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Meat on the Bone: Understanding the Housing-Development Boom in Downtown Davenport
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: News/Features

Category: Local News

2013-08-22 13:50:14

Developer Tim Baldwin in the Democrat building. The skylight, he said, will be integrated into the design of one apartment.

It would be natural to look at the volume of housing being developed in downtown Davenport and infer some coordinated process or a major new incentive program. Roughly 300 market-rate apartments are either recently finished or in the development process.

There’s undoubtedly a trend here. The Downtown Davenport Partnership – part of the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce – noted in its strategic plan from earlier this year that “nearly 100,000 square feet of office space is currently planned for conversion to residential units.”

That includes 11 different projects from seven different developers.

And while the Downtown Davenport Partnership has been a key player, its director – Kyle Carter – said his organization’s role has been to “help guide that process. Not own it, guide it. ...

“We always give advice when these developers are shopping,” he said. “But the vast majority of those plans are developer-driven. If anything, I’m the tour guide. I’m the guy that is showing the buffet of options down here. So I will certainly push for projects that I think are more catalytic, or locations that will have bigger benefits for the whole down here.”

In other words, local government, a downtown organization, or a plan with the scale or taxpayer cost of River Renaissance isn’t behind this housing boom. It’s largely happening on its own.


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A Modest Proposal: Merge Quad Cities First and the Convention & Visitors Bureau
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Commentary/Politics

Category: Guest Commentaries

2009-08-25 22:24:48

At the public unveiling last month of Quad Cities First - the chamber-of-commerce-controlled replacement for the Quad City Development Group - I ran into Sean O'Harrow, the executive director of the Figge Art Museum.

His presence was a bit of a surprise, given that arts and culture are too rarely mentioned in the same breath as economic development in the Quad Cities. (They weren't mentioned at the debut of Quad Cities First.)

There's a reason for that: The establishment's conception of "economic development" is usually limited to luring employers to our community to create jobs (or at least move them from somewhere else). And the discussion is typically restricted to issues such as tax climate, transportation infrastructure, direct incentives, and workforce.

Yet, as O'Harrow pointed out, a community's culture is essential to attracting people - be they CEOs, workers, or tourists. And he and I wondered whether cultural marketing had been given any consideration as DavenportOne and the Illinois Quad City Chamber of Commerce took control of external economic-development marketing through Quad Cities First.

The answer, to the surprise of nobody: not really.

That oversight can't be corrected, so let's move into third-rail territory and suggest something truly radical: the long-term goal of a merger of Quad Cities First with the Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau, creating genuinely unified external marketing with a holistic view of the area - not just business opportunities, but life.
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The Quad Cities' New Economic-Development Model: Audio, Coverage, and Background
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: News/Features

Category: Local News

2009-07-24 15:01:35

On Thursday, July 23, business leaders announced the realignment of Quad Cities economic-development organizations. This will mean the end of DavenportOne and the Quad City Development Group, and the beginning of the Iowa Quad City Chamber of Commerce and Quad Cities First.

Download Embed Embed this video on your site mp3 file of the announcement event (33 minutes)

Effectively, this shifts control of external marketing and business-attraction efforts from the Quad City Development Group and its board to two chambers of commerce: the Illinois Quad City Chamber of Commerce and the Iowa Quad City Chamber of Commerce (the successor to DavenportOne, whose staff and resources will be merged into the new entity).

The two chambers' chief executives will run Quad Cities First -- a new organization, taking over the role of the Quad City Development Group -- and the chambers will together nominate 10 of its 17 board members. (Seven city and county governments will each appoint one member.)

Economic development organizational chart

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Dissatisfaction with the effectiveness and fragmentation of regional economic-development efforts has been brewing for a long time. Three years ago, the Reader published "Note to Self: Why Is the Business Community Threatening Itself About Regional Economic Development?" about a letter that clearly set the stage for this shift.

The Bettendorf Chamber of Commerce has "endorsed" the new economic-development model but will not merge into the Iowa Quad City Chamber of Commerce.

Other resources:

DavenportOne releases about the Iowa Quad City Chamber of Commerce (1, 2) and the economic-development model.

Argus/Dispatch coverage.

Quad-City Times coverage.




Going Up: Meet Rodney Blackwell, the Developer Behind the $40-Million Kone Project
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: News/Features

Category: Feature Stories

2008-12-17 08:58:01

Reader issue #715 Rodney Blackwell insists that he did not make the difference.

"It wasn't me, I'm telling you," he said last month.

We are discussing Kone Centre, the planned 18- to 20-story building with approximately 130,000 square feet that will change Moline's skyline, ensures that 375 Kone employees will remain in the Quad Cities for 15 years, and completes - with an exclamation point - the major components of the Bass Street Landing initiative that was supposed to be finished in 2003.


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