Business & Economy
Blackhawk Hills Economic Development District Celebrates 20 Years PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Theresa Wittenauer   
Monday, 02 April 2012 07:39
March 27, 2012

ROCK FALLS, IL – Blackhawk Hills, a not-for-profit corporation based in Rock Falls, is
celebrating 20 years of helping communities undertake regional development and planning
issues. Blackhawk Hills was designated as an Economic Development District (EDD) by the
Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) in March 1992 and
functions as the region’s direct link to the EDA.

Through the EDD, Blackhawk Hills assists local governments and public entities in acquiring
funds for a variety of community development and planning activities, including the construction
of infrastructure for the enhancement and expansion of business and industry. In addition, the
EDD helps develop and implement a regional Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy
to improve job opportunities and quality of life for local communities.

According to Theresa Wittenauer, Economic Development Coordinator for Blackhawk Hills,
"The establishment of the EDD 20 years ago put our six county region in the preliminary
position to begin coordinating projects and collaborating on issues that impacted our entire
service area. Today, forming partnerships and promoting development at the regional level has
become vital to the growth and sustainability of our rural communities. Leaders have realized
that what happens in one county or community will ultimately impact the surrounding region."

Blackhawk Hills services include community planning, development assistance, natural
resources conservation and protection support, and grant writing and administration. Blackhawk
Hills serves Carroll, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, and Whiteside counties in northwest

Questions about Blackhawk Hills may be directed to Theresa Wittenauer at (815) 625-3854 or
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Statement From Governor Pat Quinn on Senate Passage Of Hiring Veterans Tax Credit PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Andrew Mason   
Monday, 02 April 2012 07:25
SPRINGFIELD – March 28, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today released a statement regarding the Illinois Senate passing Senate Bill 3241, which provides up to a $5,000 tax credit for unemployed, post-9/11 Veterans

“I applaud the Senate for unanimously passing the Hiring Veterans Tax Credit to help our veterans find jobs. Encouraging employers to bring our heroes into the workplace will create jobs and grow our economy. I urge the House to act swiftly on this bill and welcome our Veterans home with the good jobs they deserve.”


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Written by Carol Slaughter   
Tuesday, 27 March 2012 14:25
-Award Recognizes Dealer Excellence in Customer Service -

Cherry Hill, N.J. – 3/19/12 Subaru of America, Inc. today announced that McLaughlin Subaru of Moline, IL is one of an elite group to be a recipient of the prestigious Subaru Stellar Care Award.

Developed by Subaru of America in cooperation with Subaru dealers, the Stellar Care program focuses on delivering an excellent ownership experience to Subaru customers. The program has as its focus that developing positive, long-term relationships with  Subaru customers is a fundamental part of daily business for a Subaru retailer.

Subaru dealers must dedicate significant time and resources to the customer experience throughout the year. Performance measures for the program range from participation in all customer-focused Subaru programs to maintaining a customer-friendly, inviting facility. Dealers must also achieve outstanding satisfaction scores for all key areas in Sales and Service.

McLaughlin Subaru is located on John Deere Road and 41st St. Moline, IL . For more information, the dealership can be contacted at 309-797-5654 or at

About Subaru of America, Inc.
Subaru of America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered in Cherry Hill, N.J., the company markets and distributes Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of more than 600 dealers across the United States. All Subaru products are manufactured in zero-landfill production plants and Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc. is the only U.S. automobile production plant to be designated a backyard wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. For additional information visit

NCAA Women's Basketball Economic Impact PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tiffany Tauscheck   
Tuesday, 27 March 2012 13:28

Greater Des Moines Wins Big with

NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Regional Championship

DES MOINES, IA – The NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Regional Championship has wrapped up in Des Moines, leaving behind an economic impact of $2 million on Greater Des Moines.

“The community-wide support made this event a big win for our region,” said Greg Edwards, President and CEO of the Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau. “We put out the call to residents, corporations and visitors to support this sport in our community and the response has been overwhelming.”

Hotel staff wore “Welcome to Des Moines” t-shirts and “Welcome NCAA” buttons. Businesses around the metro hung signs in their storefronts and lobbies welcoming NCAA student-athletes, coaches and fans.

“We’ve heard great feedback from visitors and locals. Hosting NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Regional Championship in Greater Des Moines was a slam dunk,” said Edwards.

The Des Moines Regional Championship led the other regions in ticket sales on Saturday, with a total of 7,941 tickets sold. Last night, 9,068 tickets were sold. Final ticket numbers from other regions will be available later this week.

The Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to promote Greater Des Moines as a fun, vibrant and affordable destination statewide, nationally and internationally. Our focus increases visitors to our community through meetings, conventions, sports events, leisure travel, and group tours, thereby contributing to the local economy.



Braley Votes to Send Bipartisan “JOBS Act” to President’s Desk PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Giertz   
Tuesday, 27 March 2012 13:27

Bill will help small businesses grow and expand

Washington, DC – Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) released the following statement today after voting to send a bill that will help small businesses expand and create jobs to the President’s desk:

"Iowans can’t afford any more gridlock or inaction from Congress on job creation.  Americans want to see politicians in Washington working together to get results.  They don’t care about partisan labels.

“That’s why I’ve voted twice to pass the JOBS Act.  It will reduce small business restrictions so they can get the capital they need to grow and expand.  I urge the President to sign this bill into law immediately.”

The Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act would make it easier for small businesses to raise capital to grow and expand their businesses by making changes to federal business regulations.  For more information on the bill, visit:

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