December 8, 2017 – Bi-State Regional Commission and QC public transit agencies, in partnership with the Iowa Department of Transportation will launch a regional rideshare portal called QC Rideshare. As a sub-portal of the Iowa state rideshare site, QC Rideshare is specific to the Quad Cities Metro Area and will help champion the Iowa DOT’s mission to “enhance and expand sustainable transportation options for commuters,” support Bi-State’s Clean Air Initiative, and promote eco-friendly public transit efforts. Commuters from the Iowa and Illinois Quad Cities Metro Area are encouraged to register on the website and “share your ride” to help decrease traffic congestion and also lower greenhouse gas emissions.
December 8, 2017 – A thriving local airport contributes to, and benefits from, a growing economy and prosperous region. Area employers, small business owners, corporate travel planners, and travel agents all have a significant impact on our airport's vitality. When more travelers buy and fly local from the Quad City International Airport, the more air carriers consider this region when planning flight, aircraft, and destination expansions. Our airport is only as good as the amount we use it. The more we use it, the better it will be for all.
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.