Economic Development

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The state of downtown – and what we can do to make it better

It’s recently been reported that 21 businesses have left downtown Burlington since January. In the same period of time, 23 businesses have come to downtown Burlington. Some of these businesses have closed; others have relocated for a variety of reasons (including elsewhere in downtown). What does this tell us about the state of the downtown, and more importantly the role each of us can play to make the downtown better, including City Council, Burlington Downtown Business Association, Burlington Economic Development Corporation, businesses and residents?...

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07 October
  |   Downtown & Waterfront, Economic Development   |   1 Comment

It’s All Happening – Downtown!

Great things are happening downtown, thanks to a team effort by many groups and individuals. It’s been a privilege to participate as councillor for the downtown. Here’s a snapshot of the work we’ve been doing together, and an overview of some of the long-term projects. More events, free parking This summer, Fit in the Core returns with free fitness classes in Civic Square at 10 a.m. on Sundays. Saturdays in the Square returns, bringing free music to our streets every Saturday on Elgin Street from 3-5:30 pm. [caption id="attachment_4128" align="alignleft" width="280"] Participating in the award-winning "shop the 'hood campaign"[/caption] BDBA also participated in the “Shop...

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30 June
  |   Arts & Culture, Downtown & Waterfront, Economic Development   |   No comment

Makers Market coming July 18 to Centro

[caption id="attachment_4366" align="alignright" width="300"] Join us in celebrating the spirit of making things, lives, ideas, by hand. Join us for a makers market in Burlington Downtown on July 18th from 4 to 10pm. Join us in spreading the idea that making by hand, the artisan, is a vibrant and growing community. Join us in presenting the relevance and value of the hand made product to the broader audience. And join us in showing others that this idea is accessible to young people as a way to carry on tradition, renew lost arts and forge new concepts within honest materials.[/caption] Insite Design...

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24 June
  |   Economic Development   |   4 Comments

Spotlight: Jobs & Economic Development

Why we should celebrate residential buildout, and focus on attracting jobs You’ve probably heard Burlington is running out of land for residential growth – something called “buildout.” What you may not have heard is that’s a good thing for our bottom line. Residential development costs about $1.40 to service for every $1 in tax revenue we get. Development charges only cover about 80% of the costs of this growth, and can’t fund items like hospitals for new residents. Thus, the more we grow on the residential side, the more your taxes will go up. That’s exactly what we’ve seen in Burlington –...

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18 May
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BEDC poised to become land development corp

A proposal is currently on the table for the Burlington Economic Development Corporation to become an incorporated for-profit organization that would have the ability to buy and sell land for commercial development. Adding land management could facilitate economic growth by speeding approvals, controlling development activities, offering preferential financing and other advantages. An incorporated BEDC will focus on optimizing the value of city-owned land (eg. downtown parking lots) or purchasing land to increase economic activity. According to a presentation from city staff and BEDC board members at an April 17 council workshop, a for-profit BEDC Inc. will be best positioned to assemble, acquire and...

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27 April