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Written by Scott Tunnicliff   
Thursday, 05 December 2013 10:25

December 2013

COMMENTARY: The holiday season brings a special focus to merchants and service providers, as well as those engaged directly in the celebration of the spiritual aspect of this time of year. With additional parking and more businesses along the commercial corridors, Hilltop Campus Village is attaining new vigor.

Small businesses have a great opportunity to compete with larger stores using social media and co-promotional strategies. With a critical mass of businesses now in the area, it makes sense to implement these strategies.

There has been some exciting discussion this year about the local HCV merchants getting together to draw people into the area.

The HCV is looking forward to helping anyone who wishes to develop this effort by serving as a communications conduit. Email us with your interest so we can start this ball rolling.


HCV actions and activities:

o   Parking along the west side of Harrison Street appears to be taking hold. After an initial period of uncertainty, it appears the spaces are being used with considerable frequency.

o   The 30-space parking lot at 15th and Ripley is nearly completed, with curbs in place and permeable asphalt paving applied. The spaces are delineated by lines and numbered, with the only elements remaining will be the paving of the driveway (first week in December) and the landscaping in the spring.

o   Proposed policies for street light installation and maintenance and for new snow removal policies have been submitted to the Department of Public Works for comment and review. The DPW is looking at multiple strategies to remove snow, should we have any this season (any bets?).



o   REMINDER to those with reservations: The Gold Coast - Hamburg Historic District Association is sponsoring a High Tea on Saturday, December 7, 2013. Proceeds from this event will be used to further educate people on the history of the Gold Coast - Hamburg Historic District. Guests will also be entertained by members of the Barley House Band.  

The venue for the High Tea Meal is 321 W. 6th St. in Davenport, IA. For further details, contact PJ Slobojan, 563-326-2894, .  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

o   On Thursday December 5, there will be a Grand Opening of the Harrison Lofts mixed use complex at the 1400 block of Harrison Street, across from the Hilltop Plaza Park and the Third Missionary Baptist church. The event will begin at 4pm and a ceremony will start at 5pm.

o   A Nova Christmas, an annual holiday concert with the professional vocal ensemble, the Nova Singers will be held at 7:30pm on Saturday December 21 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 2136 Brady Street. Tickets are $15-$18, students free. For information and tickets call 309-341-7038 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


o   Business/Organization office space now available. Low cost office space within the Hilltop Campus Village office at 601 Brady Street for start ups, small businesses and not for profits. Five private enclosed and secure spaces are for lease at very reasonable rates, utilities included.

Sizes range from 170 sq ft. to 625 sq ft. Interested parties may contact Ted Priester,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 563 322 5386.

o   Two stand alone properties have just been made available for sale in the HCV, due to the owner’s pending retirement. Both are highly visible commercial buildings, one with abundant parking, the other with an existing income stream of $1000/month. Contact the HCV for contact information on these and other properties.



o   A nomination has been made by the HCV to the City’s Design Review Board subject to Mayoral and City Council approval. This board is charged with examining and approving issues related to painting, signage and related issues in the downtown, the East Village and in the Hilltop Campus Village. 

o   The HCV will be announcing a new board member next month. If approved by the board in December the nominee will take office in January. 

o   Main Street Iowa and the Iowa Economic Development Authority have made available Business Innovation Challenge Grants. Maximum awards will be for $20,000 and minimums for $5,000. A total of $100,000 will be awarded. A dollar-for dollar local match is required. 

Eligible projects include but are not limited to Business Retention, Expansion and Recruitment efforts; Marketing and Promotion programs; Technical Assistance Programs; Innovative or Creative Business Training Programs; and Start up Assistance programs.

Only one application is available per community and all applicants must be within a Main Street Iowa District. Forward ideas to the HCV office or a board member. or call 563-322-8293. Application deadline is February 14, 2014. 



o   To the four students of Davenport Central High School who were profiled on the front page of a recent issue of the QC Times for their efforts to establish a sustainable urban garden on the CHS grounds. Such an effort has been talked about when discussion of using green space comes up, but these young citizens have made it happen. Congratulations too to Gail Lynn Heninger, their faculty advisor through the Talented and Gifted program.

o   Also to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and the First Baptist Church for their respective urban gardening efforts. FBC has done theirs for a number of years, plowing, planting and inviting neighbors to take what they need.

St. Paul’s has augmented their gardening ministry by demolishing a house at 2003 Main Street, and dedicating the vacant lot to be used as a community garden, with produce to be given to the needy. A refreshing alternative to other uses.

WORK GROUP SESSIONS: Meetings open to all


o   Meeting time: Second Wednesday of the month (December 11), 5:00pm, HCV office, 601 Brady Street, Suite 301.

§  Board Nomination

§  MSI Business Innovation Challenge Grant projects

§  Volunteer of the Year


o   Meeting time: Second Monday of the month (December 9), 4:00 pm., Hilltop Campus Village office, 601 Brady Street, Suite 301

§  4th quarter fundraising strategies


o   Meeting time: Third Thursday (December 19), 5:00pm, Hilltop Campus Village office, 601 Brady Street, Suite 301  

§  Hilltop Plaza landscaping

§  Design Review Board nominee


o   Meeting time: Second Tuesday (December 10), 4:00pm, Hilltop Campus Village office, 601 Brady Street, Suite 301

§  Planning for Open House/Business after Hours


o   Meeting time: Third Wednesday, (December 18) noon, Hilltop Campus office, 601 Brady Street, Suite 301

§  Marketing availability of retail space, incubator


The Hilltop Campus Village is a not for profit organization dedicated to restoration, redevelopment and revitalization of this area.  Questions, comments and suggestions may be addressed by contacting the Hilltop Campus Village office at 563-322-8293 or   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or board members.

Griggs Music Commemorates 110th Anniversary with Celebration, Displays PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Danielle Heller   
Thursday, 05 December 2013 09:51

DAVENPORT, IA – Griggs Music will recognize their 110th anniversary with a week-long celebration and displays beginning Dec 9. 

Historical memorabilia including vintage photos, celebrity autographs and the store’s antique cash register will be on display starting Monday. Patrons are encouraged to share photos, stories and to sign up for raffle prizes and participate in trivia contests throughout the week. A reception will be held at the store on Saturday, Dec 14, 11 am to 5 pm with refreshments and prizes.

Arthur P. Griggs opened A.P Griggs Piano Company in 1903 in downtown Davenport before the store changed its name to Griggs Music in 1946. The company originally concentrated on piano sales and service. Through the years Griggs Music has responded to the changing needs of the community adding guitars, band and orchestra instruments and even refrigerators and appliances to fill a need during The Great Depression. Griggs was also one of the first to sell stereo components in the Quad Cities.

Griggs Music president Steve Judge, who has been with the company for nearly 40 years said, “The best part about Griggs Music serving the Quad Cities music community is knowing how many musicians first learned about music within the walls of Griggs Music. Some of our customers are 3rd and 4th generation.” Judge added, “It’s so rewarding to be part of such a long tradition of serving musical families. We have always changed and adapted to the times and we continue that tradition while we look toward the next 110 years!”

Griggs Music which also has store locations in Cedar Rapids and Washington Iowa has been located at 3849 Brady Street since 1970.

For more information, contact Danielle Heller at (563) 391-9000 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . ##

Local Historic Landmark - Holiday Open House PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brittany Marietta   
Tuesday, 03 December 2013 16:57

Did you know? Bettendorf was named after 2 brothers when they brought their manufacturing business to the town in 1902. One of the brothers, Joseph Bettendorf, built a breathtaking Mansion overlooking the Mississippi, which still stands today and is open to the entire Quad City community while beautifully decorated for the holidays!

Help us spread the word to Quad City residents about this fantastic opportunity to tour a local historic landmark!

Rivermont Collegiate Holiday Open House 2013

Saturday, December 14th – 4:00-7:00 p.m.

Rivermont Collegiate campus – 1821 Sunset Drive – Bettendorf, IA 52722

(located directly off 18th Street, behind K&K Hardware)

Open to the entire Quad City community!

Citizenship Fair being held at the Plumbers & Pipefitters Local No. 25 Hall in Rock Island, IL from 6-8 tonight. PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dino Leone   
Tuesday, 03 December 2013 16:20
The Quad City Alliance for Immigrants & Refugees (QCAIR) will be holding a Citizenship Fair December 3rd at the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 25 meeting hall, 4600 46th Avenue, Rock Island, IL from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The workshop is designed to provide immigrants and refugees with information on the process of becoming United States citizens.
The Citizenship Fair is the result of an outreach grant to QCAIR from the New Americans Initiative to assist Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR) in the state of Illinois and specifically in the Illinois Quad Cities achieve the necessary information to gain U.S. citizenship. Immigrants and refugees that are interested in naturalization will then be assisted by World Relief to complete the proper immigration paperwork, or referred to Black Hawk College for classes to prepare for the process. In the past several years, the Quad Cities has been attractive to immigrants and refugees from Africa and Asia because of affordable housing and job opportunities. Helping these immigrants and refugees obtain their citizenship is an important step in their becoming an important part of our community and our nation.
Topics to be covered in the Citizenship Fair include:
· The Benefits of Naturalization
· The Basic Requirements for Naturalization Eligibility
· The Application Process and Fee Waivers
· How to Handle Denials
· Bars to Naturalization
· Seeking a Disability Waiver
Presenters include representatives of QCAIR, World Relief and Black Hawk College. Free dinner will be provided and there will be Door Prize as well.

Intimate Conversations with Nicholas Sparks PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Erin Williams   
Tuesday, 03 December 2013 09:12

Davenport, IA (December 2013) – Genesis Cancer Care Institute presents Nicholas Sparks to benefit Gilda’s Club Quad Cities. With 18 novels to his credit, Nicholas Sparks is one of the world’s most popular writers. He has sold more than eighty million copies of his novels and his books have been translated into over 45 different languages. Many of his novels have been adapted for the big screen. A luncheon will take place on Friday, March 28th at noon at the River Center. A VIP wine and cheese reception will take place immediately following the luncheon. A limited number of tickets will be sold. Tickets for the luncheon are $50 per person. Tables of 8 are available for $400. Meet and Greet tickets are $75 per person.

Tickets can be purchased by calling Gilda’s Club at 563-326-7504 or by visiting www.gildasclubqc.org

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