News in the Bi-State Region
July 23, 2014 – American Red Cross representative, Betsy Pratt, provided a summary of the flood relief efforts occurring within the region since the first flooding event beginning June 30, 2014.
The Red Cross identifies its key disaster efforts as: Prepare. Respond. Recover. On the preparation side, media releases and communications technology assist in providing tools when a disaster strikes.
August 27, 2014 – A delay has been announced for the Centennial Bridge. The bridge closure began August 3 and runs through October 10, 2014. Prior and post closure, one lane restrictions off peak hour are possible. Due to the delay on the Centennial Bridge, the Corps of Engineers is reevaluating the schedule for work on Fort Armstrong Avenue. This project will affect cross river travel. Staff worked with CitiBus and River Bend Transit and Arsenal representatives on early notification of the Government Bridge swing span openings for transit routing. Radio and internet options were made available.
July 23, 2014 – Please note that on August 27, the Bi-State Regional Commission monthly meeting will be held at the LeClaire City Hall, 325 Wisconsin Street, due to the closure of the Centennial Bridge. The meeting will be held at the regular time of 3:30 p.m. Please plan your cross-river travels using the Government,
I-74, I-80, and I-280 from August 3 to September 6.
June 25, 2014 – Joe Taylor of the Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau (QCCVB) described the Bureau and tourism’s impact on the Quad Cities. The QCCVB is an accredited convention and visitors bureau funded by hotel/motel taxes from each municipality, state grants from both Illinois and Iowa, and membership dues from local businesses. Its board of directors includes seven representatives from the public sector and seven from the private sector. In 2012, incoming tourists spent $800 million on goods and services in the Quad Cities.