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Greater Burlington Defends Title

March 1, 2017

Burlington, Iowa.  The Greater Burlington Partnership announced this afternoon that for the second straight year Greater Burlington, Iowa has been ranked by Site Selection Magazine as #1 for private sector projects per capita on the Mississippi River – extending the area’s reign as title-holders of the “Big Muddy Cup.”

“It’s great recognition to be ranked #1 again,” shared Gary Hoyer, CEO of Great River Entertainment and Chairman of Grow Greater Burlington, Inc., the economic development division of the Greater Burlington Partnership.  “When you look at the size of the communities we’re competing against, Greater Burlington looks on paper to be undersized and outmatched.  But we welcome that challenge and we know we can out box our weight class.”

“This ranking is validation that our economic momentum has been sustained,” added Jason Hutcheson, President/CEO of the Greater Burlington Partnership.  “And our organization will continue to with our local leaders to address the needs of business and to aggressively pursue new opportunities to bring investment and jobs to Greater Burlington.”

In the last eighteen months, Greater Burlington has tallied six (6) qualifying economic development projects representing over $25 million in new corporate capital facility investment.

Greater Burlington has done it again! The Site Selection recognition is one that is earned, and the community continues to put in the work to show companies that Burlington is a great place to grow,” said Debi Durham, director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority. “We are proud to have a great partner like the Greater Burlington Partnership.”

The Greater Burlington Partnership credits the area’s success to a combination of factors, including local leadership by its elected officials; focused and ambitious strategic plans; and a business-friendly environment.

The #1 ranking comes with a trophy and the Greater Burlington Partnership is working with the editors of Site Selection Magazine to plan an event in Greater Burlington for the presentation of the “Big Muddy Cup” trophy in mid-April.

This was the fourth straight year in in which Greater Burlington made the Big Muddy rankings, having been ranked #1, #4 and #5 in 2016, 2015 and 2014, respectively.

You can comment on or follow Greater Burlington’s success at #GreaterBurlingtonWins

About the Rankings

The Big Muddy Cup Ranking is part of Site Selection Magazine’s annual ‘Governor’s Cup’ series which ranks cities and states according to their economic activity in the prior year.  The full story and complete rankings may be viewed online at

Who Was the Competition?

There are a total of 34 metropolitan and micropolitan statistical areas along the Mississippi River.  Micropolitan statistical areas like Greater Burlington are defined as being adjacent counties or county equivalents that have at least one urban core area of at least 10,000 but less than 50,000 population, plus adjacent territory with a high degree of social and economic integration with the core as measured by commuting ties.

More about the Greater Burlington Partnership

The Greater Burlington Partnership is comprised of the area’s Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Corporation, Downtown Partners Inc., and Convention and Visitors Bureau.    The Partnership is a 5-star Accredited Chamber. 

Greater Burlington is beautifully situated on the bluffs of the Mississippi River and has a rich heritage as a center of commerce and culture.  With a population around 40,000 Greater Burlington is a regional center for employment, shopping, education, healthcare and recreation in Southeast Iowa.

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