Lisa Miller, Data/Graphics/GIS Director, provided an update on several U.S. Census Bureau programs and announcements.
On February 28, 2013, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) announced revised delineations of Core Based Statistical Areas (CBSA). These are geographic entities used by federal statistical agencies in collecting, tabulating, and publishing federal statistics. Core Based Statistical Areas is a collective term for Metropolitan (Metro) and Micropolitan (Micro) Statistical Areas. The Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL MSA remains unchanged and includes the same four counties that were delineated in 2003, following the 2000 Census: Henry, Mercer, and Rock Island Counties in Illinois and Scott County, Iowa. The Muscatine Micropolitan Statistical Area now consists of only Muscatine County. Louisa County was formerly included in the Muscatine Micro. For more information, please visit http://www.census.gov/population/metro/ or http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/inforeg_statpolicy.
For non-members (businesses, not-for-profits, and other organizations), we offer an Information Services Membership (ISM) Program for these organizations to gain access to Bi-State’s data and mapping services.
Bi-State is a council of local governments that works to facilitate intergovernmental cooperation and delivery of regional programs, planning and project development. Bi-State serves the geographic area covered by Henry, Mercer, and Rock Island Counties in western Illinois and Muscatine and Scott Counties in eastern Iowa. Through the Information Services Membership (ISM) Program, we are able to provide many of the professional data and mapping services enjoyed by our member governments to businesses, not-for-profits, and other organizations. Annual cost for membership is $300 for businesses and $250 for not-for-profits.
Joining the ISM program entitles your organization to many discounts and benefits, including:
- Top priority response to data requests and other projects; however, member governments are always our top priority
Priority Access to Datasets and Tools
- ISM subscribers enjoy top priority access to thousands of datasets and the wealth of knowledge and expertise by Data Services Staff. In addition to a myriad of public domain and government-produced data, the Bi-State also offers the following third party datasets and tools:
- Esri Community Analyst
Community Analyst is a Web-based system that allows users to view and analyze demographic, public, and third-party sources of data to better understand the overall community in question and make better policy decisions. By using the thousands of variables available in Community Analyst, users can analyze specific locations, geographic areas, or custom regions created on the map, then relay critical information and analyses to others via maps and reports. Esri's business, consumer spending, and demographic data encompasses a wide variety of datasets that are updated quarterly, semiannually, annually, and decennially in the case of U.S. Census data. Esri provides current-year and five-year projections of demographic data. Several public sources of data are included in Community Analyst as well.
- Chmura JobsEQ
Chmura JobsEQ is an economic development tool used for the reporting, visualization, and analysis of demographic and industry data. JobsEQ contains historical, current, and projected data on labor markets, wages, occupation trends, workforce characteristics, and demographic profiles for all counties and communities in a 75 miles radius around the Quad Cities Region, and JobsEQ also provides state and national data for peer comparisons and benchmarking. Another useful feature of JobsEQ is the economic impact tool, which is used to determine the ripple effect of change in a region by adding or removing jobs, earnings, or sales in an industry.
- Infogroup ReferenceUSA Gov
Staff enjoys access to this web-based database of over 24 million businesses. Data can be searched by company name, employee size, business type, sales volume, year established, etc. Corporate family trees are also included. Staff uses ReferenceUSA Gov to develop Top Employer lists for the region.
Discounts on Services
- Up to 20 hours of staff research time per year, included in membership
- “At cost” research beyond the allotted 20 research hours per year
- “At cost” fees for mapping services. Costs vary by project/request.
Discounts on Publications and Maps
- 20% discount off all maps, publications, and other documents produced by Bi-State Regional Commission
- Complimentary Publications **
o The Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy for the Bi-State Region (CEDS) - a compilation of the region’s economic conditions ($25 value)
o Public Officials Directory
o One 51” X 42” Quad City Area Street Map ($25 value)
o Fact Sheets for the Quad City Metro Area; Muscatine, Henry and Mercer Counties
o One each: Illinois/Iowa Highway Maps
o Quad Cities Metro Area Daly Traffic Count Maps
** ISM members will receive one free copy of any of these items that are updated within the ISM subscriber’s one-year membership period. All membership periods begin upon receipt of payment and expire one year from that date.
How to Join
To learn more about the ISM program or to request your ISM enrollment forms, contact our Data Services Planner.
Recent Information Services Members
Rock Island Housing Authority
Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce
WQPT Quad Cities PBS
Nearly 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 Bi-State Title VI Program and Non-Discrimination Policy provided to the Commissioners.
The document is a consolidation of the various parts of the agency’s policies and procedures formalized collectively into one format.
Title VI states “No person in the United States shall, on the
ground of race, color or national origin, be excluded from
participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to
discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal
financial assistance.” Additional non-discrimination requirements
include Executive Orders (EO) to address environmental justice in
minority and low-income populations (EO 12898), to improve access to services for persons with limited English proficiency (EO 13166) and to ensure consistent and effective implementation of Title VI (EO 12250) administered through the Department of Justice. There are other statutes that address protected classes related to age, sex, marital status, disability, etc.
The document identifies the Executive Director as the Title VI Coordinator, outlines roles and responsibilities and related documents, such as the public involvement process, language assistance, and handling of complaints. The Bi-State Regional Commission Title VI Program and Non-Discrimination Policy applies to agencywide programs and planning. It provides the framework for open and inclusive planning processes, outreach to low-income and minority populations, eliminating barriers to participation, providing broad representation on planning and advisory bodies where possible, knowing the socio-economic makeup of the Bi-State Region to address, and being proactive in agency programs and planning. Commissioners approved the policy for submission to the respective federal agencies.
Career Opportunities. Employment opportunities are available from time to time with Bi-State Regional Commission.
Application for Employment
Non-Discrimination and Equal Opportunity. The Commission is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In accordance with Federal Law and policy, Bi-State Regional Commission is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, religion, sex and familial status. (Note all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Bi-State Regional Commission has a Title VI Program and Non-Discrimination Policy (2012). Refer to the document below. A complaint form follows the document to process complaints and must be filed within 180 days from the date of the alleged discrimination.
pdf 2015-10-BSRC Title VI for Planning Agencies.pdf (2.86 MB)
Title VI Program and Non-Discrimination Policy (2015)
pdf title-vi-complaint-form-en.pdf (64.32 kB)
Title VI Complaint Form [English Version]
Title VI Complaint Form [Spanish Version]
EOE - Affirmative Action Plan
Careers in Planning and GIS. Bi-State Regional Commission encourages those looking for jobs in the field of planning and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to visit several resources - city or county planning departments, regional planning agencies, economic development, transportation planning organizations, and local, state, and federal government offices. Our staff provides outreach to local colleges/universities, high schools and elementary schools on an appointment basis to speak on career aspects of planning, GIS/mapping and data analysis. Contact our office for more information on our speakers' bureau.
Other contacts include our local governments and associations, such as:
Iowa Association of Regional Councils (IARC) - http://iarcog.com
Illinois Association of Regional Councils (ILARC) - http://ilarconline.org
American Planning Association (APA) - http://www.planning.org
Illinois GIS Association (ILGISA) - http://www.ilgisa.org
Illinois Geographical Society (IGS) - http://illinoisgeography.org
Iowa Geographic Information Council (IGIC) - http://www.iowagic.org
Association of American Geographers (AAG) - http://www.aag.org
American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) - http://www.asprs.org/Students/Career-Brochure.html
Esri - http://www.esri.com/what-is-gis/careers-in-gis
GIS Certification Institute (GISCI) - http://gisci.org
National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE) - http://www.ncge.org
The Society for Conservation GIS (SCGIS) - http://www.scgis.org
Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) - http://www.urisa.org
2009 Quad Cities Metropolitan Area Street Map
- The most up-to-date and accurate map of its kind – locally researched
- Fully indexed for streets and places of interest
- Great for office walls, boardrooms, restaurants, retail stores, travel areas, warehouses and distribution centers
- Covers the Quad Cities Metropolitan Area
Two sizes available:
Wall-sized (51” x 42”), printed in full color on heavy paper
Folded version (40” x 28”), full color, printed both sides. Includes insets for outlying communities of Aledo, Blue Grass, Cordova, DeWitt, Geneseo, Kewanee, Princeton and Walcott
- Similar wall-sized maps may cost as much as $100.00, but our high quality map is only $25.00 (excludes shipping and handling)
2009 Folded maps cost $3.00 each