News in the Bi-State Region
July 23, 2014 – American Red Cross representative, Betsy Pratt, provided a summary of the flood relief efforts occurring within the region since the first flooding event beginning June 30, 2014.
The Red Cross identifies its key disaster efforts as: Prepare. Respond. Recover. On the preparation side, media releases and communications technology assist in providing tools when a disaster strikes.
July 23, 2014 – Commissioners received an update on the status of Quad Cities bridge restrictions for the current construction season. A report for the Mississippi and Rock River bridges was provided. The largest bridge construction concern is on the Centennial Bridge.
Two public open house meetings were held on June 11th, hosted by the Illinois Department of Transportation for the Centennial Bridge construction. To address concerns on both sides of the river, meetings were held at the Rock Island County Building and the Scott County Administration Building.
July 23, 2014 – Please note that on August 27, the Bi-State Regional Commission monthly meeting will be held at the LeClaire City Hall, 325 Wisconsin Street, due to the closure of the Centennial Bridge. The meeting will be held at the regular time of 3:30 p.m. Please plan your cross-river travels using the Government,
I-74, I-80, and I-280 from August 3 to September 6.
June 25, 2014 – Joe Taylor of the Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau (QCCVB) described the Bureau and tourism’s impact on the Quad Cities. The QCCVB is an accredited convention and visitors bureau funded by hotel/motel taxes from each municipality, state grants from both Illinois and Iowa, and membership dues from local businesses. Its board of directors includes seven representatives from the public sector and seven from the private sector. In 2012, incoming tourists spent $800 million on goods and services in the Quad Cities.