Greater Burlington Partnership
West Burlington
West Burlington, Iowa

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Goals & Accomplishments

Click the headings below to learn more about the Greater Burlington Partnership's Goals and Accomplishments.

  • Work with the private sector to spur 750 new primary jobs
  • Assess and assemble an action plan for a future industrial park
  • Realize $125 million in private capital investment
  • Conduct 90 existing business visits per year
  • Increase tourism expenditures from $500 million to $650 million
  • Increase the county population to 42,000 by 2020
  • Enhance leadership capacity through the Young Professionals and Greater Burlington Leadership programs
  • Continue aggressive property redevelopment efforts in Downtown Burlington and across the community
  • Publish an annual State of the Economy report card in conjunction with the annual report
  • Form a task force to research and evaluate dues structures from across the industry and make a recommendation on future revenue models.
  • Strengthen the communications plan to external audiences by increasing the number of press releases, guest editorials, and radio interviews conducted on key issues.
  • Lend support to both the Community Foundation of Des Moines County and the Imagine Campaign to bolster the outcomes of both entities.
  • Through the Government Relations committee, develop a structured grassroots network used for key legislative issues and publish a legislative scorecard online and in The Partnership.


  • Evaluate the opportunity to establish formal marketing partnerships with neighboring economic development groups.
  • Partner with the Armament Retooling & Manufacturing Support (ARMS) Program and the Iowa Economic Development Authority to jointly market the Iowa Army Ammunition Plant (IAAAP) certified industrial site.
  • Transform our workforce development programming into a talent attraction and recruitment strategy.
  • Identify and invest in strategic acquisitions (buildings and land) that will be controlled and marketed by the Partnership.
  • Formalize strategic partnerships with builders and land developers to increase the speculative industrial development opportunities within the community.
  • Following completion of the Countywide Housing Needs Assessment, implement strategies to encourage the development of new workforce housing.
  • Implement a voluntary hotel Destination Fee to assist with the operation of the Indoor Sports Complex and the recruitment of tournaments to the area.
  • Establish funding sources for Wayfinding signage implementation.
  • Restructure the sports commission to better coordinate major tournaments and grow participation.
  • Enhance the FY17 sports grant application by including more events and boosting the economic impact of those events.
  • Evaluate and implement strategies focused on the visitor experience.
  • Push for implementation of the strategies outlined in the parking study.
  • Add capacity in event planning to maximize event participation and fully capitalize on the opportunities of the Farmers Market on Jefferson Street.
  • Evaluate the brand promise of Downtown Burlington and consider the necessary components to a potential Snake Alley District theme.
  • See implementation of Phase 1 of the Lightscape Project (towers and steeples) completed.
  • Evaluate and act on possible building acquisition through the capital projects budget.

Download: Greater Burlington Partnership Goals for 2014 - 2018
Download: 2016 Year in Review
Download: 2015 Year in Review

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