City of Burlington, Vermont City of Burlington, Vermont

CEDO / City Hall Room 32
802-865-7144 /
Find us on facebook and twitter


Community & Economic Development Office (CEDO)

Room 32 City Hall / 149 Church Street / Burlington, VT 05401
802-865-7144 /
Find us on facebook and twitter!

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.



Request for Proposals: Business Assistance Services During Construction of CityPlace Burlington

The City of Burlington’s Community & Economic Development Office (CEDO) is seeking proposals to provide business assistance services to businesses in the vicinity of the Burlington CityPlace redevelopment, with the goal of helping them remain viable and even thrive throughout construction. Although assistance might be more intense in the early stages of the project, ideally it would continue to be available in some capacity throughout the duration of construction, as needed by businesses.

CityPlace Burlington (formerly Burlington Town Center) sits on approximately 5 acres in the heart of Burlington’s downtown. The former suburban-style mall property was purchased by Devonwood Investors in 2013. Since late 2014 the City of Burlington has worked with the owner on a process to create a plan for the site that would allow for a mixed-use development that contributes to a healthier, more walkable and prosperous downtown and is aligned with the goals of the City’s master planning document, planBTV Downtown and Waterfront Master Plan. 

This is the largest development project in the history of Burlington, and the City recognizes that the potential for significant disruption to the downtown and its businesses is great. The City would like to assist businesses in the area of the redevelopment to ensure that impacts are minimized to the greatest extent possible, and that businesses are taking proactive steps to do everything within their power to minimize revenue loss and to remain vital, visible, and accessible throughout construction.  

For a digital copy of the RFP click here: RFP_Business_Services_CityPlace.pdf

Deadline for Responses:   
Friday, February 2, 2018 by 4:30pm EST 

Deadline for Questions: 
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by 4:30pm EST.  All respondents are
required to submit any questions related to this RFP via email.

Direct all questions regarding this RFP to: 

Will Clavelle, Projects and Policy Specialist 
Community & Economic Development Office


Burlington Community Weighs in on Strategies and Tools for Neighborhood Stabilization

As part of The Neighborhood Project, Burlingtonians had an opportunity to provide their input on a number of potential strategies and programs for neighborhood stabilization at an Interactive Community Open House on Tuesday.  The potential tools and strategies include:

  • Enhancing quality of life initiatives
  • Containing and slowing down conversion of single family homes to rentals
  • Converting selected primarily student rental properties to non-student housing while maintaining affordability.

For those who were unable to attend the Interactive Community Open House, please go to the link below to see ‘Findings and Potential Strategies and Programs for Neighborhood Stabilization’ and provide feedback via the survey link.


Mayor Weinberger Announces Winners of First Mayor's Prize to Support Entrepreneurship

Left to right:  Justin Wicks,; Dennis Moynihan, BTV Ignite; Noelle MacKay, CEDO; Carmen Tall, Women's Small Business Program; Mayor Weinberger; David Mears, Vermont Law School; Gwen Pokalo, Center for Women & Enterprise; Gillian Nanton, CEDO; Greg Huysman, Opportunities Credit Union; Brooke Gillman, eSecLending. 

On December 14th, the Mayor announced the winners of the first Mayor's Prize for Entrepreneurship, an initiative launched in early October to increase support for entrepreneurs in Burlington. 

To see the full press release, including background information on the Mayor's Prize, click here.  For questions, please contact Gillian Nanton at


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 until January 2, 2018 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 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 /