Davenport's Hilltop Campus Village will welcome its long-awaited new neighbor this Friday when ground is broken at the southwest corner of Brady and Locust Streets for a new branch of Ascentra Credit Union. A ground-breaking ceremony will be held at 4:00 p.m. by the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce.

Ascentra purchased the site nearly two years ago, but has been waiting until its operation on 53rd Avenue in Bettendorf had been completed and was operational. "In the meantime, we had merged in the Scott Schools Credit Union nearby and have been positioning ourselves to be of service to this part of our community," said Ascentra President and CEO Dale Owen. "This is a wonderful location for our business, and we have been very pleased to work with the City staff, the City Council, the Design Review Board and the Hilltop Campus Village organization."

The building will be located near and on the site of the former Professional Arts Building, an office building that was demolished in early 2012. Ascentra purchased the 0.85 acre site in early 2013.

"Ever since it was purchased by Ascentra, we had been in close contact with their people," said Hilltop Campus Village Board President Robert Lee. "Our director Scott Tunnicliff had made contact early on to provide help and support for their planned expansion into the Hilltop Campus Village. They will be a great addition to the area."

Plans call for an investment of over $1 million. The facility will be 3,468 square ft., with significant landscaping, drive up window and parking for 24 vehicles. Employment numbers at this point are expected to be in the range of 6 - 8 with an anticipated opening set for spring 2015.

Main Street Iowa Grant Business Innovation Grant helps start ups and small businesses.

A new business is starting in Davenport, thanks to the vision of entrepreneur and Marine Corps veteran Aaron Serrano, with assistance from the manager of an office building in the Hilltop Campus Village, and a grant obtained by the Hilltop Campus Village. The QC Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon cutting at 11:00AM Friday Sept. 5 to help welcome them to their new offices at the Priester Building, 601 Brady Street, #301.

The journey began when Ted Priester, local attorney and the building's owner and Scott Tunnicliff, Hilltop Campus Village Director got together to apply for a Main Street Iowa Business Innovation Grant, which was offered last year to Main Street District throughout the state. The proposal called for the HCV and Ted to commit resources in equal amounts to the conversion of space on the third floor into office suites, with costs to be matched by the Main Street Iowa grant.

"We are proud and pleased to have Military Cost Cutters as our first tenant under this program", said Ted. They are performing a great service to the region, and we're glad our unique product matches their needs." The suite is one of several being made out of what used to be a large office area built for and occupied by Priester Construction Company, who built the building over 50 years ago. "We have some supporting amenities, such as copying, a microwave, a refrigerator, free parking, utilities and internet connections, but it is basically for the service provider needing space for their service, room for their laptops and cell phones or whatever."

"The office suite concept is an option that really speaks to a niche in the market", says Tunnicliff. "We were aiming at start-ups, not for profits and home-based businesses, and anticipated having to do a lot of marketing and promotion to get this going. But networking and word of mouth has achieved a lot. Ted is in charge of negotiating with prospects, and we are pleased that leads have been furnished by the Small Business Development Center, among others."

Military Cost Cutters is an online platform that connects military-friendly businesses with current military members and veterans. At the ribbon cutting CEO Aaron Serrano will explain more about the company and about the official launch of their Loyalty Rewards program. Contact him at admin@militarycostcutters.com, and learn more by visiting the website at www.militarycostcutters.com

NextGen Climate Action has leased space at 234 W. 15th St. and is having an Open House at 6pm tonight for interested parties and folks wishing to welcome them to the area. This is being sent to you as a supporter of the Hilltop Campus Village effort, but also as someone possibly interested int their mission. The office is next to Nicole's Chicago Style Clothing, and close to the Eastside Bakery at Harrison and 15th.

Will Oppermann is the Quad Cities Field Organizer who will be running this local office of a national effort. Please contact him at 202-909-5624 to indicate your attendance and/or interest in the issue of climate change. Will is copied on this, so you'll have his email address

Come welcome Will to the Hilltop! For more information on the organization, go to www.nextgenclimate.org.

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July 26, 2014
7:30 to 10:30 a.m.
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(People Uniting Neighbors and Churches)
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Big River Brass Band
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Gather - at the Third Missionary Baptist Church, 222 W. 14th Street. Plenty of parking available

Greet - other volunteers, neighbors and persons interested in our Hilltop's mighty resurgence

Read - reports of progress made by volunteer groups this year (no speeches)

Consume - A delicious spaghetti dinner with salad prepared by the women of the TMB, plus dessert supplied by Nikki Letray, owner of the Eastside Bakery, all for only $5

Invest - in $1 tickets to try and win prizes donated by generous local businesses and organizations

Witness - a detailed power-point on the much-anticipated $23 million expansion to Davenport Central High School, which will include the construction of a new swimming facility and a performing arts center, presented by CSO Architects and Missman, Inc..

Hear - A progress report on the Creative Arts Academy, provided by Joel and Diane Franken, with supporting remarks by Philip McKinley, most recently celebrated for his direction of SPIDERMAN on Broadway.

Select - new members to serve three-year terms on the Hilltop Campus Village Board of Directors


You will come away with a new sense of awareness for where we have been, where we are going and most of all,


All are encouraged to attend. Please RSVP by calling 563 322 8293 or emailing hcvscott@gmail.com

May 20 event to feature overview on THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME

Two of the most exciting events ever to take place in Davenport will be discussed in detail at the Hilltop Campus Village Annual meeting, set for 5:30pm, on Tuesday May 20 at the Third Missionary Baptist Church, 222 West 14th Street.

In addition to the overview of projects undertaken during the 2013-2014 year by volunteer work groups, CSO architects and Missman and Associates will be presented a detailed power-point presentation on the much-anticipated $23 million expansion to Davenport Central High School, which will include the construction of a new swimming facility and a performing arts center.

Prior to that will be a special presentation on the Creative Arts Academy, by program coordinators Joel and Diane Franken of the Davenport Community School District, along with some remarks by Philip McKinley, who had directed the Broadway production of SPIDERMAN, and worked with such luminaries as Hugh Jackman. Mr. McKinley lives in Davenport and is an Augustana College graduate who is lending his talents to the development of the Creative Arts Academy.

"Our board feels that these two elements are genuine game-changers, not only for the Hilltop Campus Village, but for the school district, the city and the entire region", stated Scott Tunnicliff, Director of the HCV. "We've had an extraordinary year of accomplishment, but feel that people will want to attend this program, which celebrates the present but also very much the future, and shows the shape of things to come."

"We've seen a real spike in reinvestment in the Hilltop Campus Village", added Board President Robert E. Lee. "But what is being presented here is also about the sustained development of a creative class in our regional workforce. It will take place in the Hilltop, the downtown and other parts of the Quad Cities, and have a positive impact for generations."

A spaghetti dinner with dessert and beverage comes with the $5 admission fee, and the program also includes prizes for which drawing will be held. All are encouraged to attend. Please RSVP by calling 563 322 8293 or emailing hcvscott@gmail.com

Main Street Iowa Recognizes Outstanding Achievements

Award Winning Projects and Volunteers Honored

Davenport's Hilltop Campus Village received the two awards, one for Volunteer of the Year and another for Outstanding Achievement in New Construction at the 27th annual Main Street Iowa Awards celebration that was held on Friday, May 2 at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center in Des Moines. HCV Board President Robert E. Lee, Sylvia Runkle, Ralph Kelly, Christopher Meyer, Ann Hutchinson and Jeff Cook represented the Hilltop Campus Village, along with their director Scott Tunnicliff. Also on hand to was Jackie Nickolaus, Vice-President of development for Sherman-Associates, the firm that developed Harrison Loft, this year's award-winning project. The event was attended by nearly 500 people representing communities across the state. Competitive nominations were submitted for 77 projects and activities within the five categories of design, economic restructuring, organization, promotion and overall program. Nineteen were recognized with awards and two received honorable mention.

The honors were presented by Governor Terry Branstad, Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds and Debi Durham, director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA). Also attending was retiring Senator Tom Harkin, a long-time advocate of Main Street Iowa from his senate seat in Washington D.C.

"We knew from the very beginning that Main Street Iowa was not a quick-fix solution, but rather an incremental approach to fostering positive change." stated Governor Branstad. "In my travels across the state, I have seen the program at work in small towns, mid-size cities, urban centers and neighborhood commercial districts. It has had far greater impact than we ever could have imagined in 1985."

"We must all appreciate the fact that healthy historic commercial districts are a key deciding factor for industrial and business recruitment. In order for us to create 200,000 new jobs, we need healthy Main Streets," commented Lt. Governor Reynolds. "Taxpayers are certainly getting their money's worth. Since 1986, for every dollar the state of Iowa has invested in operating the state Main Street program, the private sector in those communities has invested $87.99 into building improvements and acquisitions."

"It was a memorable evening for all of us, and an inspirational one as well." added Hilltop Campus Village director Scott Tunnicliff. "The award we received, for the Harrison Loft and the parking lot serving it, was a great example of partners from the city, Sherman-Associates, the Iowa-American Water Company, the RDA and others. All of them saw clearly what this project could mean to our area, and stepped forward to make it happen. We had a sizable group here, and I wish we could have had more to see what is being done in communities of all sizes around the state to enhance the vitality of their communities."

As a highlight of the evening, a special award was presented to the community of West Union for their innovative thinking, persistence and partnerships to enable success in the implementation of the Green Pilot Streetscape Project as the "Signature Project of the Year." This award honors a project that rises above traditional award categories in impact and significance. West Union's project leveraged resources from many local, state and federal partners including the Community Development Block Grant program.

For more information about Main Street Iowa and how all Iowa communities can access commercial revitalization assistance through the Iowa Downtown Resource Center, visit http://www.iowaeconomicdevelopment.com/IDRC/MainStreetIowa, e-mail mainstreet@iowa.gov or call 515.725.3051.

A list of Main Street Iowa communities and award winners follows. Photographs will be posted at

http://iowaeconomicdevelopment.com/IDRC/MainStreetIowa after May 5.


Hilltop Campus Connection, 4:30pm to 7:00pm tonight (Thursday that is).

Join us to see the newly renovated space at Katie McButts, 1516 Harrison Street

Enjoy beverages of preference and some great food (pizza, baked goods, etc.) as provided by one of the newest businesses in the Hilltop Campus Village, the Eastside Bakery!

Come along and bring your friends. Business owners, neighbors, students, volunteers and interested parties are all welcome!

See you there!