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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 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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Passing a budget deal in Illinois is the Chamber’s top legislative priority for 2017. Our legislative agenda is focused on advocating for policies that foster a strong business climate, and the lack of a budget for over 600 days is causing undue stress on the businesses and the community at-large....

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While on our annual advocacy trip to Des Moines, Chamber members reinforced to our elected leaders that workforce is a growing business need and education is crucial to developing a strong workforce. We’ve continued to work with elected leaders to create a more equitable per-pupil school funding formula. As it stands, the legislature is currently considering two proposed bills to address...

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​Last week Iowa Governor Terry Branstad signed off on a $118 million budget reduction for the current fiscal year. The bill reduces the current year's budget in order to accommodate a $100 million shortfall of expected state revenue....

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Leaders from business, labor, education, and the community gathered today to announce their unified support in advocating for parity in education funding so that all school districts in Iowa will receive an equitable amount of funding. Those in attendance included Tara Barney, President & CEO, Quad Cities Chamber, Kelli Grubbs, President of VictoryStores.com and Past Chair of the Quad Cities...

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​The Quad Cities' best-selling economic asset is its highly-skilled workforce. When our schools are financially disadvantaged, so is our future workforce. That's why reforming the school funding formula, long term, and allowing schools to spend into their cash reserves, short term, remains a top priority for the Chamber in 2017....

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A business friendly climate, investment in infrastructure, support for economic growth, and investment in education and workforce top the list of issues the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce will push with legislators in 2017. “We’ve met with hundreds of area business leaders and economic development professionals in the past year, and the legislative priorities we’ve set forth are those...

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As our region works toward Q2030, a plan to increase jobs, investment, and opportunity for all who call the Quad Cities home, developing a welcoming and inclusive community is key. Each of us has an important role to continue the process of moving toward cultural competency, and promoting and advocating for inclusion throughout our region....

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Quad City Defense Alliance (“QCDA”) is an unincorporated organization of public and private stakeholders, including governments of Bettendorf, Davenport, and Scott County, Iowa; East Moline, Moline, Rock Island, and Rock Island County, Illinois, dedicated to the promotion and preservation of the Rock Island Arsenal. QCDA is soliciting proposals from CONSULTANTS for legislative technical and...

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