Thursday November 16, 2017
The future of transportation was the focus of an event hosted by The South Burlington Business Association at the Sheraton Conference Center in early November. Keynote speakers from Stantec’s Urban Places team opened the event, “Preventing Traffic Jams in our Future.” Rod Schebesch from Stantec Alberta spoke about the coming transportation disruptions as autonomous and connected vehicles enter the roads. Stantec’s Planning and Urban Design leader David Dixon talked about the evolving mobility of Smartcars and the implications for city landscapes. In break-out sessions participants considered the challenges of managing the accelerating pace of social, economic, environmental and technological change, and considered ways to identify resources, next steps, partnerships and priorities. A panel of local and regional business and government leaders, led by Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission’s Executive Director Charlie Baker, focused on regional traffic challenges and solutions. Panel members included Stantec’s Schebesch and Dixon; Vermont Department of Transportation Policy, Planning and Research Director Joe Segale; Mike Schirling, Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Commerce; South Burlington Director of Public Works Justin Rabidoux; Kelly Devine, Burlington Business Association Executive Director; and Williston Planning and Zoning Director Ken Belliveau.
The South Burlington Business Association (SBBA) is a group of business leaders dedicated to making South Burlington a better place to work and live through membership meetings and other outreach efforts. The SBBA encourages and promotes the economic development and vitality of the City of South Burlington while creating a vibrant and sustainable community for the benefit of residents, visitors and area businesses alike.