Partnering For The Future III
A Five Year Strategy for Economic and Community Development
The Greater Burlington Partnership's Partnering For The Future III Campaign is currntly underway. The goal for the new five-year plan is to continue to build on our success in business development, downtown redevelopment, community enhancement and visitor attraction while tackling the workforce attraction and development issues facing Greater Burlington. Please read the case for investment below to see how the Greater Burlington Partnership plans to tackle the challenges that face our community and build a better future for Greater Burlington.
For the past decade, through the highly successful Partnering for The Future and Partnering for The Future II campaigns, the Greater Burlington Partnership (the Partnership) has an impressive track record of economic development activity through securing over 2,000 new and retained jobs and more than $300 million in private capital investment as well as providing leadership to a variety of catalytic community projects.
In addition, Greater Burlington has been repeatedly recognized as a Top 20 Micropolitan in the US and the community has twice secured Site Selection Magazine’s Governor’s Cup for corporate investment on the Mississippi River in 2016 and 2017, earning the “Big Muddy Cup” award.
Despite the accolades and recent success, national and international competition for businesses, jobs, and talent is fierce, and we must continually "muscle up" our efforts if we are to compete and succeed in the global economy.
To maintain Greater Burlington's regional economic leadership position, the Partnership has spent the last few months developing a new, comprehensive five-year strategic initiative with emphasis on:
• Transforming the Talent Pipeline
• Economic Development
• Community Enhancement
• Visitor Attraction
• Downtown Development
The Partnership Board of Directors engaged Convergent Nonprofit Solutions (Convergent) of Atlanta, Georgia, to conduct a feasibility analysis with Greater Burlington area stakeholders to determine the level of support for the proposed Partnering for the Future III (2019-2023) initiative.
The feasibility analysis found almost 90% of stakeholders interviewed believe they and the community benefit from the Partnership's efforts, that the Partnership has a strong leadership team and is a major contributor to downtown Burlington's resurgence.
The analysis revealed area stakeholders want the Partnership to increase its focus on the workforce and talent attraction shortage impacting Des Moines County. With local and national unemployment at its lowest levels since 1969, area businesses are having a difficult time finding qualified employees, which is impacting their ability to increase capacity.
Upon receiving the information regarding workforce concerns uncovered during the analysis, the Partnership immediately convened roundtable meetings with area plant managers to understand their specific needs and discuss possible immediate, short-term and long-term resolutions.
An aggressive and solid plan has now been assembled with a campaign goal of $2 million.