CEDSJune 26, 2013 – Mark D. Hunt, Project Manager, presented the final 2013 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Progress Report. He pointed out the highlights of the document paying special attention to the progress report section.

Several significant expansion projects were noted including the completion of Kone Towers in Moline, which brought 50 new and 250 retained jobs to the Bi-State Region. Local governments self reported the completion of 46 significant economic development projects creating over 400 jobs and retaining 800 additional jobs. Redevelopment of the region's downtowns into urban living centers was a continued theme in the CEDS. Davenport' Kirker lofts, Harrison lofts and the Jackson School project are all examples of new downtown living spaces.

Commissioners were reminded of the economic development cooperation agreement included in the CEDS and the need for a resolution to submit the strategy to the federal Economic Development Administration. Mr. Hunt closed by noting that the region's largest employer continues to be the Rock Island Arsenal and that the impacts of federal budget sequestration and potential base closures remain a constant threat.