So Many Thank Yous to Go Around!
It has been a tremendously busy summer for events downtown, made possible by generous sponsors and an army of selfless volunteers. Together, they all strive to present the best of our community. So, a big round of thanks to everyone who worked on A Very Vintage Market, the 5 & V Outdoor Movies, RAGBRAI, and the Gus Macker tournaments! Their commitment has been exemplary.
Main Street Challenge Grant
Downtown Partners is seeking project proposals for the state funded Main Street Challenge Grant. The maximum grant award is $75,000 with a minimum 1:1 cash match required. The project must be downtown; work already begun is not eligible for funding. For application information, click here. The project summary deadline is August 16.
Farmers Market News
The Jefferson St. Farmers Market is at the height of the season, and we are glad to welcome so many visitors and new vendors! On August 8, join us for the eighth annual jalapeƱo eating contest. On August 15, bring the kids down for free horse drawn trolley rides. A special thanks to Two Rivers Bank & Trust for their support of the market.
The Latest News...      
  • We're eagerly anticipating the opening of two unique food-related businesses this month. The Collective, the region's first shared-use commercial kitchen, will be opening at 805 Jefferson and will have a retail section as well. And Good, in the historic stone house at 423 N. Third, will present a spectacular new dining experience. Be watching for updates!
  • You might have noticed the outside brick failure at 300 Washington, which is owned by DPI. We have done considerable work in cleaning out the building and putting a new roof on it, but longtime structural issues still need to be addressed. The corner will be braced shortly, and we will continue to seek funding and opportunities for more improvements to this historic building.  
  • If you have a downtown property for sale or lease and are interested in having it included in the Commercial Space open House on September 22, contact Steve Frevert. It's a great chance to attract a buyer or tenant.
  • Thanks to talented local artists, we have new painted benches, crosswalks, and pianos - so awesome!
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"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.  -  319-208-0056

Downtown Events


5 - Summer Reading Celebration Party
Burlington Public Library
11 AM

7 - Open Mic
The Washington
6 PM

8 - American Duchess docking

Jefferson St. Farmers Market
4:30 PM

12 Miss Iowa Storytime
Burlington Public Library
6:30 PM

13 - 18 - Nina and Pinta, riverfront

15 - Jefferson St. Farmers Market
4:30 PM

Chess Tournament
Burlington Public Library
6 PM

16 - American Queen docking

Cruise night, Jefferson St.

Mama Gina 
Gallery Lounge
6 PM

The Blues Brothers
Capitol Theater
7 PM   

18 - A Boy Named Charlie Brown
Capitol Theater
2 PM

20 - Relay of Voices
Capitol Theater
6:30 PM

22 - Jefferson St. Farmers Market
4:30 PM

23 - Bluzillion
Wake N Bake Breakfast Co.
6:30 PM

The Washington
8 PM

24 - American Duchess docking

Old Couch Music Fest
Capitol Theater
4:30 PM

29 - Jefferson St. Farmers Market
4:30 PM

30 - Friday Fest
Memorial Auditorium
5 PM

The Great Eclipse of August 1869
Burlington Public Library
6:30 PM

31 - Clothing Swap
Burlington Public Library
10 AM

Summer Bash
Wake N Bake Breakfast Co.
2 PM


1 - Chicago Blues Angels
The Som
8 PM

Downtown Partners, Inc. 
Board of Directors 2019

  Laura Beckman - Chair
Alliant Energy 

Janine Clover - Past Chair
Small Business Development Center

Becky Anderson - Chair Elect
  Legacy Partners

Ryan Nagrocki - Treasurer
Two Rivers Bank & Trust

Julie Anderson 
Hope Haven Area Development Center

Megan Bell

Jessica Dean
Great Western Bank

Jim Ferneau
Burlington City Manager 

Tyler French
The Washington

Hillaurie Fritz-Bonar 
Art Center of Burlington

Zach James
Southeast Iowa Regional Planning Commission

Jerry Johnson
Capitol Theater

Julie Lehman

Lynda Murray
Burlington City Council 

Doreen Roy
Gypsi on Jefferson &
Red Screen Door

Stephanie Brakeville,
Klingner and Associates