March 28, 2018 – Lindsay Whitson, Senior Planner at Bi-State Regional Commission, presented a draft of the 2018 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Progress Report, highlighting a few economic trends seen in the Quad Cities.  She also provided a list of the strengths, challenges, opportunities, and threats and emphasized the importance of each community’s economic-related projects.

The CEDS is the result of a locally-based, regionally-driven planning process designed to enhance the economic growth of the Bi-State Region.  Components of the CEDS Progress Report include a detailed overview of the people, economy, and sense of place of the Bi-State Region; a description of the strengths, challenges, opportunities, and threats; and a list of performance measures to access the progress toward the region’s goals.

One trend discussed was the unemployment rate in the Bi-State Region.  According to the Illinois Department of Employment Securities and the Iowa Workforce Development, the unemployment has continued to decrease since 2012.  Although it may be decreasing by a minimal percent, it appears to be trending similarly to the rate of the United States.

In addition, strengths, challenges, opportunities, and threats were identified.  New strengths include the I-74 project beginning construction and the economic development planning efforts taken on by the Mercer County Better Together initiatives.  The six-laning of I-80 and its bridge replacement, and the retirement of small business owners have evolved as new challenges in the region.

The document has been posted on Bi-State’s website at where it will remain until the 30-day comment period is closed.  All member governments are strongly encouraged to provide any comment.  If we have not yet received a list of projects from your community, please send it to Lindsay Whitson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as soon as possible.