City of Burlington, Vermont City of Burlington, Vermont

Miro Weinberger, Mayor
Room 34, City Hall / Burlington, VT 05401 Phone: 802-865-7272


Mayor's Office

Mayor Miro WeinbergerOctober 2017

The leaves have turned, Halloween has come and gone, and we have officially entered fall. We have a number of exciting updates and announcements to share this season:

DPW Wraps Up First Sustainable Infrastructure Plan Construction Season

On October 18, I joined Department of Public Works (DPW) Director Chapin Spencer, Champlain Elementary School Principal Dr. Dorinne Dorfman, and Senior Manager of Operations Grace Ciffo near the new sidewalk outside Champlain Elementary School to recognize DPW’s progress on its Sustainable Infrastructure Plan projects, and the launch of a new “projects portal” that will help keep residents informed on current and future projects.

This work represents the beginning of implementation of the multi-year Sustainable Infrastructure Plan’s reinvestment in the city, approved overwhelmingly by voters in November 2016. By the end of the season, DPW will have completed 5 miles of road repaving (compared to a recent average of 3 miles/year), reconstructed over 3 miles of sidewalk (recent average, just over 1 mi/year) and proactively upgraded nearly 3 miles of water main (versus decades of only pursuing reactive replacement of broken pipes).

It has been exciting this construction season to see the will of the voters start to become a reality with the most substantial reinvestment in many years now improving the quality of our core municipal infrastructure for generations to come, and I want to thank the DPW and Director Chapin Spencer for stepping up and largely meeting the ambitious first year goals of the new plan.

In support of our Sustainable Infrastructure Plan, DPW has launched a publicly accessible, regularly updated portal ( designed for transparent, timely and reliable information about all public and private construction projects in the city right-of-way. With an increase in capital and maintenance projects around the city as a result of voter-approved bonds in November 2016, this portal will be a useful tool to ensure residents, businesses and all stakeholders can be regularly informed, and has already improved the cross-departmental coordination of municipal projects.

The portal features current, upcoming and completed projects, including contact information for project managers or City departments, as well as links to projects pages where available, and other important project details. Again, you can access the portal at

City Council Overwhelmingly Approves Burlington Town Center Development Agreement

Another project that is now closer than ever to beginning construction is the Burlington Town Center, which had its final Development Agreement approved overwhelmingly by City Council on October 16.

For years, the City and the Burlington Town Center redevelopment team have pursued together an effort to bring much-needed housing, jobs, and environmental improvements to Burlington’s downtown and reinvent our failing downtown mall as a vibrant new neighborhood. The agreement has been carefully negotiated to protect the City from financial risk, forward community initiatives, and support the progress of this transformative downtown project. With this final step taken, the developer can now pull permits and will likely begin construction in November. I look forward to geting this long-awaited project built.

Launch of Mayor’s Prize to Support Entrepreneurship

As Burlington takes steps to support its infrastructure and the creation of new housing and jobs in the downtown, we are also working to support our entrepreneurs. On October 4, I announced the launch of The Mayor’s Prize for Entrepreneurship, which will award more than $300,000 over a two-year period to not-for-profit entrepreneur support organizations (ESOs) or research organizations with a proven track record of success that propose innovative new or expanded programs to support the City’s entrepreneurs. 

Burlington has been influenced positively in many ways by the success of our entrepreneurs –, Seventh Generation, Burton Snowboards, Lake Champlain Chocolates, Switchback, and many more. As a City, we want to do more to foster the pioneering spirit and restless vision that animates our entrepreneurs.  The Mayor’s Prize competition will incentivize creative thinking for how best to support the next generation of Burlington’s entrepreneurs.

The Mayor’s Prize is entirely funded by a grant from the Kansas City-based Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. The Call for Applications and information about the application process and timeline is available at Applications were due Friday, November 3rd, 2017, and applicants will be informed of the final selection by December 11th, 2017.

As always, I encourage you to join me at the Bagel Café on Wednesday mornings from 8-9am to share any thoughts or questions you may have about these and other important developments in our city. You can also visit my Facebook page at, or follow me on Twitter at @BTVMayor for up-to-date information on the work of the Mayor’s Office and our City Departments. I look forward to seeing you soon.