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Promise Would Divert from Infrastructure
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Commentary/Politics

Category: Letters to the Editor

2009-02-25 19:27:55

I was chairman of the board of the Davenport Chamber of Commerce when it successfully promoted passage of the one-cent sales tax. There was enthusiasm for infrastructure improvements then and, clearly, that enthusiasm remains.

The most recent Davenport Community Survey finds residents give their highest priority to continue improving the city's streets and infrastructure. That is fact.

Approving the "Promise" proposal would divert millions of dollars from such work. That, too, is fact.

The various claimed benefits of Promise are not facts. They are estimates and questionable ones at that.

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Seven Ways that the Promise is Bad for Business
Written By: Administrator
Section: Commentary/Politics

Category: Letters to the Editor

2009-02-18 13:40:21

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Go Back to the Drawing Board with the Promise
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Commentary/Politics

Category: Guest Commentaries

2009-02-11 03:46:56
The lion statue at Davenport's Sudlow Intermediate School

For the sake of argument, let's say that the Promise program will be the panacea for Davenport that its backers claim it will be. People will flood into the city because they've been promised college tuition, vocational training, or (if they're in the military) a homestead grant. Enrollment in the Davenport Community School District will reverse its nearly-two-decade-long trend of decline - thus ensuring a greater amount of state education funding, which is distributed on a per-pupil basis. And the increased aggregate property value will bring new riches to city government and the school district through property taxes, thus allowing them to lower the property-tax rate.

Even if all that is true, the backers of the Davenport Promise have structured the program all wrong.

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Promises, Promises: Eight Reasons the Davenport Promise Is Upside-Down
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: News/Features

Category: Feature Stories

2008-11-26 08:45:07

Now that the Davenport City Council has approved a March 3 referendum on the Davenport Promise proposal, one can be certain that the coalition that has been built over the past year-plus is being mobilized to demonstrate broad community support.

It will not be technically affiliated with any major community player, but it will include a lot of familiar names and faces behind the scenes. It will undoubtedly feature "real," everyday citizens, so voters won't feel like they're getting bullied by the heavy hitters. And the campaign will basically argue that there's no sensible reason to vote against the Promise, that there's no way the program could fail, and that the risk of voting the proposal down is too great.

That style of PR push was the successful approach of backers of River Renaissance in 2001. And the work in 2007 and 2008 of a Promise exploratory committee and a Promise task force has looked less like objective analysis than propaganda.

But don't mistake the marketing for unanimity.

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Responses to Economic-Growth Questionnaire
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: News/Features

Category: Feature Stories

2008-11-05 08:37:45

Included here are the responses we received to our economic-growth questionnaire, which was sent to 20 representatives of local governments and economic-development organizations.

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