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Settle Down in Southern Iowa

Greater Burlington is an attractive place to put down roots.

By Kevin Litwin on January 4, 2021

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Iowa / Courtesy of Greater Burlington Partnership

Why choose Greater Burlington, IA? 

The simple answer is: It’s just better here. It’s a better place to grow a business or grow a family. 

Located in the southeast corner of Iowa, Greater Burlington is the economic center for a region comprised of Burlington, West Burlington, Danville, Mediapolis and Middletown. The Greater Burlington area serves as a regional hub for education, employment, health care, recreation and shopping for 90,000-plus residents.

“Greater Burlington is also home to Fortune 500 companies such as Silgan Containers, which recently built the most advanced can manufacturing facility in the world and produces 6 million food-grade cans every day to feed America,†says Della Schmitt, president/CEO of the Greater Burlington Partnership. 

“In addition, Winegard Company is an industry leader in satellite and connectivity technology to keep the world connected no matter where, and CNH Industrial is a world leader in construction and agriculture equipment manufacturing. Also, Greater Burlington is home to a 19,000-acre Iowa Army Ammunition Plant that keeps our warfighters supplied with the best munitions in the world.”

Iowa / Courtesy of Greater Burlington Partnership

Schmitt says a big reason why the community can attract Fortune 500 businesses and government-approved contractors is because companies need people, and people can afford to live here comfortably.

“Greater Burlington enjoys a cost of living that is 18% below the national average,†Schmitt says. “That includes goods and services priced at 12% below the U.S. average, and housing costs averaging 45% lower than national rates. Affordability, livability and a pro-business environment. It’s just better here.”

For business and industry, the region is also all about access, according to Jeremy Hess, Greater Burlington Partnership director of economic development.

“Greater Burlington is at the center of four-lane highways in every direction and where the Mississippi River and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe mainline intersect,†Hess explains. “With barge, rail and major highway access, companies have the ability to reach 40 million customers within 300 miles or 4.5 hours of drive time, and 80 million people within 8 hours.”

Hess adds that for businesses looking to relocate, a convenient and spacious Flint Ridge Business Park has ready-to-develop certified sites that straddle both Burlington and West Burlington. Corporate and local air travelers will find commercial service to Chicago, Minneapolis and St. Louis from Southeast Iowa Regional Airport.

“Education and training are also keys to Greater Burlington’s success,†Hess says. “The region is home to Southeastern Community College, which works with employers to develop custom training curriculums to accommodate workers in every sector, including advanced manufacturing. And for four-year university students, Iowa Wesleyan University is just a 30-minute drive away.”

For more information, contact the Greater Burlington Partnership at 319-752-6365, GreaterBurlington.com or info@greaterburlington.com.

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