Economic Development

City Appeal

The City of Burlington, originally settled in 1835, has become home to over 10,600 residents. Situated between Milwaukee and Chicago, the city is centrally located with effective transportation provided by four major highways. Located on the White and Fox Rivers, the city offers the best of all seasons with a historic downtown, improved infrastructure, broad clientele base and two business parks offering large and small lot opportunities, making Burlington an inviting place to do business.

Business in Burlington

Surrounded by four major highways, railroad access and excellent proximity to two major Interstate highways, as well as to Milwaukee and Chicago area markets, make Burlington the ideal place to locate or start a business without leaving behind the "small town" charm and friendliness that are essential to the quality of life here. The city has a total area of 8.03 square miles with a travel commute of 30 miles to Milwaukee and 70 miles to Chicago.

Economic Development

Economic development in Burlington has been a major focus of the community as shown by an overall commitment to retaining current businesses and attracting new industry to the community. The local economy is strong due to a wide variety of service, commercial, retail and industrial companies located in Burlington. These include industries manufacturing plastics and rubber, electric/electronic products, food products, stone and glass products, chemicals, transportation equipment, paper and packaging, printing and publishing, and fabricated metals.

Burlington has two industrial parks with all municipal utilities in place, and both are well suited for new and/or relocating businesses. The 49-acre Burlington Industrial Complex is fully developed, while the 80-acre Burlington Manufacturing and Office Park currently has sites available for new development. The City constructed a 200-space parking deck in 2012, which lead to the construction of a 54-room hotel in the downtown. The recently completed truck bypass route around Burlington will spur new commercial development not only near the bypass located at the south edge of the city, but it is also anticipated to spur growth in other areas as well. City leaders are mindful of smart growth planning to assure that the downtown businesses continue to flourish and remain resilient. Some tactics have included Façade Grants and Revolving Loan funds facilitated by the Racine County Economic Development Corporation (RCEDC).