Community and Economic Development Office (CEDO) Director Peter Owens announced the meeting schedule of the Waterfront Public Investment Action Plan (PIAP) Public Investment Team and encouraged community input into the 50 public improvement project concepts that have been submitted in response to the PIAP request for concepts. Opportunities for citizen feedback continue tonight with the first of three public meetings and immediately through the use of online tools found on the newly-launched PIAP website.
“One of the wonderful elements about our community is Burlingtonians’ willingness to participate in the public process,” said Owens. “We benefit from a passionate citizenry full of meaningful and helpful ideas about how to make a more vibrant City.”
The 50 concept proposals have been divided into three categories:
· Special projects – projects that are smaller in size and cost that contribute to the unique character and quality of life in Burlingtonand that may have an indirect effect on economic development.
· Moran projects – projects that have a direct impact on economic development and include the Moran plant itself or the land surrounding Moran.
· Other projects – projects that have a direct impact on economic development and are larger in scale and cost, but are not located at the Moran plant.
On May 2nd, the BBA held a Health Care Reform program at Fletcher Allen. The program was designed especially for small employers, including those that don't offer health insurance. For those who were unable to attend, please find the contact information for our panelists and the presentations prepared by Tom Rugg of Hickok & Boardman Group Benefits, and Lindsey Tucker of the Vermont Health Exchange below.
Learn what you need to know to make the right decisions on health care in 2013! We will be following up as more details emerge. VT Health Connect
This year, the city of Burlington is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon. In support of the tragedy that took place at the Boston Marathon last month, marathon officials are offering those unable to finish the race the opportunity to run New England's second largest marathon for free.
"Our entire community comes together race weekend to create an atmosphere of celebration," KeyBank Vermont City Marathon race director Peter Delaney told RunVermont. "We're opening our doors to anyone who was unable to finish Boston, so that they can realize the results of their training and continue the healing process."
The event draws 8000 participants, 1700 volunteers and 30,000 spectators to downtown Burlington each Memorial Day Weekend. Join the celebration on Sunday, May 23rd. Details here.
Winter can be tough in Vermont. We know for sure that winter is tough on our roads. This winter; well let me just say I hope it’s finally gone. My cousin who lives in Denver, CO can’t say that with any surety yet. Each spring the Burlington Business Association meets with Burlington Department of Public Works (DPW) Director Steve Goodkind to review the road work that is planned for the commercial sections of Burlington for the coming season. We work hard to minimize disruption to our downtown roads during our busy season and key weekends. That way our visitors and residents can get the most enjoyment out of what the downtown has to offer during what many believe is the best time of the year. This year we have good news and some not-so-good news from DPW about their plans for roadwork. Here it goes.
Planned Road Work:
Cherry St. from St. Paul to S. Winooski – Silva Cell Installation – May 6 to May 27
Cherry Street from Church Street to South Winooski – Repaving – will follow Silva Cell Project exact dates to come.
Main St. from S. Winooski to S. Willard – New Mid-Block Crossing at Edmonds School – Between June 17 and Aug 28 due to school calendar, exact dates to come.
Main St. from S. Winooski to S. Willard – Repaving – Following mid-block crossing installation and before Aug. 28 due to school calendar, exact dates to come.
Entire length of Pearl Street – Repaving – After UVM Graduation and before Aug 28 due to school schedule.
We will email our members in the downtown and on those sections of road and update our website with the exact dates once we receive them from DPW.
Check out the full article for the Good News and Not-so-Good News. Please call 802-683-1175 or email the BBA with any questions or concerns.