October 25, 2017 – Lisa Miller, Bi-State Data/GIS Director, gave an update on activities and programs in preparation of Census 2020.
The Boundary and Annexation Survey (BAS) Program is held annually and is an opportunity for local jurisdictions to provide input to the Census Bureau on boundary and name changes for their area. Accurate boundaries mean that population counts gathered in Census surveys and estimate programs are attributed to the correct jurisdictions. Invitations to participate in the 2018 BAS will be sent to the highest elected officials in December 2017.
Learn more - https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/bas.html.
October 25, 2017 – Lisa Miller, Bi-State Data/GIS Director, gave an overview of the newly updated data portal website, GreaterQCRegionData.org.
Staff worked with Far Reach Technologies, Inc. to give the website a new look and update its technology, including making it mobile-friendly, streamlining the data reports, and automating and expanding the data on the website.
October 25, 2017 – Jim Tank, Bi-State Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) Board Member and RLF Program Representative to Bi-State Regional Commission, noted that the Bi-State Revolving Loan Fund is celebrating 32 years of providing gap financing to businesses. Since the inception of the program in 1985, nearly $10.5 million has been loaned to 109 businesses in Rock Island and Scott Counties. These loans have helped generate over $439 million in total investments, accessing city and state public financing programs, financial institutions, and company equity. In addition, nearly 3,900 jobs have been created/retained in the two-county area. Currently, there is approximately $700,000 available to loan.
September 27, 2017 – Colonel Kenneth Tauke, Rock Island Arsenal (RIA), gave his final presentation to the Commission before his time as RIA Garrison Commander concludes in summer 2018. He manages services and facilities for the 950 acre (1.5 square mile) Arsenal Island.
RIA houses five Commands that reach 40 states and19 countries, including Army Sustainment Command, Joint Munitions Command, Army Contracting Command, First Army, and Army Corps of Engineers. The regional reach may also be demonstrated through the distribution of the employees of RIA that are 48% from Iowa and 52% from Illinois.
April 7, 2017 – The Illinois Department of Transportation has announced the grant cycle of the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program, ITEP, will open on October 2, 2017. Applications will be due December 1, 2017 with selected projects announced in spring 2018. Grants are awarded up to 80% of total project cost up to $2 million. All applicants must be in compliance with the Grant Accountability and Transparency Act (GATA), which includes registering at www.grants.illinois.gov and fulfilling all other related requirements and documents. More information on ITEP can be found at http://www.idot.illinois.gov/transportation-system/local-transportation-partners/county-engineers-and-local-public-agencies/funding-opportunities/ITEP.
March 22, 2017 – The largest infrastructure project in the Bi-State Region’s history will begin this year due to the persistence and leadership of all those involved. The Bi-State Regional Commission adopted the Interstate 74 Bridge corridor project as the number one transportation priority in the Bi-State Region in 1998. Since that time, four long-range transportation plans have been developed by the Bi-State Metropolitan Planning Organization, and the project has continued to be the top priority. There have been over 14 changes in engineering and planning leadership between the Illinois and Iowa Departments of Transportation and over 20 chief elected official changes on the Transportation Policy Committee since 1998. With all of these changes, the Bi-State Regional Commission has continued to communicate a unified message of support for the project.
January 25, 2017 – 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 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 are complete for the entire central section, which includes the entire Illinois portion of the project. The Iowa portion of the project north of Middle Road to 53rd Street is 3.5 miles in length and is an independent project. The design for the North Section started in 2016 and should be completed by 2018.