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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.



City Launches Mayor’s Prize to Support Entrepreneurship

The City of Burlington has launched The Mayor’s Prize for Entrepreneurship, a competitive prize program designed to foster the growth and development of entrepreneurship in the city and encourage outside-the-box thinking about how best to achieve this.  Entrepreneur support organizations (ESOs) that serve Burlington entrepreneurs and businesses are invited to submit a proposal for either the expansion of a successful program or to support the creation of a new, innovative program that addresses the needs of entrepreneurs.  Proposals will also be accepted for research projects that evaluate the entrepreneurial ecosystem and provide valuable context for decision-making and priority-setting.

The Mayor’s Prize will make at least two grants each year over a two-year period. The total amount of funding available for this year is $200,000, and prizes will be awarded in the range of $50,000 to $75,000 (maximum $100,000) to two or more not-for-profit organizations and/or research organizations. Funding from the Mayor’s Prize may not be re-granted to other organizations or businesses, and may not be used to seed loan programs.  For-profit businesses are not eligible to receive funding from the Mayor’s Prize.   

Please see the “Call for Applications” and “Application Instructions” below for further information and instructions on how to apply. 

Date of Issuance:  Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Deadline for Applications:  Friday, November 3, 2017 by 12:00pm EST - Incomplete or late applications will not be considered

Questions:  Gillian Nanton, Assistant Director of Sustainability, Housing and Economic Development, or 802-865-7179, or Diana Colangelo,

Call for Applications

Application Instructions


Assessment of Fair Housing Draft

The City of Burlington, along with the Burlington and Winooski Housing Authorities are soliciting input on their Assessment of Fair Housing Plan. Public comment period begins on August 18, 2017. 

The Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH) is a legal requirement that the City and Housing Authorities must complete in order to continue receiving federal housing and community development funding from the United States Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD). The AFH includes an analysis of fair housing data, an assessment of housing issues and contributing factors, and identification of fair housing priorities and goals specific to Burlington, Winooski and surrounding areas. Examples of fair housing issues include local and regional demographics related to segregation, racially and ethnically concentrated areas of poverty, access to opportunity, disproportionate housing need, publicly supported housing, accesses to housing by persons with disabilities, and fair housing enforcement. Please find a current draft of the AFH here. Comments are being accepted to Marcy Esbjerg at the City of Burlington, or 865-7171.


Request for Proposals - Burlington Early Learning Initiative

The City of Burlington’s Community & Economic Development Office (CEDO) seeks the services of qualified consultants and/or nonprofit organizations to initiate and assist in administering the Early Learning Initiative (ELI), an effort to create more spots in high-quality childcare programs in Burlington for low-income children from birth to three years old. The City is interested in working with the successful respondent to make grants to childcare programs with clear plans for enhancing quality of care, cultural responsiveness and expanding existing spots for low-income children, as well as in preserving existing community capacity and preventing the closure or curtailment of programs with track records of success. A copy of the proposal can be found here

Please submit your proposal to CEDO Director Noelle MacKay, by October 6, 2017.


Draft Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report

The City of Burlington is submitting its Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report on the expenditure of Community Development Block Grant and HOME Investment Partnership Act funds for the program year ending June 30, 2017 to the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development.


A draft Report  is available here, at the Community & Economic Development Office, 149 Church Street, Room 32, City Hall, Burlington, and the Fletcher Free Library.  The public is encouraged to review the Report and to comment through September 29, 2017.  A Public Hearing on the Report will be held at the City Council meeting of Monday, September 25, 2017, in Contois Auditorium, City Hall at 7PM.  Comments will be heard at the Hearing on the Report and on housing and community development needs.  Written comments can also be submitted  by e-mail to


For more information, or information on alternative access, contact Marcy Esbjerg, Community & Economic Development Office, at 865-7171.


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 /