Burlington is an extremely dense, highly populated city that requires great city planning, organization and ordinance. There are many departments of the City of Burlington that strive to maintain such a progressive and highly functional city. Departments such as the assessor’s office, attorney’s office, board of health, electric department, the Burlington international airport, the school district, the community and economic development office, the church street marketplace, code enforcement, Fletcher Free Library, parks/recreation/waterfront, planning and zoning, the public works department, police department, water and wastewater, and more all work independently but together to allow Burlington and its residents to function in a highly progressive city that experiences continuous growth. Burlington’s city council typically meets atleast twice a month, often many times more, to go over various issues and goals, and for public information hearings. In the downtown region lies the Burlington City Hall, Burlington City offices, and two courthouses, the US District court and the Costello courthouse.
Burlington also has a city Mayor who plays a key role in city developments. Recent Burlington Mayor Bernie Sanders has even gone on to run for President of the United States, and did so with a huge following. In his campaign, Sanders won more votes than either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton (major-party presidential nominees) combined for the under 30 years old age group. In a report from by the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) at Tufts University, it was shown that more than 2 million citizens under the age of 30 cast ballots for Bernie Sanders by June 1st out of the 21 states that had voted by that time — as opposed to Trump and Clinton who were at ~830,000 and ~770,000 votes respectively. All-in-all, Burlington Vermont has a strong and prosperous political capital that allows for constant improvements and developments to the great city.