News in the Bi-State Region
January 14, 2015 – The highest elected official or other administrative staff in your community may have recently received a correspondence from the U.S. Census Bureau related to the Boundary and Annexation Survey (BAS) Program. This is an important opportunity for your community to ensure that its boundaries are correct in the Census Bureau files. The Census Bureau uses the boundary information collected in the BAS to tabulate data for the decennial and economic censuses, and annual estimates and surveys such as the Population Estimates Program and the American Community Survey. More information is available in the handout below.
December 17, 2014 – Colonel Elmer Speights, Jr., Garrison Commander (GC) of the Rock Island Arsenal, provided an overview of base operations to the Bi-State Regional Commission. Colonel Speights manages services and facilities for the 950 acre Arsenal Island, which includes 336 buildable acres with 141,000 square feet of “move in ready” administrative space, and 310,000 square feet of expansion office & warehouse space. Colonel Speights reported the Arsenal is working towards energy self-sufficiency or “net zero.” They are replacing coal-fired energy plants with natural gas and expanding the use of hydroelectric power.
December 17, 2014 – Curt Burnett, Quad Cities Manufacturing Innovation Hub Executive Director, explained he is a loaned executive from John Deere. He started November 1 to begin execution of the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Hub Plan. He stated the Hub’s mission is to help regional manufacturers grow through innovation and collaboration. This will be accomplished with services under development including: seminars and education events; an online catalogue of manufacturers, products, and competencies; a regional innovation asset map of labs, equipment, and talent; online information and collaboration space; a 7/24/365 help desk; and to grow the Quad Cities Manufacturing Lab. The Hub will connect manufacturers to new technologies, new solutions, new partners, new markets, new profits, and new possibilities.
December 17, 2014 – In 2015, Bi-State staff is instituting a member government liaison program. Our goal is to enhance outreach and understanding of our member needs. The Bi-State Mission is “to provide a forum for intergovernmental cooperation and serve our members through technical assistance.”
December 17, 2014 – The City of New Boston will be awarded a $400,000 Open Space Land Acquisition and Development grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. With the grant dollars and an additional $95,800 in matching funds the city will expand the recreational opportunities in the Sturgeon Bay Campground adjacent to the Mississippi River.
December 17, 2014 – The Commission accepted the Financial and Compliance Report for fiscal year 2014 as presented by Chuck Austin, Finance and Personnel Committee. Bohnsack and Frommelt prepared the audit, noting Bi-State complied with all laws, regulations, contracts, and grants. The Commission once again received the highest audit opinion a AClean Audit@ with no findings or questioned costs. Congratulations staff!
December 17, 2014 – It’s update time for the Public Officials Directory (POD)! All communities and counties in the Bi-State Region will be receiving their page from the last directory to update and return for publication.
The directory is available electronically in PDF format with easy-to-use bookmarks to help users more quickly navigate through the document. It also contains live e-mail links for users to contact elected officials. To view the directory on our website, go to www.bistateonline.org, scroll down to the Public Officials Directory module on the left-hand side, and click the link to the document.