Greater Burlington is Vermont's financial and industrial hub. The city includes the headquarters of several large banks. Burlington's economy is primarily based on health services, tourism, education, manufacturing, and trade, transportation and utilities. The downtown shopping and residential district provides a large number of jobs in government, retail and services sectors and is Vermont's second largest employment area.
The Burlington region has almost one-third of Vermont's manufacturing jobs. The Greater Burlington region includes hundreds of small manufacturing firms which produce a wide array of products. Numerous national and international manufacturing companies have facilities in the city. Burlington also has a notable electronics industry.
Burlington is the headquarters of Bruegger's, Burton Snowboards, Lake Champlain Chocolates and Seventh Generation Inc. G.S. Blodgett Company manufacturers restaurant equipment in Burlington. The city is also home to the notable Vermont Teddy Bear Company. Ben & Jerry's Homemade Inc is headquartered in South Burlington. General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products division is based in Burlington.
Facts about Burlington, Vermont: Estimated median household income: $40,000. Adult residents holding a bachelor's degree or better: 42%. Cost of living index in 2008: 101.6 (U.S. average: 100).
The top employment providers in the Burlington metropolitan area:
- IBM Corporation
- Fletcher Allen Healthcare
- University of Vermont
- Chittenden Corp
- Ben & Jerry's Homemade, Inc
- IDX Systems Corporation
- City of Burlington
- Napolis Group
- Goodrich Corp
Burlington's significant employment segments
- Trade, transportation and utilities
- Professional and business services
- Financial activities
Local businesses are invited to work with associations such as:
- City of Burlington: Community and Economic Development
- Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation
- Vermont Small Business Development Center
- Small Business Administration - Vermont
Those interested in staying current with Burlington business activities may want to read the Burlington Free Press.