Final Design Complete: 2014
Iowa Right of Way (ROW) and Demolition Complete: 2014
Bettendorf/Moline Central Business District Project Construction: 2015/16
Illinois ROW and Demolition: 2010-2016
Final Construction: 2018-2021*
*(Central Bridge Section from bluff to bluff to begin no later than calendar year 2017.)
Denise Bulat, Executive Director reported the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is undertaking a reconsideration of the 2008 National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for ozone in the range of 0.070 to 0.060 parts per million (ppm). EPA’s proposed range would result in a large portion of the United States being classified as nonattainment. Lowering the 0.075 ppm standard to the lower end of the proposed range of 0.060 ppm would result in almost tripling the number of counties being designated in non-attainment in the U.S. The National Association of Counties (NACO) has determined that 96% and 76% of current monitors would fail at the 0.060 and 0.070 ppm standards, respectively (compared to 48% at the 0.075 ppm standard). All monitored areas in Iowa and Illinois would be classified as non-attainment if the 0.060 ppm standard were adopted. All but six of the 51 monitors in Iowa and Illinois would be in non-attainment at a standard of 0.065 ppm.
Mark D. Hunt, Project Manager, provided a brief update on the status of the 2014 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Progress Report. Mr. Hunt began by noting that over the past seven-years, EDA funding had accounted for $8.7 million in federal investment across the Bi-State Region and $17 million when local match is included. He noted that the CEDS process was a key component in making the region eligible for EDA funds. The CEDS is updated annually and fully redeveloped every five years. The strategy must be completed for the region to receive federal funds from the Economic Development Administration (EDA). The EDA has partnered in funding several projects over the past years as shown below.
The 2014 Illinois Community Development Assistance Program (CDAP) grant application due dates for competitive programs have changed to June 2, 2014. This is a date change for the program , grants were previously due in February.
CDAP is a grant program funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), that assists Illinois communities by providing grants to local governments to help them in financing economic development projects, public facilities, and housing rehabilitation. The program is targeted to assist low-to-moderate income persons. Those eligible to apply are units of general local government such as cities, villages, townships, and counties. Local governments must have populations of 50,000 or less and must not be located in the 38 cities that receive federal "entitlement" funds. Moline and Rock Island, Illinois are entitlement cities in the Bi-State Region. Communities must meet the 51% LMI for their project area (which can be the entire community or specified area).
Illinois Public Acts 97-905 and 98-109 were passed in 2012 and 2013 by the Illinois General Assembly. These laws combine to make significant changes to the way enterprise zones are awarded and administrated in Illinois. Enterprise zones were first established in Illinois in 1983 to stimulate economic growth by providing tax incentives and regulatory relief to businesses opening or expanding in specially designated areas. To date, 97 enterprise zones have been authorized by the State of Illinois.