For a 15th year, the Bi-State Regional Commission is hosting a series of webinars sponsored by the American Planning Association (APA) and others. The dates and topics are listed below. These webinars are one and a half hours in length, unless otherwise noted. Attendance of planning staff, planning and zoning commissions/board members, and board of adjustment members is strongly encouraged. This is a terrific training opportunity for planning and zoning commissions and is provided as part of Bi-State Regional Commission membership.
- Wednesday, February 15, 2017 – 3:00-3:30 p.m.
Managing the Planning Commission Meeting (0.5 hours)
Public meetings are critical to planning. Seasoned veterans share their experience in how to create an agenda, keep the meeting focused, allow for robust citizen engagement, and maintain a welcoming, civil, and ethical process.
Certification Maintenance – This webinar has been approved for CM | 0.5
November 16, 2016 – David Gobin, Muscatine Director of Planning and Community Development, spoke on efforts by the City of Muscatine and local private partners to examine the feasibility of an intermodal container port in Muscatine, Iowa. There are no intermodal container facilities on the upper Mississippi River north of St. Louis to date. With many of the containerized ports on the coasts, and potential increasing opportunities for containerized shipping on the Mississippi River, the idea came about as part of Muscatine’s participation in both statewide freight plan development and a commodity optimization study by Iowa Department of Transportation (IADOT) and Iowa Department of Economic Development.
October 26, 2016 – Bi-State Regional Commission celebrated its 50th Anniversary of being a planning agency on October 26, 2016 at Camden Centre in Milan Illinois. Randy Blankenhorn, Secretary of the Illinois Department of Transportation and Paul Trombino, Director of the Iowa Department of Transportation presented information on the importance of Metropolitan Planning Organizations like Bi-State in the development of the transportation system and on the future automation of people and freight travel.
August 24, 2016 – The 2015 edition of the popular Quad Cities Area Street Map is still available through Bi-State Regional Commission. The map covers the metropolitan area and reflects changes to streets, corporate boundaries, landmarks, and other features that have occurred in the last four to five years. Two maps are available: a wall-sized (51” x 42”) full-color map on heavy paper; and a smaller (40” x 28”) color, folded version, which includes insets for the outlying communities of Aledo, Blue Grass, Clinton, Cordova, DeWitt, Eldridge, Geneseo, Kewanee, Muscatine, Port Byron, Princeton, and Walcott. Both maps are fully indexed for streets and places of interest.
Cost to the public for the wall maps is $25.00 each and the folded maps are $5.00 each. Member Governments may receive a free copy of each map. Both maps are available at the Bi-State Regional Commission office, and folded maps are available at the Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau Visitors Centers, www.visitquadcities.com or the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce, www.quadcitieschamber.com.
December 2, 2015 – The Interstate 74 Bridge Corridor project involves the replacement of the I-74 Bridge and nearly eight miles of corridor improvements. It has been the number one transportation priority in the Bi-State Region since 1998. It is in need of reconstruction due to crashes, recurring congestion, and significant maintenance. The bridge itself is functionally obsolete with no shoulders. The Iowa bound span was built in 1935 and the Illinois bound span in 1959.The 4.3 mile expanded central section of the I-74 Bridge Corridor project from south of Avenue of the Cities to Middle Road has been value engineered to reduce costs and the construction period from 8 to 3.5 years. Design plans for the Iowa portion of the expanded central section are complete and are nearing completion for the Illinois portion of the expanded central section, which will be completed in 2016. The design of the Iowa portion of the project north of Middle Road, 3.5 miles in length, will commence in 2016 and should be completed by 2018. All National Environmental Protection Act requirements are complete or being reevaluated due to final plan details, and final design of the central section will be completed in 2016.