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Rankings & Awards

#2 for Business Projects on the Mississippi River

#1 In the Nation for Growth in Purchasing Power

Greater Burlington has been ranked by Site Selection Magazine as #2 for private sector projects per capita on the Mississippi River over the previous 18 months – a ranking that comes with a trophy known as the “Big Muddy Cup."

In total Greater Burlington benefited from over $287 million in corporate investment over the past 48 months, including investments by Silgan Containers in building a 400,000 sf facility in Burlington and an expansion by GE in West Burlington.

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.


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