October 28, 2015 – Jim Tank, Bi-State Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) Board Member and Bi-State Commissioner–RLF Program Representative, stated the Bi-State RLF is celebrating 30 years of providing gap financing to businesses. Since the inception of the program in 1986, nearly $9.8 million has been loaned to 104 businesses in Rock Island and Scott Counties. These loans have helped generate approximately $435 million in total investments, accessing city and state public financing programs, financial institutions, and company equity. In addition, over 3,750 jobs have been created/retained in the two-county area. Currently, there is approximately $935,000 available to loan with the repayment loan pool growing by $10,000 each month.
October 28, 2015 – More than 50 years ago, the 1964 Civil Rights Act was enacted. There continues to be an on-going need for awareness and implementation of this and new regulations related to civil rights. Gena McCullough, Planning Director, reviewed the update to the Bi-State Title VI Program and Non-Discrimination Policy provided to the Commissioners. The 2013 document was a consolidation of the various parts of the agency’s policies and procedures formalized collectively into one format. The update revises assigned staff, adds reference to Federal Transit Grant administration and funding allocations, and updates the Limited English Proficiency Plan and analysis.
March 25, 2015 – Doug Rick of the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) and Rebecca Marruffo of the Illinois DOT provided an update on the I-74 Mississippi River Bridge Corridor Project. The Interstate 74 Bridge Corridor project involves the replacement of the I-74 Bridge and over six miles of corridor improvements. 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.