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November 20, 2014

One of the region’s favorite events, downtown Burlington’s Lighted Holiday Parade will take place Saturday, November 29 at 5 PM. Dozens of floats and entries will participate in this year’s parade, with the theme of “A Christmas Wish.” A special visitor from the North Pole will also be on hand. The parade begins at Eighth and Jefferson and proceeds east down Jefferson to Main Street.

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November 11, 2014

There is still time for area businesses, schools, churches and organizations to enter the annual Lighted Holiday Parade on Saturday, November 29. This year’s theme is “A Christmas Wish.” Parade entry forms can be downloaded on the Downtown Events section of the Greater Burlington Partnership website, www.greaterburlington.com, or call Downtown Partners at 319-752-6365. 

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November 11, 2014

Last week the Greater Burlington Partnership was honored with a visit from Cadets and Instructors from the United States Military Academy at West Point who are anxious to learn about the strategic economic development value of rail transportation vs. short haul trucking from a commercial perspective. Additionally, they were interested in details for commercialization of the Iowa Army Ammunition Plant’s (IAAAP) underutilized facilities and the potential for industrial development under the Armament Retooling and Manufacturing Support (ARMS) Program.

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November 3, 2014

A guided walking tour of the façade project in downtown Burlington will be held on Sunday, November 9 at 1 PM. Representatives of Downtown Partners and Klingner & Associates will discuss the work taking place to rehab 16 buildings in three blocks on Jefferson St. Meet in front of the Art Center, 301 Jefferson; the tour is free and open to the public.

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October 23, 2014

Greater Burlington Partnership received a Gold Excellence in Economic Development Award for its Partnering for the Future in the category of Multi-Year Economic Development for communities with populations of 25,000 - 200,000 from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). 

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October 21, 2014

Ghosts and goblins will have a chance to haunt downtown Burlington on Thursday, October 30. Downtown trick or treat hours are from 4 to 6 PM, with treats available at dozens of participating merchants. 

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October 16, 2014

Area businesses, schools, churches and organizations are encouraged to participate in the annual Lighted Holiday Parade on Saturday, November 29. This year’s theme is “A Christmas Wish.” Parade entry forms can be downloaded on the Downtown Events section of the Greater Burlington Partnership website, www.greaterburlington.com, or call Downtown Partners at 319-752-6365. 

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October 6, 2014

The Business Retention and Expansion Committee of the Greater Burlington Partnership held their annual Manufacturers’ Appreciation Luncheon today at the Pzazz Resort Complex.  Over 160 people were on hand to celebrate the 2014 Manufacturers Day and congratulate Winegard as the Manufacturer of the Year for Des Moines County. 

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October 2, 2014

The topic of business incentives is an awkward one for the Partnership. With 700 Chamber of Commerce members, the organization represents a very solid share of the local business community. That said, fewer than 10% will ever qualify for a standard economic development incentive program. And yet this office is charged with pulling together the right incentive packages at the right time to launch the right project. 

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September 19, 2014

Shearer’s Foods will soon break ground on a $33 million expansion project at it’s Burlington, Iowa plant, adding as many as 83 new jobs.

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