Bi-State Regional Commission conducted a survey of more than 1,700 households in the Quad Cities from September 2013 to January 2014. There were 4,100 people and 3,523 vehicles participating in the survey. This represented over 13,803 trips in the sample. Fifty-eight percent of the households reported crossing the Mississippi River at least once per week.
The survey results will help transportation planners in our metro area better understand how people travel and why. The results will be used by planners and local officials to identify current travel choices and their effect on our transportation system. The data will also help improve regional mobility.
ETC Institute was hired by Bi-State Regional Commission to conduct the survey. The information provided by Quad Citians will be kept confidential and used only for statistical purposes as part of the Long Range Transportation Plan update. This effort has been funded through an Iowa Clean Air Attainment Program (ICAAP) grant of $300,000.
Bi-State's Quad Cities Transportation Policy and Technical Committees oversee Long Range Transportation Plan preparation. These committees are made up of local elected officials and technical staff. In the next three years, they will work with Bi-State staff to prepare a full draft update by early 2016. The update will include transportation goals and collection of existing and proposed transportation system recommendations. Additional public input is planned in spring 2014 and prior to the adoption of the plan in spring 2016. To review the existing 2040 long range transportation plan, go to 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan
2013-14 Quad Cities Household Travel Survey Final Report
Data Services Staff compiles, maintains, and monitors a variety of current and historical data related to educational attainment and school enrollment for various geographies at local, regional, state, and national levels.
Educational Attainment is available through the U.S. Census Bureau, decennial Census (historical) and American Community Survey. To access educational attainment data for the Region, please use our Data Portal website, GreaterQCRegionData.org. Or, to access multiple data sets and/or multiple geographies within the Nation, such as census blocks, tracts, voting districts, cities, counties and school districts, visit the Census’ American Factfinder: http://factfinder2.census.gov or contact our Data Services Staff.
School Enrollment is available through the Illinois and Iowa State Boards of Education. To access school enrollment data for the Region, please use our Data Portal website, GreaterQCRegionData.org. Or, to access multiple data sets for various school districts in the region, visit the following websites:
Illinois Interactive Report Card
Illinois State Board of Education website
Iowa Department of Education – Education Statistics (Enrollment)
Or contact our Data Services Staff.
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.