Mayor Miro Weinberger was elected on March 6, 2012 with 58% of the vote as a first-time candidate for elective office, and was re-elected in 2015 in a four-candidate race with 68% of votes cast. Miro’s terms have marked by decisive leadership and accomplishment of community goals, including:
- Restoration of the City’s finances. Through a series of successful actions Miro has led the restoration of the City’s credit rating from the edge of junk bond status to A2, saving taxpayers, ratepayers and the schools tens of millions of dollars in interest payments.
- Historic downtown and waterfront investments in jobs, homes and public spaces. As a direct result of Miro’s leadership, the largest investment in downtown history is currently under construction. It will create over 270 new market and permanently affordable homes, over 1200 downtown jobs, and millions of dollars of new public revenues annually. In addition, the northern waterfront has been revitalized through public investment in parks, a world class skate park, and the Bike path and partner investments in a new Community Sailing Center and marina (opening in 2018).
- New investments in public safety. Miro has added new police officers and firefighters for the first time in 15 years, is overhauling the fire engine fleet for the first time in a dozen years, and has stood up a pioneering local response to the Opioid Crisis.
- Protection of the most vulnerable. In 2014, Miro doubled annual investment in the Housing Trust Fund to better support the North Avenue Resident Co-op, the Bright Street Co-op and other critical, permanently affordable projects. Also, Miro led the effort to create the City’s first low-barrier warming shelter, supported the Housing First strategy that has helped reduce the chronically homeless population by over 50% over the last two years, and advocated for the Affordable Housing Bond that passed the legislature last year.
- Leadership on climate change and protection of Lake Champlain. On Miro’s watch Burlington became the first city in America to source 100% of electricity from renewable generation, created and began implementing a strategic plan to become a Net Zero Energy City, increased annual investment in the City’s Lake-protecting stormwater utility by over 60%, and co-founded the Vermont Climate Pledge Coalition in response to the President’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement.
- Launched Burlington Early Learning Initiative. Miro believes that America will not live up to its promise until every child has access to high quality care during the first 1000 days of life. Burlington has launched and funded the $500,000 first phase of an Early Learning Initiative to pursue this vision.
- Investment in City infrastructure, public buildings and public spaces. In 2016, 76% of the voters supported Miro’s Sustainable Infrastructure Plan. As a result, the City has rebuilt and improved five miles of the Bath Path, is fixing three miles of sidewalks a year instead of one, is proactively replacing ancient water lines instead of waiting for them to break, is responsibly stewarding Leddy Arena, Fletcher Free Library, City Hall, and more.
Background and family
Miro, the son of a schoolteacher and an architect, was born and raised in Hartland, Vermont. He left the state for college, worked in Washington, DC for Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and on the reelection campaign for Senator Harris Wofford (D-PA), worked for Habitat for Humanity in Georgia and Florida and the Greyston Foundation in Yonkers, New York. He earned a master’s degree in Public Policy and Urban Planning from the Kennedy School of Government.
In 2002, Miro returned home to Vermont and co-founded the Hartland Group, a Burlington-based real estate development and consulting company focused on neighborhood development. In less than nine years, the Hartland Group built over 200 affordable and market rate homes in Vermont and New Hampshire, consisting of over $40 million of development. The Hartland Group’s development work won both smart growth and green building awards, LEED certifications, and involved the cleanup of environmentally contaminated sites. Miro’s previous professional work included three and a half years with the Greyston Foundation, an award-winning community development organization in southwest Yonkers, and a short stint as a sports writing intern for the Boston Globe.
Prior to being elected Mayor, Miro served on the Burlington Airport Commission for nine years, as board president of the Turning Point Center of Chittenden County, the region’s leading addiction recovery center, and on the board of the ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain.
Miro and his wife, Stacy Sherwat Weinberger, married in 2000 and are the proud parents of two daughters, Li Lin Bess Weinberger and Ada Champlain Weinberger. Stacy is the Early Education Director at the King Street Center and Li Lin attends Edmunds Middle School.