Bi-State Regional Commission

A Forum for Inter-governmental Coorperation and Delivery of Regional Programs


  • Grant Updates

    Federally, local governments can check the following link for the latest federal discretionary grants: USDOT Key Notices of Funding Opportunity.  Federal grants require registration in, and EUI-Entity Identifier, a 12-character unique number assigned to all entities who must register to do business with the federal government in SAM-System for Award Management.  If you are considering a federal grant, it will be important to have an EUI and be registered in SAM.

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  • MPO Federal Certification Review Public Open House

    MPO Federal Certification Review Public Open House June 11, 2024 11:00 a.m. at Bi-State Regional Commission, 1504 Third Avenue, Rock Island, IL, Room 320. Comments on the transportation planning process will be accepted by the Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration representatives. The public notice also contains a link to a survey to provide feedback and comments in addition to the open house.

    pdf Quad Cities CR Public Notice Media Release (88 KB)

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  • Quad Cities MPO News

    The MPO Transportation Policy Committee meeting is set for noon Tuesday, June 25, 2024 at the Rock Island County Office Building, 1504 Third Avenue, Rock Island, Illinois.  

    Meeting agendas, minutes, and full packets can also be accessed here.

    As a courtesy, please contact Gena McCullough (309)793-6300 Ext.1146 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to indicate your attendance prior to the meeting.


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Bi-State Aerial Photo Consortium
In 2004-2005, staff assisted in the implementation of a multi-jurisdictional consortium of local governments (and one utility) to coordinate the joint purchase of updated aerial photography and associate products for the Quad Cities and surrounding area. This is the first time such exemplary cooperation in GIS coordination has taken place in the region at this scale.

The project began in the spring of 2004 as several local government members of the Quad Cities Area Bi-State GIS User Group were budgeting and planning to acquire digital aerial photos for their Geographic Information Systems in the spring of 2005. A Subcommittee was formed in April, 2004 to discuss the idea of partnering to coordinate the RFP and aerial services vendor selection process. Advantages of coordinating the joint purchase of aerial photo products included:

  • Substantial savings over contracting separately
  • Reduced duplicative administrative costs
  • Shared GIS expertise
  • Data acquisition spanning our common metropolitan area

The Bi-State Aerial Photo Consortium was formed. Bi-State Regional Commission facilitated the coordinative effort. Members include (in Iowa) Scott County and the cities of Bettendorf, Davenport and LeClaire; the Muscatine Area Geographic Information Consortium, or MAGIC (Muscatine County, City of Muscatine and Muscatine Power & Water Co.); and (in Illinois) Rock Island County and the cities of Colona, Moline and Rock Island.

The first success of the Consortium was being awarded a $15,000 grant from the U.S. Geological Survey (U.S.G.S.) National Spatial Data Infrastructure Cooperative Agreements Program using member staff time as an in-kind match. This grant was used to pay for Bi-State Regional Commission staff administrative costs.

A project of this scope and participation isn’t without challenges. To achieve the economy of scales and cost savings with the vendor, members of the consortium had to agree upon common products. The consortium spent many hours at multiple meetings discussing scale, resolution, projection, color, flight height, LiDAR, topography, quality control, budget processes, break lines, control points and more, to achieve standardized specifications and products across the entire region.

Our next step was a Request for Qualification process, from which we narrowed our vendors for a Request for Proposals. We enlisted the help of Dan Corbin, Inc. (DCI) to assist with writing the technical aspects of the RFP as well as assisting with a thorough analysis of the proposals.

We divided the multi-county area into a grid system of tiles of high and low altitude flights. The counties selected the tiles they required to be flown and cost distribution was based strictly on the amount of area flown. The cost of areas being flown that were shared between jurisdictions were split in half. In the RFP process, vendors were asked to provide unit costs for each product needed. Each member of the consortium contracted with the vendor directly using the shared unit cost from the joint RFP.

With the assistance of our consultant, DCI, the members of the consortium interviewed two aerial photo finalists. The group selected Kucera International, of Cleveland, Ohio, for the project.

The photos were flown in early April 2005. Sample pilot images and flight information has been delivered for initial quality control and approval. We anticipate full product delivery by the end of the 2005 calendar year. Final products will include high and low altitude digital orthophotos, as well as contours and digital terrain models for some of the jurisdictions. The estimated total project cost is approximately $500,000. Substantial cost savings were realized by joining together to acquire the new photography. Several participants report an estimated 25% - 40% reduction in costs compared to previous projects with similar specifications.

What started as an exploratory committee in the spring of 2004 continues today as a success story of intergovernmental cooperation. Not only was the project multi-county, but it spanned several municipalities and two states. By the spring of 2006, government and agencies that use aerial photos will be benefiting from the new comprehensive data. We hope our collaboration sets a benchmark of cooperation that can be continued or enhanced in future years.

Maps & Information

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Other Local Government Assistance
Bi-State Staff has also provided assistance to the GIS departments in Henry and Rock Island Counties and the Muscatine Area Geographic Information Consortium (MAGIC) – Muscatine County, City of Muscatine and Muscatine Power and Water Company. Staff also serves on the Scott County GIS Steering Committee.

Henry, Mercer and Rock Island Counties signed a joint soil survey agreement, providing a new digital soil survey for the three counties in the year 2001, for which Bi-State staff assisted.

Mission Statement

A local, voluntary organization of five counties and 47 municipalities. We serve as a forum for intergovernmental cooperation and delivery of regional programs and to assist member local governments in planning and project development.