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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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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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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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
http://www.quadcitieschamber.com/files/download/documents/ILLSIN_A1-A8_web.pdf

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

Kewanee, Illinois Community Profile
images/docs/Kewanee,IL_CommunityProfile_2012-11.pdf

Mercer County, Illinois Fact Sheet
images/docs/MercerCounty,IL_FactSheet_2006.pdf

Milan, Illinois Community Profile
images/docs/MilanCommunityProfile_March2015_8.5x11_web.pdf

Muscatine, Iowa Fact Sheet
images/docs/MuscatineFactSheet2015-05_8.5x11_web-ready.pdf

Port Byron, Illinois Community Profile
images/docs/PortByron,IL_CommunityProfile_2012-07.pdf

West Libery, Iowa Fact Sheet
images/docs/2015WestLibertyFactSheet_Final_8.5x11_Web.pdf

Wilton, Iowa Fact Sheet
images/docs/WiltonFactSheet2015_web.pdf

Multi-Purpose Trail Planning (Regions 2 & 9 Rural Planning)

Bi-State staff provide assistance to member governments in the area of trails and pedestrian planning.  Previous work done by Bi-State includes trail master plans, staff assistance to various bicycle and pedestrian initiatives, greenway planning, and grant application preparation.  Bi-State staffs the Bi-State Regional Trail Committee, which meets every other month to act as a forum for coordination and communication for local governments and trails stakeholders.  Periodically, special meetings and webinars are hosted on topics involving bicycles and pedestrians, such as active transportation and Complete Streets.

Bi-State also administers a trail counting program to collect user estimates of area trails.  Since 2013, data has been collected around the region and shared with municipalities for their transportation planning and recreation activities and for grant preparation.  Data is also used to inform long- range transportation and recreation planning in the region.

Bi-State has also partnered with the Quad City Health Initiative to create a “one-stop shop” for non-motorized trails.  The interactive website, QCTrails.org, contains information on trails, bikeways, walking paths, and water trails in the Quad Cities metro area, but staff is aiming to expand coverage to the Bi-State Region.  The website was made possible with funding provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Partnerships to Improve Community Health (PICH) Grant, in support of the Be Healthy QC project administered by the Quad City Health InitiativeQCTrails.org encourages users to explore area trails and to track trail usage through the ability to earn badges as trail segments are completed.

For more information on Bi-State's multi-purpose trail planning initiatives, please contact Bryan Schmid.


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