New Bi-State Economic Development Entity in Quad Cities
There is a ne w economic development entity, Quad Cities First, th at will serve both the Illinois and Iowa sides of the Mississippi River in the Quad Cities region. The larger urban hubs in this region are Davenport, IA and Moline, IL.
Quad Cities First will be jointly led by the regional chambers of commerce on both sides of the river. The new group will also spells a new level of cooperation between the region's chambers. Here is a description of the new, private economic development entity from the Iowa Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce (formerly DavenportOne):
Quad Cities First
Quad Cities First will focus on regional sales and marketing, including marketing of the Rock Island Arsenal, in recognition of the importance of those functions for the economic growth of our region.
Quad Cities First will be governed by a seventeen (17) member Board of Directors that will include ten (10) private sector members nominated by the Chambers and seven (7) public sector members chosen by the five cities and two counties.
Rick Baker and Tara Barney, Presidents & CEOs of their respective chambers, will serve as co-CEOs of Quad Cities First and report to the Quad Cities First Board related to the specific functions within that board’s purview.
Chamber Joint Venture
The state-based Chambers will continue to provide individual programming and chamber of commerce services through their respective organizations. But, much like they do today with selected programs through the Quad City Chamber Federation, the Chambers will coordinate efforts to govern and manage regional economic activities through a Chamber Joint Venture agreement authorized by the boards of both Chambers. The Chamber Joint Venture will be accountable for the delivery of regional economic development functions outside those specifically prescribed to Quad Cities First.
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Also, check out this story from the Quad City Times: Q-C First model OK'd by development group