Burlington’s CEDO marks 25th anniversary

first_imgA new booklet, “How Burlington Became an Award Winning City: An Historical Summary of Burlington’s Economic Development Efforts with a Vision for the Future 1983-2008 ” is a chronicle of major economic development efforts in the City, highlighting a handful of particular programs and projects as well as some of the many awards that have been received. Included are sections containing Five-Year Goals, Priorities and Lessons Learned over 25 years.On Line version:http://www.cedoburlington.org/business/25%20years%20final%20book.pdf(link is external)”Burlington’s many accolades and successes have resulted from active City government, an engaged citizenry, and committed local businesses, non-profits and other organizations,” said Mayor Bob Kiss. “CEDO’s role in supporting and leading the City’s economic and community development efforts has been vital and this publication recognizes their 25 years of work for the people of Burlington. If Burlington did not have a CEDO office today, we would all be demanding that one be created.”This year marks the 25th anniversary since Mayor Bernie Sanders created CEDO, Burlington’s Community & Economic Development Once. The newly established once had an unusually broad mission: to foster economic vitality; preserve and enhance neighborhoods, quality of life and the environment; and promote equity and opportunity for all of Burlington’s residents. Over the past 25 years, CEDO has worked diligently towards those goals; accomplishing much, suffering some setbacks, and receiving quite a few accolades along the way. In fact, in the *eld of community and economic development, CEDO is often cited as a model of how an engaged municipal government can play an active role in helping create and maintain a livable city and foster a healthy and vibrant local economy. In recent years, it has been repeatedly suggested that CEDO write its story’ to be used as a teaching aid and promotional tool, as well as a guide for other city governments.In support of its mission, CEDO works in partnership with citizens, the public and private sector, and other city departments to strengthen the quality of life in Burlington’s neighborhoods, pre-serve and develop decent, safe, and affordable housing opportunities; maintain and improve the vitality of Downtown, the Pine Street area and neighborhood business districts; encourage a thriving small business sector; foster job growth and employment opportunities; increase civic engagement and citizen participation; support the delivery of human services; and revitalize Burlington’s waterfront. CEDO has developed an extensive reach into the community and has partnered with most of the non-pro*t organizations operating in the City. CEDO is funded through federal and State grants, and through the Housing Trust Fund.CEDO’s Economic Development Division distributes an international, award winning Guide to Doing Business in Burlington along with the Chittenden County Resource Guide; maintains an available commercial space database; and provides free individualized technical, *nancial, and location assistance. CEDO is Burlington’s hub for information and assistance for all things business. Whether it is assistance with the permitting process, forms to *le, gap *nancing, assessing the region’s resources, or simply a desire to discuss a business plan, CEDO is here to help.The booklet, How Burlington Became an Award Winning City: An Historical Summary of Burlington’s Economic Development Efforts with a Vision for the Future, 1983-2008, is available, free of charge, at the CEDO office in City Hall.last_img read more