The BBA is excited to welcome back University of Vermont President Sullivan for his second presentation with the organization. President Sullivan keynoted a BBA Membership Meeting in November 2012 where he highlighted his goals for the University. See what President Sullivan had to say then, and join us this year where he will be one of our three panelists (Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger and Fletcher Allen CEO Dr. John Brumsted) discussing their growing relationships, collaborative projects and upcoming plans to improve Burlington.
BBA Membership Meeting with UVM President Tom Sillivan - November 1, 2012
UVM has proudly joined the BBA's Annual Business Summit this year as co-presenting sponsor. University President Tom Sullivan will be one of three Burlington leaders presenting at the May 6th event. "At the Summit we look forward to discussing the University's educational and business development resources that are available to the business community," Joe Speidel of UVM told the BBA. "We appreciate the positive relationship we have with the city."
This is about the vision for Burlington. In a community desperate for student housing what a perfect area to support this over a parking lot and abandoned club lot, a half block from an 11-story high rise and across from a new multi-story condominium and a hotel project under construction in a transition zone in the heart of our community.
Seven Days - Walk the two-block stretch of St. Paul Street between Main and Maple, and you'll catch sight of three large buildings sheathed in Tyvek: a hotel, a condo complex and a youth center. If it wins on appeal, a six-story Champlain College dorm will occupy most of one of those blocks. At least four other major developments are under construction in the city of Burlington, with another 10 on the horizon.
Boston Globe - Denizens of this city’s hippie past still wander the local food co-op and cheerful pedestrian mall, Church Street Marketplace, but they are relegated now to the category of local color. Burlington’s new poster children are its chefs, bartenders, and brewers. In recent years the state, home to more cheesemakers and brewers per capita than anywhere in the country, has emerged as a destination for foodies. Despite its short growing season, the Green Mountain State has attracted top-flight chefs eager for a slower pace.
The Champlain Parkway is once again at the forefront of conversations in Burlington’s buzzing south end. The BBA sees this project as a great opportunity to add to the vibrancy of the south end and recently formed a working group of business leaders to publically support the project.
Burlington Free Press - The fate of a single, dog-legged South End intersection — and by extension, Burlington’s proposed Champlain Parkway — might soon shift out of neutral, pending a final decision by the Vermont Environmental Court.
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.”
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.
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.
Click the photo to view Jeff Tumlin’s presentation