January 25, 2017 – Lisa Miller, Data/GIS Director, reported that since its launch in 2010, the web-based data portal for our region, www.GreaterQCRegion.org, has housed data for the five-county region, Illinois and Iowa, and the U.S. Users can select an area and get a quick report with key indicators or dig deeper into the data and get detailed reports or time series for these data.
For a 15th year, the Bi-State Regional Commission is hosting a series of webinars sponsored by the American Planning Association (APA) and others. The dates and topics are listed below. These webinars are one and a half hours in length, unless otherwise noted. Attendance of planning staff, planning and zoning commissions/board members, and board of adjustment members is strongly encouraged. This is a terrific training opportunity for planning and zoning commissions and is provided as part of Bi-State Regional Commission membership.
- Wednesday, March 15, 2017 – 3:00-3:30 p.m.
Legal Decision Making for Planning Commissioners (0.5 hours)
Legal, defensible decision making is central to commission meetings. Legal experts discuss findings of fact, making the record, and the legal context for planning.
Certification Maintenance – This webinar has been approved for CM | 0.5
December 21, 2016 – Colonel Kenneth Tauke, Rock Island Arsenal (RIA), presented his vision for the future of the installation. The campaign plan goes out 30 years into 2040, and focus areas include integrating the RIA with the larger Quad Cities community, adapting to a 21st century workforce, improving the quality of life, transforming the functionality of the installation, and focusing on infrastructure and sustainability.
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.