It's time for the Queen City of Vermont to toot its own horn and a new Burlington CEDO booklet helps sound the trumpet-it chronicles the economic development efforts of the city, highlighting particular programs and projects as well as some of the many awards the city has received.
The booklet, titled "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 Burlington City Hall.
"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 communitydevelopment efforts has been vital and this publication recognizestheir 25 years of work for the people of Burlington. If Burlingtondid not have a CEDO office today, we would all be demanding that onebe created."
This year marks a quarter century since Mayor Bernie Sanders created CEDO-the Community and Economic Development Once. The effort had an unusually broad mission at the time: 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 members have worked diligently to meet their goals-accomplishing much, suffering setbacks, and receiving quite afew accolades along the way. In fact, in the feld of community and economic development, CEDO is often cited as a model of how an engagedmunicipal government can play an active role in helping create andmaintain a livable city and foster a healthyand vibrant local economy. In recent years, it has been 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 tostrengthen the quality of life in Burlington's neighborhoods,pre-serve and develop decent, safe, and affordable housingopportunities; maintain and improve the vitality of Downtown, the PineStreet area and neighborhood business districts; encourage a thrivingsmall business sector; foster job growth and employment opportunities;increase civic engagement and citizen participation; support thedelivery of human services; and revitalize Burlington's waterfront.
CEDO has developed an extensive reach into the community and haspartnered with most of the non-profit organizations operating in the city. CEDO is funded entirely through taxpayers which contribute to all the various federal and state grants, as well as through the Housing Trust Fund.
CEDO's Economic Development Division distributes its 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, financial, and location assistance.