University of Vermont

University Relations


Local Government and Community Relations

The University Relations office works with local government and community members around common goals and issues. We provide information about UVM and its resources to public, private, and governmental entities and promote partnerships between UVM and the community.

Good neighbor initiatives

The University and the City of Burlington share many interests and our mutual success is closely intertwined. We have made excellent progress together in addressing problems and building a strong and respectful relationship, collaborating on strategic initiatives. 

  • Too noisy to sleep at night? Check out this Quick Reference Guide for tips and information about achieving neighborly harmony in areas surrounding the UVM campus.
  • Neighborhood programs include outreach from Neighborhood Liasons, Catamount Classes, Off-campus Living workshops, funding for additional police patrols, and neighborhood clean-ups.  clean up day
  • The Community Coalition conceived of many of these initiatives - the group includes students, neighbors, landlords, city officials and UVM staff who are dedicated to improving the quality of life in Burlington.  
  • The Payment for Services Agreement provides $1.2 million from UVM to Burlington for fire services and other costs related to the University's impact on the City.
  • The Outdoor Events with Amplified Sound policy strives to minimize the impact of UVM events for our neighbors. Sign up for notification about UVM events with amplified sound, road closures or increased traffic.
  • Redstone Lofts is a 403 bed privately-owned apartment facility which provides an on-campus housing alternative for students so that fewer of them are living in local neighborhoods. 
  • The Office of Student and Community Relations, Student Life, and Campus Planning Services work with our office to promote mutually beneficial relationships between the campus and community.

Community partnerships and resources

  • Outreach to the community includes lifelong learning, internships, community-based research, technology transfer, arts, athletics, and business resources, to name a few.
  • What UVM resources can the community use? Click here to find out. UVM resources the community can use

Reports and agreements


Joe Speidel photoJoe Speidel, Director of Local Government and Community Relations

Joe has also held positions at UVM in Career Services and the Development and Alumni Relations Office (now the UVM Foundation).  He earned a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology and Bachelor of Arts degree at Boston College, and a Master of Education degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs at UVM.  He completed the Snelling Center’s Vermont Leadership Institute program in 2009.

Joe’s volunteer involvement includes the United Way of Chittenden County, the ECOS Project, the Parallel Justice Commission, the Burlington Sustainability Partnership, and Vermont Stage Company., 802-656-0299

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