Local Government and Community Relations
The University Relations office works with local government and community members around common issues and goals. We provide information about UVM and its resources to public, private, and governmental entities and promote partnerships between UVM and the community.
Collaborating on quality if life and other issues
The University and the City of Burlington share many interests and our mutual success is closely related. Working together we have made progress in addressing problems and collaborating on strategic initiatives.
- Read our memo on our quality of life partnership with the city - it describes new initiatives and progress to date. (PDF)
- Use the Being a Good Neighbor guide to access resources and information to improve conditions in our neighborhoods. (PDF)
- Neighborhood programs include outreach from Neighborhood Liasons, Catamount Classes, Off-campus Living workshops, funding for additional police patrols, and neighborhood clean-ups.
- 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.
Reports and agreements
- University-Burlington Annual Report (PDF)
- Payment for Services Agreement (PDF)
- Memorandum of Agreement on Zoning and Housing (PDF)
- Memo on our quality of life partnership with the city - discussed progress to date with the Burlington City Council on 4/27/15. (PDF)
- Report on progress being made on City/University issues - Institutions and Human Resources committee (PDF)
- UVM Principles for Working with Burlington (PDF)
Joe 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.
Last modified May 18 2015 04:58 PM