Achievements Recognized by
Main Street Iowa 
The 2020 Main Street Iowa  Awards ceremony last month was canceled, but Downtown Partners is still celebrating the achievements that were to be honored. Last September, Downtown Partners reached the $100 million benchmark for completed private property acquisition and investment in downtown Burlington. To put that into perspective, Burlington’s Main Street program started in 1986 and reached the $50 million benchmark in 2011. It took twenty-five years to reach $50 million, and only eight years to reach the next $50 million. 

In addition,  Zach James  is the recipient of Downtown Partners’ Leadership Award. Zach exemplifies a true revitalization leader. As Assistant Director of the  Southeast Iowa Regional Planning Commission (SEIRPC) , he helped create Burlington’s downtown parking study, a Complete Streets policy, the downtown area-wide plan, and more. Zach has been on the Downtown Partners board since 2014 and is a past chair. His planner’s mind and genial nature have moved many projects forward, including Downtown Partners’ current rehab of 300 Washington.

And although they did not win in their highly competitive categories, Downtown Partners also recognized two worthy local projects. Good Restaurant + Lounge at 423 N Third was nominated for Best Total Building Rehab, and Corked 101 at 413 Jefferson was nominated for Best Interior Rehab. Both are great additions to the downtown.