The Roaring Twenties was the theme at the Burlington Business Association awards and dinner at the Hilton in Burlington on Thursday, April 6, 2017. (ALISON REDLICH/for the Free Press)

BBA Celebrates the 2017 Award Winners at Annual Dinner

Thank you to everyone who attended our 2017 BBA Annual Dinner & Awards on Thursday, April 6th. We were proud to honor our 2017 award winners — Seventh Generation for Business of the Year, David Provost for Business Person of the Year, and Select for our Architectural Excellence Award, as well as a special recognition for the Vermont Air National Guard. Pics below!

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John Caulo Takes Over Committee Chair Position for SEAG

After a brief break in 2016, the South End Action Group will reconvene for regular monthly meetings under a new Committee Chair. With the current Chair, Russ Scully moving into the role of Chair of the BBA Board of Directors, John Caulo, BBA Board Member and Associate Vice President of Campus Planning & Auxiliary Services at Champlain College will be taking over the leadership of the South End Action Group.

We would like to invite members from the South End to meet John on Wednesday, March 28th 9:30am at The Miller Center on Lakeside Avenue in Burlington. This will be an opportunity for everyone to not only meet our new chair, but also discuss our vision for the future of the SEAG.
For more information about SEAG, please email Jack.
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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 and while opponents of the project have made clear their intention to appeal the project’s TIF component, it is our expectation that construction will begin by mid-summer.

Throughout the long public process we have maintained that this project is crucial to the future economic vitality of our downtown. This project will transform the current outdated mall site into a thriving mixed use neighborhood, providing housing, “Class A” office space and retail space in the heart of our downtown. This new opportunity for a ‘live, work, play’ lifestyle in Burlington, will benefit not only residents, but our downtown businesses as well.

Whether it was speaking in front of City Council, volunteering during the election or just having conversations with friends and neighbors, the BBA and its members made a significant contribution to advancing the Burlington Town Center redevelopment.

 

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BBA Announces the 2017 Winners of the BBA Annual Awards

Burlington, VT- The BBA announced today the winners of the 2017 BBA Annual Awards, which will be presented at the Annual Dinner & Meeting on April 6th at the Hilton Burlington. The awards and winners include:

TIM HALVORSON AWARD

FOR BUSINESS PERSON OF THE YEAR

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David Provost,  Vice President for Finance & Administration at Middlebury College, and formerly Vice President of Finance and Administration at Champlain College. 

To recognize a local businessperson who presents the combination of being a business leader whose work has promoted the economic vitality of Burlington and who has devoted their time, energy and resources to the betterment of the Burlington community. Full Press Release

THE BURLINGTON BUSINESS AWARD

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“For exemplary business practices, contributions to the community, promotion of a positive image for Burlington, and business success.” Established in 2002, originally as the Small Business Award. Read the full Press Release

THE ARCHITECTURAL EXCELLENCE AWARD

IN HONOR OF HERTZEL N. PASACKOW

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Select

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“For significant contribution to the physical or architectural quality of Burlington.” Established in 1986 in memory of Hertzel Pasackow, owner of the Mayfair on upper Church Street, and founding member of both BBA and the Church Street Marketplace Commission. Read the full Press Release

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HONORING THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO SERVE

Vermont Air National Guard

“The Green Mountain Boys”

The BBA will recognize the Vermont Air National Guard with a special recognition at the BBA Annual Dinner. This is the first time The BBA has handed out this award. Full Press Release

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Select Design Wins BBA’s 2017 Hertzel Pasackow Architectural Excellence Award

Burlington, VT- The Burlington Business Association (BBA) is proud to name Select Design as the 2017 winners of the Hertzel Pasackow Architectural Excellence Award. Established in 1986, the award honors Hertzel Pasackow, owner of the Mayfair on upper Church Street, and founding member of both the BBA and the Church Street Marketplace. This award honors “significant contribution to the physical or architectural quality of Burlington.”

This year’s award is presented to Select Design, who completed significant interior and exterior work on their office space on Flynn Avenue in Burlington. Burlington based SAS Architects has worked with Select since 2004, renovating and reinventing the spaces in a vintage factory building that was originally home to the Vermont Milk Chocolate Company into the early 1920’s. Workspaces were designed to respond to the specific needs of each department within Select, all manner and size conference rooms provide a variety of spaces that range from relaxed brainstorming sessions to formal client presentations. The building can boast of several green upgrades as well, including a 40 kw solar array, a high efficiency HVAC system and an extensive stormwater management system.

A slender three story addition in 2014 provides code compliant accessibility to the three floors that house Select’s administration and fabrication spaces. The main entry seamlessly unites three levels around a central communicating stair and reception area that features Select’s branding and design work in an environment that was created from the repurposing of the original building materials and equipment.

The 39th Burlington Business Association Annual Dinner will take place April 6th at the Burlington Hilton. Call 802-863-1175 or visit www.bbavt.org for more information.

The Burlington Business Association, founded in 1978, is a non-profit, non-political membership organization with 200 business and nonprofit members. Our mission is to enhance and promote the economic vitality of Burlington, Vermont, and to assure that the City of Burlington continues as the cultural, social, political, educational and economic center of northwestern Vermont.  

 

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BBA Names David Provost 2017 Tim Halvorson Businessperson of the Year

Burlington, VT- The Burlington Business Association (BBA) is proud to announce David Provost, Vice President for Finance & Administration at Middlebury College, as the winner of the 2017 Tim Halvorson Business Person of the Year Award.

Before starting his job at Middlebury College in January, Provost spent 12 years at Champlain College as Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration. Provost also spent time as Vice President of finance and operations and later Executive Vice President of Skis Dynastar S.A. During his tenure at Champlain College, Provost championed Champlain College’s first ever Master Plan as well as efforts to finance and develop 10 new campus facilities.

Among key projects is the Eagles Landing Development on St. Paul Street, which will add 105 units of student housing, providing Champlain College students the opportunity to live downtown while working towards alleviating Burlington’s housing shortage.

In addition to his work at Champlain College, Provost has volunteered with The Boys & Girls Club of Burlington, chaired the Burlington Telecom Advisory Board and chaired the Wake Robin Board of Directors. Provost served as a member of the BBA Board of Directors from 2013-2016.

“As long as I’ve known David, he’s been someone with a drive to improve not only the organizations he has worked for, but the greater Burlington community.” Said BBA Executive Director Kelly Devine.

“I couldn’t be happier for David winning this award. He is responsible for a long list of contributions to this community and this recognition is long overdue,” said BBA Board Member and award namesake Tim Halvorson.

Formerly the Nate Harris Award, the Tim Halvorson Award was established in 2009 and acknowledges an individual’s “outstanding contributions to the economic vitality of Burlington.” The award seeks to recognize a local businessperson who presents the combination of being a business leader whose work has promoted the economic vitality of Burlington, and who has devoted their time, energy and resources to the betterment of the Burlington community.

The 39th Burlington Business Association Annual Dinner will take place April 6th at the Burlington Hilton. Call 802-863-1175 or visit www.bbavt.org for more information.

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BBA Announces Special Recognition Award for Vermont Air National Guard

Burlington, VT- In recognition of their service to Chittenden county, as well as their contribution to our local economy, the Burlington Business Association (BBA) is excited to recognize the Vermont Air National Guard (VTANG) at the 2017 BBA Annual Dinner. This will be the first time the BBA has included a special recognition of this nature.

VTANG has been an integral part our area for 70 years and employs more than 1000 men and women, two-thirds of this staff are part time and work in full time jobs across Vermont, New England and the nation. In 2013 the Air Force displayed their confidence in our “Green Mountain Boys” when they announced their intention to base a squadron of F-35’s at VTANG’s facility in South Burlington.

Last fall, the Vermont Air National Guard once again answered the call to serve our country, when 400+ guard members were deployed to numerous locations across the globe, the majority of which went to the Middle East. The decision was made in part based on the 158th Fighter Wing’s reputation as being one of the most proficient and prepared in the nation.

“The Air Guard has had a massive impact in our area. Especially in light of their most recent deployments, the BBA wanted VTANG, which is a vital part of our local economy, to be recognized,” said BBA Executive Director Kelly Devine.

Major General Steven Cray, The Adjutant General for the State of Vermont will be accepting the award on behalf of VTANG at the BBA’s 39th Annual Dinner, taking place on April 6th at the Burlington Hilton. “On behalf of the Vermont Air National Guard, I would like to thank the Burlington Business Association for this Special Recognition” said Major General Cray, “I am very proud of the hard work and dedication our Airmen show their local communities, State and Nation each and every day.  We are one military family and we couldn’t do what we do without the support of families, employers and communities.”

The Burlington Business Association, founded in 1978, is a non-profit, non-political membership organization with 200 business and nonprofit members. Our mission is to enhance and promote the economic vitality of Burlington, Vermont, and to assure that the City of Burlington continues as the cultural, social, political, educational and economic center of northwestern Vermont. Call 802-863-1175 or visit www.bbavt.org for more information. 

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BBA Spearheads Creation of Downtown Parking & Transportation Council

The creation of the Downtown Parking and Transportation Council was approved by a unanimous vote of the City Council on January 23rd meeting. It was one of several initiatives approved in a package of important next steps outlined the Downtown Parking & Transportation Plan.

In 2017 The Burlington Business Association will take on a key role in management of parking in downtown Burlington. The goal of this project will be to create an efficiently run parking system that will provide a quality experience to residents and visitors, while enhancing the vibrancy of downtown Burlington.

“We are excited for this opportunity to improve downtown Burlington’s parking system by working with a range of community members. This is a crucial step as we try create the best possible experience for residents and visitors to Burlington.” said BBA Executive Director Kelly Devine.

The Downtown Parking & Transportation Council will take an advisory role on issues related to rates, enforcement, services and pilot programs. The group will hold quarterly public meetings with a membership designed to include a wide variety of groups and ideas.