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Heart of America Group with Elmore Marketplace News Remaining Retailers will open during March PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Pamela Cooper   
Monday, 03 March 2014 08:55
DAVENPORT, IOWA – The 2nd retailer to join Elmore Marketplace, Pier 1, opened on Tuesday, February 25, 2014. The new Pier 1 location is more centrally located, easily accessible to both the Iowa and Illinois Quad Cities, and a welcome addition to the neighborhood.

With Phase 1 of the project nearing completion, the remaining retailers are scheduled to open throughout the month of March. Heart of America Group Company officials indicated the retail line up will be completed with the opening of Banana Republic Factory Stores, Carter’s, Charming Charlie, DSW, Gap Outlet, and Lane Bryant. While retailers are busy preparing for their upcoming openings, Heart of America Group is busy working on the construction of their Holiday Inn & Suites and newest creation---The J Bar, featuring high end bar fare and specialty drinks. The duo is located at the apex of Elmore Marketplace. Heart of America Group anticipates an early August opening for the hotel and restaurant.

Heart of America Group is a thirty-six year old development company headquartered in Moline, Illinois with a knack for conceptualizing, designing, developing and managing some of the most exceptional hotel, restaurant and retail developments in the Midwest.

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Written by Aleisha Chiesa   
Thursday, 27 February 2014 15:56
-Fabulous @ 40-

MOLINE, Illinois, Feb 27, 2014 – South Park Mall is not only celebrating 40 years, it is solidifying its commitment and reinvestment into the future of the center. This key milestone is the perfect segway to not only celebrate the past but to prepare for the future enhancements for the residents in the Quad City area.

SouthPark Mall officially opened on February 27, 1974. SouthPark Mall was home to three anchors; Montgomery Ward, Petersen Harned Von Maur, and Younkers and over 65 additional retailers and restaurants. SouthPark has been expanded twice: JCPenney was added in 1978, while Sears and a food court were added in 1990. Over the years, SouthPark Mall has provided thousands of jobs to local employees, new products to the increasing shopper base and a convenient place where families could get all their shopping completed in one stop.

Today SouthPark Mall is home to over one million square feet of shopping, dining and entertainment and employs hundreds of Moline-area residents. The center is anchored by JCPenney, Von Maur, Younkers and Dillard’s and offers guests over 100 retailers. Since the mall opened the community has been an integral part to the success of the shopping center and that holds true today.

The future is bright for SouthPark Mall. Recently the property shared reinvestment plans that include the removal of the food court as well as the former Sears department store. Construction is set to start in April with a formal grand opening set for November.

“We are committed to the future of South Park,” said Kathy Jurgens, Property Manager, SouthPark Mall. “A fresh look, new concepts and enhanced amenities are all part of the plan to build a better shopping experience.”

The community is invited to celebrate the mall’s 40th anniversary with a formal ribbon-cutting that will take place on March 6, 2014, at 2:00 p.m., refreshments will be provided inside Younkers Court. Local city officials, including the Chamber of Commerce will be attending. Included in this ribbon-cutting, SouthPark representatives will display renderings of the proposed redevelopment and ask for public support of the project.

This project entails collaboration with the City of Moline and IDOT for an access ramp off of John Deere Expressway along with two new exterior entrances, plus a full scale pylon signage platform. Renewed national retailer commitment includes brand-new prototype designs of Claire’s, Christopher & Banks, Spencer’s Gifts, MasterCuts, Journey’s, Sprint, Payless, Lenscrafters, Dairy Queen, Bath & Body Works and Shoe Dept Encore.

“This is extremely positive for SouthPark as it shows continued national retailer commitment to the center. There have been eleven remodels to date and many of these have long term commitments to SouthPark,” said Aleshia Chiesa, Marketing Manager, SouthPark Mall. “SouthPark is a staple of the community and we expect to keep it an invigorating shopping experience for everyone.”

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Macerich is a fully integrated self-managed and self-administered real estate investment trust, which focuses on the acquisition, leasing, management, development and redevelopment of regional malls throughout the United States. Additional information about Macerich can be obtained from the Company’s website at


Loebsack Hosts Discussion on Arsenal with Key Army Leadership PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Hand   
Thursday, 27 February 2014 15:55

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack today met with senior Army leaders, including General Dennis Via, Commanding General of Army Materiel Command which oversees Army arsenals, ammunition plans, and depots. Attendees also included Brigadier General John Wharton, Commanding General, Army Sustainment Command and Lieutenant General Patricia McQuistion, Deputy Commanding General, Army Material Command. They discussed the importance of maintaining a strong industrial base at the Rock Island Arsenal. The senior Army leaders joined a bipartisan group of Representatives at a breakfast meeting and discussion led by Loebsack and hosted by the House Military Depot, Arsenal, Ammunition Plant and Industrial Facilities Caucus. Loebsack, along with Congressman Walter Jones (NC-03), serve as Co-Chairmen of the Caucus.

“I was pleased to be able to host these key Army leaders this morning to continue our discussion about how to best position the Rock Island Arsenal and its critical role in equipping our troops and spurring economic development in the Quad Cities region. I will continue to advocate for the Arsenal and its workforce with Army leaders and continue to work to strengthen it for the future," said Congressman Loebsack.

Quad City Chapter IAAP hosts Free Seminar PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kathy Riley   
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 13:31

The Quad City International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) will be presenting a FREE Seminar on Monday, March 3, 2014 at the Western Illinois University River Drive Campus, 330 River Drive in Moline, Illinois.  The speaker will be John Sample and he will be presenting "Staying Motivated and Keeping Positive in the Workplace".  

Networking/Gathering begins at 5:30 PM, Dinner at 6:00 PM (reservation is required – meal cost is $8.00) and the speaker will begin at 6:30 PM. A short chapter business meeting will be held following the installation.

To register, please contact Marilyn McVietty by 11:00 AM by Friday,February 28, 2014 at (309) 944-6494 or email her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .'; document.write( '' ); document.write( addy_text81724 ); document.write( '<\/a>' ); //--> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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IAAP is the world’s largest international association of administrative professionals. IAAP offers professional development, leadership training and networking opportunities for administrative professionals. IAAP is a non-profit, volunteer association.

Joining a professional organization demonstrates your commitment to your career. Work is most rewarding when we do it with enthusiasm and give it our best. Through IAAP you will gain knowledge, confidence and contacts that will help you advance professionally. IAAP works to build a professional image of administrative professionals in the workplace.

IAAP membership is open to all persons working in the administrative field, along with business educators, students, firms and educational institutions. There is no test of sponsorship required. Through IAAP qualified professionals can test for the certification rating, the benchmark of excellence in the administrative profession.

For more information please contact Kathy Riley at (309) 489-6122.

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Governor Quinn Joins President Obama to Announce New Digital Manufacturing Hub in Illinois PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Katie Hickey   
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 13:28

Quinn Administration Helped Lead Application and Funded Key Components That Will Make Digital Hub Possible

WASHINGTON - Governor Pat Quinn today joined President Barack Obama to formally announce that Illinois had won a new digital manufacturing hub, supported by funding from state and federal governments and corporate partners. The hub will have a far-reaching impact on jobs across many industries and benefit small businesses across the nation. The White House announced a $70 million Department of Defense award for the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation (DMDI) Institute, which UI Labs will operate in Chicago. The support from President Obama, coupled with $16 million from the Quinn Administration, gives the institute the necessary funds to build partnerships with manufacturers and strengthen Illinois' economic comeback.

"Illinois is at the forefront of a high-tech manufacturing revolution that will make our state the center of high-tech job creation,” Governor Quinn said. "This first-of-its-kind digital hub will make companies more competitive and stronger by providing them with the most cutting edge tools and technologies. It will be the birthplace for innovations that will change the world in which we live, work and play."

Earlier support from the Quinn Administration was essential to the launch of DMDI. In March 2013, Governor Quinn approved the investment of $60 million in Blue Waters at the University of Illinois, which provides the supercomputing power for this initiative. Blue Waters is the core of the DMDI, the key engine to generate new design, simulation and testing innovations. Blue Waters set Illinois’ application apart from the other contenders for DMDI.

The Governor personally petitioned the Secretary of Defense twice and made the case to key White House officials about the benefits and importance of DMDI. The Governor brought key private sector partners into the initiative, including CAT, Deere & Company, Lockheed Martin, Boeing and many more.

Last December, the Governor joined UI Labs in announcing $5 million in state funding to support the Illinois Manufacturing Lab, a key first step in DMDI’s development that helps small- to mid-sized manufacturers across the state.

Governor Quinn’s administration - working with UI Labs and World Business Chicago - assembled the broad support for DMDI and directed the application for federal funding. Both the state and city of Chicago are expected to have representation on the initiative’s governing board. The Illinois Science & Technology Coalition (ISTC) – a member-driven not-for-profit that serves as the state’s technology advisor - also assisted with the proposal.

“We put together a powerful proposal that demonstrated DMDI’s value to the federal government and to job creation throughout a broad region of the country,” Adam Pollet, Director of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity said. “We're going to change the face of American manufacturing and we're proud that our strategic investment in a public university is what set our application apart.”

“The DMDI institute provides a strong platform to connect Illinois manufacturers with the newest digital tools and provide them the know-how to build things faster, better and cheaper than China and the rest of the world,” Mark Harris, president and CEO of the ISTC said. “The vision of Governor Quinn and his leadership in connecting Illinois’ world-class research, technology and manufacturing strengths around initiatives like the Illinois Manufacturing Lab were instrumental in positioning the state as the hub for this Presidential initiative.”

The $320 million DMDI, with $70 million funding from the Department of Defense and $250 million from other public and private partners, will apply the newest technologies to help manufacturers try and use new innovations in digital manufacturing and design, with an emphasis on defense manufacturers. This will mean better products, faster production and lower costs for U.S. manufacturers. The $16 million state investment in DMDI includes the launch of the Illinois Manufacturing Lab, additional equipment and workforce training, and providing Illinois companies with the assistance they need to utilize the DMDI. The DMDI was made possible by a strong partnership between state, federal and city officials.


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