Who can participate?
All local governments, businesses and organizations are encouraged to join the Partnership.
|Arnold's Body Shop||Mercer County Heath Dept./EMA Office|
|Chuck Oestreich, QC TAG||Missman Stanley|
|City of Bettendorf||Muscatine County|
|City of Davenport||Quad City International Airport|
|City of East Moline||Rock Island County|
|City of Moline||Scott County|
|City of Muscatine||St. John's Lutheran (Rock Island)|
|City of Rock Island||United Neighbors Inc.|
|Edwards UCC (Davenport)||Waste Commission of Scott County|
|Greater Metropolitan Areah Housing Authority of Rock Island County|
What is the Partnership?
When should my organization join, and are there deadlines?
Bi-State encourages all local organizations to join NOW. It is never too early to begin improving air quality. Because the Partnership is a voluntary program, there are no deadlines for implementation. We only ask that every organization try to implement one activity in each air quality category. Bi-State will check back with Partners in one year to see what goals were accomplished and provide resources to help organizations overcome obstacles for harder-to-implement activities.
Where is the Partnership located?
The Partnership is a collaboration between public and private organizations in the Bi-State Region- Scott, Muscatine, Henry, Rock Island and Mercer Counties in Iowa and Illinois. The Partnership is facilitated by the Bi-State Regional Commission located in the Rock Island County Building. More information on Bi-State Regional Commission can be found at www.bistateonline.org.
Why does the Bi-State Region need a Partnership, and why should my organization join?
Since Fall 1998, the Bi-State Region has been alerted by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IADNR) and Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (ILEPA) that the metropolitan area and small urban communities such as Muscatine, Iowa have experienced a few days where air quality levels in the atmosphere have been considered unhealthy. Although the general air quality in the Bi-State Region is considered good by many of the standards for pollutants, National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Ozone are under consideration for revisions based on health considerations. It is this health-based threshold that concern area officials and the state agencies. Slipping into non-attainment for ozone or other criterea pollutants could mean more stringent regulations and loss of economic opportunities.
Joining the Partnership will highlight and bring to the attention of consumers and constituents, businesses and organizations that are making an effort to improve the air quality in our communities and beyond. Every reduction in pollution will increase economic opportunities as the buffer between the region’s emission levels and non-attainment is increased. Partners that accomplish reduction activity goals will be featured on the Partnership website and in advertising and will have access to resources to help their organization achieve set goals.
How does my organization join?
Fill out the Bi-State Region Partnership Checklist and Pledge: pdf Bi State Region Clean Air Pledge.pdf (196.06 kB) and return to:
Bi-State Regional Commission
1504 Third Avenue, P.O. Box 3368
Rock Island, IL 61204
Fax: Bi-State Regional Commission; (309) 793-6305
Clean Air Partnership Newsletters
Clean Air Counts
Clean Air Counts is a multi-media campaign intended to connect people of the Bi-State Region to information about reducing personal emissions.
Visit http://alcoa.c2es.org/to explore what you can do at home, work, the store, in the yard, at the curb, and on the move to reduce your personal daily emissions. The website is full of helpful and easy tips to show you what you can do to help. One of the most powerful tools accessible to you through the Make an Impact website is the carbon calculator.
Bi-State Regional Commission represents the Regional Planning Organization (RPO) for Region 9 rural planning for Scott and Muscatine Counties, Iowa. Transportation planning provides a coordinated and continuing process to assist communities in the implementation of transportation improvements. This planning is required before federal funds can be spent on projects. Planning before implementation has the added benefit of providing a technical means of ranking transportation needs and prioritizing available funding. Roadways, transit, railroads, waterways, airports, trails and intermodal facilities are all considered in the planning process.
Local, state, and federal jurisdictions work together with support from Bi-State staff to develop planning and programming recommendations for transportation improvements. In Region 9, recommendations are considered by the Region 9 Transportation Policy Committee composed of the chief elected officials from the City of Muscatine, Scott and Muscatine Counties, a small community representative from the Iowa region, and an official from the Iowa Department of Transportation.
Additionally, the RPO also conducts regional transit planning for Region 2, representing the geographic area of rural Rock Island County and Henry, Mercer and Whiteside Counties, Illinois. Region 2 Transit Advisory Committee provides oversight for rural transit planning and human services coordination in an advisory capacity to the Illinois Department of Transportation.
Bi-State’s staff offers a full range of mapping and Geographic Information System (GIS) services, creating attractive maps for use in planning documents, marketing and promotional pieces, site plans and economic development materials, as well as stand-alone navigational maps for special events. Staff are knowledgeable in the myriads of public and private data available in spatial and tabular format that enhances the intelligence of our maps.
With hundreds of geospatial datasets from both public and private sources at our fingertips, Bi-State Geographic Information System (GIS)/Mapping staff are able to create attractive maps that communicate information and ideas clearly. Staff maintains geospatial data for the five-county region including roadways, railroads, water features, political boundaries (e.g., corporate limits), points of interest (e.g., schools, hospitals, attractions, etc.), trails and greenways, and parks. We also collect GIS data from our public and private partners for features such as aerial imagery, parcels and other cadastral features, demographic and economic data, Census and other political boundaries, floodplain, soils, wetlands, and many more. We combine all of these resources with extensive knowledge in GIS and data to make useful and attractive maps.
Staff creates many maps that serve as visual aids to clearly and attractively show the multitude of geospatial data layers that are used in planning for local municipalities and the region. Maps range from water and sewer system maps in a community’s comprehensive plan to future roadway projects planned for the entire region; from locations of federal investment dollars for infrastructure projects in the region to playgrounds and baseball diamonds in a municipal park plan; and from maps used to count housing units for U.S. Census activities to maps that the show location of low to moderate income census tracts.
Many maps are used simply to depict a community or features and amenities of a community. Staff creates maps to accompany community profiles/fact sheets, maps that are included in promotional and informational brochures, maps for websites, and maps that are included in guides for transit riders and recreational trails users, for example.
Staff creates detailed maps of specific areas sited for development or potential investment through grant applications.
Many maps are created for special events in the area such as the Quad Cities Marathon, East Moline’s Firecracker Run, and the XStream Clean Up.
Note: Staff can also provide (when applicable) accurate geographic data for your artist or graphic designer to use in creating maps for various special events and marketing pieces.