Open 4 Business Competition
With Main Street Iowa and the Iowa Economic Development Authority, DPI presents the Open 4 Business competition for a for-profit business located in downtown Burlington. Three chosen local applicants will pitch their business concepts to DPI, with the winner competing to be a semifinalist in June for a chance at $8000. 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  or contact Downtown Partners
at 319-208-0056.
Farmers Market Vendors Sought 
Although it's still winter, Downtown Partners is already looking forward for the 2018 season of the Jefferson Street Farmers Market. The market will take place in the 200-500 blocks of Jefferson on Thursdays from 4:30 to 7:30 PM beginning May 3.
The Jefferson St. Farmers Market steering committee is offering a discount to returning seasonal vendors who sign up in advance, as well as for new seasonal vendors - only $105 a space for the entire 22-week season. If you are interested in being part of the region's most successful farmers market, download the application and guidelines at
or call Downtown Partners at 319-208-0056.
Downtown Branding
What is the brand and brand promise of Downtown Burlington? What do we have to offer that sets us apart? And how best do we communicate that to our citizens and visitors? DPI is asking downtown business and building owners to complete a brief survey by clicking here   to help determine how to direct our branding and marketing efforts.
The Latest News...      
  • Downtown Partners is one of two Main Street Iowa organizations chosen to participate in a pilot microentrepreneurial grant program through the Iowa Economic Development Authority. Details will be available soon - stay tuned.
  • Do you receive the Greater Burlington Partnership's weekly Friday Facts email update? Members of the public can now sign up for this weekly email update - just fill in the contact info at
  • You might have noticed that a number of downtown trees have been removed in the past few months. Happily, they will be replaced by the City parks department this spring. We all love trees downtown, and we're glad to be working with the City on planning for their ongoing maintenance and periodic replacement.
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610 N 4th Street, Suite 200
Burlington, IA  52601

Steve Frevert, Director of Downtown Partners, Inc.  -  319-208-0056