Economic Development

Press Release — The Burlington Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) Board announced today that Frank McKeown has advised the Board he will be retiring from his role as Executive Director effective June 27, 2018. McKeown joined BEDC in 2014 and quickly began the redevelopment of the business model at BEDC to focus on supporting businesses to locate, …

Frank McKeown to retire as BEDC Executive Director, effective June 27, 2018 Read More »

Analysis & Insight – During recent Official Plan meetings I brought forward two motions to strengthen economic development in Burlington. The first motion was to add the downtown, uptown (Appleby & Upper Middle), GO station mobility hubs, and other mixed use intensification areas as separate and distinct Strategic Employment Areas in Section 5 of the Official …

Motion to add innovation district to downtown, GO stations fails; to council March 19. Adding downtown, uptown, GO stations to Strategic Employment Areas carries Read More »

City council has approved the purchase of 390 Brant St., known as Sims Square, for $17.5 million. The building will maintain the existing tenants and ensure the space continues to be available for future employment generation in the downtown. As such the property will be operated as a self-sustaining commercial property whereby all income generated …

City of Burlington buys office building at 390 Brant St Read More »

Whenever a vacant storefront pops up downtown, there is a natural inclination to ask “is the downtown healthy?” Sometimes this veers into a knee-jerk Chicken-Little-sky-is-falling kind of narrative. So what’s the lowdown on the downtown? I recently reached out to the Burlington Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) to get some data to provide an objective perspective …

The lowdown on downtown vacancy rates: Chicken Little need not apply Read More »

Indicators are positive for downtown Burlington, businesses heard at this year’s Annual General Meeting of the Burlington Downtown Business Association. Business turnover and vacancy rates are low, the downtown continues to be an attractive place for residential and mixed use developments, the BDBA has a business recruitment specialist to bring businesses downtown, and supports over …

Indicators positive for downtown, AGM hears; improvements to parking meters coming Read More »

City staff have prepared a report recommending approval of the continuation of the pop-up patio pilot project for an additional year, with staff reporting back to Council at a future date following a re-evaluation of the program on matters including but not limited to design, safety, and fees. The report will be discussed at the …

Pop-up patio program may be extended another year Read More »

The 2015 Business Excellence Awards were presented at the Burlington Chamber of Commerce Business Awards Gala April 7 before an audience of nearly 500 business people. This year’s winners are:   Service Industry Award (Large): Jan Kelley Marketing Service Industry Award (Small): Broadcast Services International Inc. Retail / Wholesale Award (Small): The Cover Guy Retail / …

Three Ward 2 businesses among winners at Chamber business awards Read More »

Ever wonder why you see a business pop up one month and down shortly after? Businesses in the downtown core of Burlington are coming or going every year, and the Burlington Downtown Business Association (BDBA) has collected data on this topic. The BDBA is an association that represents and promotes 430 businesses within the downtown …

Downtown doing fine, sees lowest “churn” rate in 10 years Read More »

Community & C0rporate Services Committee Meeting Date: Tues. Sept. 15, 2015 Time: 1 & 6:30 PM Location: Council Chambers, Level 2, City Hall Each year, city council receives an update on the State of the Downtown, and how progress is being made toward ensuring a vibrant, viable downtown. This summary is collected in a document called “Core …

Finding ways to measure a successful downtown (Sept. 15) Read More »

Committee of the Whole Meeting Date: September 14, 2015 Time: 1:00 PM Location: Council Chambers, Level 2, City Hall   City council sitting as the Committee of the Whole will receive a confidential presentation on downtown real estate by Scott Stewart, General Manager of Development & Infrastructure,  Allan Magi, Executive Director of Corporate Works  and Ron Steiginga, Manager …

Council to discuss downtown real estate in camera (Sept. 14) Read More »

A big downtown welcome to three new businesses joining the downtown family and the Burlington Downtown Business Association: Mollycake  361 Brant Street 905.631.9647 mollycakeonline.com Marrinaro Studio 2011 James Street Facebook: Marrinaro Studio Corned Beef Hut 476 Brant Street 905.966.5955 cornedbeefhut.com

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?

Learn the (not so) secret formula to creating a successful crowdfunding campaign at HalTech’s seminar Wednesday July 16th from 9 – 11 a.m. Indiegogo is the leading global platform for crowdfunding, empowering anyone, anywhere, to raise money for anything. Not only is crowdfunding ideal for raising funds, it’s also a great way to validate your idea, raise …

Learn about crowdfunding – Burlington Hive Read More »