Burlington, Iowa won the Big Muddy Cup for the second consecutive year for its economic development record and efforts to bring jobs and private investment to the region.
Site Selection Magazine, which annually ranks the 34 urban areas along the Mississippi River by private-sector economic activities, rated the greater Burlington area No. 1 for assembling six economic development projects that represented $25 million in new corporate investment, the Greater Burlington Partnership said.
“When you look at the size of the communities we’re competing against, Greater Burlington looks on paper to be undersized and outmatched,” said Gary Hoyer, chairs of the economic arm of the Greater Burlington Partnership. “But we welcome that challenge, and we know we can out-box our weight class.”
The region’s economic success can be attributed to actions of local elected officials, a business-friendly attitude and targeted strategic plans, the Greater Burlington Partnership said.
The city was ranked No. 1 in the competition in 2016, No. 4 in 2015 and No. 5 in 2014.
The Big Muddy Cup competition is part of the magazine’s annual ranking of states and cities by their economic expansion over the past year.
The magazine is scheduled to present the Big Muddy Cup trophy to Greater Burlington officials during an event in mid-April.
The region’s chamber of commerce, Downtown Partners Inc., Economic Development Corp. and the convention and visitors bureau make up the Greater Burlington Partnership.
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