News in the Bi-State Region
September 24, 2014 – Members of the Joint Purchasing Council (JPC) have saved thousands of dollars on commonly purchased products such as calendars, printer supplies, fine paper, municipal water treatment chemicals and utility supplies, marking paint, street signs and hardware, street sign posts, ice melt, turf chemicals, athletic field dressing items, various types of seed, janitorial paper products, cleaning supplies, personal hygiene items, garbage can liners, and food service supplies.
September 24, 2014 – Lisa Miller, Bi-State Data/GIS Director provided an update on the coordination of a flyover of a multi-county area to acquire GIS-quality digital aerial photos and other products this year. Staff facilitated similar projects in 2005 and 2009 with participants realizing a significant cost savings by coordinating the flight and purchasing aerial products together. In 2005 Rock Island and Scott Counties; the cities of Bettendorf, Colona, Moline, and Rock Island; and the Muscatine Area Geographic Information Consortium, or MAGIC (Muscatine County, City of Muscatine, and Muscatine Power and Water Co.) spent approximately $465,500 to purchase aerial photo products. In 2009, Scott County and the municipalities of Carbon Cliff, Coal Valley, Davenport, East Moline, and Silvis purchased products for approximately $260,000.
March 26, 2014 –Current Schedule:
Final Design Complete: 2014
Iowa Right of Way (ROW) and Demolition Complete: 2014
Bettendorf/Moline Central Business District Project Construction: 2015/16
Illinois ROW and Demolition: 2010-2016
Final Construction: 2018-2021*
*(Central Bridge Section from bluff to bluff to begin no later than calendar year 2017.)
December 18, 2013 – Illinois Public Acts 97-905 and 98-109 were passed in 2012 and 2013 by the Illinois General Assembly. These laws combine to make significant changes to the way enterprise zones are awarded and administrated in Illinois. Enterprise zones were first established in Illinois in 1983 to stimulate economic growth by providing tax incentives and regulatory relief to businesses opening or expanding in specially designated areas. To date, 97 enterprise zones have been authorized by the State of Illinois.
October 23, 2013 – A Freight Commodity Efficiency Study/Plan will be conducted for the five-county Bi-State Region. A freight study was completed in 1989 for a subset of the region limited to the Quad Cities urbanized area. Bi-State leaders and transportation officials believe a new, broader study should be conducted for the entire region in-light of changing conditions in the economy and environment. The study will examine the region and its ability to export and import various commodities efficiently through the use of barges, trains, trucks, and air planes. Determining if the region has the needed infrastructure to economically match goods to the most appropriate mode of transportation is the goal of the project. Key transportation facility needs will be identified and integrated into regional plans for future implementation.