READY FOR TAKE–OFF? BBA + SBBA SUMMER SOCIAL

COME SOAR INTO THE FUTURE OF AIRCRAFT

Join the BBA on September 15th for our 2022 Summer Social co-hosted with the South Burlington Business Association!

 We are partnering with the South Burlington Business Association to bring you this year’s summer social with our sponsor and host BETA technologies. Come see behind the scenes of the future of air travel with tours of BETA technologies state-of-the-art facilities. Network with BBA and SBBA members and friends while enjoying refreshments supplied by our bar sponsor, Farrell Distributing and light appetizers. The event will start at 5pm. Be sure to register for this event early as we expect tickets to sell out. Tickets are $25 for Members and $35 for Non-Members. BBA’s Platinum and Silver Members enjoy complimentary registration.  Upon arrival, park for free courtesy of Burlington international Airport

BBA x SBBA 2022 Summer Social

BETA Technologies

September 15th, 5pm

Tickets: $25 for Members, $35 for Non-Members

 

Registration includes 2 Free Drink Tickets and Light Appetizers. 

BETA will be offering tours of their facilities plus opportunities to try the flight simulator! Stay tuned for more info. 

Please be sure to rsvp, we look forward to seeing you there!

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AMTRAK TO BURLINGTON– A NEW TRANSPORTATION HUB

Last Friday morning, the Ethan Allen Express (EAX) train departed from Burlington’s new Union Station, connecting Burlington to New York City for the first time in 70 years. Service began July 29th, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony before the train’s departure. With historic stations in Middlebury and Ferrisburgh-Vergennes restored, passenger rail travel is more accessible to Vermonters than ever. For the summer, Amtrak is offering promotional fares on the EAX, as well as an $18 maximum fare for traveling within Vermont to promote Vermont ridership. Tickets can be purchased via Amtrak.com, the Amtrak app, Amtrak ticket desks and kiosks, and through 1-800-USA-RAIL. 

The EAX will depart from Burlington every morning at 10:10 am and reach New York’s Penn Station (NYP) by 5:45 pm. The Northbound train will depart NYP at 2:21 pm and arrive in Burlington at 9:55 pm. The full Ethan Allen Express schedule can be viewed here.  There is currently limited parking at Pease Lot & Perkins Pier, which offers the closest spots to Burlington’s Union Station. The BBA is leading an effort to expand parking options. Currently, nearby city-run garages offer the least-cost option for overnight parking. Visit ParkBurlington.com for more information. 

Ethan Allen Express passengers can enjoy the standard Amtrak amenities onboard– including cafe service and free wifi. With an added reservation and a $20 fee, EAX riders can bring their bike along too.

How the BBA is working for you

While the new Burlington Union station provides a vital regional transportation link between New York City and Burlington, local transportation pathways must be able to support an influx of travelers. The BBA, alongside the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC), is conducting a transportation study to assess the connectivity between Burlington’s new Union Station and downtown Burlington. The new Amtrak train service has the potential to bring a new cohort of tourists to Burlington and serve as a significant transportation corridor for Northwestern Vermont.

There is interest among waterfront stakeholders, businesses, and the City of Burlington in planning how various transportation connections would support the Hub created by the Amtrak service coming to Burlington. Key elements of the project will include an analysis of public and private parking available for Amtrak passengers, a multi-modal connectivity and wayfinding assessment, and an ADA assessment of the Main Street Landing and Union Station. The Amtrak Connectivity Project launches in early August and is expected to be complete by December 2022. The BBA will prepare and widely distribute a report on the planned improvements and recommendations and advocate for advancing them. The extension of the EAX presents a renewed opportunity for Burlington; however, the long-term success of the EAX depends on the accessibility between Burlington’s Union Station and the City of Burlington.

WATCH & ANALYSIS: Chittenden Co. State’s Attorney Candidate Forum

On Wednesday, July 6th, the BBA co-hosted a candidate forum on the Chittenden County State’s Attorney’s race. During this forum, we heard from Sarah George (I) and her opponent Ted Kenney, both Democrats vying for the party’s nomination in the August, 9th Primary. There are no Republicans in this race. MyNBC5’s Stewart Ledbetter moderated the forum.

Watch the full forum

Analysis

Thank you to the South Burlington Business Association, the Vermont Retail and Grocers Association, and the Lake Champlain Chamber of Commerce for their partnership on this event. Together we have co-authored the below in-depth analysis of the forum. 

Read the in-depth analysis here: Groups React to Jointly Hosted Chittenden County State’s Attorney Forum

Here are our key takeaways:

  • A lack of concrete solutions to downtown safety
    • George defended her policies and did not feel there was a connection between those policies and issues that our members see daily. She blamed the court backlog in response to questions about repeat offenders.She offered few ideas or actions to address issues with the state judicial system.
    • Kenney stated that he believes the problem with increased crime is multifaceted. He states he’s committed to sharpening the existing policies, but did not provide specifics.
  • Agreement on Retail Theft
    • Both candidates expressed interest in restitution, or repayment, for victims of retail theft, however, neither put forth any substantive structure for that process.
  • Differences on Conditions of Release
    • Kenney disagreed with George’s approach. He saw a problem with a judge imposing conditions that aren’t asked for by a prosecutor, implying the state’s attorney could and should try asking for stricter conditions.
    • George noted that conditions of release are complicated and handled case-by-case. She stated that judges often set conditions of release not requested by prosecutors. She also stated that for some their mental health or substance use needs severely influence their decision-making.
  • Commitment to Advancing Criminal Justice Reform
    • George believes that criminal justice reform is best served by changing how we prosecute cases. For example, she defended her policy on non-public safety traffic stops. George’s primary approach to prosecution is to keep offenders out of jail and instead tries to help the accused deal with issues of mental health and substance use disorder.
    • Kenney pointed to increased and perpetual implicit bias training for law enforcement and other officials within the justice system as a critical step in addressing racial disparities. Kenney does not see public safety and compassion as mutually exclusive in the judicial system. 

 

Remember to VOTE: Primary Day is Tuesday, August 9th. 

Find your polling location here. Request an Absentee Ballot here.

In the News

About the Candidates

Sarah George 

Sarah is the Chittenden County State’s Attorney in Burlington, Vermont. She has been a prosecutor in Chittenden County since January 2011 and sworn in as the elected State’s Attorney on January 20th, 2017.  Chittenden County houses over a quarter of Vermont’s total population, is the most diverse county in the State, and stands out for their progressive approach to public health and public safety.

Sarah is the second woman in Vermont history to serve in this role and since being Chittenden County State’s Attorney has focused her efforts on overhauling the criminal legal system.  She uses her incredible prosecutorial discretion to implement evidence based practices and policies that work to keep her community safe.  Sarah is dedicated to providing opportunity, intervention and holistic support to survivors, families and offenders; holding individuals accountable and implementing smart-on-crime policies that promote safe, healthy, and strong communities.

Ted Kenney

Ted Kenney was born in Burlington and raised in Richmond. He attended local schools and graduated from St. Michael’s College. He then moved to Washington, D.C. where he worked full-time and went to night school at The American University to earn his law degree. Moving back to his hometown two weeks after graduating, Ted opened his own solo law practice.  His practice grew into a successful small town law practice, concentrating on criminal defense and civil litigation. 

Ted has helped lead a number of charities and professional organizations. He has been vice-chair of the Chittenden County Bar Association, the president of the Vermont Dismas House (helping former inmates re-adjust to society), and the president of the Vermont Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He is currently serving on the board of the Joint Urban Ministry Project, a charity that provides services to the poor and homeless. Ted has handled hundreds of cases and represented hundreds of people, appearing in criminal, civil and family cases in state and federal court. He has argued multiple appeals before the Vermont Supreme Court and the federal Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York City. In 2020, Ted accepted a job as the Human Services Division Chief in the Attorney General’s Office, supervising 30 attorneys and support staff. He left the position in 2022 and is now running for Chittenden County State’s Attorney.

Burlington Fiscal Year 2023 Budget Passes City Council Unanimously

On June 27, 2022, the City Council unanimously approved Mayor Weinberger’s $96 million City Budget for fiscal year 2023. This budget included a 3 year plan for building a more robust police department, increasing public safety, adjusting property tax rates, and critical public infrastructure. 

Here are the key details:

  • 3 Year Plan to Rebuild Police Department
    • $1.2 million in funding to retain current police force and incentivize new recruits
      • Competitive contracts, signing bonuses, and stipends to live in Burlington, furthering education, and childcare
    • Number of BPD Community Service officers will increase from 10 to 12
    • Number of Community Service Liaisons will increase from 3 to 6
    • Reserves $400,000 for a Crisis Response Team Program that is inspired by the CAHOOTs program in Eugene, Oregon
  • Plan to Rebuild Infrastructure
    • $1.5 million in bike and pedestrian improvements
    • $1.6 million for rebuilding 3 miles of sidewalks and to complete a citywide sidewalk condition assessment for DPW to update targets moving forward
    • $1.1 million to develop a shared use path on Intervale Road
  • Changes in Property Tax Rates
    • Municipal taxes will increase from $0.6700 (FY22) to $0.7082 (FY23)
    • Estimated Homestead Education Tax will decrease from $1.4553 (FY22) to $1.3891 (FY23)
    • Estimated Commercial Education Tax will decrease from $1.5306 (FY22) to $1.4660 (FY23)
  • Net Zero Plan and Climate Initiatives
    • Continuation of administration’s commitment to invest toward their Net Zero Energy City goals and to fight the climate emergency
    • Largely funded by Burlington Electric Department revenues, federal grants, and Net Zero Energy Revenue Bond; this funding includes:
      • $2 million for customer strategic electrification incentives and programs (rebates for heat pumps e-bikes, e-mowers, and home charging stations)
      • $1.5 million for energy efficiency incentives and programs, adding EV charging infrastructure and continuing to replace city fleet with electric and hybrid vehicles

The Mayor’s Press Release on the passing of the budget can be found here. The full FY23 City Budget can be found here.

Chittenden County State’s Attorney Candidate Forum

This election cycle, the contest for the elected office of Chittenden County State’s Attorney has taken on more attention as residents of the region debate issues of public safety and crime. During this virtual candidate forum on Wednesday, July 6th at noon, voters can hear from the incumbent, Sarah George, and the challenger in the upcoming primary election, Ted Kenney. The Burlington Business Association is co-hosting this event in partnership with the South Burlington Business Association, the Vermont Retail and Grocers Association, and the Lake Champlain Chamber of Commerce.

More information can be found at: https://lccvermont.org/event/sa-forum/

REGISTER HERE

If you have questions for the candidates, please use the field in the registration form or send them to [email protected] with the subject line “SA Forum Question.” 

 

Sarah George 

Sarah is the Chittenden County State’s Attorney in Burlington, Vermont. She has been a prosecutor in Chittenden County since January 2011 and sworn in as the elected State’s Attorney on January 20th, 2017.  Chittenden County houses over a quarter of Vermont’s total population, is the most diverse county in the State, and stands out for their progressive approach to public health and public safety.

Sarah is the second woman in Vermont history to serve in this role and since being Chittenden County State’s Attorney has focused her efforts on overhauling the criminal legal system.  She uses her incredible prosecutorial discretion to implement evidence based practices and policies that work to keep her community safe.  Sarah is dedicated to providing opportunity, intervention and holistic support to survivors, families and offenders; holding individuals accountable and implementing smart-on-crime policies that promote safe, healthy, and strong communities.

 

Ted Kenney

Ted Kenney was born in Burlington and raised in Richmond. He attended local schools and graduated from St. Michael’s College. He then moved to Washington, D.C. where he worked full-time and went to night school at The American University to earn his law degree. Moving back to his hometown two weeks after graduating, Ted opened his own solo law practice.  His practice grew into a successful small town law practice, concentrating on criminal defense and civil litigation. 

Ted has helped lead a number of charities and professional organizations. He has been vice-chair of the Chittenden County Bar Association, the president of the Vermont Dismas House (helping former inmates re-adjust to society), and the president of the Vermont Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He is currently serving on the board of the Joint Urban Ministry Project, a charity that provides services to the poor and homeless. Ted has handled hundreds of cases and represented hundreds of people, appearing in criminal, civil and family cases in state and federal court. He has argued multiple appeals before the Vermont Supreme Court and the federal Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York City. In 2020, Ted accepted a job as the Human Services Division Chief in the Attorney General’s Office, supervising 30 attorneys and support staff. He left the position in 2022 and is now running for Chittenden County State’s Attorney.

Bill Truex – A Tribute

Bill Truex passed away recently, leaving behind an amazing legacy. His mark on Burlington, VT will forever be intertwined with our history. Bill had a vision for Burlington, but lots of folks have a vision. What Bill did was work for two decades to realize that vision: the Church Street Marketplace. It took three votes from the citizens of Burlington to win approval of the plan to pedestrianize Church Street. The work began in 1980 and wasn’t complete until 2005.

 

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As a part of his work to create the Marketplace, Bill was part of a group of local leaders who created the Downtown Burlington Development Association (DBDA). The organization’s mission was closely tied to Bill’s work on the Marketplace. He was a founder and founding board member of the DBDA which would later rebrand as the Burlington Business Association (BBA) in the 2000s. The BBA honored Bill with its prestigious Nate Harris Award in 1991.

Those are amongst Bill’s most noteworthy accomplishments, but for those of us who knew him, it was Bill as a mentor and friend that we will miss the most. As the leader of the BBA, I turned to Bill on many occasions for advice, information, support, or help. Bill never said no. And he stayed engaged in Burlington; always willing to work to help improve the city and Lake Champlain; two things he loved.

We can honor Bill’s legacy by taking care of the place he loved.

Bill had spent the past three years planning for the International Classic and Antique Boat Show to come to Burlington, VT. It happens this September 5th to 10th. I’ll be there, I hope you will too.

International Classic and Antique Boat Show – 9/5 to 9/10 

VBM Announces 50 Best Places to Work in Vermont 2022

Vermont Business Magazine and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce recently announced the top 50 Best Places to Work in Vermont 2022. The annual survey and awards program recognizes and honors the best places of employment in Vermont by focusing on workplace policies, practices, demographics, and employee experience. 

Unsurprisingly, many BBA members were recognized. Check out who made the list! 

 

Comcast Business

Stone Environmental

DEW Construction

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Gallagher, Flynn & Company, LLPHickock & Boardman Insurance Group

Mascoma Bank

 

Primmer Piper Eggleston & Cramer PC

Spectrum Youth and Family

 

Champlain Housing Trust

VHB

Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty

United Way of Northwest Vermont

Congratulations to all BBA members recognized! The final rankings for each category will be announced at a special awards presentation in April. 

Celebrate the Holiday Season with the BBA!

*UPDATE*

Registration is now closed and registration at the door is NOT available for this event. 

Due to the rain forecast, we’re moving this event indoors to Halvorson’s on Church ST for a smaller, scaled back setting. Registered attendees should have received an email with further details.

We understand this may be a disappointment to those of you who were specifically looking for an outdoor event. If you would like a refund please let us know. We hope to revisit the possibility of a fire-side outdoor event in the new year.

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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 identify and engage with someone who is being disruptive, harassing, or exhibiting symptoms of mental illness
  • Opportunity to learn about resources available to both employees and those in crisis
  • Breakout session to share and discuss strategies, experiences, and best practices
  • A constructive space to flush out ideas with other downtown staff

Training sessions are open to all BBA members and their employees, as well as any downtown retail, restaurant, and hospitality staff. There is no cost to attend, simply register via the links below as space is limited.

This is an opportunity for folks to specifically learn more about strategies around de-escalation. We know many downtown businesses are experiencing a number of issues related to downtown safety and security. If you have questions or concerns about any other safety issues such as loss prevention, BPD response, or our Safety Ambassador Program, please reach out to the BBA team. We’re here to help.

Morning Session #1

Monday, 11/8

9:30 – 11am

Courtyard by Marriott Burlington Harbor

Harbor Room

25 Cherry ST

Coffee & Pastries Provided Courtesy of:

Free. Space is limited.
Masks Strongly Recommended.

REGISTRATION CLOSED

 

Evening Session #2

  Wednesday, 11/10

  6:30 – 8:00pm

 

  Lorraine B. Goode Room

  BCA 2nd Floor

  135 Church Street

Free. Space is limited.
Masks Strongly Recommended.

REGISTER

 

A service of the BBA, thanks to the support of our members and donors

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