For a 15th year, the Bi-State Regional Commission is hosting a series of webinars sponsored by the American Planning Association (APA) and others. The dates and topics are listed below. These webinars are one and a half hours in length, unless otherwise noted. Attendance of planning staff, planning and zoning commissions/board members, and board of adjustment members is strongly encouraged. This is a terrific training opportunity for planning and zoning commissions and is provided as part of Bi-State Regional Commission membership.
- Wednesday, December 7, 2016 – 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Ethics and the Digital World (1.5 hours)
Smart cities, social media, and online data and tools are all reshaping planning. Get insight into the discussions addressing these crucial concepts and learn how the AICP code of ethics provides guidance.
Certification Maintenance – This webinar has been approved for CM | 1.5
November 16, 2016 is GIS Day! It provides an opportunity for Geographic Information System (GIS) users to promote and demonstrate the benefits of this technology that has revolutionized the delivery of spatial information.
Local governments use GIS to improve decision making, service delivery, and citizen engagement. Since most government data is location-based, sharing this information using GIS can help operations run more smoothly and also give citizens more open, positive experiences.
Donna Moritz, Revolving Loan Fund Program Administrator, presented the Commission with information on the Bi-State Revolving Loan Fund (BSRLF). The BSRLF is celebrating 31 years of providing gap financing to businesses. Since the inception of the program in 1985, over $10 million has been loaned to 107 businesses in Rock Island and Scott Counties. These loans have helped generate approximately $437 million in total investments, accessing city and state public financing programs, financial institutions, and company equity. In addition, nearly 3,800 jobs have been created/retained in the two-county area. Currently, there is approximately $753,000 available to loan with the repayment loan pool growing by $5,000 each month.
Kathy Morris, Waste Commission of Scott County Director, reported the largest and most impactful update was the completion and opening of the single-stream recycling facility. She thanked the many partners in the region for a true collaboration to finance and support the facility. The Scott County Board issued bonds, and the Waste Commission received a closed-loop grant to finance the construction. Communities and businesses from both Iowa and Illinois are utilizing the facility, which has seen a 102% increase in material accepted in the first two months of operation. Recycling contamination is higher with the single-stream program; however, it is still below 10%, which is very good for a single-stream recycling facility. Ms. Morris stated that the cities and Waste Commission are currently working with households to “right-size” their recycling cart, and are receiving more requests for smaller carts than anticipated. Since the footprint of the smaller cart is only slightly smaller than the current carts, staff has been asking residents to consider that recyclables generally increase around the holidays.
August 24, 2016 – The 2015 edition of the popular Quad Cities Area Street Map is still available through Bi-State Regional Commission. The map covers the metropolitan area and reflects changes to streets, corporate boundaries, landmarks, and other features that have occurred in the last four to five years. Two maps are available: a wall-sized (51” x 42”) full-color map on heavy paper; and a smaller (40” x 28”) color, folded version, which includes insets for the outlying communities of Aledo, Blue Grass, Clinton, Cordova, DeWitt, Eldridge, Geneseo, Kewanee, Muscatine, Port Byron, Princeton, and Walcott. Both maps are fully indexed for streets and places of interest.
Cost to the public for the wall maps is $25.00 each and the folded maps are $5.00 each. Member Governments may receive a free copy of each map. Both maps are available at the Bi-State Regional Commission office, and folded maps are available at the Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau Visitors Centers, www.visitquadcities.com or the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce, www.quadcitieschamber.com.
August 24, 2016 – In 1962, the new Federal-Aid Highway Act required transportation planning in metropolitan areas, and Bi-State Metropolitan Planning Commission was created in 1966 to meet those transportation planning needs in the Quad Cities Metropolitan Area. Since then, the now Bi-State Regional Commission has expanded its services to member governments in the five-county Bi-State Region.
Services in addition to transportation planning include economic development planning, community planning, intergovernmental programs, data and information services, GIS/mapping services, graphic design services, and administrative assistance. A detailed list of services is available by clicking here.
December 2, 2015 – The Interstate 74 Bridge Corridor project involves the replacement of the I-74 Bridge and nearly eight miles of corridor improvements. It has been the number one transportation priority in the Bi-State Region since 1998. It is in need of reconstruction due to crashes, recurring congestion, and significant maintenance. The bridge itself is functionally obsolete with no shoulders. The Iowa bound span was built in 1935 and the Illinois bound span in 1959.The 4.3 mile expanded central section of the I-74 Bridge Corridor project from south of Avenue of the Cities to Middle Road has been value engineered to reduce costs and the construction period from 8 to 3.5 years. Design plans for the Iowa portion of the expanded central section are complete and are nearing completion for the Illinois portion of the expanded central section, which will be completed in 2016. The design of the Iowa portion of the project north of Middle Road, 3.5 miles in length, will commence in 2016 and should be completed by 2018. All National Environmental Protection Act requirements are complete or being reevaluated due to final plan details, and final design of the central section will be completed in 2016.