Chamber of Commerce

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Local governments, health care providers, businesses, and others are renewing efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the Quad Cities. 

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Owners of businesses in the Illinois Quad Cities are asking Governor J.B. Pritzker to allow them to re-open at the same pace as Iowa Quad Cities businesses. 

Michelle O'Neill reports Monday morning, the Chamber of Commerce, elected officials, and business leaders discussed the damage being done to the regional economy by the lack of balance. / Dr. Ken Kriz, Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce

An economist is confidant the local and national economy will eventually make a comeback. But in the short term, Dr. Ken Kriz is not sure how we'll manage the decline and all the problems that come with it.

Michelle O'Neill reports last week, Kriz discussed the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic with members of the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce (video below).

City of Bettendorf

In June a new director of community development will take over in Bettendorf. At Tuesday night's city council meeting, Mayor Bob Gallagher will formally anounce the hiring of Mark Hunt. 

The Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce wants Illinois and Iowa to help coordinate the reopening of the local economy.

President and CEO, Paul Rumler, says the vast majority of non-essential businesses are ready to reopen with restrictions to protect workers and customers. But so far, the states have responded differently to the pandemic. 

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On Wednesday, local businesses and leaders heard today from Iowa US Senator Joni Ernst about how to access funds through the coronavirus relief packages.

The Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce held a phone conference with the senator from Red Oak. / Cool Beanz Coffeehouse

The Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce wants to make sure local businesses have what they need to survive the coronavirus pandemic. 

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After persuading people to embrace what a "cool, creative, connected, and prosperous" place the Quad Cities is, local leaders are reviewing the Q2030 plan.

Herb Trix has more.


Davenport is "striving, vibrant, and strong." That's according to Mayor Frank Klipsch during his state of the city address Monday to members of the Rotary Club and Chamber of Commerce.

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Local businesses are not happy with Illinois lawmakers who may increase the minimum wage. The Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce has joined other groups in the state that oppose raising the minimum wage to $15/hour, over four to six years.