News in the Bi-State Region
August 27, 2014 – Nicole Carkner, Executive Director of the Quad City Health Initiative (QCHI), noted the organization has provided the planning and communications backbone to enable cross sector community health improvement in the Quad Cities for over 15 years. Formed as a community collaborative in 1999, QCHI’s mission “to create a healthy community” is rooted in a model of action that acknowledges the social determinants of health and the interrelationships between health status, health behaviors, access to care, education, employment, income, safety, and the physical environment. With the financial support of its founding sponsors, Genesis Health System and UnityPoint Health-Trinity, and other partners, QCHI has built an infrastructure that currently harnesses the collective work of more than 120 volunteers from 60 organizations and reaches thousands of community members.
August 27, 2014 – Andrew Fangman, City of Muscatine Planner, overviewed the Blue Zones Community Project underway. Blue Zones is an initiative sponsored by Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield in collaboration with Healthways to increase positive, shared lifestyle characteristics that support community well-being. Blue Zones is based on research by Dan Buettner who cataloged areas of the world where residents lived well beyond 90 years of age. These "Blue Zones" were characterized by four lifestyle areas and nine power principles.
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.
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.