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New Leader for Hilltop Campus Village

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Hilltop Campus Village
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the building given by Ascenta Credit Union

The leader of an effort to revitalize an old neighborhood in Davenport will retire this week.

Scott Tunnicliff has served as Executive Director of the Hilltop Campus Village since it joined Iowa's Main Street program in 2009.

Spokeswoman Kelly Young says during his tenure there's been more than 125 million dollars worth of private investment in the Hilltop Campus Village.

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"From a dollars and cents perspective, there's been a significant amount of commercial property brought online that generates tax dollars and brings jobs into the district. But also there's been a lot of really great activity and involvement with residential living."

The village includes the area from 5th Street in downtown Davenport, north to Vander Veer Park, and between Perry and Ripley Streets. It includes both Palmer College and Saint Ambrose University.

Young says Tunnicliff's replacement is Molly Otting Carlson who most recently worked for Visit Quad Cities. And among her first responsibilities will be the current capital campaign and moving into new offices recently donated by the Ascentra Credit Union.

"And so now Molly is going to have an awesome new challenge in rounding out this capital campaign and outfitting our Hilltop Campus Village office for the future."

Since it was founded 12 years ago, improvements in the Hilltop Campus Village include street lights and an incubator for small businesses. And some of the new businesses that opened this month include the Hot n Smack restaurant and the Iron and Grain Coffee House.