Thursday June 28, 2012
Could you give a brief background of what you were doing before you took the position of development coordinator for South Burlington?
I was the Director of Community and Economic Development for the Town of Colchester for five years. Before that I worked for the VT Agency of Transportation as a Planning Coordinator for five years and before that, the City of Montpelier as their staff Planner.
How did you get involved with this type of work?
I grew up in Southern Vermont, my family (Boyd) has been there for nine generations, so I have always had a passion for Vermont. I understand the need to preserve its beauty, enhance the working landscape, and ensure economic sustainability. I have a Master of Arts in Urban and Regional Planning and I am a Certified Planner. I’ve worked for the last fifteen years as a public service professional developing and executing all aspects of planning and economic development activities responding to community, business, and citizen needs and challenges. Whether the focus is land use, transportation, or economic development, I most enjoy undertaking multiple challenges and creating the collaborations and partnerships to propose long-term solutions and implementation strategies and forwarding recommendations to decision-makers to assist communities in meeting their long-term goals.
Why South Burlington?
South Burlington is a thriving community with a successful commercial base and is rich in community amenities. The City Council is taking a step back, reviewing the growth and development that has occurred over the last twenty years and looking to the future of how they want their community to evolve. They are identifying areas such as affordable housing and sustainable agriculture that may need to play a bigger role in the community and economy of South Burlington. The City Council wants to proactively plan the future development direction of the City. I think that is exciting and I would like to help them.
What are some of your goals for your new role?
To work closely with and assist the City Council in their work to develop and update the City’s vision, mission, goals, objectives and strategies related to development, including economic growth and be a resource to them.
What are some of your other interests/hobbies?
Spending time with my family (I have three small children), and I enjoy reading and working out.
SOURCE: Corey Burdick, Correspondent