News in the Bi-State Region
November 19, 2014 – Lisa Miller, Data/GIS Director, and several GIS Coordinators from the region provided an overview of activities related to GIS in their jurisdictions. Bi-State staff has built relationships with the GIS staff in the various cities and counties in the region. The GIS data they produce and maintain is integral to the work Bi-State staff does for the region — from planning documents, to direct technical assistance to member governments, to regional maps and projects. Some examples include the following:
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.