December 2013

COMMENTARY: The holiday season brings a special focus to merchants and service providers, as well as those engaged directly in the celebration of the spiritual aspect of this time of year. With additional parking and more businesses along the commercial corridors, Hilltop Campus Village is attaining new vigor.

Small businesses have a great opportunity to compete with larger stores using social media and co-promotional strategies. With a critical mass of businesses now in the area, it makes sense to implement these strategies.

There has been some exciting discussion this year about the local HCV merchants getting together to draw people into the area.

The HCV is looking forward to helping anyone who wishes to develop this effort by serving as a communications conduit. Email us with your interest so we can start this ball rolling.


HCV actions and activities:

o   Parking along the west side of Harrison Street appears to be taking hold. After an initial period of uncertainty, it appears the spaces are being used with considerable frequency.

o   The 30-space parking lot at 15th and Ripley is nearly completed, with curbs in place and permeable asphalt paving applied. The spaces are delineated by lines and numbered, with the only elements remaining will be the paving of the driveway (first week in December) and the landscaping in the spring.

o   Proposed policies for street light installation and maintenance and for new snow removal policies have been submitted to the Department of Public Works for comment and review. The DPW is looking at multiple strategies to remove snow, should we have any this season (any bets?).



o   REMINDER to those with reservations: The Gold Coast - Hamburg Historic District Association is sponsoring a High Tea on Saturday, December 7, 2013. Proceeds from this event will be used to further educate people on the history of the Gold Coast - Hamburg Historic District. Guests will also be entertained by members of the Barley House Band.  

The venue for the High Tea Meal is 321 W. 6th St. in Davenport, IA. For further details, contact PJ Slobojan, 563-326-2894, .  

o   On Thursday December 5, there will be a Grand Opening of the Harrison Lofts mixed use complex at the 1400 block of Harrison Street, across from the Hilltop Plaza Park and the Third Missionary Baptist church. The event will begin at 4pm and a ceremony will start at 5pm.

o   A Nova Christmas, an annual holiday concert with the professional vocal ensemble, the Nova Singers will be held at 7:30pm on Saturday December 21 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 2136 Brady Street. Tickets are $15-$18, students free. For information and tickets call 309-341-7038 or email


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,, 563 322 5386.

o   Two stand alone properties have just been made available for sale in the HCV, due to the 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.



o   A nomination has been made by the HCV to the City's Design Review Board subject to Mayoral and City Council approval. This board is charged with examining and approving issues related to painting, signage and related issues in the downtown, the East Village and in the Hilltop Campus Village. 

o   The HCV will be announcing a new board member next month. If approved by the board in December the nominee will take office in January. 

o   Main Street Iowa and the Iowa Economic Development Authority have made available Business Innovation Challenge Grants. Maximum awards will be for $20,000 and minimums for $5,000. A total of $100,000 will be awarded. A dollar-for dollar local match is required. 

Eligible projects include but are not limited to Business Retention, Expansion and Recruitment efforts; Marketing and Promotion programs; Technical Assistance Programs; Innovative or Creative Business Training Programs; and Start up Assistance programs.

Only one application is available per community and all applicants must be within a Main Street Iowa District. Forward ideas to the HCV office or a board member. or call 563-322-8293. Application deadline is February 14, 2014. 



o   To the four students of Davenport Central High School who were profiled on the front page of a recent issue of the QC Times for their efforts to establish a sustainable urban garden on the CHS grounds. Such an effort has been talked about when discussion of using green space comes up, but these young citizens have made it happen. Congratulations too to Gail Lynn Heninger, their faculty advisor through the Talented and Gifted program.

o   Also to St. Paul's Lutheran Church and the First Baptist Church for their respective urban gardening efforts. FBC has done theirs for a number of years, plowing, planting and inviting neighbors to take what they need.

St. Paul's has augmented their gardening ministry by demolishing a house at 2003 Main Street, and dedicating the vacant lot to be used as a community garden, with produce to be given to the needy. A refreshing alternative to other uses.

WORK GROUP SESSIONS: Meetings open to all


o   Meeting time: Second Wednesday of the month (December 11), 5:00pm, HCV office, 601 Brady Street, Suite 301.

§  Board Nomination

§  MSI Business Innovation Challenge Grant projects

§  Volunteer of the Year


o   Meeting time: Second Monday of the month (December 9), 4:00 pm., Hilltop Campus Village office, 601 Brady Street, Suite 301

§  4th quarter fundraising strategies


o   Meeting time: Third Thursday (December 19), 5:00pm, Hilltop Campus Village office, 601 Brady Street, Suite 301  

§  Hilltop Plaza landscaping

§  Design Review Board nominee


o   Meeting time: Second Tuesday (December 10), 4:00pm, Hilltop Campus Village office, 601 Brady Street, Suite 301

§  Planning for Open House/Business after Hours


o   Meeting time: Third Wednesday, (December 18) noon, Hilltop Campus office, 601 Brady Street, Suite 301

§  Marketing availability of retail space, incubator


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 or board members.

The Bucktown Revue returns to the Nighswander Junior Theatre 7 tonight, Friday, Nov. 15, with a festive Thanksgiving show.

The November show features another installment of the Pleasant Valley Hillbillies. Also, the Pleasant Valley Ladies Guild will make an encouraging and helpful presentation on Thanksgiving dinner dos and don'ts.

Guests include The Ripplers, a favorite folk band at Bucktown; Paul Holzworth with some Yogi Yorgesson songs; the Possible Side Effects quartet; and the "poetry" of Dick Sabbe. Also making a special appearance will be Lady Klutho and the Bucktown Chamber Orchestra.

Also on the playbill are the usual suspects, including the Barley House Band (celtic music), Milltown (bluegrass), pianist Jonathan Turner, singer Korah Winn, Wenonah Allen, Bill "Baxter" Klutho and Linda "Granny" Shoesmith. 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 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 or call Mike Romkey, 563-940-0508.


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Catch up with past shows
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.
The Hilltop Campus Village Main Street Iowa district is holding its annual meeting celebration on Wednesday May 29, 2013, from 6pm to 8pm at THE CENTER, 1411 Brady Street in the heart of the Village.
This year, the event will serve double duty as a fundraiser for the Hilltop Campus Village, with a spaghetti supper, raffling of gifts, and special guest speaker, U.S. Congressman David Loebsack.
The event is open to the public with a $6 charge for dinner. The program will include the election of new members to the board of directors, plus an overview of accomplishments over the past year, current projects and things to come.
The Hilltop Campus Village is a not for profit 501c3 corporation and is non-member based, It charges no dues and asks only that interested parties and volunteers support its mission, which in essence is to revitalize the commercial corridors of the Hilltop Campus Village, by encouraging redevelopment, reinvestment and restoration.
If you are supportive of the effort, curious about activities and/or would like to consider being a part of the Hilltop Campus Village project, please make plans to attend, and spread the word!
RSVPs may be made to



Ms. Hilary Greenberg will speak at a luncheon on Thursday August 23 at the Fellows Room in the Vickie Anne Palmer Hall, 115 West 7th Street in Davenport. Her presentation topic will be Powering Up Your Downtown Business Mix: Business Retention and Recruitment Strategies.

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Ms Greenberg is the president of Greenberg Development Services (GDS), a Charlotte North Carolina-based planning and economic development consulting firm. Ms. Greenberg is nationally recognized as a downtown development expert in the area of retail leasing and business development training programs for community volunteers. Her specific fields of consultation include market analyses, downtown plans, retail leasing strategies and development plans for downtown or neighborhood commercial districts. She has worked with various state and local governments as well as both private and non-profit organizations. She has been a consultant to the National Trust for Historic Preservation's National Main Street Center for over 20 years and has worked with over 30 State-affiliated Main Street programs.

"We are very fortunate to have a presenter of Ms. Greenberg's caliber to provide perspective and direction on this timely topic", acknowledged Hilltop Campus Village Board President Robert Lee. "With all the interest in downtown and commercial district activity we wanted to make this available to interested parties throughout the region."

Ms. Greenberg is a popular speaker on the topic of commercial redevelopment and has been the keynote speaker at conferences sponsored by the International Economic Development Council, the National League of Cities, the International Downtown Association and the National Main Street Center.

There is a $10.00 charge for each attendee to cover the cost of the lunch, and space is limited. People are asked to RSVP before August 21 by contacting the Hilltop Campus Village offices at 563-322-8293, or by emailing

Any and all interested parties are invited to attend

The 2012 Hilltop Campus Village Annual Meeting

at 6:30pm, on Tuesday May 15, 2012 in

The Rogalski Center of St. Ambrose University

518 W. Locust Street, Davenport, Iowa

Items of business include :

  • Recognition of the Hilltop Campus Village Volunteer of the Year
  • Reports of accomplishments by working committees

o   Organization,

o   Design,

o   Economic Restructuring and

o   Promotion

  • Election of Board officers for the coming year
  • A presentation by St. Ambrose University students on their study of the Hilltop Campus Village
  • A glimpse of the future for Our Village with your Director as your guide
  • Remarks by guests from the Main Street Iowa program


This meeting is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

The Hilltop Campus Village Corporation is a 501c3 not for profit organization. The Board of Directors hopes that you, as a person interested in the revitalization of the area, will be able to attend.