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Cities Hire Data Assistance

To help local businesses survive the pandemic, East Moline, Moline, and Rock Island have hired a company to help them provide information on loans, grants, and other assistance that might be available. 

East Moline City Administrator Doug Maxeiner says LiveStories.com will provide information through each city's website on how to recover from COVID-19.

"There's only so many hours in the day that I can be on the phone with a business trying to walk through with them what resources might be available. If we can get this information to businesses in a more timely fashion and more efficiently, then hopefully we can get them in the queue to get some of those resources to keep them operating." 

Credit LiveStories
from the LiveStories Facebook page

Monday night, the East Moline city council approved signing up with LiveStories.com for one year. And the economic development group REDEEM will pay the 6,000 dollar cost. 

LiveStories calls itself a "civic data hub" and it helps communities analyze and use data, whether it's presenting health and demographic information, infectious disease trends, or a weekly flu report. 

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.
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