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Community & Economic Development Office (CEDO)

Room 32 City Hall / 149 Church Street / Burlington, VT 05401
802-865-7144 /
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The Community and Economic Development Office (CEDO) is a department of the City of Burlington. Our mission is to engage our community to build a vibrant, healthy, and equitable City.




Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) 2018 Notice of Funding Availability

The City of Burlington is soliciting applications from community organizations and city departments for funding through its Community Development Block Grant program. Funding will be targeted to the priorities identified in the current Notice of Funding Availability. Non-CEDO initiated project proposals will be reviewed and scored competitively in this process.

Application packets, which include a letter of interest for funding may be requested from the Community & Economic Development Office (CEDO) at The deadline for submission of the letter of interest is Thursday, December 7, 2017. Applicants will be invited to submit a final application by January 16, 2018 at 4:00 pm.

Funding is expected to be available on July 1, 2018; however, at this time it is uncertain how much CDBG funding will be available.

An informational workshop for applicants is scheduled for Friday, December 15, 2017 at 10:00 AM in City Hall.  For further information, please contact Marcy Esbjerg at 865-7171.

To learn more about the Community Development Block Grant click here or follow the CDBG links in the menu.  


Cost Estimating Services RFQ

CEDO is issuing this Request for Qualifications with the intent of selecting a qualified consultant or consultants to provide the City of Burlington with rehabilitation project cost estimates and related services on an “on-call” basis for a period of five (5) years.  The successful consultant/team must be familiar with federal, state, and local laws, regulations, standards and guidance.  The consultants must possess a demonstrated ability to provide accurate price estimates for rehabilitation projects.

The consultant/consultant team will be required to provide third-party cost estimates for proposed rehabilitation projects, including, but not limited to, emergency repair and accessibility modification. CEDO uses these third-party cost estimates to determine whether the estimates that the property owner receives from contractors are “cost reasonable” based on the scope of work of the project. In order for a project to meet the “cost reasonableness” test, the actual or projected cost should typically be within 15% above or below the independent cost estimate.

Questions must be submitted in writing by noon on November 17, 2017 to ensure all parties have adequate time to review the answers.

Submissions must be received by 4:00 pm, December 1, 2017

Cost Estimating Consulting Services RFQ 11.6.17 PDF

Further questions please contact: 

Will Clavelle, Program and Projects Specialist



Programmatic Agreement Available for Public Comment

Attached please find the proposed Programmatic Agreement (PA) among Vermont State Historic Preservation Officer, Burlington Community & Economic Development Office (CEDO), and Advisory Council on Historic Preservation for the Administration of the Vermont Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. This Programmatic Agreement is modeled after the agreement in place for the Vermont Community Development Program within the states's AGency of Commerce and Community Development.The Vermont Division for Historic Preservation (VDHP) and Burlington CEDO have examined the necessary processes and procedures related to the CDBG program in preparation of this Programmatic Agreement. The City of Burlington is posting the proposed PA and making it available for public comment along with contacting subgrantees with whom we partner on CDBG funding to receive input or feedback from them. Public comment will be available for 45 days and comments accepted to Marcy Esbjerg,


Essential Maintenance Practices (EMP) Class in Burlington 

More information about other EMP classes in Vermont, can be found here


CEDO's Burlington Lead Program Receives $2.9M HUD Grant to Reduce Lead and Home Health & Safety Hazards in Homes in Burlington and Winooski 
(CEDO) Burlington Lead Program was awarded $2.9 million in program funding, one of only 28 Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control grant recipients in the nation. As part of the award, CEDO will also receive $400,000 in Healthy Homes grant funds that will leverage the Lead Program’s presence to reduce other housing-related health hazards. The Burlington Lead Program is now accepting applications for Burlington and Winooski properties. To apply and/or learn more information about lead-based paint or other home health hazards, call CEDO’s Burlington Lead Program at 802-865-LEAD or visit
More information about Mayor Miro Weinberger’s press conference with CEDO Director Noelle MacKay and representatives of the federal delegation is available here.
Burlington Inclusionary Zoning Report

On January 31, 2017, a draft evaluation report on Burlington’s Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance was presented to the Community Development & Neighborhood Revitalization (CDNR) Committee. The evaluation represents the first detailed review of the City’s 26-year-old Inclusionary Zoning policy, one of the proposals contained in the 2015 Housing Action Plan.  The report includes numerous findings and recommendations and will be the subject of further debate and discussion in the weeks and months ahead. A working group is being established to review and consider the recommendations contained in the report. 

The City and CDNR Committee would like to thank all those who participated in the January meeting and invite further comment on the draft IZ evaluation report. Comments may be sent via email to Councilor Selene Colburn, Chair, CDNR Committee, at or Gillian Nanton, Assistant Director, Sustainability, Housing & Economic Development, CEDO at  Learn more about Inclusionary Zoning at the City’s dedicated page here.

The full draft IZ report can be found here

Presentation slides of the IZ report can be found here.


Burlington Lead Program


As #btv property owner Eric Lafayette tells it, working with the Burlington Lead Program "is a no-brainer." By enrolling with us, this building also qualified for the Healthy Homes program. As a result, this property is getting new windows, interior and exterior paint jobs, new flooring and more! Thanks Eric, for taking part in the Burlington Lead Program and for sharing your story. #btvlead


CEDO's programs are available to all people regardless of political or religious affiliation, race, color, national origin, place of birth, ancestry, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, marital status, veteran status, HIV positive status or genetic information. For information on the accessibility of CEDO's programs, contact us at 802-865-7144 /