Tour "Upstairs Downtown"

Downtown Partners is teaming up with several property owners to bring you "Upstairs Downtown," a very special tour of upper story spaces. It will be held Sunday, April 2 from noon to 4 PM. Advance tickets will be available for $10 at the Iowa Store and The Medium/Weird Harold's or online at On the day of the tour, tickets may be purchased at the door of any tour site for $15. The featured locations are 515 Jefferson, McConnell Lofts at 200 N. Fourth, the Historic Tama Complex at 300-310 Jefferson, and Schramm's Corner at Third and Jefferson. 
Downtown Coffee & Conversation

All downtown property and business owners, employees, and residents are invited to Downtown Partners' first Coffee and Conversation on Wednesday, March 29 at 8 AM. This new event, organized by the Business Development Committee, will take place on a regular basis and is designed to engage our stakeholders, foster communication, and strengthen the downtown community. We'll be meeting this month at The Beancounter, 212 Jefferson. Hope to see you there!
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 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  or contact Downtown Partners at 319-208-0056. 
Can We Help Fill Your Space?

Are you a property owner in downtown Burlington with space available? Downtown Partners is organizing a Commercial Space Open House on Sunday, April 23 from 1 to 3 to showcase properties for lease or for sale. If you are interested in being included, please contact Downtown Partners at 319-208-0056 or
The Latest News...
  • Thanks to the participating merchants and presenting sponsor Des Moines County Historical Society for a successful Chocoholic Frolic. The combination of great weather and moving the event to a Saturday afternoon resulted in double the number of last year's Chocoholics. We heard many good remarks from people who were pleased with all that downtown has to offer.  
  • Downtown Partners continues to work on 300 Washington. Items were donated to Hopefully Yours and Preservation Station, the fourth floor has been cleaned out, and Myers Construction is repairing the two failing roof trusses. This project is supported in part by the State Historical Society of Iowa, Historic Resource Development Program.  
  • The Jefferson St. Farmers Market steering committee is seeking vendors of local and specialty produce, handcrafted items, and prepared food. The market will take place in the 300 - 500 blocks of Jefferson from 4:30 to 7:30 PM on Thursdays from May 4 to September 28. Download the application and guidelines at , or call Downtown Partners at 319-208-0056.
  • Be sure to check out the newly remodeled Welcome Center at the Port of Burlington!
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."
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Burlington, IA  52601

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