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July 22, 2021            

This is your BBA Brief,  a quick look at issues on the horizon for Team BBA. 

We'll give a quick lowdown of issues of importance to you and your business that we're watching this week. 

Join the discussion or rest easy knowing we're on the case advocating for our members and a vibrant Burlington. 

—KD

CityPlace Burlington

Following the Mayor's mediation last week, the City, Redstone, and BTC Mall Associates reach settlement.

Redstone dropped both its lawsuit against the City of Burlington and the lawsuits against the CityPlace Burlington project as part of a global settlement between the parties. We're  excited for what that means for the start of the CityPlace Burlington project as it clears a major hurdle for construction to begin.  After taking a very public stance in support of this project early on, the  BBA continues to be in conversation with all key players to help move this forward.

READ MORE: 

Seven Days: Redstone to Drop Lawsuits Against CityPlace Burlington Project. 

Safety Escort Program

BBA helps form on-call  safety escort program in response to increased incidents of violent attacks

This week we announced a new initiative focused on helping our downtown service workers get home safe.  We've heard from many of you this summer about growing  concern for public safety in our City. And a string of recent violent incidents has furthered demonstrated the need for action. We're taking solutions-focused action to move the public safety conversation forward.

Specifics on the program will be released in the coming days.  Stay tuned and reach out to Colin@bbavt.org for more info on the program. 

PRESS RELEASE: Burlington Businesses Respond to Increase in Violent Attacks.pdf

More info and media coverage at bbavt.org

Lake Health 

Burlington Parks, Rec, & Waterfront made waves recently when it recently announced all beaches were closed due to cyanobacteria blooms. What these closures mean for your business:  

The BBA knows just how important Lake Champlain is to Burlington. It's a regular topic at Waterfront Action Group and we've publicly supported investments in stormwater and wastewater infrastructure.  BBA has brought the issue directly to the Mayor several times in our monthly meetings. It is also becoming clear that action at the State and Federal levels is becoming increasingly needed. 

Take this 2-minute survey to weigh in on how lake health impacts your business. 

Further reading: DPW Fact Sheet on cyanobacteria 

Sail Away with the BBA

Events are back! Join us for our Summer Social

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Celebrate with the BBA on July 29th for our 2021 Summer Social! Enjoy an evening cruise on Lake Champlain as we commemorate Burlington's reopening. 

Join us aboard the Spirit of Ethan Allen III at 4pm for snacks, networking and a cash bar with BBA Members and friends, all while soaking in beautiful views of Lake Champlain. 

Tickets are $25 for Members, and $35 for Non-Members 

Boarding will begin at 3:45. The boat leaves at 4 pm sharp, so don't be late! 

Special Thanks to Our Host and Sponsor

Our voice is your voice 

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