Greater Burlington Partnership
West Burlington
West Burlington, Iowa

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Goals & Accomplishments

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  • 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
  • Continue to evaluate the dues structure including reviewing the impact of adjusting the schedule and recommend options on future models.
  • Develop a communications plan to streamline advertising opportunities and develop tools used for member relations and sales.
  • Partner with the Community Foundation of Des Moines County as they transition into a division of the Greater Burlington Partnership.
  • Offer leadership to the Imagine Campaign to bolster the outcomes of the Indoor Sports Complex.
  • Aggressively utilize this unique opportunity to push for State of Iowa policy changes outlined in the organization’s Public Policy Guide.


  • Strengthen regional economic development opportunities by extending and broadening the reciprocal marketing agreement, as well as exploring new opportunities for regional sites of significance.
  • Complete BNSF site certification of Phase I of the Commerce Center of Southeast Iowa at IAAAP and jointly market the site in conjunction with BNSF, American Ordnance and the ARMS program.
  • Complete implementation of the advanced lead generation program to identify and follow up on 200 new project leads.
  • Continue acquisition (by purchase or options) of land in the organization’s targeted future industrial area and refine plans for the required infrastructure.
  • Intensify future workforce initiatives, including expanding the career exploration days to include regional partners and assisting area school districts in implementing skills-based programs like Iowa Big.
  • Identify and implement a future workforce program based on educating parents on education and career opportunities in Greater Burlington.
  • Maintain relationships with hoteliers to ensure the Destination Fee program is successful.
  • Reform Wayfinding Committee to work with local stakeholders in formulating an implementation timeline.
  • Create committee structure to successfully assist the CVB in Fireball Run implementation.
  • Enhance the FY18 sports grant application by including more events and boosting the economic impact of those events.
  • Continue to evaluate strategies focused on the visitor experience.
  • Complete roof repairs and conduct cleanup of 300 Washington and market for redevelopment.
  • With the City of Burlington and private partners, pursue action on the recommendations of the Snake Alley task force.
  • Develop and maintain listing sheets of downtown properties available for lease or purchase.
  • Support efforts to expand public art offerings in the downtown.
  • Work with the City of Burlington to prepare an application for a CDBG façade project in 2018.
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