Census 2020: LUCA Workshop Held March 8, 2018

March 8, 2018 – Bi-State data services staff hosted a free workshop on Thursday, March 8, 2018 for local governmental entities who’ve registered to participate in the Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA) program.  Twelve staff from various cities in the Bi-State region learned about the decennial Census, why the LUCA is important, how to develop a strategy for reviewing addresses in their community, and preparing and submitting their LUCA response.  The workshop was conducted by a Census Bureau geographer.  Digital and paper response methods were covered. 

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Fly Local Alliance: "Look Before You Book"

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. 

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Hazard Mitigation Efforts

November 15, 2017 – Brandon Melton, Senior Planner, provided a presentation regarding hazard mitigation planning.  He said that a FEMA-approved hazard mitigation plan is required per the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 to access certain FEMA Grant Programs such as Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) and Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA).  FEMA requires that natural hazards with potential impact to a location be considered when creating a plan.

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Bi-State's Role in the I-74 Corridor Project

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.

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I-74 Bridge Construction, Update January 2017

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.

New I-74 Bridge rendering with
expanded lanes and shoulders

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.

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Grant Readiness and Administration

Bi-State staff can write and administer grants for many types of awarded projects, maintaining compliance with all applicable state and federal guidelines and requirements.

In order for Bi-State staff to best assist with grant applications, the applying member government should be prepared to provide the following information:

  • Proposed project scope and purpose, including target population and explanation of how the project fits within the member government’s goals
  • Detailed project budgets, including estimates/quotes if applicable
  • Budget for most current fiscal year
  • Community’s comprehensive plan and/or mission statement, or documents supporting the project's planning and priority
  • Any other supplementary materials as dictated by the grant application guidelines

Staff also offers assistance in conducting household surveys as needed for applications, particularly for competitive state programs funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which require documentation of benefit to at least 51% low-and moderate-income persons to establish eligibility. Income survey contracts should be scheduled well in advance of application deadlines. These grant programs include the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, which is administered by the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) in Illinois and by the Economic Development Authority (IEDA) in Iowa.

Iowa applicants should be registered with IowaGrants.gov, which provides an online grant application and management system as well as a search portal for grant and loan opportunities.

Fact Sheets/Community Profiles

Staff develop publications highlighting community data relating to the population, employment, transportation, health care, entertainment, education, communication, utilities, climate, cost of living, quality of life, and other community information.

QC Region Profile

Henry County, Illinois Fact Sheet
pdf 2017-03_Henry County Fact Sheet.pdf (6.49 MB)

Kewanee, Illinois Community Profile

Mercer County, Illinois Fact Sheet

Milan, Illinois Community Profile

Muscatine, Iowa Fact Sheet

Port Byron, Illinois Community Profile

West Libery, Iowa Fact Sheet

Wilton, Iowa Fact Sheet