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Advocating for Economic Growth

The Quad Cities Chamber is a catalyst for policy advocacy at the local, state and federal level. With 85% of our membership having 50 employees or less, advocacy is a critical resource that we offer to our members. Our goal is to create and maintain a business friendly environment in which our economy can grow with a focus on our core industries: advanced metals and materials, agricultural innovation, corporate operations and support, defense, and logistics.

The Quad Cities Manufacturing Innovation Hub, an initiative of the Quad Cities Chamber, is currently seeking businesses wanting to learn how to take advantage of growth opportunities in global markets through the ExporTech™ export training program. Valued at $6,000, the training will be provided at no cost as part of the Illinois Defense Industry Adjustment (DIA) Program, of which the Hub is a...

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As the home of the Rock Island Arsenal, businesses in the Quad Cities region are a vital part of the Department of Defense (DoD) supply chain that connects suppliers with customers. Supply chain is crucial: from multinational original equipment manufacturers to sub-contractors providing individual pieces, every part in the chain plays an important role....

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One of the Quad Cities Manufacturing Innovation Hub’s goals is to help area businesses connect so that together we can better understand regional capabilities and uncover more ways to keep business local!...

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The Quad Cities Manufacturing Innovation Hub recently sat down with Chamber member Brad Morrison, owner of Riverbend Signworks, a local graphics and sign manufacturing company in Bettendorf, to talk about why he’s passionate about the Quad Cities Manufacturing Innovation Hub....

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We need your help. Illinois legislators are currently debating a Grand Bargain comprised of 12 bills that, if passed, will result in the state finally having a balanced budget. Please call now and urge Senator Neil Anderson, Senator Chuck Weaver and Governor Bruce Rauner to vote yes on the bills....

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Is your Iowa business in need of money to develop your innovative technology? Or is looking for a way to connect with possible investors? Then plan to attend the upcoming workshop, “Introduction to the Small Business Innovation Research Program: Free Money to Develop Your Innovative Technology,” held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, June 7 at the Hilton Garden Inn, 959 Middle Road,...

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2017 D.C. Fly-in...

​Over thirty business and community leaders met with top lawmakers in Washington, D.C. last week to advocate on issues important to the Quad Cities region and economy. Meetings included: three senior policy advisors to the President, the six Members of the Quad Cities’ Congressional Delegation, and top staff at the Departments of Commerce, Transportation, Energy and the Pentagon. In addition...

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Last week, the Iowa House Appropriations Committee voted along party lines to move HSB 187, the Stop Progress Bill. This bill would severely cut tax credits and makes changes that would render some our best economic development tools useless and would raise taxes on businesses by more than $163 million statewide....

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​Last week our peers with Capital Crossroads in Des Moines came to the Quad Cities to share their experience with many area leaders who are working to advance the region through Q2030. During the presentation they stressed the importance of investing in quality of life amenities such as festivals, parks, trails, waterfronts and so on as essential pieces to economic development. These are the...

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The Quad Cities Chamber has been very active the past two weeks, leading the charge on issues that matter to businesses in the Quad Cities and our economy – things like work comp reform; a fair and balanced budget; economic development incentives that facilitate expansion; and infrastructure investments that support business growth....

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Iowa advocacy events share key themes and risks

​The Chamber hosted Iowa Governor Terry Branstad’s Condition of the State Address and an Iowa Legislative Luncheon last week, providing two back to back opportunities for members to engage with state elected officials. With an anticipated confirmation to become Ambassador to China happening as soon as April, in his final major speech in the Quad Cities, Governor Branstad touted...

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Kraft Heinz hosts Governor Branstad’s tour of new facility

Governor Terry Branstad and local economic development partners had the opportunity last week to get a look into the new $200 million Kraft Heinz project that is currently being built. The new structure, which replaces the 106 year old, six story building, will be a 330,000 square foot, one-story, state-of-the-art facility that will allow the company to operate and grow efficiently. Company...

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