Advocacy

BBA Offers De-escalation Training for Downtown Employees

As a part of our downtown safety initiatives, the BBA is providing two De-escalation Training opportunities for downtown employees. We are partnering with The Howard Center’s team of expert clinicians to discuss ideas and strategies around de-escalation and engaging with individuals exhibiting disruptive behavior. These training sessions will provide A presentation by expert clinicians on how to […]

Safety Escort Program formed by Burlington Businesses & Community Organizations in Response to Increased Incidents of Violent Attacks

For more info on the Safety Escort Program visit the project webpage       In The News: WCAX/CBS3 : Burlington to start new safety escort program WPTZ/NBC5: New safety escort program aims to provide additional security in downtown Burlington ABC22/FOX44: Burlington businesses respond to recent violence with new Safety Escort Program Burlington Free Press: […]

Understanding Burlington’s Citywide Reappraisal: What it means for you and your business

Burlington sees 52% increase in total commercial appraisal values   *This page will be updated as more data becomes available and we releases further analysis on the impacts of the reappraisal to businesses. On April 8th the City of Burlington published property reappraisal data to conclude the two year long citywide reevaluation with consultant Tyler […]

Advocacy Update – City Council Postpones Action on Police Department “Staffing Crisis”

UPDATED 1/29 to include letter for organizations to sign on to. Monday night, the Burlington City Council voted to postpone action on the staffing crisis facing our Police Department, stating that they were not prepared to take action that may put residents at risk.  Specifically, the council declined to vote on Mayor Weinberger’s proposed Public Safety […]

COVID19 – Resources for Business

*This post will be regularly updated The BBA, in partnership with the Church Street Marketplace and CEDO are working to compile and continually update COVID-19 resources for businesses.  Below is a list of these broken down by city, local, state, and federal resources. H/T to the Church Street Team for their great work on much […]

Jennifer Morrison Confirmed as Interim Police Chief

The Burlington City Council unanimously approved the appointment of Jennifer Morrison as interim Police Chief at last night’s city council meeting. Morrison previously served as Chief of Police in Colchester from 2013 until 2018 and before that was a member of the Burlington Police Department from 1990 until 2013.  “My first week or two is […]

City of Burlington Credit Rating Upgraded to Highest in 10 Years

Mayor Weinberger announced Monday that Moody’s Investors Services has upgraded the City of Burlington’s credit rating two steps from “A2” to “Aa3”. This is the first time in 10 years the City has received a Double A rating.  From 2009 to 2012 the City was downgraded multiple times, eventually falling to just one step above […]