Spring, Sip, Taste & Stroll

After a long winter, what could be better than strolling with friends and sampling beverages and food downtown? The Spring Sip, Taste & Stroll is a Downtown Partners fundraiser and takes place on Friday, April 29 from 5 to 8 PM. Join your friends and sample offerings from various wineries, distributors, and brewers at downtown businesses.

Discounted advance tickets are $15 at The Iowa Store or Weird Harold's, or online at GreaterBurlington.com. Tickets are $20 during the event at registration, located at the Iowa Store and at 500 Jefferson. A complimentary glass is included while supplies last. The event is open to those 21 or older. A special thanks to Tri States Public Radio for sponsoring this event!
Parking Study Completed

After months of intensive work, the results of the downtown parking study will be presented to the City Council, the DPI board, and the Planning & Zoning Commission on Monday, April 11 at 4:30 PM at City Hall; the public is invited as well. The study was jointly funded by the City and Downtown Partners. It will prove to be an eye opener! The Southeast Iowa Regional Planning Commission deserves special recognition for their great effort in putting the study and recommendations together.
Commercial Space Open House
To assist downtown property owners, the DPI Business Development Committee is hosting a special Commercial Space Open House on Sunday, April 17 from 1 to 3 PM. It is free and open to the public. People interested in relocating, expanding, or opening a business in downtown Burlington will be able to visit available spaces and discuss the commercial opportunities. Stop by the lobby of the Burlington Apartments during the event to pick up a directory map to the available locations, as well as information about incentives, business support activities, and recent and future downtown projects.

If you're a downtown property owner interested in having your space included in the Commercial Space Open House, contact Steve Frevert at 319-208-0056 or sfrevert@greaterburlington.com by April 8. The space must be in marketable condition, and the property owner or a knowledgeable representative must be on hand at the available site during the event to show the space and answer questions.
County Seat Project

The Downtown Partners Design Committee is seeking creative entries for the popular "County Seat Project" to decorate wooden benches to be placed around downtown. The Downtown Partners Design Committee will pick the best designs, and the winning entrants will paint the benches. Applications may be downloaded at GreaterBurlington.com , or call Downtown Partners at 319-208-0056.
Earth Day Clean Up

Participants of all ages are invited to come out for the 16th annual Earth Day Clean Up on Saturday, April 16. Volunteers can register at the Port of Burlington beginning at 8:30 AM to get t-shirts, trash bags and gloves. After going out to pick up litter throughout the community, they return to the Port for a free lunch, music, door prizes, and a group photo. Individuals, families, businesses, church groups, and organizations are all encouraged to lend a hand in caring for our piece of earth. For more information, call Eric Tysland at 319-753-8158.
Downtown Open 4 Business Competition
With Main Street Iowa and the Iowa Economic Development Authority, Downtown Partners presents the Open 4 Business competition for either a new or expanding for-profit business locating in the Main Street district. Each of the state's 52 Main Street organizations can submit one business concept. Three local applicants will pitch their business concepts to Downtown Partners, with the winner receiving a rental assistance grant if they open in downtown Burlington. In addition, they will go on to one of five regional competitions in June for a chance at $8000. The five finalists will present their ideas in a statewide contest in August for an additional $20,000 in funding.
To apply for the Open 4 Business competition, visit GreaterBurlington.com  or contact Downtown Partners at 319-208-0056.
The Latest News...
  • Downtown Burlington celebrates 30 years as a Main Street district this month! We are one of the original Main Street Iowa programs. In the past three decades, we have seen over $79 million in private property investment and acquisition and logged over 85,000 volunteer hours. As a supporter of downtown, YOU have played a part! 
  • You heard correctly - Downtown Partners has purchased 300 Washington, commonly called the Typewriter Shop. Decades of deferred maintenance have taken their toll on this once grand landmark, but we are working to change that. A structural assessment and design work are underway to address the longstanding roof issues, and lead and asbestos testing takes place this week. Stay tuned. 
  • New name, new location - the Jefferson St. Farmers Market is only a month away! It will take place in the 300-500 blocks of Jefferson on Thursdays from 5 to 7 PM beginning May 5. Interested in being a vendor? Download the application and guidelines at GreaterBurlington.com or call Downtown Partners at 319-208-0056. 
Visit Downtown Burlington, Iowa Facebook!

Get the scoop on live music and events, business openings, building rehabs, and more - visit Downtown Burlington, Iowa on Facebook!  And while you're Liking us online, don't forget to check out all the great downtown businesses that have their own Facebook page as well.  
"The mission of Downtown Partners is to preserve and revitalize downtown Burlington by enhancing its economy, infrastructure, and historical and cultural features."
A Main Street Iowa Program

A Division of the Greater Burlington Partnership
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610 N. 4th Street, Suite 200
Burlington, IA  52601

Steve Frevert, Director of Downtown Partners, Inc.
sfrevert@greaterburlington.com  -  319-208-0056