Greater Burlington Partnership


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West Burlington, Iowa

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Goals & Accomplishments

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• Partnering For The Future III Capital Campaign 2019 – 2023 Goals
  • Launch numerous strategies outlined in Transforming the Talent Pipeline to reduce unfilled positions by 25%.
  • Engage with existing companies to maximize growth opportunities for expansion.
  • Realize $150 million in private capital investment through economic development deals.
  • Work with the private sector to spur 500 new primary jobs.
  • Lead the redevelopment efforts of the Raider property in West Burlington.
  • Continue with aggressive efforts to drive consumer traffic to Greater Burlington.
  • Leverage the partnership with the Community Foundation of Des Moines County to grow endowed fund balances to $10 million.
  • Capitalize on the Opportunity Zone program to direct investment into targeted areas.
  • Enhance the appeal, amenities, and visitor experience of area destinations.
  • Continue the momentum in property redevelopment in Downtown Burlington and across the entire community.
• Chamber of Commerce 2021 Goals
  • Lead COVID-19 economic recovery efforts.
  • Expand innovative strategies with the consumer marketing campaign.
  • Launch new website with enhanced member benefit features.
  • Convene Housing Incentives Task Force with recommendations to Cities of Burlington and West Burlington submitted by fall 2021.


• Economic Development 2021 Goals
  • Continue implementing elements of the Transforming the Talent Pipeline strategy.
  • Realize meaningful Pre-Apprenticeships with High School students into our manufacturing and construction businesses.
  • See at least 10 High School students participate in Signing Day events for local employment via local education.
  • Accomplish the sale, transfer and reactivation of the 42,000 sq. ft. Raider facility.
  • Secure RISE funds to see new public road installed in West Burlington Industrial Park.
  • Work with regional partners to secure attraction projects with a goal of at least 50+ created jobs, and capital investment of $300M.
  • Seek BNSF Certified Site status and re-use of former Burlington Northern Shops facilities.
  • Obtain legislative approval to make permanent the 50 -year lease option at the Iowa Army Ammunition Plant through the ARMS Program.
• Convention and Visitors Bureau 2021 Goals
  • Continue to fine tune operations of the retail experience at the Port of Burlington Welcome Center.
  • Develop virtual tours of area attractions to increase exposure during COVID-19.
  • Take an in-depth look at the annual community guide and production process to enhance the publication and increase advertising sales.
  • Partner with riverboat companies to host safe dockings during the cruising season.
• Downtown Partners 2021 Goals
  • Aggressively market the 300 Washington building for redevelopment.
  • Aid in Shop Local campaigns to spark economic stimulus in downtown shopping, dining, and entertainment district amid COVID-19 restrictions.
  • Work with City and stakeholders on design guidelines for a potential downtown overlay district.
  • Strategize communications and promotions to encourage consumer traffic during TIGER Grant project.
  • Work with Economic Vitality Committee to promote property redevelopment in downtown and encourage entrepreneurship in open spaces.
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