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					                      2006 AGENDA OF
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                         WESTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY




        RIVERVISION




                        THE QUARTER

  TRANSPORTATION
                                       Western Illinois University
                                          Quad Cities Riverfront Campus




With fewer manufacturing jobs available in the Quad Cities, students and workers must be trained to thrive in the information based economy,
which requires a different set of skills and attitudes. In order to thrive, the Quad City region must train and/or recruit workers who are creative
and can compete in a global economy.

Since there is a direct connection between the human capital of a region and its economic growth, the State of Illinois must continue to invest in
public higher educational institutions and provide a high quality of life to recruit creative, entrepreneurial workers from afar while keeping local
talent here at home. The greatest opportunity to do so for the entire Quad City region is the development of the Western Illinois Riverfront
Quad City Riverfront Campus.

Recognizing the pent-up demand for education by the citizens of the Quad Cities, Deere & Company quickly stepped to the forefront of the
issue by donating a 20 acre parcel and building on Moline’s riverfront to Western Illinois University.

Recently, Governor Blagojevich released $2.4 million of Opportunity Returns planning funds to complete master planning as well as architec-
tural and engineering work on the first complex that is projected to cost $16.2 million. Immediately following, the Illinois State Board of Higher
Education included this project in its approved list of funding priorities for $13.8 million to the Governor for the 2007 state budget. Thus, $13.8
million is needed in the 2007 State Budget!

The estimated economic impact of Western Illinois University Quad City Riverfront Campus is $10 million annually, supported by a one-time
impact of $118 million during construction of the three complexes, and leading to an annual economic impact of $48 million when new and
expanded academic programs support an enrollment of 3,000 students.

                                                Mississippi River Urban Technology Corridor
The City of Moline, Renew Moline (a private economic development organization), MetroLINK (a Mass Transit Authority), and the Illinois
Quad City Chamber of Commerce have teamed with Western Illinois University to plan and implement the RiverTech initiative adjacent to the
campus. Using the same proven redevelopment strategies implemented in the John Deere Commons and Bass Street Landing in downtown
Moline, this team is building the foundations for the public and private investment necessary to create the Mississippi River Urban Technol-
ogy Corridor and propel the Quad City into emerging economies for workforce and technology development.

                                                       Investment Yields High Return
The plan includes the coordinated development of the Western Illinois University Quad City Riverfront campus, an Intellectual Property
Management Institute, and a private market mixed-use development - including student/faculty housing, recreation center, campus retail
amenities, corporate offices and business flex-space. All located on the banks of the Mississippi River!

 Benefits as a result of the WIU Campus and the Technology Corridor:
• Develop $75 million in taxable development at RiverTech.
• Create 2000 new jobs from companies and businesses in computer sciences, information technology, advanced manufacturing and support
    retail, commercial and office operations.
• Through the Intellectual Property Management Institute, facilitate a targeted 6-8 patent and intellectual property transfers annually
    creating or assisting an estimated 2 new businesses per year.
• Create a catalyst for redevelopment in aged industrial areas along the Mississippi Riverfront.
• Develop a progressive urban setting to attract a young, educated workforce.
• Complement the Western Illinois University Quad City Riverfront Campus with privately developed and owned campus housing and
    amenities.
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                              TABLE OF CONTENTS

                                  Illinois Quad City Issues

Northwest Region Opportunity Returns

Education Projects                                                                 3
• Western Illinois University – Quad Cities Expansion
• Construction of a New Silvis School Building

 Transportation Projects                                                           5
• Balanced Growth
• Columbia Park
• Corridor 92 Study
• I-74 Mississippi River Crossing Needs
• Colona Road/Illinois 84 Extension
• Widening of Blackhawk Road/Illinois 5-Rock Island
• John Deere Road Expansion/Illinois 5
• Corridor Enhancement Rock Island Parkway/Andalusia Road
• Rail Infrastructure Improvements
• Relocation of Rail Switchyards and Extension of Rail Freight Rail Service
• Moline Rock River Boulevard

 Community and Economic Development                                                18
• City of East Moline
        o Riverfront Development
        o Quarter Project
        Industrial Development Projects
        o Gateway Industrial Park Project Area
        o Case New Holland Project Area
        o I-5 Corridor Project
        o RiverStone Industrial Expansion
        Commercial Development Projects
        o Avenue of the Cities Expansion
        o Regional Sports Complex
        o Downtown Revitalization
• City of Rock Island
        o Riverfront Development
        o Ridgewood West Business Park
• City of Moline
        o Urban Technology Corridor
        o Downtown and Riverfront Development
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Rock Island Arsenal Development Group                                          29
•Brownfield Remediation
•Brownfields Redevelopment Grant Program

Trail and Recreational Projects                                                33
• Trail Projects
        o West Rock River Bridge Bike Trail Connection
        o Grand Illinois Trail/ GRT ADT Connection
        o Recreational Bridge Across the Rock River
• Recreation Projects
        o Indoor Recreation Facility

Public Infrastructure Projects                                                 37
City of Moline
• Moline Fire Department
• City of Moline Public Library Facility
• Water & Sewer
• Temporary Barrier Flood Control System
• Mississippi River Sluice Gates and Pump Station
• Moline/Rock Island Water System
City of Rock Island
• Historic Renovation Funding
• 22nd Street Stormwater Demonstration Project
• Storm Water Management Funding

Legislative Issues and Public Policy                                           49
• Municipal Use of Eminent Domain
• Extension of the Illinois Housing Development Act
• State Support for Local Government
• State Support for Approved Projects

Appendix
Rock Island and Scott Counties Economic Comparisons
• A - Population, Households, and Housing Starts
• B - Home Price Comparison, Retail Sales, and Retail Sales Percentages
• C - Employment
• D - Residence Adjustment
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                                              Education Projects

                             Western Illinois University – Quad City Expansion

Issue
An assessment of higher education within the Quad City Region has identified a tremendous gap be-
tween the demand and the availability of baccalaureate and graduate level public higher education. An
expansion of Western Illinois University’s Quad City Campus is an immediate opportunity to meet that
demand.

Opportunity Returns
This project is a priority under Opportunity Returns Goal 4 strengthen education and job training; how-
ever, it directly impacts the achievability of all of the other goals in the Opportunity Returns plan.

Action Requested
Expansion of higher education is a top priority for the Illinois Quad City Chamber of Commerce and
the business community that we represent. We respectfully request funding for phase I of an additional
$13,800,000 to assist in improving the accessibility of public education to the citizens of the Quad Cit-
ies by expanding Western Illinois University’s presence in our community. The Quad Cities is appre-
ciative of the $2,400,000 that Governor Blagojevich appropriated for engineering and planning.

Background
In April of 2003, the Illinois Quad City Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Illinois Board
of Higher Education, completed a Higher Education Needs Assessment of the greater Quad City re-
gion. The assessment addressed the interests and anticipated demand for programs for the next five
years from analyses of demographic data and the viewpoint of community leaders, employers, and cur-
rent and prospective students in the greater Quad Cities area. These assessments and analyses repre-
sent the current and near-future higher education environment based on what is familiar and known.

The final expectation of the study requested “information necessary for the Quad City community and
education partners to create a vision for higher education for the area over the next decade.” This ex-
pectation requires stepping beyond what is known and familiar to what higher education could, and
should become in the Quad Cities. This vision needs to involve some recognition of financial reality,
yet it ought not to be limited unduly by the current economic situation facing the country.

The assessment found a tremendous gap between the demand and the availability in public higher edu-
cation. In fact, the assessment conservatively estimates a potential student population for a public
higher education institution to exceed 5,000. Recognizing the pent-up demand for education by the
citizens of the Quad Cities, Deere & Company quickly stepped to the forefront of the issue by donating
a 20 acre parcel and building on Moline’s riverfront to Western Illinois University.WIU has submitted
a Scope Statement for the project to the Illinois Board of Higher Education for consideration. The first
phase of the development of a riverfront campus in the Quad Cities is the remodeling and rehabilitation
of the building donated by Deere & Company. The estimate to complete the first phase is $16,200,000.
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                         Construction of a New Silvis School Building
Issue
The Silvis School District desperately needs to replace its existing school building due to
un-housed students and life safety issues that the district has been battling for numerous years.

Action Requested
We ask the Illinois Legislature to support the funding of the School Construction Grant pro-
gram and for the Capital Development Board to award a School Construction Grant for ap-
proximately $16 million to the Silvis School District for the construction of a new building.
Awarding of the grant will result in a new state of the art learning facility for the students, pro-
vide the impetus for hundreds of new housing starts in the Illinois Quad Cities (reversing a 30
year trend), and provide increased enrollment in the
Silvis School District.

Opportunity Returns
This project is a priority under Opportunity Returns Goal 4 Strengthen education and job train-
ing; however, it directly impacts the achievability of all of the other goals in the Opportunity
Returns plan.

Background
Since 1999, the Silvis School District has been battling life safety issues, un-housed students,
and increasing maintenance costs for its current, aging facility. In 2002, the construction of a
new school in the district was placed on the Capital Development Board School Construction
Grant (SCG) list. However, it was later learned that the number of projects submitted for fund-
ing through the grant program far exceeded the money
available through the SCG.

The Silvis School Board and Administration researched the feasibility of constructing a new
school and options that would yield the highest return for the investment to the community.
Several potential locations for a new building have been reviewed. The best location would
provide a more central location within the District boundaries and create the impetus for a
housing development that is critically needed in the Illinois Quad Cities.

For the past three decades the Illinois Quad Cities has lagged in new housing starts behind our
Iowa Quad City counterparts at a rate of 4 to 1. The City of East Moline and the Silvis School
District have been working with a housing developer who has indicated interest in constructing
as many as 500 new homes in the area and is being recommended by the Silvis School District
for their new building. Rewarding the SCG to the Silvis School District addresses three critical
community issues: high quality learning environment, increased enrollment, and new housing
starts, all resulting in a higher yield from the public investment.
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                                      Transportation Projects

                                         Balanced Growth
Issue
Urban growth throughout the Quad Cities region is beginning to challenge the capabilities of the
existing infrastructure. In order to continue strong economic growth throughout the Quad Cities
region, land use decisions must be linked to infrastructure decisions including transportation.

Action Requested
We are requesting support for the next step in A&E design. Federal funds have been authorized to
seek appropriations under the New Start, Small Starts category. The project will require a state
match. Total project cost $54,000,000 for capitol and infrastructure updates.

Background
The Quad Cities region is currently facing a number of issues that will identify its ability to con-
tinue to grow both physically and economically. These issues include:

       •   Traffic congestion and increasing travel times;
       •   Linking of employment centers, urban centers, tourist destinations, and the riverfront
       •   Costly and inefficient growth patterns
       •   Failure to effectively revitalize and rebuild urban centers;
       •   Mobility needs of residents;
       •   Quality of life for those living and /or working within the Quad Cities region;
       •   Ability to meet increasingly strict air quality regulations

 The Balanced Growth Initiative links land use, transportation, and economic development together
with a rapid transit system. Utilizing the existing rail system, a rapid transit system would provide a
seamless connection between high densities of commerce, tourist, downtown urban activity centers,
and residential and major employment centers, all located along the rail corridor. Future develop-
ments such as Western Illinois University and the Mississippi River Urban Technology Corridor
are also located along this corridor. The rapid transit system would also improve the connection
between major activity centers and the downtowns, thus stimulating riverfront development. In ad-
dition, it would enhance regional links to Geneseo presently, and Chicago in the future. Finally, it
would encourage access to employment, entertainment, and recreation, thus stimulating regional
development.
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                                           Columbia Park
Issue
The current MetroLINK maintenance facility does not meet the demands of the transit system. A
new state-of-the-art facility would provide the maximum sustainability standards for the Mainte-
nance, Operations, and Administrative functions through the next three decades.

Action Requested
An investment in a new transit multi-plex would allow the transit system optimal resources to con-
duct business cost-effectively. In addition, the project would serve as a catalyst for the proposed
Columbia Park redevelopment, creating thousands of new and sustainable jobs. Total project cost
is $15,000,000.

Background
The need for a new maintenance facility is evident. The current facility was built in 1983 to ac-
commodate 57 buses. However, MetroLink’s active fleet now consists of 76 vehicles. Even utiliz-
ing all available garage space, maintenance bays, and internal circulation areas, only 57 buses and
three maintenance vehicles can be accommodated. Off-site leased space houses overflow vehicles,
and others occupy staff parking spaces outside. The CNG fueling station used to fuel half of the
fleet is off site, and paratransit operates from another separate facility. Administrative, operations,
and maintenance functions of the agency have also outgrown the current space.

A modern 110,000 foot, replacement Transit Multi-Plex would provide the maximum sustainability
standards for the Maintenance, Operations, and Administrative functions through the next three
decades. The new facility would:
               • Consolidate all MetroLINK services and vehicles at a single location.
               • Provide on-site natural gas and diesel fueling operations, as well as vehicle
                  cleaning and lubrication stations for an added cost savings.
               • Incorporate the latest in energy efficiencies, improved internal air quality, natu-
                  ral and resource conservation, and pollution prevention.
               • Incorporate computer-aided diagnostic equipment for maintenance of the Auto-
                  mated Vehicle Location systems, digital video recording systems, and multi-plex
                  electrical systems, which are now standard on all MetroLINK vehicles.
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                                        Corridor 92 Study
Issue
There is a need to review the Illinois Route 92 corridor as it passes through Rock Island from the
Moline border to US Highway 67.

Action Requested
Approval of an Illinois Tomorrow Corridor Grant to analyze the Illinois Route 92 corridor
(submitted as the Corridor 92 Study). The grant application was submitted in 2005 and favorable
review and approval of the grant will allow this important planning activity to proceed.

Background
The Corridor 92 Study will review the Illinois Route 92 corridor as it traverses the City of Rock
Island from the Moline border on the east to the intersection with US Highway 67 on the west. The
study will focus on the impact of development activity and opportunities as they may be affected by
the volume and pattern of traffic along the Corridor and examine how changes in lane widths, lane
and intersection configurations, and the conversion of existing one-way couplets into two-way
streets will support more efficient transportation facilities, encourage public-private development
plans and promote balanced economic development along the corridor. The study will analyze po-
tential changes to three segments of the corridor:


   •   East Segment – This segment consists of 5th, 6th and 7th Avenues between the Moline
       border and 38th Street. The study will analyze the conversion of 6th Avenue
       (westbound) and 7th Avenue (eastbound) from one-way streets to two-way streets and
       reconfiguration of the intersections that may be necessitated by such a change. In
       addition, the study will review the potential economic and neighborhood impact of
       narrowing these streets.

       •
   •   Center Segment – This segment consists of 5th Avenue from 38th to 24th Street. At
       present, the avenue accommodates three westbound lanes and two east bound lanes.
       Of primary interest is eliminating one westbound lane to provide room to create a
       landscape buffer for the rail yard to the north. The study will analyze the effect of
       this change.

       •
   •   West Segment – This segment consists of 24th Street north of 1st Avenue and west to
       15th Street. Primary interest in this segment is an analysis of the impact of the
       change in designation of the Route 92 Corridor from 1st Avenue to 4th and 5th Avenue
       and the connection at the western end of the section to US Highway 67.
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                              I-74 Mississippi River Crossing Needs
Issue
There is an urgent need to address congestion on the I-74 Bridge Corridor. This bridge is
carrying almost 78,000 vehicles per day and is significantly over capacity. Adequate
access and capacity crossing the Mississippi River is imperative for the Quad Cities to
remain a vital community. Prompt and continued assistance to address I-74 Bridge
corridor improvements including final design, right-of-way acquisition, interchange and
approach reconstruction, and construction of a new I-74 Bridge is needed. Matching
dollars for any federal funding received in the Federal Transportation Act and subsequent
Appropriation Acts is requested.

Action Requested
The following actions on the I-74 Bridge Corridor project are requested (Note: Partnership with the
Iowa Department of Transportation will be required to provide non-federal matching funds:
       • Continue without delay completion of the Final EIS and Record of Decision by Spring
       2007;
       • Match $1.1 million from the 2005 Appropriation Act for hardship ROW
       acquisition;
       • Match $70 million, along with Iowa DOT, federal dollars earmarked in the transportation
       reauthorization act for final design and ROW acquisition and proceed with these efforts
       without delay;
       • Match federal dollars received in subsequent appropriation acts, in
       partnership with Iowa DOT, to augment earmarked dollars for initial construction;
       • Match federal dollars received for reconstruction of the I-74 Bridge and
       interchanges in the 2010 transportation reauthorization act.

Opportunity Returns
This project advances Opportunity Returns Goal 2 Capitalize on existing assets and Goal
5 Build public infrastructure.

Background
Mississippi River crossings continue to be the highest transportation priority in the Quad
Cities with over 78,000 vehicles crossing the Mississippi River on an average day with
half of these crossings on the I-74 Bridge.

The I-74 Bridge is extremely important to the commerce of the area. Interstate 74 is the major
north/south corridor in the Quad City area and provides for the movement of people and goods to
employment centers, entertainment venues, and commercial and industrial sites. The economy of
the Quad Cities depends on adequate crossing capacity as we seek to exhibit a market population of
375,000. The need for sufficient infrastructure and bridge crossing capacity has been identified in
the 2001 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy for the Bi-State Region. Over 50 percent
of employed Quad Citians work in a community outside of their residence. Over 20 percent of
those employed work outside of their state of residence. The I-74 Bridge provides access to one of
the few military arsenals in the United States, the Rock Island Arsenal. It also provides connectivity
between several commercial centers including the Moline, Illinois and Bettendorf, Iowa central
business districts; Southpark Mall and the John Deere Road commercial area in Moline; and the
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53rd Street commercial district in Davenport, Iowa. It is also important to the economy of the
States of Illinois and Iowa as it provides for interstate commerce and connections to major U.S.
markets. The Quad Cities has a 36.5 million person market area within a 300-mile radius that in-
cludes 15 percent of the nation’s population.

 The predominant problem is congestion on the I-74 Bridge. The bridge is currently carrying 78,000
vehicles per day, but was designed to handle only 50,000 vehicles per day. The bridge itself is func-
tionally obsolete and never met Interstate standards. The Iowa bound span was built in 1935 and the
Illinois bound span was built in 1959, both for local non interstate traffic. Consequently, the bridge
has no shoulders and the ramps nearest the bridge have inadequate weaving lanes. Approximately
125 accidents occur on or near the I-74 Bridge in a one-year period. In fact, the I-74 corridor ex-
periences an accident rate three times the national average in some locations. Improvements to ad-
dress these capacity and safety concerns are necessary.

 The I-74 Corridor Study has examined solutions designed to improve traffic flow and address
safety issues along the I-74 corridor. The draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was com-
pleted in 2003. Matching funds for the project are being provided jointly by the Illinois and Iowa
Departments of Transportation in close coordination with federal and local officials. The appropria-
tion of $15,250,000 in federal funds over the past several years has made these efforts possible. An
additional $1.1 million in the 2005 appropriation was received so that hardship ROW acquisition
could proceed without delay.

 The balance of the work on the Final EIS and Record of Decision (ROD) is expected in 2006 and
the first half of 2007. Although final project costs are still being developed, total project costs will
be over $650 million. Due to the size and complexity of the project, an earmark in the next trans-
portation reauthorization act along with multi-year funding will be required. In addition to a direct
earmark, funds from both interstate maintenance and bridge discretionary funds will be sought
through the appropriations process. A project timeline is as follows:
                 • Selection of preferred alternative and completion of Draft EIS has been completed
                 • Completion of Final EIS and ROD (funded) December 2005
                 • Hardship ROW acquisition 2005 – 2007
                 • Final design and ROW acquisition 2007-2009
                 • I-74 Bridge, interchange, and corridor reconstruction 2010-2013
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                                Colona Road/Illinois 84 Extension
Issue
The need to widen three miles of Colona Road/ Illinois 84 to four lanes from the Rock River to I-80
and to reconfigure the I-80 interchange has been identified in transportation plans since the 1970's.
A bridge over the Rock River forms the western terminus of the proposed project and was recon-
structed to four lanes more than ten years ago. There is a dire need to complete the project and have
direct interstate access over the Rock River.

Action Requested
The City of Colona and Henry County request the following transportation improvements:
1st Priority: Colona Road and I-80 Interchange
        Preliminary Engineering Phase I and II                  $ 3,000,000
2nd Priority: Colona Road and I-80 Interchange
        Right of Way Acquisition                                $ 4,250,000
3rd Priority: Colona Road and I-80 Interchange Construction     $30,000,000

Opportunity Returns
This project advances Opportunity Returns Goal 2 capitalize on existing assets and Goal 5 build
public infrastructure.

Background
Colona Road is the link to the interstate system for the eastern portion of the Illinois Quad Cities.
Numerous growth opportunities in the eastern Illinois Quad Cities hinge on the improvement of this
corridor and connection to Interstate 80. The newly constructed Tournament Players Club (TPC) at
Deere Run, a Professional Golfers Association (PGA) golf course just south of this roadway, has
already served as a catalyst for interest and activity in the area.

Access to developable land along major corridors is a significant issue to ensure the Illinois Quad
Cities are able to compete for resources and growth opportunities in the greater Quad City Metro-
politan area. The City of Colona’s Comprehensive Plan has identified 2,363 acres for residential
development, 1,045 acres for commercial development, and 1,499 acres for industrial development.
The total developable acreage represents substantial opportunity for the Quad City Metropolitan
region.

Illinois 84 also serves as a major access point from the east to the Illinois Quad City employment,
commercial, and retail market for hundreds of people each day. The Average Daily Traffic analysis
map included in the regional 2025 Long Range Transportation Plan estimates daily traffic in this
segment of the east/west arterial to be in excess of 16,000 cars per day, a comparable volume to
nearby Interstate 80, with future traffic counts projected to reach in excess of 23,000 cars per day.

This segment of Illinois 84 would complete an east west arterial system dissecting the Illinois Quad
Cities linking Interstate 80, Interstate 74 and Illinois 92/Rock Island Parkway. The system includes
Avenue of the Cities which runs through the cities of Silvis, East Moline, and Moline ultimately
connecting to 18th Avenue in Rock Island. The corridor is considered a major gateway and corridor
for the Illinois Quad Cities.
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Significant local effort has begun to beautify and unify the existing segments of the roadway with
cities along the corridor having pledged their support. In addition to increasing traffic volume, par-
allel tracks for Iowa Interstate and BNSF railroads, which carry an average of 38 trains per day,
makes this project a traffic safety issue as well. At peak traffic times and during delays caused by
passing trains, automobiles become stacked far beyond the storage capacity of the existing road
system. The congestion caused in these situations places local and state government at greater li-
ability exposure and motorists at undue risk of injury. We appreciate the DOT programming the
installation of a traffic signal at Fifth Street to provide interim relief at the intersection of Colona
and Cleveland Roads.
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                             Widening of Blackhawk Road/Illinois 5
Issue
Delay in the widening of Blackhawk Road west of the new Rock River Bridge in Rock Island is
causing traffic bottlenecks and impeding planned development along the corridor.

Action Requested
We respectfully request that IDOT expedite planned construction of the four lanes Blackhawk Road
to coincide with the completion of the new Rock River Bridge.

Opportunity Returns
This project meets three goals of Governor Blagojevich’s Opportunity Returns Plan for the North-
west Region. Widening of Blackhawk Road will capitalize on existing assets Goal 2 by expanding
a corridor that is already identified by the volume of traffic as an important transportation link in
the Quad Cities. The expansion of this corridor will assist small business Goal 3 by improving traf-
fic flow and access to existing businesses and by opening up additional locations for small commer-
cial enterprises. Widening Blackhawk Road also builds public infrastructure Goal 5 by enhancing
the investment that the State has already made in Route 5 to the east and in the Rock River Bridge
now under construction.

Background
Blackhawk Road from 38th Street to 24th Street in Rock Island, also known as Illinois Route 5, is
the most heavily traveled two-lane road in the Quad Cities. With an average daily traffic count of
22,000 vehicles, this segment of Blackhawk Road carries more traffic that most sections of Inter-
state 280. Traffic volume will increase with the completion of the West Rock River Bridge.

The original commitment from the Illinois Department Transportation was for the widening of the
roadway to be included in the construction of the new bridge. Bridge construction is underway, and
although the road project is included in IDOT’s five-year plan and road design will be complete
this year, construction on Blackhawk Road has not been scheduled.

Coordinating roadway widening with construction of northern bridge approaches from Blackhawk
Road will eliminate traffic impediments when the bridge opens and limit disruption to the dozens of
service and retail businesses along the corridor to a single construction season.

Two large office and retail developments are dependent on a four-lane Blackhawk Road. Prairie
View, located between Trinity East Hospital in Moline and Trinity West Hospital in Rock Island, is
a proposed office development designed to attract medical related tenants. Blackhawk Landing, a
proposed 15-acre retail development fronting Blackhawk

Road at 30th Street will not proceed until Blackhawk Road is widened. Site work has begun on the
multi-phase development expected to create 300 jobs and generate an estimate $40 million per year
in retail sales.
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                               John Deere Road Expansion/Illinois 5
Issue
The need to widen Illinois 5/John Deere Road from 16th Street to 70th Street in Moline is included
in Governor Rod Blagojevich’s Northwest Region Opportunity Returns Plan.

Action Requested.
We respectfully request $25 million from the Illinois Department of Transportation to expedite the
design and construction of this critical transportation project in the Illinois Quad Cities.

Opportunity Returns
This project advances Opportunity Returns Goal 2 capitalize on existing assets and Goal 5 build
public infrastructure.

Background
Illinois 5/John Deere Road is a critical east/west beltway in the Illinois Quad Cities. It is part of a
transportation beltway system that begins in downtown Rock Island and ultimately connects to In-
terstates 88 and 80 on the eastern perimeter of the Quad Cities. With construction of the West
Rock River Bridge underway and completion slated for 2006, Illinois 5/John Deere Road will be-
come an increasingly important piece in the Illinois Quad City transportation network.

Considerable commercial development has occurred over the past several years along this corridor
making Moline and the Illinois Quad Cities a regional retail destination. Potential for additional
growth exists and is critical for the Illinois Quad Cities to remain competitive and vibrant in the
greater Quad City market. Expanding the capacity and traffic flow on this corridor will facilitate
further growth for the Illinois Quad Cities and improve motorist safety.

The Average Daily Traffic analysis map included in the regional 2025 Long Range Transportation
Plan estimates daily traffic in segments of the east/west beltway to reach as high as 42,000 cars per
day with future traffic counts reaching as high as 52,000 cars per day.
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                 Corridor Enhancement Rock Island Parkway/Andalusia Road
Issue
Although funds have been made available for studies of municipal traffic corridors, once improve-
ments are identified there are few sources for implementation funding.

Action Requested
We respectfully request that funds be set aside to assist municipalities with improvements to state
highway corridors when improvements are identified through a state-approved planning process,
and request that the Illinois Department of Transportation incorporate the identified corridor en-
hancements in the design and construction of state projects.

Opportunity Returns
Enhancing commercial corridors will capitalize on existing assets Goal 2 through
rehabilitation of areas of the community where extensive infrastructure investment has
already taken place and create “new” public infrastructure Goal 5 by reinventing outdated thor-
oughfares at a much lower cost than extending infrastructure to Greenfield sites.

Background
In 2002, the city of Rock Island completed an extensive study of 11.5 miles of Illinois
Route 92 and Centennial Expressway from the Moline border on the east to the City’s southwest
industrial park area. In 2004, the City completed a joint, state-funded study with the Village of Mi-
lan identifying improvements along the Illinois 92 Corridor from
US 67 to the western edge of Rock Island. Both study committees included representation from
IDOT and gathered extensive input from landowners, businesses, residents, and other stakeholders.

The City adopted the consultant’s recommendation to designate Illinois 92 through the
City as The Rock Island Parkway. The Parkway Plan outlines $25 million in projects designed to
improve traffic flow, safety and aesthetics, enhance business attraction, and provide pedestrian
amenities and accommodation for alternative modes of transportation including bike paths. The
plan identified multiple sources of potential funding for project components, but the success of the
plan hinges on improvements to the roadway including selective narrowing, intersection and bridge
enhancements, new medians and screening. These projects would be eligible for enhancement
funding and could be included in planned IDOT Route 92 projects or added as new initiatives.
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                                Rail Infrastructure Improvements
Issue
Rail access to the Quad Cities is in need of improvement. Both passenger and freight traffic would
be served by the construction of a connection between the Iowa Interstate Railroad and the Burling-
ton Northern at Wyanet along with rail bed improvements from Wyanet to the Quad Cities.

Action Requested
The following action is requested:
Construct Wyanet Connection                                          $ 3,900,000
Improve Iowa Interstate Railroad from Wyanet to Quad Cities          $28,900,000

Opportunity Returns
This project advances Opportunity Returns Goal 2 capitalize on existing assets and Goal
5 build public infrastructure.

Background
The Iowa Interstate Railroad is in need of repair for both freight and passenger purposes. Current
service on the Iowa Interstate is approximately 40 miles per hour between Wyanet, Illinois, through
the Quad Cities, to Omaha. In addition, a railroad connection between the Burlington Northern
Santa Fe and the Iowa Interstate Railroad is needed in Wyanet, Illinois.

Capital costs to improve the Iowa Interstate rail line and construct a rail connection in Wyanet, Illi-
nois between Chicago and the Quad Cities is estimated at $33.8 million. The Illinois DOT commis-
sioned a preliminary engineering study to determine the costs of the needed improvements. The
Wyanet connection is estimated to cost $3.9 million dollars and is considered a key intersection to
address both passenger and freight needs. The costs of improvement to the Iowa Interstate Railroad
are estimated at $28.9 million. This improvement would increase service along the corridor from
approximately 40-mile per hour service to 79-mile per hour service. Another $33.3 million would
be needed for service to Iowa City.

The Midwest Passenger Rail System is proposed as a passenger rail service hubbed out of Chicago
serving nine Midwest states. The estimated cost for the entire nine-state system is approximately
$7.7 billion with 80 percent federal funds needed for the project. The Quad City corridor was iden-
tified in the Midwest Passenger Rail study as the best alternative for future service between Chi-
cago and Omaha.

Implementation of service would help alleviate congestion on Interstate 80 and the resulting rail-
road improvements could also serve freight transportation. According to the American Association
of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), 16 percent of the nation’s freight is car-
ried by railroads. Unless $53 billion or $2.65 billion annually is provided to augment private rail-
road investment, this percentage will not be maintained within the next 20 years. The result would
be the transfer of 450 million tons of freight to the highway system costing $238 billion in highway
improvements over the 20-year period.
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           Relocation of Rail Switchyards and Extension of Rail Freight Rail Service
Issue
The City of Rock Island is pursuing major redevelopment and revitalization activities along its Mis-
sissippi River waterfront. In order to facilitate redevelopment, the relocation of two rail switch-
yards is desired. In addition, freight rail service to the city’s southwest area business park needs to
be extended west.

Action Requested
The City of Rock Island respectfully requests support from the Illinois Department of Transporta-
tion Bureau of Railroads in analyzing and supporting the relocation of the two rail switchyards and
design and construction of an extended rail spur to serve the area west of the business park.

Background
The City recently completed a conceptual planning study for the Quad City Industrial Center prop-
erty at 44th Street and 5th Avenue. The study renamed this area Columbia Park and envisions an
ambitious redevelopment of this former tractor manufacturing plant into an 80 to 100 acre mixed-
use residential, commercial, and recreational complex. A rail switchyard within the study area is
targeted for relocation to allow greater space for redevelopment, allow for enhancement of the wa-
terfront, and provide better access to Columbia Park. The switchyard is owned and operated by
Iowa Interstate Railroad who has indicated a preliminary interest in reviewing a site in Silvis as a
potential of relocation of this activity. In addition, the City is interested in the potential relocation
of a second switchyard near Modern Woodmen of America in the downtown. As part of a current
planning process for the waterfront in this area, relocation of this switchyard would greatly enhance
the appearance of this area, a key entry point to the city and the downtown, and support other ef-
forts to redevelop the Mississippi River waterfront in this important downtown location.

 Regarding the southwest area rail expansion, freight rail service is currently provided to the south-
west area business park, but runs only as far as the east side of Warren Creek. The city wishes to
develop plans that would detail the alignment, estimated costs, and explorer state or federal funding
opportunities to extend the spur further west. Some 350 acres of developable land lies west of the
current terminus of the business park rail line. Extension of the line will allow the city to more ef-
fectively compete for development projects that require rail service.
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                                  Moline Rock River Boulevard
Issue
The Rock River Boulevard project will help address issues pertaining to congestion, sensible land
use, and economic development throughout the John Deere Road Corridor.

Action Requested
The City requests assistance with $9,100,000 for design, ROW acquisition, and construction of
Rock River Boulevard. The City of Moline also requests assistance in maintaining and upgrading
transportation facilities under the jurisdiction of the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT).
IDOT’s facilities often lack proper maintenance which leaves them in substandard condition.

Opportunity Returns
This project advances Opportunity Returns Goal 2 capitalize on existing assets and Goal 5 build
public infrastructure.

Background
The City of Moline’s Official Transportation Plan and Future Land Use Plan calls for the construc-
tion of a secondary roadway that runs parallel to and is located between John Deere Road and the
Rock River. The purpose of this proposed roadway that has been named the Rock River Boulevard
would be threefold: 1) alleviate congestion on John Deere Road, 2) provide a local connection be-
tween development nodes along John Deere Road, and 3) to serve as an additional stimulus for eco-
nomic development while facilitating a sensible land use pattern.

It is important to note that the construction of Rock River Boulevard and the potential widening of
John Deere Road are complimentary and should not be thought of as mutually exclusive. The loca-
tion, function, and capacity of Rock River Boulevard has been designed to work in sync with future
improvements to John Deere Road. Investment in one project should not be thought to eclipse or
negate the other. In order to provide for and achieve the goals related to transportation/circulation,
land use, and economic development, both the Rock River Boulevard and John Deere Road im-
provements should be pursued.

The City of Moline is a gateway community to the Quad Cities and to the State of Illinois. It serves
as the entry point to Illinois vehicles traveling east on I-74 from Iowa. As such, the City is a daily
destination point for thousands of vehicles and its high profile roadway network serves many more
vehicles than just those owned by Moline’s 43,000+ residents.
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                             Community and Economic Development

                                         City of East Moline

                                    East Moline’s Quarter Project
This is a 90-acre mixed-use redevelopment linking the Mississippi River and its economic potential
to the central business district (CBD), and has been identified as an essential component to East
Moline’s economic redevelopment strategy and revitalization of East Moline’s CBD. Public access
to the riverfront will balance the needs of industrial, residential, commercial, recreational users, and
wildlife. An element of this balancing effort is a regional sports complex-community center.

A key aspect of the Quarter Project is condominium development. This key component is essential
to establish needed residential housing and revitalization of the area. Funding assistance is needed
to provide utility extensions and fill material necessary to support condominium construction.


The Quarter Project, when complete, will cost approximately $45 million dollars, create approxi-
mately 25 temporary construction jobs, and approximately 100 new jobs in the project area alone.
This project will fuel additional jobs in the downtown CBD and nearby neighborhoods. The City
of East Moline has determined that if this project cannot be completed, it would negatively impact
economic development and other revitalization efforts in the community.
Action Requested
The City of East Moline requests funding assistance for the following projects:
Lot 1 fill material necessary for construction                             $ 250,000
Lot 2 fill material necessary for construction                             $ 200,000
Lot 5A & 5B fill and utility extensions necessary for construction         $ 400,000
Sports Complex fill material necessary for construction                    $ 200,000
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                                      Mississippi River Levee
Issue
As a result of severe flooding in the 1960’s the City of East Moline constructed a levee separating it
from the mighty Mississippi River, and thereby protecting itself from further flood damage. This
levee has protected residences and businesses alike for over 30 years; unfortunately the levee is
now showing its age and is in need of major repair. In light of recent national events, levee man-
agement should be first and foremost in our minds.

Background
To ensure the City of East Moline is compliant with federal requirements, representatives of the
Department of the Army Corps of Engineers have inspected the levee. A recent inspection per-
formed by Mr. Kent A. Stenmark, Chief Emergency Manager, Department of the Army Corps of
Engineers, Rock Island District, indicated that the overall condition of the levee project is consid-
ered “Minimally Acceptable”. This rating is a major concern for East Moline because a levee pro-
ject in “Good” standing remains eligible for consideration of repair assistance under PL 84-99
should it become damaged during a flood event. A “Minimally Acceptable” rating could eliminate
East Moline from federal financial assistance, but also place our citizenry at risk of a levee failure.
In his recent inspection report, Mr. Stenmark noted three items requiring immediate attention. If
these items are completed our levee rating should improve to “Good Standing”. These three items
include 1) Removal of vegetation on the Mississippi River and Sugar Creek Levees, 2) Repair ro-
dent burrowing holes in both levees, and 3) Repair Gatewell “L” sluice gate.

Action Requested
The City of East Moline requests funding assistance for the following levee projects:
Remove vegetation on the Mississippi River and Sugar Creek Levees         $     75,000
Repairing rodent burrowing holes and replacing metal discharge pipes      $ 1,200,000
Repairing Gatewell “L” sluice gate                                        $     50,000
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                                 Industrial Development Projects

Gateway Industrial Park Project Area
To implement its progressive plan to bring industrial and commercial growth back to the City of
East Moline, the City annexed approximately 300 acres near the Illinois Route 5 (I-5) Highway
Corridor. This area encompasses the proposed site of the new Triumph Foods pork processing fa-
cility estimated to cost $135,000,000 - $160,000,000. This facility will employ in excess of 1,000
people within 18 months of commencement of operations and have an annual payroll in excess of
$24,000,000. This project has spurred additional economic development interest and requests for
water and sanitary sewer assistance in the Illinois Route 5 (I-5) Highway Corridor and beyond. De-
velopment of the Illinois Route 5 (I-5) Highway Corridor will include residential and commercial,
as well as light and heavy industrial land uses providing the City with an expanded revenue base.
Conservative property tax revenue estimates for these uses are estimated to equal approximately
$150,000,000 along with the creation of approximately 10,000 new jobs.

Additionally, citizens outside our municipal boundaries, as well as several surrounding communi-
ties have contacted the City requesting that East Moline provide water and sanitary sewer. As a
result of these requests, including future development, the City has a need to update and expand its
present regional water and sanitary sewer plant capacities. The City has the opportunity to assist
citizens and businesses alike with the extension of water and sanitary sewer to the Illinois Route 5
(I-5) Highway Corridor and beyond and is willing to do so, provided these systems have the capac-
ity. Increasing this capacity is vital for development and the economic stability of our city. East
Moline is currently finalizing operational studies at its water and sanitary sewer facilities. These
studies have anticipated updating and increasing capacity and meeting future regulatory standards
at the plants. Completing the necessary tasks will cost approximately $20,000,000.

Case New Holland Project Area
Case New Holland closed its East Moline facility in August 2004. This closure eliminated approxi-
mately 900 jobs and directly reduced the City of East Moline’s revenue by more than a half a mil-
lion dollars in user fees. It is estimated the local regional economy will be affected by tens of mil-
lions of dollars due to the effect on suppliers, service providers, and area wages. The CNH site, a
160-acre industrial property, is vital to the future success of the City East Moline. Therefore, fund-
ing assistance is requested to support redevelopment efforts including a re-use and marketing study
and Tax Increment Finance (TIF) District creation.

Illinois Route 5 (I-5) Highway Corridor Project
Recognized in the City’s 1999 Comprehensive Plan, this project provides growth through annexa-
tion from Morton Drive up to and including the I-80/88 Interchange and was accomplished in 2002.
Development of the Annexation Corridor will include commercial, as well as, light and heavy in-
dustrial land uses providing the City with an expanded revenue base. Conservative property tax
revenue estimates for the industrial and commercial enterprises total approximately $11 million
dollars along with the creation of approximately 500 jobs. This development has the ability to es-
tablish connections to existing water lines serving other job-related developments within the area.
Sanitary sewer service is now needed to continue to establish this vital growth corridor.
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RiverStone Industrial Expansion Project
Located adjacent to the Illinois Route 5 (I-5) Highway Corridor Project is 300 acres of level unde-
veloped property. Development of this 300-acre tract is crucial to the revitalization and recovery of
East Moline’s economic and employment base. However, efforts to market this undeveloped prop-
erty have been futile. To successfully market this tract, basic infrastructure such as sanitary sewer
and water main are required to be extended to this site. These extensions are critical for develop-
ment of this site. Additionally, construction of basic infrastructure to the site will increase fire pro-
tection in the general area. As a result of the development of this site, hundreds of new jobs in the
light industrial sector will be created.

Actions Requested
Roadway design/construction Barstow Rd. and 172nd Street                      $   1,500,000
Regional Water Plant Upgrade – plant main improvement                         $   6,000,000
Regional Water Plant Upgrade – water distribution improvements                $   4,500,000
Regional Water Plant Upgrade – water storage improvements                     $   4,600,000
Regional Sewer Plant Upgrade – mech. and electrical improvements              $   2,555,000
Regional Sewer Plant Upgrade – grit chamber improvements                      $   1,100,000
Regional Sewer Plant Upgrade – lift station improvements                      $   1,030,000
Regional Sewer Plant Upgrade – clarifier improvements                         $     515,000
Regional Sewer Plant Upgrade – bar screen improvements                        $     300,000
CNH industrial area redevelopment efforts                                     $     150,000
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                                Commercial Development Projects

Avenue of the Cities Expansion Project
To promote revenue expansion, the City of East Moline is seeking assistance in funding the plan-
ning and design of needed infrastructure improvements including roadway, sanitary sewer, and wa-
ter main extensions. These improvements will facilitate development of approximately 50 acres lo-
cated adjacent to a major East Moline thoroughfare. The development of this tract of land will al-
low East Moline to increase employment and needed revenue through commercial development.

Regional Sports Complex Project
The Regional Sports Complex is a component of the Quarter Project, a $45,000,000 mixed-use riv-
erfront development. The Regional Sports Complex will be adaptable to a variety of sporting activi-
ties including use as a regional community center for people of all ages, as well as providing a bal-
ancing element to the mixed-use development. This complex will bring economic activity to the
Quarter Project and the central downtown business district.

Action Requested
Financial Assistance for the construction of a Regional Sports Complex         $2,000,000

Downtown Revitalization
There is a need to implement priority infrastructure projects that support economic development
and the need to revitalize East Moline’s central business district. The City of East Moline has as-
sembled a progressive plan to bring industrial and commercial growth back to the City. The out-
come of this plan is job creation, revenue expansion and improvement of existing infrastructure.
These outcomes are necessary for the economic vitality of the City of East Moline. Revitalization
of East Moline’s central business district is a critical component of economic strength for the city.

Action requested
The City of East Moline requests funding assistance for the following projects:
CBD acquisition, renovation, & infrastructure improvements                 $200,000

Opportunity Returns
This project advances Opportunity Returns Goal 1 expand the manufacturing base, Goal 2 capital-
ize on existing assets, Goal 3 help entrepreneurs and small business, and Goal 5 build public infra-
structure. By extending public infrastructure to areas of high potential development, our community
encourages both manufacturing and entrepreneurial growth.
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                                         City of Rock Island

                                Rock Island Riverfront Development
Issue
The City of Rock Island is attempting to return its Mississippi River frontage to public use. River-
front development will require funding, technical assistance, and cooperation among local commu-
nities and state and federal agencies.

Action Requested
The City of Rock Island respectfully requests financial and technical support for its riverfront revi-
talization projects including implementation of the RiverVision and Columbia Park plans, redevel-
opment of the former Illinois National Guard Armory , and expansion of the Quad City Botanical
Center. In addition, the city requests $1,000,000 in assistance to construct the $3.3 million river-
front park that is planned on the downtown waterfront.

Opportunity Returns
Riverfront development capitalizes on existing assets Goal 2 by utilizing infrastructure already in
place and revitalizing former Brownfield sites in the oldest section of the city.

Background
The City of Rock Island joined forces with the City of Davenport, Iowa to create the RiverVision
plan. RiverVision proposes an exciting rebirth of the Cities’ waterfronts combining private invest-
ment and commercial activity with new public open space and attractive features and amenities.

Rock Island also recently completed a study and plan for the Quad City Industrial Center, a former
International Harvester facility which closed in the 1980’s and reopened as a privately owned,
multi-tenant manufacturing/warehousing facility. Nearly half of the two-million square foot struc-
ture is beyond repair and foreseeable use. The owners joined forces with the City to determine the
best use of the 100-acre site including both private and public land on the Mississippi. The resulting
Columbia Park plan calls for demolition of most of the existing structure, creation of public open
space next to the river, and a mix of commercial and residential uses on remaining land.

The anticipated relocation of Casino Rock Island’s riverboat gaming complex from the Mississippi
riverfront to a site on Interstate 280 will allow the City to recapture a significant part of the down-
town waterfront. The former Illinois National Guard Armory, adjacent to the casino site, offers the
opportunity for a major waterfront development through adaptive reuse of the building or removal
of the structure and redevelopment of the site. Either option is costly due to the condition of the
structure and its use as part of the city’s flood protection system.

Since opening in 1998, the Quad City Botanical Center has grown into a major tourist attraction.
The Botanical Center, a not-for-profit entity, recently completed design of a $4.2 million Children’s
Garden. The garden, to be built on a brownfield site, will have seven distinct themes: the Missis-
sippi River, Transportation, Natural History, Heartland Agriculture, Native Americans, the Quad
Cities, and a storybook area. The central theme of the garden will be the significance of the Missis-
sippi River and its resources such as wildlife, vegetation, plant succession, sandbars, and oxbows.
The City is assisting in the expansion with the purchase of property, demolition of buildings, and
Brownfield assessment and clean-up.
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                                  Ridgewood West Business Park
Issue
There is a continuing need for smaller lots (one to five acres) for industrial projects. The City has
recently purchased a 35-acre tract of land suitable for development as a small lot business park. A
preliminary site plan calls for a ten-lot subdivision of the property and construction of necessary
water, sewer, and street infrastructure to make the lots ready for sale. The City has identified sev-
eral interested businesses. One is prepared to move forward with the construction of a 7,000 square
foot manufacturing facility.

The Ridgewood West Business Park will allow the City to have a variety of both small and large
sites in its inventory; and, therefore, meet a range of development needs that will result in increased
jobs and tax base. In addition, the City is working to establish a wetlands mitigation site on a small
portion of the property.

Action Requested
In light of the interest by an industrial business to make a commitment, the City of Rock Island re-
quests support from the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, or from some other
source to share the infrastructure costs estimated at $1.5 million. Infrastructure needs include water,
sewer, and street.
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                                           City of Moline

                                Moline Urban Technology Corridor
Issue
The Moline Urban Technology Corridor is an initiative to transition the economy of the
Quad Cities into a technology-oriented business development center with urban learning, working,
and living amenities. This initiative builds off of redevelopment success in downtown Moline and
aggressive strategies being implemented east of downtown, along the banks of the Mississippi
River, at RiverTech.

The RiverTech initiative includes the coordinated development of the Western Illinois University
Riverfront Quad Cities campus, a Technology Transfer Center, and a private market mixed-use de-
velopment - including student/faculty housing, campus retail amenities, and business flex-space.
For more information on these initiatives see the Moline Urban Technology Corridor, Moline
RiverTech, and Moline Technology Transfer Strategy documents.

The City of Moline, Renew Moline, MetroLINK, and the Illinois Quad City Chamber of
Commerce have teamed with Western Illinois University to plan and implement this economic de-
velopment initiative. Using the same proven redevelopment strategies implemented in downtown
Moline, this team is building the foundations for the public and private investment necessary to cre-
ate the Urban Technology Corridor and propel the
Quad Cities into emerging economies for technology development.

Project Benefits (in addition to WIU Campus)
       • Develop $50-60 million in taxable development at RiverTech
       • Facilitate a targeted 6-8 concept transfers annually through the Technology Transfer
         Center, creating an estimated 2 new businesses per year
       • Create 70 new jobs from the 80,000 square feet of flexible business space
       • Create a catalyst for redevelopment in antiquated industrial areas along the riverfront
       • Develop a progressive urban setting to attract a young, educated workforce
       • Complement the WIU Riverfront Campus with campus housing and amenities

Action Requested
The City requests support and assistance for the following funding:
Dept. of Transportation Enhancement Funds                                   $ 1,000,000
Illinois Tomorrow Corridor Planning Grant Program                           $    45,000
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                         Moline Downtown and Riverfront Development
Background
Moline’s downtown and riverfront development master plan was updated and adopted in November
2001 and includes a visionary plan that continues economic redevelopment by building on momen-
tum generated throughout the implementation of the City’s 1991 plan. Five important economic
ingredients have been identified to stimulate economic growth: 1) utilizing high tech infrastructure,
2) building on development of a rapid transit system, 3) increasing residential options and density,
4) expanding tourism and 5) re-establishing connections between adjacent neighborhoods and the
downtown and riverfront.

Five redevelopment districts were created: 1) West Gateway District, 2) Main Street Retail Dis-
trict, 3) Riverfront District, 4) LeClaire Web District and 5) Riverside Park District.

The West Gateway District involves the construction of a mixed-use development built at an urban
scale that would provide for residential, commercial, and community-oriented land uses. The de-
velopment has also been conceived so as to provide a planned transition from more residentially
oriented Floreciente Neighborhood to the downtown commercial area. The Main Street Retail Dis-
trict includes loft conversions, expanded retail to serve residents and creation of a visual link from
John Deere Commons/riverfront to the central business district. New waterfront housing, office,
retail and recreational public space comprise the Riverfront District redevelopment activities. The
LeClaire Web District involves the creation of a tech-business campus that will be central to the
development of a high-tech urban living zone in the City’s downtown/riverfront area. Finally, on
the eastern boundary of the Moline riverfront is the Riverside Park District, in which is envisioned
a community wide festival grounds along the Mississippi River, as well as a mixed-use transit-
oriented district that promotes high-density office, housing, and retail amenities.

Specific to the Riverfront District is the Bass Street Landing Project, which will incorporate com-
mercial and residential components unique to the Quad City area. Significant public improvements
including an open “green” area, a riverfront bike/pedestrian trail, an “active” public plaza that of-
fers interactive water features as well as significant improvements to 17th Street and River Drive
will enhance and leverage substantial private developments. Three major multi-million dollar de-
velopments have been announced as a result of the city’s commitment to its public facilities. They
include Riverstation, a 45,000 square foot, three-story building with ground floor restaurant/retail,
and second and third floor office space. Stoney Creek Inn and Convention Center, a $10 million
themed complex opened recently providing 140 rooms and meeting space for 350 to 500 people.
The building has four floors with a ground floor area of approximately 42,000 square feet. A wide
range of room types include everything from “standard” hotel rooms and suites to extended stay
units. Other amenities in the building include an indoor pool, game room, and a business center.

To compliment these two developments, a distinctive riverfront residential development is mov-
ing ahead. The same developers of Riverstation have presented a multi-building concept that will
be built in phases, many offering a priceless view of the mighty Mississippi River. Total unit count
would be approximately 45, depending on size of units and buildings. This project is expected to
exceed $14 million.
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Continued support of legislation for innovative programs similar to the HUD Economic Develop-
ment Grant Initiative program that offers flexible funding mechanisms and eligibility criteria is cru-
cial. These types of programs will encourage business expansion and employment growth, both of
which are vital to Moline’s revitalization efforts.

The City of Moline also requests financial assistance to design and construct an open truss, single-
lane bridge between the City of Moline and Sylvan Island Park. The bridge will be located in
Moline near the Rock Island border and serve both cities’ bike trail systems by providing a safe
crossing over a Mississippi River backwater known as the Sylvan Island Slough. The bridge will
allow the City of Moline to provide a safe pedestrian crossing for park visitors and perform mainte-
nance to the 32-acre island and its system of trails and fishing piers.

The existing iron-truss bridge serving the island has rusted and deteriorated and is no longer struc-
turally adequate. A new bridge is desperately needed to provide a safe pedestrian crossing for the
30,000+ visitors a year from the City’s new Trail Head Park. The new Trail Head Park, located at
the border of Moline and Rock Island, represents a Moline capital investment of $350,000 in a con-
necting trail system and amenities. The construction of the new bridge will provide access to fish-
ing piers and nature trails, as well as provide access for maintenance equipment and contractors
during future park improvements.

Action Requested
The City of Moline requests support for assistance with funding of the following items which are
listed in order of local priority:

1. Riverside Park District, property acquisition relocation/ brownfield remediation     $ 2,000,000
2. West Gateway District, cultural community center                                     $ 1,500,000
3. Replace Sylvan Island Bridge                                                         $ 550,000
4. LeClaire Web District, property acquisition/relocation/ demolition                   $ 1,000,000
5. Mixed-Use Retail District, riverfront-to-storefront connections                      $ 1,500,000
6. Riverfront District, civic greenspace enhancements/children’s river history watercourse
                                                                                         $ 500,000
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                            Rock Island Arsenal Development Group

The Rock Island Arsenal Development Group (RIADG) was formed in July of 2003. It is a non-
profit organization that is a subsidiary of the Quad City Development Group. Its board consists of
private and public representatives from the Quad City community. On September 29, 2003 officials
from the U.S. Army and QCDG signed an agreement giving RIADG the exclusive right to market
underutilized space and capacity on the Rock Island Arsenal.

This agreement allows RIADG to market, negotiate, lease, and manage administrative, manufactur-
ing, and warehouse space that is currently not being utilized. The intent of this arrangement is to
not only reduce overhead for the Arsenal, but also increase its workload and to retain and create
jobs for the greater Quad Cities. The Rock Island Arsenal is the second largest employer in the
Quad Cities. It has a workforce of approximately 6,400 and injects over $1 billion into the local
economy.

The US Army through the Arsenal Support Program Initiative (ASPI) has provided $200,000 in
funding for 2004 and $100,000 in funding for 2005 for operational costs. The State of Iowa has
pledged $200,000 for marketing expenses and the State of Illinois has pledged $200,000 for the
same purpose. Both states have provided some of the grant money to RIADG. The Rock Island
Arsenal Development Group has hired Jimmy Morgan as Program Director and Tim Frye as Mar-
keting Manager. RIADG maintains an office on Arsenal Island. Currently there are 13 ASPI ten-
ants on the island with over 50 employees.

During 2005 the ASPI program provided over $1 million for renovation of facilities. An adminis-
trative area was completed and has a tenant. RIADG is finishing a major renovation project of over
$2 million that will bring a tenant to the island that will employ over 65 employees initially and has
doubled in size for the last several years. Another renovation project involves administrative area
for an Army unit currently located at several sites in Wisconsin. It processes paperwork for sol-
diers wounded in action. They want to locate on the island and will eventually bring 65 employees
with them.

Additional potential projects include renovation of manufacturing and administrative space. The
federal funds for 2006 include $5.5 million for ASPI projects at Rock Island Arsenal.
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                                     Brownfield Remediation
Issue
To implement redevelopment of brownfield sites identified and assessed in East Moline.

Action Requested
East Moline requests alternative or additional grant funding from USEPA and/or IEPA for remedia-
tion efforts relating to Lot 2, parcels located in the East Moline Great River Industrial Park (GRIP)
and our former municipal maintenance facility. Funding assistance is requested to assist with rede-
velopment efforts at the CNH industrial area. This funding will result in new job creation, needed
revenue growth, and further development.

Former municipal maintenance facility                                       $ 75,000
Lot 2 environmental debris removal for construction                         $ 350,000
GRIP parcels funds for environmental barrier                                $ 200,000
CNH industrial area redevelopment efforts                                   $ 500,000

Opportunity Returns
Funding for these projects will advance Opportunity Returns Goal 1 expand the manufacturing
base, Goal 2 capitalize on existing assets, and Goal 3 help entrepreneurs and small business by re-
using centrally located property within our community, near our central business district, the area
will experience aesthetic and economic benefits.

Background
East Moline has been moving forward on preparing potential sites for redevelopment. Having been
successful in securing some funding for environmental site assessments and remediation planning,
East Moline is looking toward the next step, remediation/clean-up of several identified sites thus
making them attractive to redevelopment. Brownfield sites in East Moline are generally located in
the older central area of the City and because of historic development patterns, these are often adja-
cent to the riverfront. Redevelopment at these locations would benefit residents concentrated in the
older area of our city, save money by making use of existing infrastructure, and restore environ-
mentally sensitive areas with more appropriate land use. Following is a list of accomplishments and
future funding needs of East Moline.

East Moline was successful in obtaining a USEPA Demonstration Pilot Project Grant, a $120,000
IL EPA Brownfields Development Grant in 1998, and $120,000 IL EPA Brownfields Development
Grant in 2003. Because of these grants, investigation and remediation was performed, NFR letters
were issued, and residential development is now underway in one section of The Quarter Project.
The Quarter is a former industrial site near the Mississippi River that is being redeveloped into a
mixed-use project that will include residential, commercial, and recreational opportunities. In 1998
East Moline was awarded a $200,000 USEPA Brownfields grant for assessment of additional sites
in The Quarter, and in 2001 was awarded an additional $150,000. These sites located in the Quarter
have now undergone environmental assessment. As a result of this environmental assessment, there
exists a need for additional funding for remediation.

 The City of East Moline requests further funding assistance to conduct additional assessment and
remediation of Brownfields property located in its Great River Industrial Park (GRIP). This park,
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located at a former industrial site near East Moline’s Central Business District (CBD), is being re-
developed into light industrial and commercial uses that includes a light manufacturer and a bus
transfer station. Development of this property will return it to productive reuse and stimulate eco-
nomic growth in the neighborhood and CDB.

Additionally, as an industrial town, the City of East Moline has lost jobs in this tough market seg-
ment. Case New Holland closed its East Moline facility in August 2004. This closure eliminated
900 jobs and directly reduced the City of East Moline’s revenue by more than a half a million dol-
lars in user fees. It is estimated the regional economy will be affected by tens of millions of dollars
due to the effect on suppliers, service providers, and area wages. This 160-acre industrial property
is vital to the future success of East Moline; therefore funding assistance, which will be used to as-
sist with redevelopment efforts, is requested.
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                          Brownfield Redevelopment Grant Program
Issue
Funding for environmental assessment through IEPA’s Brownfield Redevelopment Grant Program
is capped at $240,000 per municipality, regardless of the size or age of the community. Asbestos
abatement and demolition of structures are not eligible expenses under the current grant program,
even though those activities are often crucial to remediation of a contaminated property.

Action Requested
We respectfully request the municipality cap on the Brownfield Redevelopment Grant Program be
lifted, and IEPA program dollars be made available for asbestos abatement and demolition of build-
ings when demolition is necessary for redevelopment of the site.

Opportunity Returns
This initiative directly reflects Governor Blagojevich’s emphasis on Brownfield redevelopment as
outlined in the Opportunity Returns plan for the Northwest Region.

Background
Illinois Quad City communities have some of the most active Brownfield redevelopment programs
in Illinois. Age, population, and a history of heavy industry have resulted in a concentration of
brownfield sites in the Quad Cities, especially in downtowns and on the Mississippi River.

Rock Island, Moline, East Moline, Silvis, and Carbon Cliff have leveraged nearly $820,000 in
IEPA grant funds and $455,000 in funds from USEPA for environmental assessment and clean-up.
Nineteen sites totaling 435 acres have been enrolled in IEPA’s Site Remediation Program. To date,
six sites have received No Further Remediation Letters. Rock Island is amending its IEPA grant to
the maximum award of $240,000. Silvis and East Moline are both nearing their maximum grant
awards.

IEPA’s Brownfield Redevelopment Grant Program does not fund asbestos abatement and may be
used for demolition only to the extent necessary to access contaminated soil. Many communities do
not have the resources to fund demolition of dilapidated buildings, so even if soil contaminated is
addressed, the property cannot be redeveloped.

Environmental cleanup has played an important role in the revitalization of Quad City downtowns
and riverfronts. Continued redevelopment will require additional Brownfield assessment, remedia-
tion, and demolition.
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                                  Trails and Recreational Projects

                              West Rock River Bridge Trail Connection
Issue
The Rock River Bridge, currently under construction on the Moline/Rock Island border, carries a
paved trail system across the waterway, but does not include trail off ramps or paved access to the
Moline or Rock Island trail systems. Connections were not included in the bridge construction con-
tract, and the cities are requesting funding support to complete the project.

Action Requested
The Cities of Moline and Rock Island request $3 million in Transportation Enhancement and Bike-
way funding to construct recreational trail connections to the new West Rock River Bridge.

Opportunity Returns
This project would capitalize on existing assets Goal 2 by connecting the paved recreational trail
across the new Rock River Bridge with the regional Great River and Hennepin Canal trails and na-
tional American Discovery and Mississippi River trails.

Background
The Illinois Quad Cities is considered a leader in recreational trail development. The National
Trails Symposium will be held in the Quad Cities in 2006. Recreational trails are cited as one of the
amenities that young professionals seek when choosing a place to live and work. The Great River
Trail, a 64-mile path along the Mississippi from Rock Island to Savanna, is not only heavily used
by local residents, but because of its length and link to the Grand Illinois Trail, draws visitors from
outside the area. The completion of the American Discovery Trail Bridge across the Mississippi,
linking this national trail to the local and regional trail systems, will increase the flow of visitors.

Although the trail system along the Mississippi River is substantially complete, there are no link-
ages to the trail across the new Rock River Bridge or the State’s Hennepin Canal Trail. A proposed
link to the Hennepin on the east end of the Quad Cities still leaves a substantial population in
Moline, Rock Island, and Milan without trail access.

The trail systems and linkage to the Rock River Crossing are supported by the Illinois Quad Cities
Comprehensive Greenway Plan, City of Moline 2001 Comprehensive Plan, 2003 Moline Park and
Recreation Master Plan, and the 2003 City of Rock Island Community Attitude and Interest Citizen
Survey. In that survey, “paved walking and bicycle trails” was the number one survey response
(67%) for needed recreation/leisure opportunities.
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                    Grand Illinois Trail/Great River Trail ADT Connection
Issue
Seven miles is all that remains in joining two major national trail networks, the 6300- mile, coast-
to-coast, American Discovery Trail (ADT) and the Headwaters-to-the Gulf, Mississippi River Trail
(MRT), a National Millennium Trail. The construction of this seven-mile segment will also close a
critical gap in the 500-mile Grand Illinois Trail (GIT) and will provide unimpeded and safe access
to the 65-mile Great River Trail (GRT). The easterly terminus of this project will be the Hennepin
Canal State Parkway, in Colona, where the existing bike path intersects 5th Street on the north side
of the canal. Currently 70 miles of Grand Illinois Trail/American Discovery Trail are completed
along the canal. The westerly terminus of the project is the Great River Trail/Mississippi River
Trail along the Mississippi River in East Moline. The proposed project is to be a combination of
separated path (new construction) and shared access right-of-way on low volume streets. The pro-
ject joins the communities of East Moline, Silvis, Carbon Cliff, and Colona along a significant and
unique linear connection. The American Discovery Trail/Grand Illinois Trail East Moline-Colona
Segment received Transportation Enhancement funding from the Illinois DOT; however, drainage,
structural and mitigation issues have caused the project to increase in cost. The project participants
need $440,000 in additional assistance and have submitted an Enhancement Grant for this money.

Action Requested
The Village of Carbon Cliff and the Cities of Silvis and East Moline request support for assistance
with the funding of the following item:
Supplemental Funding for American Discovery Trail/Grand Illinois         $440,000
Trail East Moline-Colona Segment.

Opportunity Returns
This project would capitalize on existing assets Goal 2 by expanding the trail network, thus improv-
ing the quality of life of the region and our ability to attract and retain jobs and people.
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                 Recreational Bridge Across the Rock River to SW Rock Island
Issue
The City of Rock Island intends to expand the current trail system that runs along the east shore of
the Mississippi River. The trail is a part of the Great River Trail and the Illinois Hennepin Canal
Parkway system. Rock Island also intends to connect these trails to Southwest Rock Island and Mi-
lan.

Action Requested
Assistance in identifying a demonstration, member initiative, or other grant program of $2.5 million
to fund a recreational bridge over the headwaters of the Rock River that will connect the Illinois
State Hennepin Canal Trail to the Great River Trail.

Benefit Provided
This connection will provide a crossroads of the North-South and the East-West trails that are in-
tended to run coast-to-coast and Boarder-to-Boarder of the Continental United States. On a smaller
scale, it provides a connection of the current trail systems to Southwest Rock Island, Milan and the
Hennepin Canal. It provides a tourism opportunity with visitors passing through on the trails as
well as those who use the system for recreation and alternative transportation.

Background
This request is part of an overall trail plan that would provide access across the Rock River at the
trailhead of the Great River Trail located in Sunset Park to the Hennepin Canal Trail immediately
across the Rock River, in addition to continuing South and East along the Rock Island Parkway.
The Parkway loops around Southwest Rock Island, connecting to Milan and the new Rock River
Bridge, which has a separated Bikeway as a part of its design.

This request is specifically for the bridge that crosses the headwaters of the Rock River as it enters
the Mississippi River. Design and construction are expected to be approximately $2.5 million. This
bikeway/hiking bridge will connect two proposed National Trail systems, one from Minneapolis to
New Orleans along the Mississippi River, and another from the East Cost to the West Coast that
will cross in Rock Island.
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                             Indoor Recreation Facility Construction
Issue
The City of Moline requires financial assistance for the construction of an indoor team sports and
recreation facility. To address the decreasing availability of space in school facilities for programs
and other identified, unmet recreational needs in the community, the City has developed a plan for
a multi-use sports and recreation facility. The project would entail a multi-purpose sports and rec-
reation facility with indoor Football/soccer fields, strength training center, gymnasium space, 200-
meter running track, concessions, spectator seating, offices, locker rooms, and common use areas
encompassing 55,000 square feet at a cost of $3.5 million. The facility would support organized
team activities such as basketball, volleyball, tennis, soccer, gymnastics, and track and field events.
The recreational, sports, fitness, and meeting uses of the building can serve the community as an
economic tool. It would provide a number of jobs and revenue similar to that of an average manu-
facturing facility. A study prepared by the Quad City Sports Commission indicated a number of
events could be held at the facility. Potentially, National Volleyball Association Championships,
USA Table Tennis Tournaments, USA/IHSA Wrestling events, USA/IHSA/AAU Track and Field
events, Junior Olympics, and others could be held. Economic impact is considerable, as these
multi-day events will bring participants and spectators into the community to utilize area hotels,
dine at local restaurants, and visit other area attractions.

Action Required
The City of Moline requests assistance in the identification of programs and/or grants that could
help fund the facility construction. Moline, through its partnering plan, has developed an efficient
financial operating plan, but cannot project sufficient funds for debt service.

Opportunity Returns
This project would capitalize on existing assets Goal 2 by expanding the recreational and physical
fitness opportunities in the region, thus improving the quality of life and our ability to attract and
retain jobs and people.
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                                  Public Infrastructure Projects

                                           City of Moline

                            Downtown Fire Station Renovation Project
Issue
The proposed renovation of the existing 46,150 square foot emergency center will be used exclu-
sively as the main station for the Moline Fire Department.

Background
Fire and EMS operations presently occupy one-third of this facility, but will have access to the en-
tire building when the Police Department vacates its 31,000 square feet of space to relocate into the
new police headquarters in November, 2006. Planned renovations include the following:
        • Repair scaling on concrete floor in lower level parking garage
        • Repair water leaks in vent hood in boiler room
        • Repair and strengthen corroded reinforcement bar in basement concrete ceilings and
            beams
        • Repair or remove vehicle bridge to roof top due to spalled concrete and corroded rein-
            forcement bars
        • Improve water drainage around perimeter of the building
        • Repair water leaks in roof as well as damage to spalled concrete in living quarters and
            fire bays due to water entering the interior of the building from the roof
        • Renovate living quarters and install female firefighter’s locker/shower room and rest-
            room facilities
        • Replace heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning mechanical units presently serving the
            building

Current Request
The projected renovation costs will be $4,500,000. The City of Moline respectfully requests
$600,000 to assist with this crucial public safety project.
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                               City of Moline Public Library Facility
Issue
The Library Board of Trustees initiated a needs assessment in 2001 to replace its two aging and in-
adequate facilities with a central state-of-the art Library. The two existing library buildings have
served their purpose but each is the missing half of the other, neither reaching their full potential.
Neither existing building is capable of taking on the role of a central library. As a result, land was
purchased and a building program was developed. Although it was recommended at the time that a
single library be built with the critical mass of resources and staff to meet customer expectations,
other factors have entered the picture.

The downturn in the economy and the projected cost of the facility forced the Library Board and
City to rethink the location of the Library as well as the size and scope of the services that it will
offer. After investigating other site opportunities, the City council authorized the Library Board to
begin construction, with a reduced building program, on the land that had been purchased in 2001.
At the same time, a strong community desire to maintain a “downtown presence” resulted in the
recommendation to keep the Downtown Carnegie Library open as a popular library – not one that
offers full service.

Action Requested
Assistance is needed to identify potential programs that will help fund construction for a public li-
brary that will meet the needs of its constituents for at least the next fifty years. Support efforts to
obtain funding are needed to construct a new public library. Current estimates are $13.1M. The
City of Moline has provided $10.0M in funding through the issuance of General Obligation Bonds.
The Library Reserves and Trust Fund have provided another $600,000. The remaining $2.5M must
be raised by grants and private donations. To date, pledges have been made totaling $1.3M.

Background
The downtown Carnegie Library built in 1904 and the Southeast Branch built in 1983 no longer
meet the needs and demands of the sophisticated public library user that they serve. Both buildings
have layout and infrastructure limitations and the buildings themselves are deteriorating. The small
size of the facilities, each about 19,000 square feet, make it impossible to provide adequate sized
collections, technology, and the public amenities such as program and meeting space that today’s
user expects from the public library. Services and collections are segmented and disjointed due to
load bearing walls and multiple floor levels. Public computer resources are limited by space and
infrastructure. Lighting, power distribution, and data cabling are badly in need of updating. Col-
lection storage is at capacity levels. Seating is limited in quantity and variety which discourages
residents from using the Library for research and study. Program and meeting space does not meet
community demand. In addition, public service desks and workspaces are ineffective and ineffi-
cient.

Moline Public Library, as part of the Regional Prairie Area Library System and QuadLINC, an area
consortium, provides significant access to materials and services to all residents in the Quad City
region of Illinois and Iowa. Moline’s Library is considered a leader in library service in the area, a
reputation well earned, and one which should be maintained. Its circulation topped 406,000 in FY
2005 and more than 226,000 people used the Library’s services. The new library will increase us-
age and provide a needed cultural and educational impetus to Moline and the Quad City Area.
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Schedule
1989 – 1992                     Building Plan initiated; building and site consultants hired;
                                architects selected; public Charrettes held
1994 – 1996                     Building Plan updated; central site search reinitiated; Peterson
                                Property recommended
1998 – 1999                     Building Plan updated; conceptual site plans prepared
2000 - 2001                     Peterson Property purchased; First Grant received from State;
                                Needs Assessment prepared; Building Program developed;
                                Public Charrettes held; Building design completed
2002 – 2004                     Building Program revised; Building Design revised; City Funds
                                $10M with GO Bonds; Library expected to raise $2.5M in
                                private donations and grants.
2005                            Project released for bid; groundbreaking held and construction
                                started in March
2006                            Library opens to public in August 2006; Grand Opening
                                September 30, 2006

Prior Federal Funds Received
The Library has received no federal funding for this project. It did receive $100,000 from the
State’s First Grant in 2001.
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                                          Water & Sewer
Issue
The City of Moline requires financial assistance to study, design, and construct basic utility infra-
structures on properties located within the City of Moline, and into unincorporated areas of Rock
Island County. The basic services needed by property owners are clean and safe drinking water;
sanitary waste systems, which will transport waste to treatment facilities; and storm sewer systems
that transport storm water away from buildings, parking lots, streets, and ground accumulations.
While certain State requirements allow the use of outdated wells and septic systems, generally
property owners are desirous of hooking to existing City infrastructures. Expendable funds do not
exist that allow for hooking up random property to existing infrastructures.

Background
Basic utility services are desperately needed by certain properties located within the City and
within unincorporated areas of the County. Many property owners are utilizing personal wells for
drinking water, which do not meet State standards for consumption. When these property owners
request hook-up to City water, the water main must be extended not only to the specific properties,
but also in many cases to whole new neighborhoods. The current condition of the economy has
placed the City in a position where funds are not available to expand water into these areas.

Likewise, property owners are faced with utilizing out of date and barely functioning septic systems
that pollute nearby receiving streams – especially during storm run-off. It is a goal of the City for
all present residents to be on the City sanitary sewer system. Per present ordinance, all property
owners within 300’ of an existing sewer main must pay to extend the sanitary sewer to their prop-
erty. Also, properties outside the corporate limits are in need of water and sewer mains, but because
of financial realities continue to utilize unsafe wells and septic systems.

Storm water infrastructure is also severely lacking in many areas and with the State of Illinois lead-
ing the nation in cases of West Nile disease, storm water abatement is becoming a primary concern.
The City has recently adopted a Storm Water Utility to assist in the funding of maintenance of the
storm sewers and complying with the unfunded mandate of the Phase II requirements. However,
the storm sewer system has had almost no maintenance at all for the last thirty years. With an aged
storm sewer system, the new utility cannot accommodate even a small fraction of the maintenance
required, not to mention installation of new mains.

Action Requested
The City of Moline requests financial assistance of $500,000 to extend water, sanitary, and storm
sewers to sub-standard areas.
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                           Temporary Barrier Flood Control System
Issue
The City of Moline requires financial assistance to help control property loss and valuable City re-
sources during periods of flooding. Two major rivers, the Mississippi and the Rock River, flow
along the northern and southern boundaries of the City of Moline. Both of these rivers flood on an
annual basis. The City is requesting help in purchasing temporary erected floodwalls that will save
the loss of property, both public and private, and can be reused from year to year.

Background
In the years 1993, 2000, and 2001, Moline experienced flooding at the fifty-year levels and beyond.
Each of these major events cost numerous hours of sandbagging, earth dikes, and clean up related
to flooding aftermath. Along with the costs of materials, thousands of man-hours were utilized in
filling the sandbags, placing the sandbags, and then after the flood, removing the sandbags. The
sandbags were contaminated and could not be hauled to the landfill, but had to be disposed of ap-
propriately. Moline has no permanent erected floodwalls and utilizes traditional techniques in miti-
gating flooding. The flood of 2001 was a federally declared disaster and the City spent approxi-
mately $107,000 for emergency protective measures alone. Numerous public and private properties
along the river required extensive rehabilitation after the flooding. Park property damage, roadway
reconstruction, and destruction of homes all were outcomes from the 2001 flood.

The City of Moline requests assistance in purchasing a temporary barrier flood control system. Sys-
tems like these are temporary, portable, and easily re-used for the next flood. This system would
not only eliminate the throw-away costs of purchasing the sand, bags, and disposal, but it would
also reduce the man-hours to a fraction of years past.

Action Requested
The City of Moline requests $750,000 in funding assistance to purchase approximately 1,350 feet
of a five-foot tall temporary barrier wall system for flood control protection. This system will be
able to be used in a quick, efficient, cost effective, and environmentally correct manner.
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                          Mississippi River Sluice Gates and Pump Station
Issue
The project will assist in preventing flooding of Moline’s downtown riverfront. The City of Moline
requests assistance in identifying potential programs that will help fund this storm sewer infrastruc-
ture improvement. Support efforts to obtain funding needed to construct the storm sewer project.

Background
What was once industrial factory space in Moline is now a thriving retail and entertainment destina-
tion. The success of The MARK of the Quad Cities Civic Center has spurred development of the
John Deere Commons, Radisson Hotel, and many other restaurants and retail shops.

Underneath this development lies a set of twin, 36” concrete sewer lines that drain storm water run
off from as far south as Moline’s Avenue of the Cities to the Mississippi River. When the Missis-
sippi River approaches flood stage, the high water backs up into the twin storm sewers and prevents
storm water from draining. Water traveling through the pipes is unable to exit to the river and
floods the low-lying downtown area. In addition to the obvious loss of business this causes, the ex-
isting infrastructure also suffers. The flooding damages and shortens the life spans of streets, roads,
buildings, and underground utility infrastructure.

The sluice gates will prevent river water from backing into the existing storm sewer at Moline’s
15th Street. The pump station and pipe will pump all flow in the 15th Street lines east to the 16th
Street storm sewer line. The 16th Street line is set at a higher elevation and is less susceptible to
flood backups.

Action Requested
The City of Moline requests $50,000 to install a concrete pump station, a set of sluice gates, and
approximately 400 feet of 36 foot concrete storm sewer pipe.
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                       Moline/Rock Island Water System Interconnection
Issue
The water distribution system interconnections between Moline and Rock Island are not capable of
transporting enough water between the cities to provide full emergency service in the event of the
failure of one of the water treatment plants or raw water intakes.

Action Requested
A large diameter water main connecting the hubs of the Rock Island and Moline water distribution
systems and a pumping station need to be installed to enhance the system interconnections. The
Cities of Moline and Rock Island are seeking $150,000 to pay the cost of an engineering study of a
full capacity interconnection between their water systems.

Opportunity Returns
A full capacity water system interconnection between Moline and Rock Island would significantly
enhance the security of each system. Essentially, each system would have a backup raw water
source and a backup water treatment plant.

A full capacity interconnection will also have secondary benefits for other communities. Rock Is-
land has a water distribution system interconnection with Milan and Moline maintains a similar in-
terconnection with East Moline. In a Milan or East Moline water system emergency, the Moline
and Rock Island systems could work together to boost production and push water all the way into
the Milan or East Moline distribution systems.

Background
The Cities of Moline and Rock Island each operate a drinking water utility with its own raw water
intake in the Mississippi River and its own water treatment plant. Each water treatment plant can
produce twelve million gallons of water per day and the average daily consumption of each city is
about five million gallons per day.

The water distribution systems of the two cities are interconnected at several places along the bor-
der for the purpose of mutual aid in the event that one of the cities experiences a water system fail-
ure. Unfortunately, even though each water treatment plant has the capability of meeting the emer-
gency needs of both cities, field trials and computer modeling have shown that the delivery capac-
ity of these interconnections is inadequate. The interconnection pipelines are too small to transport
the required volumes of water. In addition, there is a water pressure differential between the water
distribution systems that prevents Moline from being able to fill the Rock Island water towers.

The cities have completed some preliminary computer modeling, but the hydraulics of a full capac-
ity interconnection are extremely complex. In order to proceed, a comprehensive engineering study
needs to be undertaken.
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                                       City of Rock Island

                                  Historic Renovation Funding
Issue
The Rock Island Park and Recreation Department has identified the need to repair and replace the
plumbing for the sanitation and heating for the building. The Hauberg Civic Center is the historic
family home of Mr. and Mrs. Hauberg (Denkman Family).

Action Requested
$140,000 in funding is requested for the Hauberg Civic Center to repair and replace plumbing for
water and heating of the structure and interior repairs.

$400,000 in funding is requested for the renovation of the Jens Jensen Gardens on the property.

Background
The Hauberg Civic Center is a historic mansion that was given to the City of Rock Island and its
citizens for the purpose of cultural, recreational, and civic endeavors. The building has historical
significance both from a construction and design point of view, and because of the community
standing of the owners in local endeavors. The architect was one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s associ-
ates and the building includes many of his prairie style design influences.

The facility serves as a community center for the town of Rock Island. Numerous groups including
the local Women’s Club, Girl Scouts, and Senior Citizen Club have used the center as a regular
meeting place. It has also served as a facility for small weddings, family reunions, dinners, and
other special events.

The Jens Jensen Garden that is in need of revitalization surrounds the facility. Jens Jensen who is
best known for his landscape designs in the Chicago area including the Garfield Park Conservatory,
designed a woodland entry drive with streams and ponds in addition to a vineyard that has com-
pletely overgrown. A phased approach to bring the gardens back over time is considered to be the
best way to reclaim the property. It is expected that the cost of this portion of the project is
$400,000.

The 2003 City of Rock Island Community Attitude and Interest Citizen Survey identified the need
to fix-up /repair older park buildings and facilities with 88% showing support for the improve-
ments. This was ranked 2nd behind preserve/conserve existing parks with a support percentage of
92%. This is in comparison with new facilities that ranked in the 35%-70% support range.
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                  22nd Street Stormwater Management Demonstration Project
Issue
Lt. Governor Pat Quinn recently presented Rock Island
with one of the thirteen 2005 Environmental Hero
Awards for the Rain Gardens for Rock Island Program.
The Lt. Governor’s media release stated:

 “The City of Rock Island unveiled the Rain Gardens for
 Rock Island to encourage local property owners to de-
velop rain gardens for at least five years. Dozens of new
rain gardens have been planted to prevent flooding and
                improve water quality.”

Rock Island wants to build on this early momentum by
constructing the 22nd Street Stormwater Management
Demonstration Project.

Action Requested
The City is seeking $600,000 to construct the 22nd Street
Stormwater Management Demonstration Project. All
future costs for maintenance of the improvements will
be paid with revenues generated by the stormwater util-
ity.

The City will install and maintain demonstration storm-
water best management practices (BMP) such as rain
gardens, dry creek beds, bolder falls, and ephemeral
pools in an unused section of right-of-way for 22nd Street
north of 16th Avenue. The associated landscaping will
include a wide variety of native plants available in the
area. The BMPs and plants will be labeled so that visi-
tors walking along the mulch trail can gather stormwater
management ideas suitable for use on their properties.

 Opportunity Returns
In addition to its significant public education value, this project has two spin-off benefits.
    1) The unused right-of-way is currently maintained in a rough condition and it is located in
        close proximity to two historic districts. The rain gardens and other stormwater best man-
        agement practices will be a major aesthetic improvement to the neighborhood.

    2) The elevation of the south end of the project is almost sixty (60) feet higher than the north
       end of the project. During major rainfalls, stormwater rushes through the project area carry-
       ing silt and debris into the neighborhood to the north. The stormwater BMP’s will correct
       this problem.
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Background
Traditionally, pollution control and stormwater management are approached on a broad scale. Col-
lection systems gather wastewater from all portions of a watershed for treatment at a central waste-
water treatment facility. Stormwater systems gather runoff from streets and private properties for
discharge into nearby waterways. Municipalities must continue to build and operate centralized wa-
ter pollution control facilities, but this approach is not enough. Municipalities must also start man-
aging stormwater in a decentralized fashion. This is especially true in mature, fully developed cities
such as Rock Island because land is not readily available for the construction of centralized control
facilities.

The City is in the midst of two separate programs to manage wet weather flows. One program
deals with reducing combined sewer overflows (CSOs) and the other focuses on managing storm-
water. Both programs share the goals of enhancing the quality of the receiving waters and prevent-
ing property damage. Each program comes to its’ solution in a different way. The CSO program
uses a traditional approach where all combined sewage is conveyed to a centralized treatment facil-
ity. Rock Island’s stormwater management program includes the non-traditional approach of man-
aging stormwater one property at a time.

Rock Island encourages its citizens to retain stormwater on their properties to reduce stress on the
stormwater system. The Rain Gardens for Rock Island Program offers technical assistance, pro-
vides free rain barrels, and pays property owners $4.00 per square foot of rain garden they install.
The payment covers the average cost for a do-it-yourself rain garden. In addition, stormwater util-
ity charges are reduced for citizens with rain gardens. The public has shown substantial interest in
the program. In the program’s first summer (2005), the Public Works Department approved the
construction of private rain gardens on twenty-five properties. Fourteen of the approved rain gar-
dens covering a total area of almost 13,000 square feet were installed before the end of the growing
season and construction of the others will begin as soon as weather permits. The largest rain garden
installation to date is almost 5,700 square feet and the smallest is 80 square feet.

Total program benefits will depend upon citizen participation. Obviously, one or two rain gardens
will not make a measurable difference in the stormwater runoff from a neighborhood. However,
the impact of ten, twenty or a hundred gardens will be noticed. The City plans to invest $50,000
(12,500 square feet) a year in private rain garden construction. At this rate, connected impervious-
ness equal to the area in three to five city blocks will be removed each year. Since the City is in the
business of stormwater management for the long term, the program impact over time will be sig-
nificant.

The program is cost-effective. Rain gardens store rainwater at a cost of $1 to $4 per gallon, de-
pending upon their depth. Rain barrels store water at a cost of $1 per gallon. The technologies are
100% effective at reducing the volume of rainwater entering the stormwater system and removing
contaminants, up to their storage capacity. No other technology suitable for urban retrofit situations
has a comparable cost-effectiveness ratio. Moreover, no other technology so effectively achieves
auxiliary benefits of neighborhood beautification, public education and public participation. For
Rock Island, a decentralized approach to stormwater management is a great investment.
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                                   Storm Water Management
Issue
Communities struggling to comply with federal mandates to monitor water runoff are searching for
innovative solutions to contain storm water and reduce runoff into area streams and rivers.

Action Requested
We respectfully request that additional funding and technical assistance be made available to com-
munities and not-for-profit environmental organizations for programs to educate the public on
storm water reduction and projects that demonstrate best practices in the field of storm water reten-
tion.

Opportunity Returns
This initiative meets the Opportunity Returns Goal of capitalizing on existing assets. The Missis-
sippi and Rock rivers provide the Quad Cities with recreational opportunities and unparalleled
scenery for residents and visitors. The Mississippi is the source of drinking water for more than
100,000 local residents. Reducing contamination into the rivers directly and via ditches and streams
will enhance the long-term viability of the Quad Cities as a place to live, work and play.

Background
The City of Rock Island has partnered with River Action, a local not-for-profit, to create demon-
stration projects for the environmental organization’s Retain the Rain Program. The mission of Re-
tain the Rain is to educate the public on the effects of storm water runoff and to sponsor and dem-
onstrate storm water reduction techniques including rain barrels, bio-swales, rain gardens, and per-
meable parking lots.

In 2004, River Action received a grant from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency through
Section 319 for a green roof project in downtown Rock Island. The green roof will be incorporated
into the renovation of a former industrial building into commercial space and condominiums. River
Action’s recently completed plan of work includes educating builders, developers, and building
owners on the advantages of incorporating LEED principles and storm water management systems
into local projects.

The Cities of Rock Island and Moline have partnered with River Action on two proposed natural
areas on the banks of Sylvan Slough, a manmade channel in the Mississippi River. In November
2000, the City of Rock Island received a grant in the amount of $164,000 from the Illinois Depart-
ment of Natural Resources toward purchase of their five-acre site. Environmental assessment was
accomplished through an IEPA grant and the City received a USEPA grant for remediation of one
of the properties. The city will fund demolition of three large and three accessory buildings on the
site. Following remediation and clearance, The Sylvan Slough Natural Area will become an open
space demonstration area for Retain the Rain, incorporating native plantings, bioswales, a perme-
able parking lot, and other initiatives designed to educate the public on reduction of storm water
runoff.
                                                                                            2006 Briefing Papers




                                 Legislative Issues and Public Policy

                                Municipal Use of Eminent Domain
Issue
The Supreme Court decision Kelo v. City of New London has generated much discussion and debate
around the country regarding the use of eminent domain by local governments. In the court’s opin-
ion, the City of New London had a “carefully considered development plan, and it concluded that
there was no evidence of an illegitimate purpose in this case.”

Due to this ruling, several states including Illinois, are considering legislation to restrict municipali-
ties from using eminent domain powers. Soon after the Kelo decision the U.S. House of Represen-
tatives approved legislation that would deny certain federal funds from local governments that use
eminent domain to transfer property to a for-profit enterprise. The use of eminent domain by local
governments under strict guidelines in state law has been a long-standing power. It is very impor-
tant that it be maintained:
                 1. Serving the Public Good
                     The proper use of eminent domain is based on the need for government to serve
                    the interests of the public. Whether it is used for a road, a park, or a redevelop
                    ment project, it can be a vital tool to further the public good.
                 2. Tool for Redevelopment
                    It is an even more important tool for older cities working to redevelop older
                    blighted areas into new residential, commercial, or industrial projects. Market
                    forces push new development into undeveloped farmland. Land assembly is of
                    ten a barrier for investment in older cities. Restrictions on eminent domain add a
                    further incentive to develop greenfields rather than brownfields.
                 3. Illinois has Strict Guidelines
                    Illinois already has strict regulations on the use of eminent domain by munici
                    palities. Cities must establish a redevelopment plan, declare the area targeted for
                    economic development as blighted, and provide property owners with just
                    compensation. Additional state restrictions are not needed.
                 4. A Tool Rarely Used
                    Eminent domain is used rarely. Local elected officials are reluctant to use this
                    authority. Although there may be considerable public benefit, the eminent do
                    main action will impact a property owner by taking his/her land. This is a deci
                    sion that is not taken lightly. Since there has been little use of eminent domain
                    and no abuse of the power, there is no need to restrict the authority of munici
                    palities.

Examples of Use of Eminent Domain
An example of the use of eminent domain in the Illinois Quad Cities is a case in Moline, IL. In this
circumstance, the City was faced with a seller who refused to get an appraisal from an MAI ap-
praiser and wanted an unreasonable amount of money for the property. The City wanted the prop-
erty to be used for a police sub-station in a neighborhood of predominately lower income with is-
sues of crime. After a long battle, the seller took the final offer at the last minute before a jury trial
on the issue was to begin. The neighborhood now has a strong police presence and there is a trust of
the police department that was not there before among the residents. All of this would have not
                                                                                        2006 Briefing Papers




been possible without the City having the authority to use eminent domain for the public good.

A second example also takes place in Moline, IL. This situation involved a property in which pri-
vate individuals offered the owner a sum of money that was significantly more that what the prop-
erty was actually worth. These individuals did not have the funds that they were promising. The
problem became more of an issue when the owner began to think that the property was worth more
than it actually was, even though it was dilapidated and a blight to the area. Right before the trail,
the owner decided to sell when his own appraiser would not appraise the property at the level he
though it should be at. Again in this case, the authority of eminent domain put at the forefront the
public good and allowed the city to rid itself of a blighted property. The property now serves as the
Trailhead next to Sylvan Island.


Action Requested
We urge our elected officials to oppose any legislation that would further restrict the authority of
municipalities in their use of eminent domain.
                                                                                       2006 Briefing Papers




                       Extension of the Illinois Housing Development Act
Issue
The Illinois Housing Development Public Act 92-0491 which provides a $.50 tax credit on income
tax liability for every $1 in cash, and or property donated for the creation of affordable housing or
invested in Employer-Assisted Housing.

Action Requested
We respectfully request that the Illinois Legislature extend the Illinois Housing Development Act
(Public Act 92-0491) due to expire at the end of 2006.

Opportunity Returns
Collectively the Illinois Housing Development Act has generated over $16,820,000 in housing and
economic development in Rock Island.

Background
Donation tax credits provided through the Illinois Housing Development Act have funded “Live
and Work Rock Island” an Employer Assisted Homebuyers Program, multi-family and single fam-
ily developments.

The tax credit has assisted 31 employees from participating employers to purchase homes in the
City of Rock Island generating over $3.1 million dollars in sales. The tax credit helped finance the
historic renovation of Sala Flats, a 32-unit mixed income rental development, Clipper Condomini-
ums, a mixed use mixed income owner occupied development in downtown Rock Island. In addi-
tion, an adaptive reuse of a former warehouse into 35 mixed income rental units known as Voss
Brothers Lofts and the historic renovation Murphy Lofts, a 4 unit owner occupied condominium, is
scheduled to begin construction in the Spring of 2005

Extension of the Act is consistent with Governor Blagojevich’s Executive Order 2003-2008 issued
in September of 2003,”Building for Success” Illinois’ Comprehensive Housing Plan released Janu-
ary 2005, and Rock Island Mayor Mark Schwiebert’s Proclamation issued in November of 2003
proclaiming Rock Island as a “Live & Work Community.”
                                                                                        2006 Briefing Papers




                              State Support for Local Government
Issue
Cities and other local governments continue to face serious financial pressures. The costs to pro-
vide services to citizens are rising faster than local revenues. Cities are experiencing deteriorating
water, sewer, and roads. State and federal environmental regulations require major investments.
Wages, pensions, and health benefits are rapidly driving costs higher. Utilities and fuel expenses
are adding to the burden.

Action Requested
       1. Maintain the current share of income tax, sales tax, and other revenues provided to
          municipalities.
      2. Oppose further increases in pension benefits for public sector employees. In Rock Island,
          the City's pension costs have increased 70 percent since 2001. Police and fire pensions
          now constitute 26 percent of the City's property tax levy. Public pension benefits sur-
          pass, by far, the benefits that citizens in our community receive. Our citizens cannot con-
          tinue to afford the rapidly increasing benefits for public employees.
      3. Oppose legislation that further restricts municipalities' ability to manage municipal opera-
          tions. Examples include HB1338, which allows fire fighters to serve as mayor or on the
          City Council in communities where they work. HB1403 reconstitutes Fire Pension
          Boards to give fire fighters a controlling share of the vote. HB1368 restricts local control
          over the management of public safety services by restricting police officers from assist-
          ing fire fighters. HB1195 is the Fire Fighter Promotion Act, which limits the discretion
          of the Fire Chief and Fire and Police Commission in making promotions.
                                                                                       2006 Briefing Papers




                              State Support for Approved Projects
Issue
The State of Illinois made commitments to fund projects in 2001 and 2002 that have not been
funded. Illinois should follow through on all such commitments. A joint agreement signed August
27, 2001 between the City of Rock Island and the State of Illinois required the State to fund
$75,000 for a traffic signal at 51 Street West and Illinois Route 92. The City constructed the signal
and is still waiting for reimbursement.

The Quad City Botanical Center received a notice of a grant award (No. 02-120942) as a member
initiative project in the amount of $100,000 for an expansion for the Children's Garden Project.
The Center signed a grant agreement, but funds were not provided. The application was submitted
May 15, 2002.


Action Requested
The State should follow through on outstanding obligations to the City of Rock Island in the
amount of $75,000 and the Quad City Botanical Center in the amount of $100,000.

				
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