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Exelon is a key employer within our region, and the energy it produces is vital to Illinois and our bi-state region. Last week, Exelon announced that it will retire the Clinton plant in 2017 and the Cordova plant in 2018 if the Illinois legislature and governor are unable to pass the Next Generation Energy Plan this year.

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The Quad Cities Chamber and regional economic development partners were recognized today with the Professional Developers of Iowa’s (PDI) Best Single Project Award. The award recognizes the work done to retain Kraft Heinz and attract their new investment in the region.

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When the State of Iowa changed the administration of the Historic Tax Credit program two years ago, it put one of its best economic development programs, not to mention $152 million of current and planned projects in Davenport, on hold. After a long legislative session with numerous political pitfalls, legislation that gets the program running again has passed the Iowa House and Senate, and is...

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True Position Manufacturing Inc., a lean, veteran-owned metal manufacturing and fabrication company, is the newest manufacturer to join the Quad Cities small business community. To celebrate its grand opening, the company will host a ribbon cutting ceremony at its facility on Friday, May 6, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Community members and business leaders are invited to attend.

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MidAmerican Energy Company announced a major project that will provide a cleaner energy future for Iowa. The announcement is a giant step toward realizing the company’s vision of 100 percent renewable energy for customers in the state.

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Dennis Thompson, Chairman and CEO of Thompson Truck and Trailer Inc. in Cedar Rapids, Iowa was named the 2016 American Truck Dealers (ATD) Award Finalist at the annual ATD Convention & Expo.

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Per Mar Security Services, a leading provider of total security solutions for residential and commercial clients based in Davenport, IA, announced April 1, 2016, that it has merged with Northern Wisconsin Security & Sound, Inc. of Arbor Vitae, WI.

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During the first in a series of three upcoming Executives Club events exploring issues related to workforce, business leaders met last week to share best practices in utilizing internship programs as an effort to source qualified employees. Laura Sivertsen, Manager of North America Staffing and Recruiting with Deere & Company, Erik Hahn, Lead Process Metallurgist with Alcoa, and Jose Sanchez,...

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Assets grew 6% over previous fiscal year. The 125th annual meeting of the shareholders of Orion Bancorporation, Inc. was held on Monday, March 21, 2016 at The Quad City Botanical Center, Rock Island. President James R. Dingman informed stockholders that during 2015, assets grew 6% to $423 million. The company ended the year with $227 million in outstanding loans, an increase of 3%. Total...

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Patrick Eikenberry was named the 2016 Quad City Engineering and Science Council (QCESC) Senior Engineer of the Year. Patrick, President/CEO of Missman, Inc. has over 30 years of civil engineering experience. Much of his practical experience is a result of managing multi-million dollar projects, where he served as resident construction engineer. Prior to becoming President/CEO, earlier work...

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Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds will hold a public Future Ready Iowa Roundtable in the Quad Cities at the Rogalski Center on the campus of St. Ambrose University on April 1, 11 am - 12:15 pm, to continue a statewide conversation about how to close the workforce skills gap. The specific focus of the roundtable will be on overcoming barriers to employment.

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On March 23, the Iowa legislature voted to give a 2.25 percent allowable growth increase to state education funding that will result in an additional $138 million for primary school programs for the 2016-2017 academic year.

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Even in the controlled chaos of the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival, there were plenty of lessons to be learned for entrepreneurs and startups. SXSW is an international convergence of film, interactive media and music all rolled into one venue throughout the month of March in Austin, Texas. It also includes a set of conferences on a variety of topics. This year, entrepreneurship was front and...

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Chamber leaders and Rock Island County residents are applauding recent actions approved by the Rock Island County Board of Supervisors to scale back the cost of local government. County Board members made significant progress last week when they voted to approve major reforms that included removing board members from pension and healthcare benefits and reducing the number of board members from 25...

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