The 2020 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Progress Report will be available for review through the next Bi-State Regional Commission meeting set for April 22. Comments should be directed to Rachel Hanson and Tara Cullison.
February 26, 2020 – Jessica Brooks, a hydrologist with the National Weather Service, presented on the spring flood outlook at the February 26 Bi-State Regional Commission meeting. Spring rains and the rate of snowmelt will influence the severity of flooding, she explained, which are difficult to forecast months in advance with high degrees of certainty. However, four other factors that can be measured at present suggest long-duration flooding is possible on the Mississippi this spring.
January 22, 2020 – Colonel Stephen Marr, Commander, U.S. Army Garrison – Rock Island Arsenal, provided a presentation to the Commission. He manages services and facilities for the 946 acres Arsenal Island which has a significant global and strategic reach. The Garrison has three overall priorities:
- Infrastructure – Addressing the urgent infrastructure challenges brought on by a decade of underinvestment
- Protection – Focusing on installation protection exercises and full scale exercises
- Soldier/Civilian/Family Programs – Programs and services designated to improve the readiness and resilience of soldiers, civilians, and families, in order to allow their people to focus on their missions
December 18, 2019 – George Ryan, P.E. I-74 Corridor Manager, provided an overview on the status of the I-74 Bridge Corridor Project. He reviewed the progress of the various contractors on all projects that had been let for bid and information regarding future lettings.
November 20, 2019 – Herb Kuryliw, Director of Sales & Business Development for iFiber and Dan Payette Executive Director of Blackhawk Hills Regional Council presented on the potential for Bi-State Regional Commission to partner with Blackhawk Hills and North Central Illinois Council of Governments in an Economic Development Agency (EDA) application to extend fiber optics into to the their respective region. They noted that iFiber would write the application and provide the required match.
October 23, 2019 – Bi-State Regional Commission staff facilitate long range transportation planning as directed by the States of Iowa and Illinois, and by the federal government requirements on 5-year cycles. Planning for 20-30 years into the future is the typical time horizon for these plans.
Planning Areas. Long range transportation plans (LRTPs) are developed for the Quad Cities Metropolitan Area, Iowa/Illinois and the area known as Region 9, including rural Scott County and the entire geographic area of Muscatine County, Iowa. These are funded through federal transportation funds passed through the respective states.