August 23, 2017 – More lives are lost to fires than any other major disaster. Sound the Alarm is an effort to install at least 700 fire detectors in the Bi-State Region on October 14, 2017. These detectors are free and have 10-year lithium batteries. Red Cross is asking everyone to spread the word about this life-saving program, and is collecting appointments and recruiting volunteers. To make an appointment, visit SoundTheAlarm.org or call 309-743-2166 or 844-319-6560 and press 9.
- Wednesday, September 13, 2017 – All day telethon with WQAD to schedule appointments
- Saturday, October 14, 2017 – Installation day (volunteer training locations and fire detector pick-up locations in Muscatine, Moline, and Kewanee)
In addition, bedside alarms will be available for hard-of-hearing and/or deaf residents in need. Once the initial home visit is made to install traditional smoke alarms, and the need for a bedside alarm is documented, volunteers will go back to install bedside alarms at a later date.
August 23, 2017 – Bruce Carter of the Quad City International Airport in Moline (MLI) provided a status overview of the services being offered, new items of interest, and potential revenue increasing methods. Currently, MLI offers service for three of the top four largest airlines; including American Airlines, Delta Airlines, and United Airlines. Allegiant Airlines is also on the list of service providers and has become a popular airline for many to utilize. In December 2017, service to Punta Gorda, Florida will be offered once again via Allegiant Airlines. Mr. Carter explained that ridership has decreased since 2011, when AirTran (now a part of Southwest Airlines) discontinued service from MLI. However, from 2015 to 2016, ridership only decreased by 0.9%. MLI still strives to see that percentage increase.
July 26, 2017 – Bi-State Region: In 1989, a barge terminal study was done for the Quad Cities metropolitan area. It determined that containers on barge was not feasible at the time; the best location was a site to become a casino, and private ownership was recommended. In ensuing years, the metro and regional long range plans have included freight as an important transportation component in the region, and staff have assisted with grant applications for transload facilities, switch yard studies, rail spurs, and grade separations. In 2014-15, funding was secured to complete the Bi-State Freight Plan to add to the region’s understanding of freight transportation, identify system gaps or barriers for moving goods, and determine projects to enhance the region’s freight and logistics capabilities.
June 28, 2017 – Joe Taylor of the Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau (QCCVB) presented Commission Chair Carol Earnhardt with the 2017 Trails for Health Award from American Trails. The award was given to Bi-State Regional Commission, Quad City Health Initiative, and Be Healthy QC for their combined efforts on the QCTrails.org website.
The groundbreaking for Bettendorf’s BettPlex sports center was held on July 5. There has been an increase in the number of sporting events of all kinds in the Quad Cities region, including softball tournaments.
July 2017 – 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.
Click below for the 2016 Quad Cities Enterprise Zone Application
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.
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.