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.
With the repairs and closure of the Centennial Bridge, traffic congestion is anticipated on the other inner city bridges, Government Bridge and I-74. Bridge repair includes two transverse beam replacements. Work will be from June 23 to October 1, 2014. Complete bridge closure is planned for up to 35 consecutive days (August 3 - September 5). There will be intermittent one lane, off peak-hour closures at times during prior/post bridge closure. Pedestrian and bicycle access will be available during Centennial Bridge construction.
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.)
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.
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.