Joins us for Hilltop Campus Connection

What: Hilltop Campus Connection Networking Event

When: Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 4:30 to 7:00 p.m.

Where: Katie McButts, 1516 Harrison St., Davenport Iowa

Hilltop Campus Village, an Iowa Main Street Community is currently in the midst of successfully reestablishing itself as a vibrant neighborhood offering shopping, dining and entertainment, is hosting its first networking event for the community. Their goal is to not only support and encourage continued commercial growth, but also to connect businesses with local residents, students, area employees and volunteers as a way to promote a more livable "We know a tightly knit business and residential community is extremely important in the face of recent growth and future development planned for the Hilltop Campus Village neighborhood," according to Hilltop Campus Village Director, Scott Tunnicliff. "We believe this event will help to acquaint our local businesses and residents through networking and sharing of information in a casual, fun atmosphere."

The HILLTOP CAMPUS CONNECTION networking event is set for Thursday, April 3, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at Katie McButts, 1516 Harrison Street. Recently renovated areas of the Katie McButts building also will be open for tours.

Baked goods and pizza by the slice will be offered for sale by the newly established Eastside Bakery. Cash Bar will be available staffed by Local Celebrity Bartenders!

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Join us for Hilltop Campus Connection

Who: Everyone Is Invited

What: Hilltop Campus Connection Networking Event

When: Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 4:30 to 7:00 p.m.

Where: Katie McButts, 1516 Harrison St., Davenport Iowa

Hilltop Campus Village, an Iowa Main Street Community is currently in the midst of successfully reestablishing itself as a vibrant neighborhood offering shopping, dining and entertainment, is hosting its first networking event for the community. Their goal is to not only support and encourage continued commercial growth, but also to connect businesses with local residents, students, area employees and volunteers as a way to promote a more livable community.

"We know a tightly knit business and residential community is extremely important in the face of recent growth and future development planned for the Hilltop Campus Village neighborhood," according to Hilltop Campus Village Director, Scott Tunnicliff. "We believe this event will help to acquaint our local businesses and residents through networking and sharing of information in a casual, fun atmosphere."

 

The HILLTOP CAMPUS CONNECTION networking event is set for Thursday, April 3, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at Katie McButts, 1516 Harrison Street. Recently renovated areas of the Katie McButts building also will be open for tours. Baked goods and pizza by the slice will be offered for sale by the newly established Eastside Bakery. Cash Bar will be available staffed by Local Celebrity Bartenders!

On Sunday evening, March 23, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral will present a free Lenten Concert at 7:00 p.m. in the Cathedral, 121 W. 12th Street in Davenport

 

This free concert will present a variety of selections highlighting the musicians of Trinity Cathedral.

 

Appearing on the program will be Michelle Crouch, Soprano; Jo Souder Vandecar, Flute; Julie Knaak, viola; Ron May, organ; and the Cathedral Handbell Choir.

 

During the season of Lent there are often special musical programs from organ recitals to concerts by guest musicians at Trinity Cathedral, Davenport. This year, the Cathedral is featuring musicians from within its talented congregation.

 

The public is invited to attend this free hour-long musical program. The concert will take place in the historic sanctuary of the Cathedral. Parking is available at the south and north ends of the grounds.

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NOTE: This message contains information about a cultural event at a church in the Hilltop Campus Village. Since the event does not take place during a church service, it is our feeling it is an event which may be enjoyed by persons regardless of their religious beliefs or lack thereof. The Hilltop Campus Village welcomes hearing of events of cultural, recreational, educational or commercial interest that are taking place within its borders, and is glad to promote them.

- On Saturday, March 22, at 7 p.m., St. Ambrose University alumnus Peter Grady will perform a one-man show, "Unconditional Surrender: A Visit with Ulysses S. Grant," on the Galvin Fine Arts stage.
- St Paul's Lutheran Church offers and  Brass and Organ Concert at 4:30pm Sunday March 30
- United Neighbors is conducting a fund drive for their Youth program from March 13  to March 26
 
All these great things are happening now or nearly now in the Hilltop Campus Village ...........
Lots more to come soon. Stay tuned and have an extraordinary week!

Eastside Bakery, for years a well-regarded provider of baked goods, has just opened on the corner of 15th and Harrison Street, in the heart of the Hilltop Campus Village.

"We are just so excited to be here; it just feels right." said owner and baker Nikki La Tray. "We remain close to our valued customers, and now have the visibility to attract more business. This gets us close to lots of churches, schools and residential neighborhoods, all of whom we look forward to serving."

The new space is across the street from the new Harrison Lofts residential/commercial complex, and just north of the Hilltop Plaza.

"This project involved many people, each putting the extra effort in to make it work.", said Hilltop Campus Village director Scott Tunnicliff. "Nicky came looking for space at the behest of one of the churches in our area. We ran a few location options by her, and she fell in love with this older, really cool building. From there it was a matter of her dealing directly with the owner and the city to make it happen."

The Hilltop Campus Village has conducted multiple surveys of students, residents and employees in the area asking what type of service business were most desired. According to Tunnicliff, a bakery and a place to serve fresh pizza were at or near the top of the list.

Ms. LaTray has been in business for several years and has a loyal following. "People love our bakery items, as well as our pizza. They didn't want to see us move, but I they understood our situation. I opened this morning, and was nearly sold out by 11:00am. That's a good sign."

COMMENTARY: The year ended with the completion by Sherman and Associates of the Harrison Loft apartments, the completion by Hilltop Campus Village of the Parking lot at 15th and Ripley, and the institution of a new snow plowing and snow removal policy on Harrison Street. Each of these bode well for the area, but all will take some getting used to.

o   It is great that the apartments are filled; now we need to concentrate on helping to lease the commercial spaces.

o   It is great to have parking at 15th and Ripley so homeowners won't have vehicles parking in front of their house; now we will see just how many parking spaces are necessary for the Harrison Lofts.

o   It is great that there is parking on the west side of Harrison, and that the Dept. of Public Works is not only plowing the snow there, but also committed to its removal; we'll all have to get used to seeing that cars are moved off Harrison so the plow and trucks can do their work.

With every new development comes new responsibilities.

 

HCV actions and activities:

o   Nomination has been made by the HCV in three categories to the Main Street Iowa Annual Awards Ceremony, set for May 2 in Des Moines. We have nominated a Volunteer of the Year (from Organization work group, Image Building of the Year (from Promotion work group), and New Construction of the Year (from Design work group). This is a great event which last year recognized the HCV for attaining a major reinvestment milestone.

o   Camille Cooper, a junior from St. Ambrose University, started interning for the Hilltop Campus Village on January 10. She is majoring in psychology and was drawn to the HCV mission by its need for research on numerous elements. Camille is working primarily but not exclusively on updating lists of businesses in the HCV, and of property owners within the Hilltop Association, which is the SSMID within the Hilltop Campus Village.

 

o   A Main Street Iowa Business Innovation Challenge Grant is being worked on by the HCV Promotion work group and staff. The Board has okayed the project, and the deadline is Feb. 14, with award notification in March.

o   Street light installation and maintenance, the major elements of our streetscaping plan, are being co-advocated for with the Downtown Davenport Business Partnership, which is keen to extend their streetscaping to additional blocks. The idea is to emphasize to the city as their CIP budget is crafted our respective desire to have our streetlighting linked.

o   Landscaping for the Hilltop Plaza and Parking lot at 15th and Ripley (can anyone think of a name for the lot? Ideas welcome.) will be done in the spring, finally using funds from the Tri-City Garden Club and other resources in the design coffers.

 

o   A four-person team of MBA students nearing graduation from St. Ambrose are making a portion of the Hilltop into a special project, part of their Integrated Project course, taught by Professor Bill Lynn. They intend to use their skills in research and strategic planning to identify challenges and craft solutions.

 

o   Developers with an appetite for mid-sized redevelopment are being invited to meet with the Hilltop Campus Village Economic Restructuring work group to review an inventory of buildings and sites that are ripe for .... Well, redevelopment. Persons who know of potentially interested parties are invited to contact the office.

 

 

 

HAPPENINGS IN and near THE HILLTOP

 

o   Thursday January 30 marks an event vital to the interests of many residents in the Hilltop Campus Village and vicinity when Genesis Navigators opens their staffed offices at 114 W. 2nd Street. The navigators are there to assist individuals and families in accessing and signing up for healthcare coverage under the Affordable Healthcare Act. It is important that everyone accesses this informed decisions can be made to suit individual circumstances. Additional information may be had by contacting Austin Bird, Genesis Corporate Communications at 563 421 9276 or birda@genesishealth.com. 

o   A Valentine's Sweetheart Dinner is being offered on February 14 at the newly opened Greatest Grains Event Center at 1600 Harrison Street. Reservations are being taken for a multi-course goumet dinner, complete with live entertainment, the perfect way to celebrate with your sweetheart. The charge is $50 per couple, beverages of choice may be brought with you. Call 563 323 7521 or email eli@greatestgrains.com for reservations. Don't delay! 

o   On February 11 at 6pm the Weed and Seed program will have its meeting in the offices of the Hilltop Campus Village. It is an open meeting of persons whose aim is to bring about strengthened neighborhoods by "weeding" the undesirable elements out of an area and "cultivating" good things to grow in its place. 

o   The Valentine's Serenade is also available that day for those wishing to send a surprise singing Valentine to their loved one at home or work, anytime between 8am and 6pm that day. Quartets of the Chordbusters and the Bend of the River Chorus will be singing all day, surprising people with love songs from their special someone (or their secret admirer). The cost is only $39.95 and comes with a quartet singing 2 love songs, providing a red rose and a Photo of the Moment. Make the Hilltop sing out with love and affection by ordering today. To order call 563 505 5895.

 

o   The Hilltop Campus Village is pleased to have been part of the planning process for the Scott County Regional Economic Development Summit, to be held on February 13 at the Isle Conference Center, Isle of Capri in Bettendorf. The event is a half-day of panelists and speakers, covering topics related to rural and regional economic and community development and concludes with a luncheon and keynote address from Debi Durham, Director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority. The event is presented by Scott County, and the charge is only $15. Register by calling 563 823 2676 or going to QuadCitiesChamber.com

HILLTOPPORTUNITIES

o   A Request for Proposal was sent out to developers, seeking project designs and concepts for the city-owned land at 5th and Brady. Four submittals were received by the January 6 deadline, and are being ranked by a five member panel including a volunteer from the Hilltop Campus Village.

 

o   The Hilltop Campus Village is making application to Paint Iowa Beautiful, for paint that will go to specific projects. This annual program will provide colors of choice for one project per year. The due date is February 22.

o   Another RFP for residential development of land close to but not in the Hilltop Campus Village has also been sent out. Interested parties may contact this office for further information on it.

o   Business/Organization office space now available. Low cost office space within the Hilltop Campus Village office at 601 Brady Street for start ups, small businesses and not for profits. Five private enclosed and secure spaces are for lease at very reasonable rates, utilities included. Sizes range from 170 sq ft. to 625 sq ft. Interested parties may contact Ted Priester,  tpriester@priesterlaw.com, 563 322 5386.

 

o   Two commercial properties are now available for sale in the HCV, due to their owner's pending retirement. Both are highly visible commercial buildings, one with abundant parking, the other with an existing income stream of $1000/month. Contact the HCV for contact information on these and other properties.

 

 

 

 

WHAT'S NEXT?

o   Alex Iaccarino has been named to the City's Design Review Board to represent the Hilltop Campus Village on matters pertaining to signage and façade improvement. The HCV Design work group put his name forward, reasoning that relative youth and an artistic perspective were consistent with the HCV's focus. Welcome Alex! 

o   Robert G. Scott of the Davenport Community School Board is welcomed as a new HCV Board member. Robert is a former Central High School Principal, now charged with oversite for all the District's senior and intermediate schools. His background knowledge and familiarity with the area will be of great use to the board as it charts its course in redevelopment. Welcome Robert! 

o   The HCV is contacting developers who have a history of success and innovation in mid-sized redevelopment projects and may be interested in the Hilltop Campus Village. While we don't have huge projects available, there are sites and some mixed-use multi-story buildings, some of which qualify for federal and State Historic Tax Credits, that may be of  interest. If you know of anyone who might be interested, let the office know or have them inquire personally.  

 

KUDOS!

o   To the Design work group for their diligence in seeking out quality space for murals as public art. An excellent candidate wall has been found and a grant is being sought to cover the cost of materials.

 

o   To property owners in the HCV, large and small, who have undertaken to improve their holdings. The most recent economic impact report from the Main Street Iowa program showed that of the three Urban Neighborhood Districts, ours had the highest amount of private investment in rehabilitation - over $27 million since we started in 2009.

 

WORK GROUP SESSIONS: Meetings open to all

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

o   Meeting time: Second Wednesday of the month (February 12), 5:00pm, HCV office, 601 Brady Street, Suite 301.

§  Grants submittal (Design and Economic Restructuring)

§  Consideration of Parking on Brady resolution

§  Report on Feb. 4 Winter Workshop in Cedar Rapids

ORGANIZATION COMMITTEE

o   Meeting time: Second Monday of the month (February 10), 4:00 pm., Hilltop Campus Village office, 601 Brady Street, Suite 301

§  Annual meeting planning

§  RDA and SCRA grant cycle projects

DESIGN COMMITTEE

o   Meeting time: Third Thursday (February 20), 5:00pm, Hilltop Campus Village office, 601 Brady Street, Suite 301  

§  Hilltop Plaza - Parking lot landscaping

§  Mural space identification and grant submittal

§  Street light acquisition, installation and maintenance project

PROMOTIONS COMMITTEE

o   Meeting time: Second Tuesday (February 11), 4:00pm, Hilltop Campus Village office, 601 Brady Street, Suite 301

§  Plan for Business after Hours event - date, location, invitation

§  Altar Crawl update

§  Fall Festival

ECONOMIC RESTRUCTURING COMMITTEE

o   Meeting time: Third Wednesday, (February 19) noon, Hilltop Campus office, 601 Brady Street, Suite 301

§  Developer outreach, marketing site and building inventory

§  MBA study of the Hilltop Campus Village

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The Hilltop Campus Village is a not for profit organization dedicated to restoration, redevelopment and revitalization of this area.  Questions, comments and suggestions may be addressed by contacting the Hilltop Campus Village office at 563-322-8293 or  hcvscott@gmail.com or board members.

Featuring Keynote Presentation by Debi Durham, Director, Iowa Economic Development Authority

Thursday, February 13, 2014

9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Isle Conference Center

Isle of Capri Hotel

1800 Isle Parkway, Bettendorf, IA 52722

Discover trends and best practices in economic development at the upcoming Scott County Economic Development Summit featuring a luncheon and keynote presentation by Debi Durham.

Track 1: Regional Economic Development

Coopatition: Building trust and encouraging partnerships

Moderator: Liz Tallman, Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce

Hear best practices to encourage regional economic growth and cooperation, featuring examples from regional metropolitan areas similar to the Quad Cities. Panelists will discuss benefits of regional cooperation in terms of economic growth, and share their personal insight and knowledge during this interactive conversation.

Featuring Ernie Goss, PhD - Creighton University Economist, Jeff Rossate - Deloitte Consulting, Mark Norman, Senior Director of Business Attraction - Greater Omaha Regional Economic Development Partnership, and Larry Burkhardt, Executive Vice President - Fox Cities Regional Partnership.

Track 2: Economic Development in Rural Scott County

The Next Generation of Economic Development

Moderator: Timothy Huey, Scott County Planning Director

Learn trends that touch the next generation of economic development in rural communities. Gain insight to attract businesses and encourage entrepreneurs. Learn about how to assemble the resources necessary to transform your community, the role of historic preservation, how to cultivate and grow entrepreneurs, and the importance of central place economic development in stabilizing rural economies from this panel of experts.

Featuring David Swenson, Iowa State University Economist, Ed Raber, Director - Washington Economic Development  Group, Dan Beenken, Director -UNI Small Business Development Center and Advance Iowa, Sheila Hlas, Director, and Bill Daily, Belle Plaine City Administrator, and Board Member - Belle Plaine Community Development Corporation.

Register at QuadCitiesChamber.com or by calling 563.823.2676. Cost: $15, includes lunch.

Presented by:  Quad Cities Chamber and Scott County

Greatest Grains' Harrison Hilltop Events Center will be hosting a Valentine's Day Sweetheart Dinner on Friday, Feb 14th from 7:30pm - 9:30pm. Couples are welcome to bring their own beer and wine, no corking fee. The night will be full of food, great fun, and live music entertainment. Featuring William Jones on vocals, lead singer of Funktastic Five and Molly Jones (Mayfield) on electric violin for an evening of sweet serenades. The cost per couple is $50, RSVP required by February 11th. Ticketing is available online by clicking here or by calling 563-323-7521 and mentioning the Sweethearts Dinner Event. Please see the menu for the evening below.

RiverVision Update 2014

Two Public Input Opportunities Tuesday, Jan. 14th

Noon / 6:00 pm

Blawkhawk Hotel - Gold Room

Hope you can join us and please spread the word!

For more information please contact:

 

Matthew G. Flynn, AICP 

Senior Planning Manager

Community Planning & Economic Development Department (CPED)

City of Davenport, Iowa 

563.326.7743

Building GREAT Neighborhoods + Growing GREAT Jobs + Envisioning a GREAT Future

Bucktown Revue holiday extravaganza is tonight, Friday Dec. 20

The Bucktown Revue's annual holiday extravaganza show is 7 p.m. tonight, Friday, Dec. 20, at the Nighswander Junior Theatre.

Featured guests are the Deep Dish Divas from Cedar Rapids, a three-woman ensemble featuring tight vocal harmonies.

Also on the playbill are jazz singer Lionel Marcoux, Tonal Insanity quartet, 12-string guitar wizard Tom Rood, singer Sophia Pike, songwriter Mark Ridolfi, the Shoesmiths, and dapper and debonair Dick Sabbe.

The usual suspects will also be on stage, including the Barley House Band (celtic music), Milltown (bluegrass), pianist Jonathan Turner, singer Korah Winn,Wenonah Allen, Bill "Baxter" Klutho, Linda "Granny" Shoesmith and musical funnyman Steve "Dr. Stephano" Couch. Scott Tunnicliff is the master of ceremonies.

The Bucktown Revue is an old-fashioned radio variety program, performed live in front of an audience and recorded for webcast. In the tradition of such radio programs as "A Prairie Home Companion" and "The Grand Ole Opry," the family-friendly Bucktown Revue celebrates Mississippi River Valley folk music and culture through a combination of music, storytelling, poetry and humor.

The Nighswander Junior Theatre, 2822 Eastern Ave., Davenport. General admission is $12 and available at the door. For information, email mgromkey@gmail.com. Be sure to sign up for email updates if you're not on the Bucktown mailing list.

Want to reserve seats? Send an email to mgromkey@gmail.com or call Mike Romkey, 563-940-0508.

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The Bucktown Revue website features photos and recordings of all the shows. Drop by for a visit today! And be sure to sign up for email updates if you're not on the Bucktown mailing list.
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