BBA announces annual Business Summit event to focus on transportation Jan 11

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The Burlington Business Association (BBA) is hosting their annual Business Summit event on Thursday, January 11th from 7:30-11 am at Vermont Energy Investment Corporation’s offices, located at 128 Lakeside Avenue, Suite 401 Burlington, VT 05401.
This year’s event will include a keynote address from Jeff Olson, Principal of Alta Planning and Design. Jeff Olson is an architect, planner, and author who has been involved in open space, active living, and alternative mobility projects for more than 25 years. Jeff speaks nationally on the impacts of changing forms of transportation, and is familiar with Burlington through personal connections and professional partnerships in the area, including working with UVM’s Director of Transportation on their new Active Transportation plan.
For Burlington to thrive, increasing our transportation options and supporting our city’s adoption of new modes is key to growing sustainably. We should be able to place our city at the forefront of a new era of expanding transportation options, but are we there yet? Transportation is changing at a rapid pace, and the impacts will affect our city’s physical spaces such as streets and sidewalks, as well as our local economy, our businesses, institutions, and our community members’ daily lives. We’ll consider some of the challenges and opportunities Burlington faces as we move forward as a 21st century city. The Business Summit will serve as a platform for discussion and action; attendees will be asked to contribute to the dialogue through break out groups and follow up dialogues. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn what improvements are underway for Burlington, including the opportunity to see one of Burlington Electric Department’s new E-Bikes, as well as an example bike that will be used in the Regional BikeShare Pilot.
An additional opportunity for community dialogue will take place that same day, at an evening follow up event 5:30-7pm at Citizen Cider: The Future of How We Move, A Community Conversation About Transportation in Burlington. This event will feature Jeff Olson, as well as local speakers, including Hans van Wees, General Manager of Hotel Vermont and Chris Lyon, Manager of Mission Impact at Seventh Generation. Community members are invited to take part in this shared dialogue about what the future of transportation could be for Burlington.
Both events are open to the public. The BBA Summit is a ticketed event, with limited seating. Tickets can be purchased online at The evening community event at Citizen Cider is a ticketed event, with discounts for BBA and AARP members. More information available here:

The BBA Business Summit is made possible by our presenting sponsors, AARP Vermont and the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission. Our Title Sponsors are Pomerleau Real Estate and Free Press Media. Our Silver event sponsors include Farrell Distributing, Halvorson’s Upstreet Café, TD Bank, City Market, Hilton Garden Inn, Burlington Telecom, Seventh Generation, Burlington City Place, Burlington Electric Department, TruexCullins, Dinse, Champlain College, JMM, Dark Star Lighting & Production, Reconciled It, Hilton Burlington, Redstone, South Burlington Business Association. Sponsor host is VEIC, catering sponsor is City Market, and accommodation sponsor is Hotel Vermont. Additional thanks to BBA’s Platinum members: Comcast Business, REM Development, Casella, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, People’s United Bank, KeyBank, UVM Medical Center, PC Construction, and Primmer, Piper, Eggleston and Cramer PC.
Please visit for more information, or call 802-863-1175. You can also email Sarah O Donnell, Director of Programming and Membership Engagement at with questions.

Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 7:30am