Jefferson St. Farmers Market Begins Season
The region's favorite market returns to the 300-500 blocks of Jefferson every Thursday! It's a great opportunity to get fresh produce and baked goods, pick up flowers and crafts, sample some delicious food, and hear free family entertainment in the heart of a great downtown. The market hours are 4:30 to 7:30 PM. The Jefferson St. Farmers Market is organized by Downtown Partners and made possible by Two Rivers Bank & Trust.
Snake Alley Criterium
Downtown Partners and Bike Burlington invite you to kick off the summer with the 36th Annual Snake Alley Criterium on Memorial Day weekend. The excitement begins on Friday afternoon, May 25, with the Burlington Road Race, 104 miles from the Port of Burlington to Grandview and back, ending on Main St. for the sprint to the finish line. Afterwards, join in the fun with live music and refreshments during Friday Fest at the Port.

Criterium Day, Saturday, May 26, begins with delicious food at the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast at the Port. The Criterium races begin at 8:30 AM downtown, with the final Category 1/2/Pro race at 3:40 PM. Hundreds of athletes from around the country will be competing for thousands of dollars in prizes. The popular kids' races and the Cobble Climb take place at noon. Spend your day cheering on the racers as they make their way up the grueling 12.5 percent grade of Snake Alley, with spectators literally in the middle of the action. Be sure to visit our downtown shops and restaurants and check out the food vendors, too.

Many thanks to those who make this major community event possible:
Pro/1/2 Race: Great River Health System
Men's Category 4 and Kids Race: Two Rivers Bank & Trust
Men's Category 3 Race: CPA Associates, P.C.
Men's Category 5/Citizens Race: 
Burlington Bent River Brewing Co.
Women's Category 3/4/5: Lori Miller

With special thanks to the Greater Burlington
Sports Commission.
Decorate a County Seat
The Downtown Partners Design Committee is again seeking creative entries for the popular "County Seat Project" to decorate wooden benches. The committee will pick the best designs, and the winning entrants will paint the benches. Applications may be downloaded  at , or call Downtown Partners at 319-208-0056.
Special Microenterprise Assistance Program
Burlington has been selected by the Iowa Economic Development Authority as a pilot community for a new program to assist "microenterprises" - businesses with 5 or fewer FTE employees. To qualify, the owner must be low to moderate income or create an FTE position that will be filled by a low to moderate income employee. Eligible expenses include equipment, inventory, supplies, working capital, and job training (no building improvements). The assistance, with a minimum of $5000, would be in the form of a forgivable loan, which is forgiven (i.e., becomes an outright grant) if the business is still in operation two years later. There would be a 15% required match.
This program would be conducted through the City and would not necessarily be limited to downtown - but we think downtown businesses would definitely benefit! The business must be for-profit and located in the Burlington city limits. If you are interested and think your business might qualify, please contact Steve Frevert. The City needs to gauge interest in the program before they commit to accepting the $125,000 in funding. Please think about how this funding could help your business!
The Latest News...      
  • Thanks to everyone who came out for One A-May-Zing Weekend! It's great to see so many people enjoying themselves downtown. Special thanks to Two Rivers Bank & Trust for their continued support of the Jefferson St. Farmers Market, Tri States Public Radio for sponsoring the Spring Sip, Taste & Stroll, and all the merchants who made the Spring Open House possible.
  • It's time again to beautify the downtown! Interested people of all ages are invited to help Downtown Partners plant flowers on Saturday, May 19 at 9 AM. We'll be meeting in the rear of Nancy Neafie Park. This is a quick volunteer activity - no skills needed, just bring a hand trowel. For more information, contact Vicki Koeller at Zaiser's, 319-752-6871.
  • The public is invited to attend a presentation on Creative Placemaking at the Capitol Theater at noon on May 15 - free admission. What is creative placemaking, and how could it improve our community? Attend and learn more! The presenter, Zach Mannheimer, is a compelling speaker who will get your mental gears turning. Call the theater at 319-237-1099 for more info.
  • Pretty exciting to see the changes at 713 Jefferson, the former Expert Tire location. Look for new business openings soon!
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Steve Frevert, Director of Downtown Partners, Inc.  -  319-208-0056