Chamber of Commerce

WVIK News

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.

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Rock Island School District  Superintendent, Dr. Mike Oberhaus, will go to work for the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce. Today, the chamber announced it's hired Oberhaus as its new Vice President of Finance and Administration. He already announced his retirement next summer.

When two agencies of the US Department of Agriculture move out of the Washington DC area next year, they might come to the Quad Cities. The chamber of commerce has applied to host the National Institute of Food and Agriculture and the Economic Research Service, with a total of more than 600 jobs.

V.P. of Public Affairs Jason Gordon (right), Pres. & CEO Tara Barney (2nd from right), and others listen at a press conference on Wednesday.
Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

The Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce wants a lot from Santa Claus for 2017. Its public policy and advocacy list includes a budget from Illinois, corporate tax reform from Iowa, money for building infrastructure from the federal government, and much more.

Michelle O'Neill reports on the chamber's legislative priorities.


Rejuvenate Davenport

Dec 2, 2014

Rejuvenate Davenport will celebrate 25 years of service to the community tonight (tues). The non-profit organization has helped re-build and restore buildings throughout Davenport. Founder Don Decker says most of Rejuvenate's reconstruction work was completed in the 80's and 90's. 

Decker says there are too many highlights from past demolitions to list, which is how he got the nickname "Demolition Don." But Rejuvenate helped build the Quad Cities Times headquarters and moved the Lend-a-Hand assisted living building, among other projects.