Advocacy

BBA Joins State Coalition to Uphold Paris Climate Accord

BBA Executive Director Kelly Devine was among many local business owners, organizations and politicians yesterday afternoon for the launch of the Vermont Climate Pledge Coalition. This new coalition, consisting of organizations from around Vermont will work to achieve the goals of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, including a reduction of greenhouse gases emitted by 26-28% […]

Judges Uphold Burlington Town Center Project

The Burlington community received good news on the Burlington Town Center redevelopment. The judges in two separate lawsuits ruled on behalf of moving the project forward. The BBA remains strongly in support of redevelopment our 1970’s mall and reconnecting our downtown street grid. TIF APPEAL DISMISSAL ON 3 OF 4 ACCOUNTS On Friday, Vermont Superior Court Judge Robert […]

Lead Architect Jesse Beck Repudiates False CLC Claim

Jesse Beck, AIA, NCARB, President of Freeman, French & Freeman has provided a statement to dispute recent comments made by a Coalition for Livable City supporter in regards to the Burlington Town Center redevelopment. “It is irresponsible to provide unfounded accusations of fraud and lying, and yet the harm is done when the public reads the […]

Downtown & Village Center Tax Credits Available

Applications for the next round of Downtown and Village Center tax credits and the Sales Tax Reallocation Program are due June 30, 2017.  Tax credits support general rehabilitation, code compliance, and exterior improvements.  Here are the Guidelines and Application. Federal and state rehabilitation tax credits help to stimulate private investment, create jobs, restore historic buildings and jump […]

Burlington Town Center Receives Unanimous Approval from DRB

The BBA is excited to see the Burlington Town Center redevelopment reach a critical milestone, following unanimous approval from the Development Review Board. Combined with previous approval from the City Council, Design Advisory Board and Conservation Board, we can now say that the Burlington Town Center redevelopment has received nearly all permits necessary for construction to begin […]

Together For Progress Looks to Build on Success in 2017

Founded last fall, Together For Progress (T4P) is a collaborative effort between the Burlington Business Association, Local Motion, AARP, LCRCC and CCRPC. The goal of this core group was to champion projects that would ensure Burlington’s future as one of America’s most livable small cities. Together For Progress debuted by vigorously supporting ballot items #3 & […]

Mayor Miro Weinberger Releases New Principles and Initiatives to Address Opioid Crisis

Mayor Miro Weinberger today released new principles and announced the pursuit of new initiatives to address the deepening opioid crisis in the region that has resulted in a significant 38 percent increase in opioid-related deaths in Vermont. In Chittenden County, indicators such as retail theft and opioid-related arrests also show a growing crisis. The City […]