Collaborating for Community Health: The Quad City Health Initiative

July 24, 2019 – The Quad City Health Initiative was formed in 1999 and is celebrating 20 years of cross-community partnerships to create a healthy community. Nicole Carkner, QCHI Executive Director, spoke about engaging a variety of sectors across organizational and geographic boundaries to improve community health. There are 13 health opportunity areas, such as disease, oral health, tobacco use, and injury/violence. Priorities include nutrition, physical activity and weight, mental health, and access to healthcare. 

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Weather and Climate Resilience – Are We Ready?

June 26, 2019 – Ray Wolf, Science and Operations Officer with the National Weather Service (NWS), under the parent agency National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), provided an overview on weather and climate resilience. With a mission of a “Weather-Ready Nation,” the NWS provides weather, water, and climate forecasts and warnings for the protection of life and property, and for the enhancement of the national economy. Hazards planning and preparedness is core to this mission.

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Quad City International Airport Update

May 22, 2019 – Ben Leischner, Executive Director of the Metropolitan Airport Authority of Rock Island County, provided an overview of the Quad City International Airport. The Authority employs 55 workers, and another 30 are employed with the service arm of the organization for ground services support. The authority’s 8 commissioners oversee $250 million in assets and facilities.

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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)


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, which provides an online grant application and management system as well as a search portal for grant and loan opportunities.