DavenportOne celebrated its first year in business last week, emphasizing a theme that it is not just for the city's big businesses and their leaders.

At its annual meeting July 11 - attended by nearly 300 members - the organization rolled out a new Web site (http://www.

Tim Sievert's motivation for applying to the Quad City Arts Metro Arts program
was pretty simple: "I was looking for a summer job," said the 18-year-old.

That statement is a bit surprising, because it's easy to forget that these 75 teenagers playing music, dancing, painting, and writing and acting are getting paid; the Metro Arts spread in The District of Rock Island resembles a summer camp.

• The State of Iowa is one of 27 states participating in a lawsuit against Hoechst, a German pharmaceutical company, alleging that the company blocked a generic version of a heart medication from being put on the market.

At a study session on Monday, July 9, Rock Island City Administrator John C. Phillips gave city-council members a "police-chief profile" culled from surveys filled out by citizens, community leaders, and police officers.

• The number of candidates for Davenport Mayor has increased to five with announcements last week from Denise Hollonbeck and Charlie Brooke. Hollonbeck, who made her announcement in front of Davenport City Hall, served seven years on the Davenport School Board, including time as president.

Despite the setback of having developer Kaizen Company of America pull out of the commercial portion of The Quarter riverfront re-development effort (see City Shorts in this week's issue), the City of East Moline could be moving forward on other components of the project in the coming weeks.

• Saturday, June 30, will mark the end of LeClaire Ambulance Service. In December, the company, which has been in business for 36 years, had its license suspended for six months by the Iowa Department of Public Health after an incident in which the former ambulance-service director took 23 minutes to respond to a call.

The unanimous choice of the search committee and mayor for Davenport's
new city administrator appears to be well on his way to city-council confir
mation next week.

Craig Malin, currently the county administrator in Douglas County, Wisconsin, has wide support among Davenport city-council members surveyed by the River Cities' Reader.

Oh, the perils of outdoor theatre.

There are the mosquitoes. The heat. And of course,the threat of rain.

At a rehearsal for two one-act plays on Monday, director David Wooten told the cast he wanted strong efforts for the next few days.

• Plans are continuing for a high-speed Amtrak passenger railroad route across Iowa that would connect Chicago and Iowa City. The route - which would cost $4 billion - would reach Omaha and would be part of a network that would include Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Minnesota, Missouri, and Wisconsin.