News in the Bi-State Region
May 27, 2015 – Paul Trombino, Director of the Iowa Department of Transportation, reported on a new commodity flow effort the department is instituting. Iowa DOT partnered with Quetica Consulting to use a demand-based supply chain network design and optimization approach to assist companies in designing and optimizing their supply chains and to identify strategic locations for their facilities in Iowa, while reducing their overall supply chain costs. The service focuses on effectively analyzing constraints and opportunities in a company's supply chain, developing design alternatives, conducting both quantitative and qualitative analysis of the design alternatives, and recommending an optimized network design with financial analysis to help the company make informed business decisions.
May 27, 2015 – Denise Bulat, Executive Director, reviewed the draft FY 2016 Budget as recommended by the Finance and Personnel Committee. She reported revenues for FY 2016 are projected to be down 4.7% from the current year, primarily due to the completion of the Henry County Rural Jobs Accelerator grant. Dues for Bi-State’s member governments are proposed to increase 2.0 %. Of member dues, 59.8% of dues go to match federal and state grant funding. Continuation of the merit performance review program, with a projected average of 2.0%, is recommended along with a 1.5% across the board annual wage adjustment budgeted. The budget will lay on the table and be considered for approval at the June 24, 2015 Commission meeting. Anyone with questions or comments about the budget, or to request a budget document, should call Denise Bulat at 309-793-6302 ext. 140 or Donna Moritz at 309-793-6302 ext. 128.
May 27, 2015 – Quad City Health Initiative (QCHI) partnered with Bi-State Regional Commission (BSRC) on a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Partnerships to Improve Community Health (PICH) Grant to expand upon the work under the Be Healthy QC initiative. The PICH Grant focuses on improving nutrition options and increasing physical wellness opportunities for people, especially children, in the Quad Cities.
March 25, 2015 – Doug Rick of the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) and Rebecca Marruffo of the Illinois DOT provided an update on the I-74 Mississippi River Bridge Corridor Project. The Interstate 74 Bridge Corridor project involves the replacement of the I-74 Bridge and over six miles of corridor improvements. 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.