April 16, 2018 – Bi-State Regional Commission is holding a free Complete Streets Worshop on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Rock Island Public Library, 401 19th Street, Rock Island.
This short, half-day event is going to be packed with great speakers and ideas to take back to your community. Highlights include:
- Keynote speaker Michael Divita, who helped implement streetscape projects in South Bend, Indiana that in just three years have resulted in fewer crashes, higher property values, increased sales at local businesses, and generated nearly $100 million in new investments downtown,
- Presentations from Scott County Public Health, Healthy Hometown, and the Illinois DOT on free resources for your community to help assess pedestrian amenities, followed by a short demonstration walk in downtown Rock Island,
- And a guided brainstorming session with Heather Schady from the Active Transportation Alliance on low-cost, highly-effective pop-up projects that have helped other communities successfully gauge interest and demonstrate the value of Complete Streets initiatives.
- Lunch is provided
More details and registration information are to follow.
March 28, 2018 – Human trafficking, or modern-day slavery, is the exploitation of human beings through force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of commercial sex or forced labor. Human trafficking generates $9.5 billion per year as reported by the Federal Bureau of Investigations, and there are approximately 40 million slaves around the world, according to Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT).
Sergeant Neil Suckow with the Iowa Department of Transportation, Motor Vehicle Enforcement (MVE) reported that the MVE has teamed up with Truckers Against Trafficking to bring awareness to this problem. Together, they seek to educate, equip, empower, and mobilize members of the trucking industry to spot and report suspected cases of human trafficking.
March 28, 2018 – Lindsay Whitson, Senior Planner at Bi-State Regional Commission, presented a draft of the 2018 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Progress Report, highlighting a few economic trends seen in the Quad Cities. She also provided a list of the strengths, challenges, opportunities, and threats and emphasized the importance of each community’s economic-related projects.
The CEDS is the result of a locally-based, regionally-driven planning process designed to enhance the economic growth of the Bi-State Region. Components of the CEDS Progress Report include a detailed overview of the people, economy, and sense of place of the Bi-State Region; a description of the strengths, challenges, opportunities, and threats; and a list of performance measures to access the progress toward the region’s goals.
March 28, 2018 – Annually, the Quad Cities and Region 9 FY2019 Transportation Planning Work Programs (TPWPs) reflect Bi-State staff transportation work activities and budget funding to accomplish that work for July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019. Gena McCullough, Planning Director, described the tasks and activities to be undertaken by the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and Region 9 for FY2019. She identified four work categories in the TPWPs and highlighted these areas: program support and administration, general development and comprehensive planning, long-range transportation planning, and short-range transportation planning. Key issues include improving river crossing capacity, reducing congestion, integrating safety and security into processes, coordinating modes and connectivity, and helping local jurisdictions implement planned projects.
January 24, 2018 – Every 8 minutes in the United States, someone is affected by disaster, usually a home fire. Home fires kill more people than all natural disasters combined. In fact, 7 people die in home fires every day, mostly in homes that do not have working fire alarms. A person only has 2 minutes to exit a burning home, so it is vital to have working smoke detectors on each floor of the home. Working smoke alarms double the chances of surviving a home fire, and an escape plan for the whole family further increases the survival odds.
January 24, 2018 – The Hearts Open, Sleeves Up, All In initiative is to encourage people to donate blood and get organizations to sponsor drives. Every two seconds in the United States, someone needs blood. Therefore, the Red Cross must collect 14,000 blood donations every day. The Red Cross provides blood donations to the national inventory, Lurie’s Children’s Hospital, Blue Tie Tag drives, and is a secondary provider to the military.
March 22, 2017 – The largest infrastructure project in the Bi-State Region’s history will begin this year due to the persistence and leadership of all those involved. The Bi-State Regional Commission adopted the Interstate 74 Bridge corridor project as the number one transportation priority in the Bi-State Region in 1998. Since that time, four long-range transportation plans have been developed by the Bi-State Metropolitan Planning Organization, and the project has continued to be the top priority. There have been over 14 changes in engineering and planning leadership between the Illinois and Iowa Departments of Transportation and over 20 chief elected official changes on the Transportation Policy Committee since 1998. With all of these changes, the Bi-State Regional Commission has continued to communicate a unified message of support for the project.