May Chat with Mayor Elizabeth Kautz

Mayor Elizabeth Kautz speaks at the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

There are few people that know and love our fair City as much as our Mayor Elizabeth Kautz. Her strong affinity for the City makes her the perfect person to offer insight into what makes Burnsville a great tourist destination. Read on to learn more about how the City and the Burnsville Convention & Visitors Bureau are enticing visitors to Experience Burnsville.

How does tourism benefit the City of Burnsville?

Just as with cities and countries around the world, tourism plays a vital role in the economic well-being of Burnsville. The multitude of amenities including retail, dining, parks, recreation, and the performing arts offer a variety of experiences and opportunities for travelers. The result of tourist spending supports the local economy and provides part-time and full-time employment for our citizens.

How does the City of Burnsville cater to tourists and provide settings and experiences that are attractive to travelers?

The City of Burnsville wants visitors to have a great experience while here and takes great pride in the hospitality it shows its guests. Working closely with stakeholders and local businesses ensures that fun and exciting opportunities for guests abound. Keeping the City clean, well-manicured and visually appealing for residents and visitors alike is also a top priority. The City also maintains proper signage to direct visitors to top destinations around the Burnsville area.

What are some of the ways the City of Burnsville and the Burnsville Convention & Visitors Bureau (BCVB) work together to build a tourism strategy?

The BCVB is the marketing arm of the City. For 27 years, they have worked closely with the City to promote all that Burnsville has to offer. Together, they stimulate visitor traffic creating income for both the hospitality industry and the general business community.

2013 Burnsville Convention & Visitors Bureau Board of Directors and staff from left to right: Back Row: Amy Judge (Staff, BCVB), Doron Jensen (Jensen’s Cafe), Amie Burrill (Executive Director, BCVB), Nathan Kremer (Best Western Premier Nicollet Inn), Millie Philipp (Mall of America), Judy Thompson (Minnesota Zoo), Jenni Faulkner (City of Burnsville), Elizabeth Kautz (Mayor, City of Burnsville) Front Row: warren mosier (Cornerstone Copy Center), Mark Meier, Bill Corby (President, Burnsville Chamber of Commerce)

What are some visitor-friendly events the City coordinates throughout the year?

The City puts on several visitor-friendly events every year. The line-up of events changes annually (with the exception of a few annual favorites), which helps attract visitors with a wide range of interests to Burnsville and gives residents many opportunities to experience more of their City.

A sampling of upcoming City-assisted events:

  • The 50th Anniversary of Burnsville celebration kicks off this week with events continuing through September.
  • I Love Burnsville Week, the annual community celebration, takes place in early June and is filled with fun, family-friendly events for all.
  • The annual International Festival in July features dancers, musicians and other entertainers. This festival is a fantastic exhibition of our city’s diverse population and traditions.Fire Muster is a local favorite. This four-day event features beer tasting, entertainment, fireworks, carnival rides, kids’ activities, emergency personnel demonstrations, food and beverages from local restaurants, and to top that off – a combined fire truck and community parade.
  • In addition to the above community-focused festivals, the City is committed to continuing their work with athletic organizations like the Burnsville Athletic Club (BAC), BA191 and other athletic organizations to bring athletic events and tournaments to the area.

2013 Burnsville Garden & Landscape Contest First Place Winners (Residential Category), Jim Losenicky & Bill Panos, pose with Mayor Elizabeth Kautz and BCVB Executive Director, Amie Burrill.

What are some of Burnsville’s best keep secrets that visitors (and residents) want to be sure to check out?

The multitude of diverse, delicious dining options.

Burnsville has a lot of amazing restaurants, many locally-owned, offering a wide range of experiences, from authentic ethnic cuisine to American fare.

Amazing live performances right in The Heart of the City.

The Ames Center is a beautiful, multi-purpose facility that hosts a wide variety of events including cultural events, dramas, comedies, dance and musical acts from local arts organizations and national touring artists.

The many ways to enjoy the great outdoors.

Burnsville boasts a rich natural environment with its many trails and parks, and the Rudy Kraemer Nature Preserve, where people can walk and experience many native species of animals.

The passion and appreciation for wildlife.

Burnsville is a great bird-watching community. Grab those binoculars and join the fun!

The perfect spot for Minnesota summer fun.

For those who love the lake, Burnsville offers Crystal Lake, which includes a sand beach and boat landing where visitors can swim, fish or play water sports.

Staying in Burnsville makes it easy to experience all Burnsville has to offer as well as experience some world-renowned destinations like Mall of America, Valleyfair, Canterbury Park, and the Minnesota Zoo!

A visit from the Road Bros in 2012 when Burnsville was a finalist for “Best for Food” in Rand McNally and USA Today’s Best of the Road® contest! Pictured from left to right: Skip Nienhaus (City of Burnsville), Mayor Elizabeth Kautz, Michelle Rock, The Road Bros, travel bloggers Mike Shubick and Brian Cox, Amie Burrill (BCVB Executive Director), Quinn Anderson, Pat & Gene Roehrick and Ed Delmoro