Greater Burlington is a great place to slow down and spend quality time together as a family or with a group of friends. Slowing down in Greater Burlington does not mean you have to sacrifice outstanding amenities or entertainment and recreation options.
Representatives of Des Moines County Living Well, Southeast Iowa Regional Planning, SCC, the YMCA, and Downtown Partners are launching a Complete Streets pilot project dubbed Better Block Burlington. Complete Streets are roadways designed to accommodate all users, not just autos. Enabling all modes of transportation in a safe environment encourages
Jason Hutcheson, President of the Greater Burlington Partnership, announced today that David Toyer has been hired as the organization’s Director of Economic Development. The position leads the organization’s economic development division, also known as Grow Greater Burlington. Toyer will be tasked with spear-heading the business attraction and retention efforts as
The Greater Burlington Convention & Visitors Bureau provides complementary services to businesses and organizations that bring motorcoach groups, reunions, and meetings and conferences to Greater Burlington. These services are available to make the job of the planner easier and make Greater Burlington a more attractive location to do business.
The Future Workforce Committee of the Greater Burlington Partnership and area manufacturers have been working together for the last 2 years to allow high school students the opportunity to explore careers right here in our communities.
The Burlington Elks Lodge #84 is the oldest lodge in Iowa. This year marks the organizations 125th Anniversary. A celebration is being planned for April 5 – April 7th in Burlington, Iowa. Elk’s dignitaries and guests from across the State will be invited to Burlington to participate in the celebration.
Greater Burlington Leadership, an intensive professional development series designed to strengthen leadership skills by empowering and educating people who live, work or have interest in Greater Burlington, is presented by the Greater Burlington Partnership. The class works together to support the community through a group project each year.
The Greater Burlington area received some due recognition this week. Site Selection Magazine’s March 2013 issue, which hit mailboxes earlier this week, rated Greater Burlington 30th in the nation on its annual rankings of micropolitan statistical areas. The rankings are based upon economic development projects announced or completed during 2012.
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Construction has begun on a 4.7 mile section of U.S. 34 in Illinois, TR 111 to TR 190 East of Biggsville including an interchange. This phase in the four lane improvement project is a big step forward toward the goal of the Highway 34 Coalition, founded in 1990.
This month’s "Be A Marketing Ninja" will be held Tuesday, March 26 at 12 PM on "Creating Your Own Marketing Videos" with Jeff Ebbing, Marketing Director at Southeastern Community College and Brenda Wischmeier, Director of Marketing at Greater Burlington Partnership.
You are invited to join Pasta & Politics on Thursday, April 4. A luncheon is scheduled with Superintendents and school board members from the four Des Moines County public school districts. You are encouraged to bring your questions to be addressed by the panel.
Downtown Partners is gearing up for the 2013 season of the Riverfront Farmers Market. The market, supported by Great Western Bank, will take place at the Port of Burlington on Thursdays from 5:00 to 7:30 PM beginning May 2
Do you have a favorite small business? One that goes above and beyond each time you visit them? Is there a business in the community that you feel exemplifies outstanding service, business achievements and community service?
Responding to the unprecedented demand for rental housing in southeast Iowa created by the Iowa Fertilizer Company project in Wever, the Great River Region Partnership will unveil a Web site March 1 serving as a one-stop housing shop for contractors and their crews.
Jason Hutcheson, President & CEO presented the results from the Greater Burlington Partnership members at the City of Burlington council meeting today at 4:30 PM on the results of the City of Burlington Property Taxes.
Downtown Burlington enjoyed a banner year in 2012. "Since we report our progress to the state on a monthly basis, it is easy to track our success," said Steve Frevert, Executive Director of Downtown Partners, Inc.
It is truly an honor and privilege to be named the 2013 Chamber of Commerce Chairman of the Board. It has been a pleasure to serve along side so many talented and tireless community and business leaders thus far as a Director. Now I look forward to leading the Board
"The Total Resource Campaign offers excellent exposure for companies both at the Partnership’s events and within our signature publications," said Rick Buller, Chairman of the Board of Directors. Teams are currently forming for the campaign.
Attracting the group tour market is an important objective for the Greater Burlington Convention & Visitors Bureau, and this year the CVB will be represented at the American Bus Association Marketplace on January 8 and 9 in Grapevine, Texas.
“Rehabilitations representing roughly $25 million of investment are underway right now, and even more are in the planning stages,” said Steve Frevert, Executive Director of Downtown Partners, Inc. “With around 20 projects being worked on, we are truly seeing a building boom in downtown.”
The showcase takes place on January 31 at the Paul R. Knapp Animal Learning Center on the Iowa State Fairgrounds. Communities, attractions, and tourism organizations, have booth displays. Legislators visit the booths to learn more about each destination and the impact tourism plays in Iowa communities.
The lights are low, candles flicker at the tables neatly decorated in navy and ivory, and a decadent cake resides in the center of each table. The volunteers have paid attention to every detail, setting the stage as community leaders fill the room to celebrate past achievements and look toward
There is still time for area businesses, schools, churches and organizations to enter the annual Lighted Holiday Parade on Saturday, November 24. This year’s theme is “The Polar Express.” Parade entry forms are due on November 16; they can be downloaded on the Downtown Events section of the Greater Burlington
The Greater Burlington Partnership celebrates the years’ success at the Annual Dinner on Friday, February 8, 2013 at the Comfort Suites Conference Center. Awards are presented in several categories for businesses and the top honor and the Emmy Award.
Frantz-Hobart cleared perhaps the last of its hurdles Monday when the Burlington City Council voted 4-1 for a 90 percent tax rebate to coax the company into developing the commercial building on the southeast corner of Fourth and Valley streets into apartment units.
WEST BURLINGTON - Candidates vying for a seat on the Des Moines County Board of Supervisors will address issues raised by a panel from the Government Affairs Committee of the Greater Burlington Partnership at 7 PM. Wednesday.
Downtown Partners presents a special tour of long forgotten basement spaces on Saturday, October 27. This is a rare opportunity to see some of the lower level spaces that housed businesses from pool halls to a morgue in decades past. The guided tour begins in front of 200 N. Fourth
Ghosts and goblins will have a chance to haunt downtown Burlington on Friday, October 26. Downtown trick or treat hours are from 4 to 6 PM, with treats available at dozens of participating merchants. All little trick or treaters are invited to come down for the fun. Call Downtown Partners
Historically, membership has been stable, even thru the downturn in the economy, but most recently the Chamber of Commerce has reached a milestone. In late September, it was announced that over 700 members have committed to the future of Greater Burlington.
More than 63,000 Iowans have jobs, and state residents save more than $300 million dollars in taxes annually thanks to the tourism industry in Iowa, according to new data from the Iowa Economic Development Authority, Iowa Tourism Office.
Gov. Terry Branstad launched an advisory council through executive order last year to focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, to prepare students for careers of the future and give businesses the skilled workforce they need.
“This is a significant step towards enhancing the appearance and economy of downtown Burlington,” said Steve Frevert, Executive Director of Downtown Partners. “For years the bookend buildings were emblematic of downtown disinvestment. Now they will become part of its accelerating revitalization.”
The public is invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets for the movie, which starts at dusk. There will be activities beforehand, and popcorn, snacks, and drinks will be available. Please, no alcohol or glass containers. For more information, call Downtown Partners at 319-752-6365.
The goal is to help interns have a positive, welcoming experience in the community. An experience that will encourage them to return to the area to start their career, as well as share with their classmates what a good place Greater Burlington is.
Jason Hutcheson, Director of Economic Development has completed his third year at the U.S. Chamber’s Institute for Organization Management, a four year nonprofit leadership training program at the University of Madison-Wisconsin.
Beth Nickel, Executive Director, Greater Burlington Convention & Visitors Bureau received a 2012 Governor’s Volunteer Award from Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds during a special ceremony held June 1 in Ottumwa.
The past year has been an amazing year for the Greater Burlington Partnership. I want to thank the many volunteers and tremendous staff who have positioned our area for great opportunities to come in the future! It has been an honor to serve as the 2011 Chair. So many volunteers
Greater Burlington Leadership 2011-2012 has proven to be a success after the first five sessions. Greater Burlington Leadership is a professional development series designed for individuals who want to develop and strengthen their leadership skills within the community.
The Economic Development Division of the Greater Burlington Partnership exists to add and retain jobs and help grow the tax base of Des Moines County. To fulfill this mission, the organization must fully understand the local competitive business environment. As a result, the Partnership is again calling on existing
The Greater Burlington Convention & Visitors Bureau is working to attract more meetings, conferences, and conventions to Greater Burlington. You can make a difference and be a connector for Greater Burlington.
The Chamber of Commerce, a division of the Greater Burlington Partnership, is a business association existing to serve as a catalyst for economic growth and community development in Greater Burlington.