Seefried Industrial Properties

Davenport Aldermen Consider 1,000 New Jobs

A project that could bring up to 1,000 new jobs to the Quad Cities will be discussed Wednesday night by the Davenport city council. The proposed development agreement is with Seefried Industrial Properties, an Atlanta-based builder of large warehouses around the country for other clients, including Amazon. But the future user of this project has not been revealed. The 2.9 million square foot distribution center would be built on 158 acres of land, near the Davenport Airport - west of Division...

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Ballet Quad Cities new season

Sep 28, 2012

Even though its first local performances will be held this weekend, Ballet Quad Cities kicked off its season nearly three weeks ago. The dance company's new season includes three productions with Orchestra Iowa. And the first was held on the lawn at Brucemore Mansion in Cedar Rapids.

Joedy (JOE-dee) Cook, Executive Director of Ballet Quad Cities, says "Dracula" will open tonight (fri) at a new venue for the company, the Scottish Rite Cathedral in Moline.

Clinton Social Security Office Closes

Sep 27, 2012

Despite objections from local residents and members of Congress, the Social Security office in Clinton will close on Friday. Starting Monday, residents of the city and county will be served by the office in Davenport.
The agency says the closing is due to Congress cutting its administrative budget.
Several months ago when they first learned of the closing, Iowa US Senator Tom Harkin, and House members Bruce Braley and Dave Loebsack, sent letters to Social Security asking that the Clinton office stay open.

Illinois Farm groups have donated enough food for over ten thousand meals to a Quad Cities food bank. This morning, the River Bend Food Bank in Moline received 45-hundred pounds of pork from the Illinois Corn Marketing Board, The Illinois Pork Producers, and the Illinois Soybean Association.

Iowa Early Voting Opens

Sep 27, 2012

Even though the election is still more than 5 weeks away, residents of Iowa can cast their ballots. Early voting opened across the state today.
Scott County Auditor, Roxanna Moritz, says more than 100 people were in line when her office opened this morning, and by 11 am, 250 had voted.
And she's forecasting a heavy turnout by election day on November 6th. As of today, more than 11,000 Scott County residents have requested absentee ballots - a 35 per cent increase over the same time in 2008.

Oaks appeals

Sep 27, 2012

A 20 year old murder case from Henry County goes back before an Illinois appellate court Thursday. Douglas Oaks contends he might have received a lighter sentence if evidence of his own abuse as a child had been introduced during his trial.
Oaks, from Cambridge, was originally sentenced to death for the killing in 1992 of his girlfriend's 3 year old son, Jerry Nelson. Later his sentence was commuted to life in prison.

The US Army is attacking an old enemy with new tactics. Tomorrow, it will hold an Army-wide "Suicide Stand Down." And on Arsenal Island in the Quad Cities, both soldiers and civilians will participate.

Yes on Wiggins Tour

Sep 25, 2012

Backers of a controversial member of the Iowa Supreme Court stopped in the Quad Cities today to support his bid for retention in the November election. The "Yes on Retention Bus Tour" is following the same schedule as the group trying to oust David Wiggins from the court for his part in the 2009 decision legalizing gay marriage in Iowa.

Iowa Supreme Court Justice Recall Tour

Sep 25, 2012

A state-wide tour to recall a member of the Iowa Supreme Court, visited the Quad Cities today. The "No- Wiggins" bus stopped at a church in Davenport this morning to rally people to vote no on Justice David Wiggins' retention.
Wiggins was part of a unanimous Iowa Supreme Court decision that legalized gay marriage in 2009. The "No Wiggins" campaign is led by "The Family Leader" an Iowa group opposed to gay marriage.

River Bandits Sign Deal with Astros

Sep 24, 2012

After losing their affiliation with the St. Louis Cardinals, the Quad Cities River Bandits have signed on with another major league team. Today (Mon), the River Bandits announced a new, two-year deal with the Houston Astros.
The head of player development for the Astros, Fred Nelson, says the team has been focusing more on its minor league teams in recent years to improve its major league roster.
He also realizes players need to connect to the community, and the Astros are committed to making that happen.

APAC expansion

Sep 24, 2012

A company in the Quad Cities wants to expand its workforce by nearly 50 per cent. APAC Customer Services in Davenport already employs 11-hundred people, and today it held a job fair to recruit 500 more.
Senior recruiter, Shannon Corley, says their goal is to fill the positions by the end of the year. It's partly due to a trend in the industry of bringing customer service phone centers, from overseas back to the US. And her company's clients are expanding, so more people are needed to answer their customer calls at APAC.

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