Burlington, Iowa. - For the fourth straight year Greater Burlington Iowa has been ranked as a one of Site Selection magazine’s top micropolitan statistical areas for total number of economic development projects in the preceding year, tying for 13th and claiming the area’s first appearance in the Top 15.
“To rank in the top 3% of micropolitans in the United States is another major achievement for our community,” shared Charles L. Walsh, CEO of F&M Bank and Chairman of Grow Greater Burlington, Inc., the economic development division of the Greater Burlington Partnership. “Along with our #1 rank among the Mississippi River communities, this proves once again that the economic resurgence in Burlington is significant.”
Projects that counted towards Greater Burlington’s rankings included Silgan’s investment in a new 400,000+ square foot facility in Flint Ridge Business Park, GE’s expansion in West Burlington and Doran & Ward’s expansion in Burlington.
“Considering these rankings are compiled by the most recognizable publication for site selectors and corporate real estate professionals responsible for making location decisions, we are thrilled to be in the Top 15,” emphasized David Toyer, Director of Economic Development for the Greater Burlington Partnership.
The ranking is part of Site Selection Magazine’s annual ‘Governor’s Cup’ series which ranks cities and states according to their economic activity in the prior year. Greater Burlington was Iowa’s highest ranked micropolitan, followed by Mason City at T-39 and Muscatine at T-73.
Greater Burlington’s micropolitan ranking comes on the heels of last week’s announcement that Site Selection Magazine ranked Greater Burlington #1 for new private-sector projects per capita on the Mississippi River.
You can comment on or follow Greater Burlington’s success at #GreaterBurlingtonWins. The full story and complete rankings may be viewed online at www.SiteSelection.com.
More about Micropolitan Statistical Areas
There are 536 micropolitans throughout the United States, which are defined as being adjacent counties or county equivalents that have at least one urban core area of at least 10,000 but less than 50,000 population, plus adjacent territory with a high degree of social and economic integration with the core as measured by commuting ties.
More about the Greater Burlington Partnership
The Greater Burlington Partnership is comprised of the area’s Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Corporation, Downtown Partners Inc., and Convention and Visitors Bureau. The Greater Burlington Partnership is also 5-star Accredited Chamber. For more information visit www.greaterburlington.com, follow the conversation at #GreaterBurlingtonPartnership or visit us on social media: