Greater Burlington Partnership
The Greater Burlington Partnership is the identity for the overall organization which includes the Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development, Convention and Visitors Bureau and Downtown Partners, Inc. Each division has a separate mission, but the entities share one vision: to ensure Greater Burlington is a growing regional center of commerce, industry, education, health care, entertainment and culture which provides a great place to live and work.
Chamber of Commerce
The Chamber of Commerce exists to serve as a catalyst for economic growth and community development. The Chamber of Commerce is funded by membership dues from more than 650 members in Des Moines County and surrounding areas. The organization also holds a variety of member events which enhance the mission and provide additional financial resources.
Economic Development Division's mission is to add and retain jobs, enhance the tax base, attract private capital investment to the community and continuously improve the business climate throughout Des Moines County. The division is also the developer of Flint Ridge Business Park and provides value with a number of workforce-related programs. Funding for the Economic Development Division comes from the Southeast Iowa Regional Riverboat Commission as well as investments from a multi-year pledge campaign.
Convention & Visitors Bureau
The Convention & Visitors Bureau attracts visitors to our area and offers them information on a wide variety of attractions, entertainment, shopping, restaurants and other amenities they may be interested in. The CVB is funded through a portion of the local hotel/motel tax collected from guests of hotels, motels or bed and breakfasts. Nearly every city has this type of tax and uses the revenue for community attractions and marketing efforts.
Downtown Partners, Inc.
Downtown Partners, Inc.'s mission is to preserve and revitalize Downtown Burlington within the context of historic preservation. The goal of Downtown Partners is to enhance the economic, historical and cultural features of Downtown Burlington. Funding for Downtown Partners, Inc. comes from contributions from the City of Burlington, property owners, business owners and others. The dollars are utilized for operations and programs of work. Property owners in the Downtown area invest through the Self Supporting Municipal Improvement District (SSMID) tax.