Revolving Loan Fund Programs in the Bi-State Region

October 23, 2019 – Jim Tank, Bi-State Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) Board Member and RLF Program Representative to Bi-State Regional Commission, and Donna Moritz, Revolving Loan Fund Program Administrator, presented information about the Revolving Loan Fund Programs in the Bi-State Region.

Bi-State Revolving Loan Fund Program. The Bi-State Revolving Loan Fund in Rock Island and Scott Counties is celebrating 34 years of providing gap financing to businesses. Since the inception of the program in 1985, over $10.7 million has been loaned to 114 businesses in Rock Island and Scott Counties. These loans have helped generate nearly $441 million in total investments, accessing city and state public financing programs, financial institutions, and company equity. In addition, over 3,900 jobs have been created/retained in the two county area. Currently, there is approximately $800,000 available to loan.

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Long Range Transportation Planning in the Bi-State Region

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.

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Mississippi River Ports of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois (MRPEIWI)

September 25, 2019 – Robert Sinkler, former Colonel for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers overviewed a proposed concept to pursue designation of a federally recognized port consisting of existing ports and terminals along the Mississippi River from the Iowa and Illinois border at river mile 580 (Dubuque) to the south border at river mile 362 (Keokuk), north to south. There are 7 counties in Illinois and 8 counties in Iowa adjacent to the river in this corridor.

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Local Higher Education - Western Illinois University Update and Partnerships

August 28, 2019  – New Western Illinois University Provost and acting President Martin Abraham recently relocated from Youngstown, Ohio and is in the process of addressing the school’s number one challenge of improving enrollment. Since 2014, new freshman enrollment has been declining from 3,400 to 2,000 students currently. He looks forward to making more contacts within the Quad Cities area as he begins working toward stronger partnerships within the region. 

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Census 2020 and Complete Count Committees

April 24, 2019 – Rachel Bruce, Bi-State Regional Commission Planner, reported that Census Day is April 1, 2020, but outreach efforts began as early as 2018 with the coordination of programs like the Boundary and Annexation Survey (BAS) and Participant Statistical Areas Program (PSAP). These programs gave local jurisdictions the opportunity to review and propose modifications to boundaries for census tracts, block groups, and census designated places (CDPs) to ensure that the Census Bureau accurately represents the geography of the region. This summer, the Census Bureau will begin address canvassing to verify structures and addresses for the questionnaire mailing.  Canvassing is expected to last until August, and the Census Bureau has already begun hiring workers for canvassing activities and in preparation for Census Day.

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Title VI and Non-Discrimination Policy

Bi-State Regional Commission is an Equal Opportunity Employer is committed to ensuring that no person is excluded from participation in or denied the benefits of its services on the basis of race, color, or national origin as protected by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended.  The Title VI document provides information on programs and activities that are federally funded and where efforts are made to deliver those programs in a non-discriminatory way.  If a citizen or interested party feels there are grounds for complaints related to Title VI where discrimination has occurred, the policy outlines procedures to submit a complaint. Title VI complaints must be filed within 180 days from the date of the alleged discrimination.

Title VI Program and Non-Discrimination Policy 2018  - Technical Revisions March 2019
pdf 2018 BSRC Title VI for Planning Agencies - Technical Revisions March 2019 (3.65 MB)

The following information is necessary to assist us in processing your complaint.  If you require any assistance in completing this form, please contact the Title VI Coordinator by calling (309) 793-6300.  The completed form must be returned to the Bi-State Regional Commission, 1504 Third Avenue, Third Floor, Rock Island, Illinois 61201. Faxed, e-mailed, or electronically-transmitted forms are not accepted.  Hand delivery is recommended to ensure that the complaint is filed within the statutory deadline.

pdf Title VI Complaint Form - English (318 KB)

Bi-State Regional Commission está obligado a asegurar que ninguna persona sea excluída de participar en o se le niegan beneficios a sus servicios en báse a raza, color, origen nacional, como protegidos por el Titulo VI de los Derechos Civiles del Acta de 1964 como amendados (“Titulo VI”).

Bi-State Regional Commission está dispuesto a asegurar que acualquier persona sea excluída de tener una participación en o negada de beneficios a los servicios en báse a raza, color, u origen nacional, como son proveídos por el Título VI del Acta de Derechos Civiles de 1964, como amendados.  Las quejas correspondientes al Título VI deberán ser registradas dentro de los 180 dias a partir de la fecha de la queja alegada correspondiente a una descriminación.

La siguiente información es necesaria para asistirlos a procesar su queja.  Si usted requiere alguna ayuda en completar este formulario, pónganse en contacto con el Coordinador del Titulo VI al llamar al (309)793-6300.  El formulario completo deberá ser devuelto al Bi-State Regional Commission, 1504 Third Avenue, Third Floor, Rock Island, Illinois 61201.  No se aceptan formularios que son enviados por fax, correo electrónico o diferentes transmiciones. Se recomienda que éstos sean entregados personalmente para asi asegurar que la entrega ha sido hecha dentro de los limites de plazo de cierre estatuatorio.

pdf Title VI Complaint Form - Spanish (169 KB)