Greater Burlington’s history as a center of commerce and industry dates back to the 1840s - and that reputation continues as Greater Burlington moves into the 21st century. Comparative cost analyses of Burlington, Iowa and major metropolitan areas in surrounding states, prepared by Paragon Decision Resources, Inc. of Oakbrook Terrace, IL, indicate a highly favorable position for Greater Burlington. The character of the local work force allows companies to enjoy productivity that rivals the best in the world.
A labor force analysis completed by Paragon Decision Resources, Inc., found that companies in the area rated the overall quality of the labor force as excellent. Attitudes (desire to work), communications (working effectively as a team), and productivity are all rated as excellent. Employees have access to a number of job training programs, and absenteeism rates are less than 1%. Employers also enjoy an excellent spirit of cooperation between business and local government leaders. Firms of all sizes can take advantage of a variety of financial investment and incentive packages. Iowa Governor Branstad crowned Greater Burlington as the 1st Skilled Iowa community.