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German For Travelers language classes PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kelly Lao   
Tuesday, 19 February 2013 13:21
Guten Tag! German for Travelers language classes at GAHC every Thursday in April, 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th. Classes are from 5:30-6:30 taught by Eileen Williams-Jackson. Preregistration and payment due in advance, no refunds after first class. Registration due by April 1st! $40 members and $50 non-members
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German American Heritage Center
712 W Second Street
Davenport, IA 52802

The City of Moline and the Metropolitan Airport Authority of Rock Island County to adopt an Intergovernmental and Boundary Agreement to focus on future economic development activities PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Bruce Carter   
Friday, 15 February 2013 15:21
MOLINE – The City of Moline Committee of the Whole and the Quad City International Airport Authority

Board of Commissioners will consider a new Intergovernmental and Boundary Agreement at their

respective meetings on Tuesday, February 19th. The City of Moline and the Metropolitan Airport

Authority (Airport) recognize the mutual benefit of economic development around the Airport and south

of the Airport property. In addition to the Hampton Inn and other businesses currently located on Airport

property, development of a Holiday Inn Express has been proposed and is in negotiation.

The City and the Airport have had various agreements in effect over the past 15 years pertaining to

development, utilities and annexation. Included in said agreements is a 1998 Memorandum of

Understanding that transferred the Airport’s ownership of its entire water and sewer system to the City

and allowed the Airport and its tenants to pay in-City rates for water and sewer service, and a 2004

annexation agreement that permitted a certain portion of the Airport property to be annexed to allow for

the City’s growth south of the Airport. The City and the Airport have determined that these previous

agreements form the foundation of a strong relationship and will be strengthened and clarified by this

agreement and serve to foster further development on or near Airport property. This Agreement

addresses some unresolved issues as to development on the property, to establish a boundary around the

Airport to ensure that the Airport remains autonomous and unincorporated, to provide for cooperation in

continuing development of the southwest corner of the Airport property, and to continue cooperation

between the City and the Airport in the future. This Agreement includes provisions for the Airport’s

voluntary annexation of land containing the current Hampton Inn and the land on which the proposed

Holiday Inn Express is to be located, as well as a cost-sharing arrangement between the City and Rock

Island County for the hotel-motel tax revenues. The Agreement will also provide a framework for further

expansion of the Airport Industrial Park for non-aeronautical commercial and industrial uses.

“This agreement between the City and the Airport Authority, subject to formal approval of each governing

body, exemplifies the strong working relationship that has existed for many years, and solidifies this bond

for future economic development opportunities for many years to come,” said Lew Steinbrecher, City

Administrator for the City of Moline and Bruce Carter, Director of Aviation for the Quad City International


AAUS Boards Approve Merger: Benefits Insufficient To Offset Consumer Harms PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kevin Mitchell   
Friday, 15 February 2013 13:02
American Airlines – US Airways Proposed Merger Problematic; Benefits insufficient to offset consumer harms

February 13, 2013, WASHINGTON, DC – Business Travel Coalition (BTC) today responded with concern regarding the news of board approvals of an eleven billion dollar proposal from American Airlines’ parent AMR Corporation and US Airways Group Inc. to merge their third and fifth largest U.S. airlines respectively. The transaction would create the country’s and world’s largest carrier by passenger traffic and would require various approvals from the U.S. Departments of Justice (DOJ) and Transportation (DOT) as well the EC’s DG COMP. If governmental analyses don’t force a regulatory tarmac delay, then decisions could be expected in some four to six months.

“From a consumer standpoint – individual traveler or corporate travel department - there are few benefits to offset the negative impacts of this proposed merger that include reduced competition, higher fares and fees and diminished service to small and mid-size communities,” stated BTC Chairman Kevin Mitchell. “To be clear, there is benefit in a financially viable air transportation system. However, previous mergers have already enabled seat capacity cuts, higher fares and billions of dollars in fees for ancillary services resulting in a financially strengthening industry. As such, consumer harms from this merger are indeed exacerbated, as there are no substantial countervailing consumer benefits,” added Mitchell.

BTC has just published an Industry Analysis of the proposed merger at The analysis includes the following section titles:

- Introduction

- Summary Analysis

- The Right Regulatory Review Construct

- Coordinated Effects A Big Problem

- The Problem Of Monopsony Power

- No Failing Firms Here

- The Diminishing Influence Of Low Cost Carriers

- A Need To Forensically Analyze Past Merger Projections And Promises

- Anti-Consumer Elephant In The Room

The American Antitrust Institute and BTC in the coming weeks will be updating their August 2012 White Paper on the proposed American Airlines – US Airways merger. This paper titled: “The Proposed Merger of US Airways and American Airlines: The Rush to Closed Airline Systems,” can be found at

BTC’s 2008 testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding the Delta Air Lines – Northwest Airlines merger can be found at


About BTC
Founded in 1994, the mission of Business Travel Coalition is to interpret industry and government policies and practices and provide a platform so that the managed travel community can influence issues of strategic importance to their organizations.

Iowa Travel Guide cover to feature Jessica Rilling’s photo of a kayaker on the Turkey River PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of the Governor of Iowa   
Monday, 04 February 2013 15:24

(DES MOINES) — Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today unveiled the winning cover photo for the 2013 Iowa Travel Guide.  The next edition will feature a photo of a kayaker on the Turkey River on its cover. Facebook fans of the Iowa Tourism Office voted for their favorite of three cover options during a 10-day period ending February 1.


In December, the Iowa Tourism Office asked amateur and professional photographers to submit photos from their Iowa travels for consideration on the cover. More than 600 submissions were narrowed down to three cover options. The winning image was shot by Jessica Rilling of Cedar Rapids.

The four-color guide is Iowa’s comprehensive trip-planning publication, with listings from more than 700 attractions, 550 hotels, 160 bed and breakfasts and 400 campgrounds in addition to information on state parks, trails and scenic byways. The Iowa Tourism Office distributes more than 100,000 copies of the Iowa Travel Guide annually to travelers from every state and around the world. The new guide will be available in the spring of 2013. A digital version will also be available at

“Tourism is an important industry in Iowa – it affects all 99 counties and generates $328 million in state taxes annually,” said Gov.  Branstad.  “One of the best ways we have to showcase all that Iowa has to offer is the Iowa Travel Guide.”

The other finalists were boaters having fun on an Okoboji lake entered by Brock Bringle of Storm Lake and a family hiking at Maquoketa Caves State Park submitted by Kelsey Delperdang of Cedar Rapids.

“People value vacations and their time away from the daily grind,” said Lt. Gov. Reynolds. “The three destinations captured among the finalist cover options are representative of the thousands of great Iowa places you can choose for your next getaway.”

People can get more information on Iowa travel destinations via, the Iowa Tourism Office’s Facebook page (, Twitter account (, blog ( or Pinterest account ( Travelers can share their Iowa vacation photos in the Travel Iowa Flickr Pool (

Tourism in Iowa generates more than $7 billion in expenditures and employs 63,400 people statewide. The Iowa Tourism Office is part of the Iowa Economic Development Authority.


LeClaire is Truly the Coolest Small Town in America PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Cindy Bruhn   
Monday, 04 February 2013 15:06
LeClaire, Iowa's town motto "It's all there... In LeClaire" appears to hold true. With increasing growth in retail, attractions and housing, LeClaire has gained national attention and become a model community for many other small towns throughout the Midwest. With an increase in visitors to LeClaire, hotel/motel tax collections increased approximately 18% from 2011 to 2012. With growth and diversity of many new retail stores, attractions and restaurants, retail sales tax increased approximately 25% during the same time frame. As a small town with no large industrial base for tax support, LeClaire has managed to be successful with tourism as their cornerstone of growth in a down economy.

City Administrator, Ed Choate, attributes this success to “creating a business friendly atmosphere that encourages entrepreneurship and risk taking.”

A new business that was launched during the down economy in 2010, Mississippi River Distilling Co., owned by brothers Ryan and Garrett Burchett is thriving and already expanding. Ryan says their growth has been spurred by “a genuine entrepreneurial spirit that is encouraged and supported by the community and its leaders.”

Former LeClaire Chamber President and revitalization expert, Dr. Rick Reed, attributes LeClaire's success to its spirit of community and strength in volunteers. “LeClaire’s rich history and recent downtown revitalization in 2007 helped lay the foundation for future growth and expansion. In many small communities, the downtown is the location for important human interaction, business development, culture, and history. The identity of a small community is closely tied to the sustained development of commercial area revitalization. This always stimulates the local economy through planned economic development and growth. In LeClaire, the success of the historic downtown area is a vital link to its future”.

For more information, please contact Cindy Bruhn at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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