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Video TourBook Showcases Rock Island County’s Many Assets PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Shelly Chapman   
Tuesday, 12 April 2011 11:08
ROCK ISLAND COUNTY, IL─ April 12, 2011─ Rock Island County is known for its quality of life and thriving economic climate to many who call it home or do business here, but now a series of online videos is letting the rest of the world in on the secret via a Video TourBook on the county’s official website: (http://www.rockislandcounty.org/)

Featured are 10 one minute professionally produced videos covering a range of topics, including Arts and Entertainment, Business and Industry, and Tourism and Things to Do, as well as a welcome with an on camera introduction by County Board Chairman James E. Bohnsack.

The videos were produced in partnership with CGI Communications, an internet marketing company headquartered in Rochester, NY that produces nearly 10,000 videos and other products a year for municipalities, chambers of commerce, professional trade associations and private sector businesses throughout North America.

The Rock Island Video TourBook, which was produced free of charge, features the logos and videos of the local businesses that are sponsoring the project. As the county’s web site holds the #1 position in Google during a search for “Rock Island County”, each business is receiving potential exposure from prospective residents, visitors and businesses from around the world.

“The County is hoping to use the videos as a marketing tool to entice businesses and residents to make their home in a Rock Island community, “says County Board Chairman Bohnsack.

The Rock Island County Video TourBook is also accessible via CGI’s Facebook page

(http://www.facebook.com/cgicommunications), which gives the County additional exposure.


“Whenever someone “likes” the Rock Island County’s videos, everyone in that person’s network will be able to see them and share them with the people in their network, “says Robin Taney, CGI’s Manager of Special Projects/PR.

In 2010, CGI’s community videos collectively received 28 million unique views and were shared more than a thousand times a week.

For business sponsorship opportunities, call CGI Account Executive Nicole Hunt at 1-800-398-3029 ext. 239.

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Celebrate spring with the Village of Elizabeth PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Melosa Belger   
Monday, 11 April 2011 14:58
ELIZABETH, Ill. – Participate in Elizabeth's Spring Fling, approximately fifteen minutes from nearby Galena, on Saturday, May 7. Stroll through downtown Elizabeth and take part in the craft fair, food festival, sidewalk sales, children's games and rides, a Daffodil Queen pageant, petting zoo, a two-mile run and the annual (Ride the Ups and Downs) bicycle ride.

Ride the Ups and Downs is a one-day bicycle ride, not a race, which takes you though the scenic and hilly back roads of beautiful Jo Daviess County, an area untouched by glaciers thousands of years ago.

Walk to the Apple River Fort State Historic Site, 311 E. Myrtle St., for the Fire on the Frontier militia muster and encampment. Experience the fort just as it was more than 100 years ago as the local militia prepares for battle. The militia will hold a drill, fire rounds, and recruit at scheduled times throughout the day as the women and children demonstrate pioneer skills critical to their survival on the frontier. There is no charge for admission but feel free to roll up your sleeves and help the settlers with their chores.

The Chicago Great Western Railway Depot Museum, East Myrtle St., opens for the season at 11 a.m. and will continue to be open every weekend throughout October from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. View the displays and partake in activities related to the days of yesteryear when Jo Daviess County boasted seven railroading companies.

While in Elizabeth, take a guided tour of the 1876 Banwarth House & Museum, 408 E. Sycamore St., for a real blast from the past and view the vast collection of meteorites, preserved by the Planetary Studies Foundation, on display. Throughout the afternoon, join a demonstration on how to use your telescope for nighttime viewing, as well as learn about other various types of telescopes.

For more information about Elizabeth’s Spring Fling, visit their Web site at http://villageofelizabeth.pbworks.com/w/page/38455610/Spring-Fling or www.elizabeth-il.com.

For information about room availability, shopping, dining, attractions, events and more, go to www.galena.org, the Web site of the Galena/Jo Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau, or call 877-464-2536 toll-free.

 
Peaceful River Celebrates First Year as McCausland Destination PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jake Glimco   
Thursday, 07 April 2011 13:30

McCausland, IA / April 1, 2011 – A Scott County town, known as a destination for outdoor enthusiasts, is celebrating its OTHER reason to visit.  Peaceful River Trading Co. in McCausland will mark its first year in business with a celebration and fundraiser Saturday, April 16, 2011 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.   The trading-post style retailer will sell an array of fresh baked goods as well as hot dogs, chips and pop.  Proceeds from the sale will help fund McCausland’s Labor Day fireworks display. Special anniversary discounts are being offered throughout the month of April.

Since opening in April of 2010, Peaceful River Trading Co. has grown into a unique and eclectic destination for those who love to ‘hunt’ for distinctive and original gifts and furnishings.  Peaceful River features a fun and quirky assortment of hand-made items, antiques and furnishings from around the region.  Peaceful River features the works of numerous local artists, including painters K.C. Barnes from Bettendorf and Billie Davids of Princeton.  Peaceful River also sells pottery and jewelry designed by Jerri Munson of Davenport, IA.

Founder and owner Sheila Bosworth, a former craft show organizer, had a vision of creating the perfect location for local artists to display and sell their works. “It has been wonderful to be part of bringing more people to McCausland,” says Bosworth. Her vision caught the attention of Joanne Rumpza, who carves ornate images and designs into natural bird eggs.  “It’s unique.  They have everything under the sun here.” said Rumpza, who now sells her own works at Peaceful River.  “I was impressed that McCausland had such high-quality artists showing their works at Peaceful River.”

Peaceful River brings visitors back to a simpler time, and is housed in a beautiful, circa-1916 bank building, formerly the home of McCausland State Bank.  Co-owner and McCausland City Clerk Sheila Bosworth admits she fell in love with the building, a setting that invites visitors to explore.  In tribute to its location, Bosworth turned the bank’s vault in to a shrine to outdoor enthusiasts.  The store also has a “kid’s room.”  At Peaceful River the coffee is always on.

Bosworth runs Peaceful River Trading Co. with business partner Kit Gleason, a retired Army veteran and travel consultant.  Peaceful River Trading Co. is open from 10 am- 5 pm Wednesday through Saturday and 11 am to 4 pm on Sundays.   McCausland is located about 20 miles northeast of Davenport, just off Utica Ridge Road on F33, 5 minutes north of Scott County Park.   Explore Peaceful River Trading Company at www.peacefulrivertradingco.com.

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ALLEGIANT OFFERS $79.99* ONE-WAY FARES BETWEEN MOLINE/QUAD CITIES AND THE TAMPA BAY AREA PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sarah Gannon   
Friday, 18 February 2011 12:18

MOLINE/QUAD CITIES RESIDENTS GETAWAY TO TAMPA BAY

MOLINE, Ill.– Allegiant (NASDAQ: ALGT), today inaugurates low-cost, nonstop travel service between Moline/Quad Cities, Ill., and theTampaBay, Fla., area.  The company, known for its exceptional travel deals, is celebrating the new service with fares as low as $79.99* each way between the two cities.Guaranteeing the lowest prices on its hotel packages, customers will also save an additional $20* off their air when they book with an Allegiant preferred hotel.

“We are extremely pleased to again expand the Allegiant brand of low-fare, nonstop, jet service in Moline/Quad Cities,” Andrew C. Levy, Allegiant Travel Company President, said. “This is an exciting new addition for our airline and our customers as we launch the only low-cost service between Moline/Quad Cities and the Tampa Bay area.”


“I am extremely pleased that today Allegiant is starting the much-anticipated service to the Tampa Bay area,” Bruce Carter, Director of Aviation at the Quad City International Airport, said.  “With the recent successes of the Las Vegas and Phoenix-Mesa flights, and today’s start of the Tampa Bay/St. Petersburg service, Allegiant’s presence in the Quad City market is strengthened. Our partnership continues to flourish and we hope to see growth for existing and new routes with Allegiant in the future.”

The new flights operate twice weekly betweenQuad City International Airport (MLI) and St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport (PIE), with service Monday andFriday. Flights depart Moline/Quad Cities at 5:40 p.m.arriving in the TampaBayarea at 9:10 p.m.Flights depart the TampaBayarea at 3:20 p.m.arriving in Moline/Quad Cities at 5 p.m.(all flight times are local).  The carrier utilizes a full-size, 150-seat MD-80 jet aircraft on the route.  The company also offers nonstop service from Moline/Quad Cities to Las Vegasand Phoenix-Mesa.

With an average 361 days of sunshine each year, the St. Petersburg-Clearwater area is considered the most popular vacation destination on Florida’s West Coast.  The area was named among the top beaches in the United Statesand is one of a few destinations to have received the “Blue Wave Award” from the Clean Beaches Council.  In addition to pristine beaches, visitors are within minutes of shopping, amazing golf courses and award-winning resort and dining experiences.

Allegiant is more than an airline, it is a full-service travel company that offers great value to its customers through its hotel and car rental packages.  The company partners with 20 of the TampaBayarea’s most exciting hotel properties, including: GrandHyattTampaBay, BarefootBeachResort, HiltonClearwaterBeachResort, Sheraton Sand Key Resort, AldenBeachResort, DonCeSarBeachResort andSirataBeachResort & ConferenceCenter. Allegiant provides low-cost car rental service through its partnership with AlamoRent a Car.

Allegiant’s guarantees the lowest price on air and hotel vacation packages through the company’s Low-Price Pledge.If the customer finds an air and hotel package for less, Allegiant will issue up to two free roundtrip tickets per itinerary to use on a future Allegiant flight to the same destination.  Allegiant is also rewarding customers who book an air and hotel package through the company with an instant $20 savings on roundtrip airfare, making it even more affordable to book an air and hotel package.

Allegiant’s $79.99* one-way fare is limited, not available on all flights and must be purchased by March 2, 2011,for complete travel by Aug. 16, 2011. Reservations may be made through the company’s website at www.allegiant.comor by calling the company’s travel experts at 702-505-8888.

About the $79.99* one-way fares:

Seats are limited. Fares are one-way and not available on all flights. Must be purchased by March 2, 2011for travel completed by Aug. 16, 2011. Prices do not include PFC, segment tax or Sept. 11th security fee of up to $10.70 per segment. A segment is one take-off and one landing. A convenience fee of $14.99 per passenger will apply when booked on allegiant.com. A convenience fee of $14.99 per passenger, plus $14.99 per segment, will apply when purchased through Allegiant call centers. Purchases made at any Allegiant Airport Ticket Office will not incur a convenience or call center fee. For ticket counter hours of operation, please visit www.allegiant.com. When purchased at the time of booking, a checked bag fee of up to $29.99 per bag will apply per person, per segment. If purchased at flight check-in, a fee of $35 per checked bag, per person, per segment will apply for the first two bags checked. Additional higher fees will apply for three or more checked bags. Fare rules, routes and schedules are subject to change without notice. Restrictions apply. $20 savings based on a two-night, air plus hotel purchase; valid at select Allegiant hotels. Low-Price Pledge valid on air plus hotel packages only. Competitive price cannot include Allegiant air service.  See www.allegiant.com for details.

Allegiant, travel is our deal.

Las Vegas-based Allegiant Travel Company (NASDAQ: ALGT), is focused on linking travelers in small cities to world-class leisure destinations such as Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix-Mesa, Orlando, Fla., and Tampa/St. Petersburg, Fla.  Through its subsidiary, Allegiant Air, the company operates a low-cost, high-efficiency, all-jet passenger airline offering air travel both on a stand-alone basis and bundled with hotel rooms, rental cars and other travel-related services.  In 2010, Allegiant was ranked number one for low-cost carriers in Aviation Week’s Top Performing Airline study and ranked 25 on FORTUNE magazine’s Fastest-Growing Companies list.  Receive breaking news from Allegiant by visiting Allegiant’s Facebook Fan Page at www.facebook.com/Allegiantor follow Allegiant on Twitter at twitter.com/allegiantair.

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Chicago Plan Commission approves major Lakefront Trail project PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ethan Spotts   
Friday, 18 February 2011 12:02

CHICAGO, Feb. 17, 2011 -- Today, the Chicago Plan Commission approved a major Lakefront Trail project commonly known as the Navy Pier Flyover. The Active Transportation Alliance said the cutting edge bridge design will create safer conditions and provide congestion relief for cyclists, pedestrians and other trail users on the trail near Navy Pier.

“We’re so pleased with the Chicago Plan Commission’s approval of the Navy Pier Flyover, and we applaud the Chicago Department of Transportation for their hard work creating a project that will improve transportation choices for Chicagoans,” says Ron Burke, executive director at the Active Transportation Alliance.

Thousands of Chicagoans use the Lakefront Trail daily for commuting, recreation and accessing neighborhood services. Serving as a critical piece of Chicago’s infrastructure and a centerpiece for the Chicago Park District, the trail's peak daily usage reaches up to 30,000 at its busiest points. “The Lakefront Trail is important to Chicago’s residents and visitors for transportation, recreation and exercise,” says Burke. “It serves as a link between our parks, beaches, neighborhoods, downtown and tourist attractions.”

The Navy Pier Flyover project will address a confusing and dangerous stretch of the Lakefront Trail starting just north of Navy Pier south to where the trail is forced onto a tight sidewalk over the Chicago River. Current conditions on the trail include blind corners, narrow right-of-ways and traffic conflicts that severely limit trail traffic and create an often hazardous experience for pedestrians, motor vehicles, bicyclists and other trail users. The Navy Pier Flyover will address those problems, improving trail capacity and making this area safer for all users.

Active Trans has been involved in this project since the initial project meetings 10 years ago. The organization has worked with the city to provide input on the project concept and design, participated in public meetings with our members and worked to resolve concerns from nearby residents about the project.

“The city’s thorough process has resulted in a strong project plan worthy of the Chicago Plan Commission’s approval today,” said Burke. “With funding for two of three phases of the project in place, we look forward to seeing construction start next year, but we will continue to advocate for funding to complete this important project.”

The Active Transportation Alliance is a non-profit, member-based advocacy organization that works to make bicycling, walking and public transit so safe, convenient and fun that we will achieve a significant shift from environmentally harmful, sedentary travel to clean, active travel. The organization builds a movement around active transportation, encourages physical activity, increases safety and builds a world-class transportation network. The Active Transportation Alliance is North America’s largest transportation advocacy organization, supported by nearly 6,000 members, 1,000 volunteers and 40 full-time staff. For more information on the Active Transportation Alliance, visit www.activetrans.org or call 312.427.3325.

 
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