchants Company

The BBA is happy to welcome The Vermont Wine Merchants Company back to the BBA Annual Dinner as a supporting sponsor for the third straight year. VT Wine will provide a wine pairing as part of our Chef-to-Table live auction item, as well as have select bottles available for purchase. This summer, VT Wine owners Mike and Tracy Stolese will be bringing more buzz to Burlington's waterfront with the annual Burlington Wine and Food Festival

CCTA Services Resume Friday

WPTZ - The Chittenden County Transit Authority Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a three-year contract for its bus drivers Thursday afternoon, effectively restoring service.

The drivers had been on strike since March 17. Service resumes Friday and will be fare-free through Sunday, April 13. Customers taking the Montpelier LINK Express service will receive vouchers instead.

New Hotel Vermont to bring home 2014 Architectural Award

BBA members have voted, and this year's Architectural Excellence Award will be presented to Hotel Vermont at the 36th BBA Dinner and Annual Meeting on April 3rd.

"When you walk in the door you really feel like you're in Vermont," Hotel Vermont General Manager Hans van Wees said in an interview following the hotel’s opening. "It's a contemporary environment but with strong connections to the past, and to Vermont craftsmanship."

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Burton Snowboards named Business of the Year

The BBA is proud to announce Burton Snowboards, the world’s leading snowboarding company, as the winner of the 2014 Business of the Year Award.

“Burton is honored to be named the BBA’s 2014 Business of the Year,” said Burton President Donna Carpenter. “Not only have we built our business here in Vermont, Jake and I have raised our family here. Vermont and Burlington are a part of Burton's DNA, and you can see that in everything from our product design to our company culture. We’re also proud to support a number of local projects that give back to the community, like Chill, the youth development program we founded here in Burlington, and the Northeastern Family Institute (NFI Vermont), where we recently donated nearly $1,000,000 worth of outerwear, shoes, apparel and hardgoods to families in need. I can’t think of a better place for Burton to call home.” 

Champlain President Dr. David Finney named Business Person of the Year

The Burlington Business Association (BBA) has selected Champlain College President Dr. David Finney as winner of the 2014 Business Person of the Year Award. The award will be presented to Dr. Finney at the 36th BBA Dinner and Annual Meeting on April 3rd at the Hilton Burlington.

“Both the community at large and the business community have benefitted greatly from Dave's vision and passion,” said Kevin Owens, CEO of Select Design and BBA board member. “Whenever I visit the Champlain campus, I see motivated and engaged students, many of whom are choosing to stay in the area to work after graduation. Select has been fortunate to have hired several, and based on the pragmatic approach to their education, they add immediate value.”

Mayor Miro Weinberger Announces Major Milestone in BT Settlement

Statement from the Mayor's Office - Mayor Miro Weinberger announced on Wednesday hat the City of Burlington has reached a key milestone set forth in last month’s Burlington Telecom (BT) Mediated Settlement Agreement.  The City has agreed to terms with local business person, Trey Pecor, President of Lake Champlain Transportation, and Vermont-based Merchants Bank, regarding $6 million of bridge financing for BT.  

Waterfront Park Focus of Monday’s Act 250 Hearing

Burlington Free Press - Noise at Waterfront Park, discussed in the measured tones of a legal proceeding, was the prime focus of an Act 250 hearing Monday night.

The city wants to eliminate restrictions on when special events can be held in the park during the year, and has proposed specific guidelines on noise levels to replace the standards in place now, which are said to be vague and difficult to apply. Some neighbors say that major events are too loud as things stand, and that allowing more would make life near the park even less tolerable than it already is.

Parking Expert Delivers Dynamic Presentation at BBA Parking Summit

The BBA welcomed Jeffrey Tumlin, owner and principal of the transportation planning and engineering firm Nelson\Nygaard out of San Francisco, to its Downtown Parking Summit this month as the event's keynote speaker. A vibrant speaker, Tumlin is a transportation planner specializing in the sustainable development of transit-oriented master plans wirth experience in cities such as Portland, Seattle, Denver and Vancouver. He delivered a dynamic presentation of ways in which our city can both improve and sustain a better parking system. 

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