The Dept. of Defense supply chain relies on US defense contractors, with over 1,300 located within the QC region, to lead the way in technology and innovation. If one piece of the DoD supply chain fails, the entire collaborative system struggles to meet demand and the defense sector becomes weakened.
Over $2.8 billion in public and private sector investment is happening right now in the Quad Cities, a six-county region straddling the Iowa and Illinois state lines and connected by the two banks of the Mississippi River. Construction is underway on the new $1.4 billion signature I-74 bridge, where tens of thousands of people will travel back and forth between the states every day. That’s...
A message from Kristin Glass, Interim CEO: Last week over 1,000 Chamber members gathered at our Annual Meeting to celebrate the successes of the past year. In the words of our outgoing board chair, Rob Woodall, Arconic, “A vision is achieved through a culmination of small wins.”
As part of its efforts to raise awareness of the importance of cybersecurity, the Quad Cities Manufacturing Innovation Hub is sharing with those engaged in its activities a registration discount to the upcoming CornCon III Quad Cities Cybersecurity Conference, which includes a professional development workshop (with CEUs!), full-day security conference and its Children of the CornCon Kids Hacker...
While competition keeps prices low and encourages innovation, working together also has its benefits. Accessing local businesses and partnering within an industrial cluster on a regional level helps you pool resources and provide complementary products and services to larger businesses.
At the Quad Cities Chamber we work to foster an entrepreneurial community. Over 700 people are now engaged with our entrepreneurial efforts through Ignite Quad Cities, and just last month six of the nine teams that participated in the Quad Cities cohort of Venture School advanced to the state pitch competition; one team took first place and another took third place. We've had much to celebrate...
It’s Economic Development Week in the U.S., and Chamber staff will be using this opportunity to celebrate the crucial role that the profession of economic development plays in creating a vibrant community.
Downtown Davenport Partnership (DDP), a division of the Quad Cities Chamber has announced the newest addition to their festival repertoire: Alternating Currents. The two-day event will highlight the many facets of the region’s creative community and take place the weekend of Aug. 25 and 26, replacing River Roots Live.
The Quad Cities is growing! With all of the recent retail development news Jillian McCleary, VP of Communications and Tami Petsche, VP of Economic Development sit down to talk about these announcements, what it means for the region and what the Chamber's role is in retail development.
What does 3D printing have to do with our local economy? It’s just one of the technologies that are transforming the way manufacturers do business. The Chamber’s Quad Cities Manufacturing Innovation Hub is helping area manufacturers connect and build expertise on new technologies including augmented and virtual reality, business analytics, b2b marketing platforms, and 3D printing.
Congratulations to Missman, who has earned the largest construction, engineering and inspection (CEI) contract with the Iowa Department of Transportation for the new I-74 bridge in conjunction with HNTB Corporation and Quigg Engineering, Inc. The project will consist of the I-74 approach spans over the river on both sides of the main arch span bridge; the main arch span bridge; westbound Iowa...
Young professionals are looking for vibrant communities, environments where they can easily connect and build a strong network for success. Last September, YPQC aligned its work with Q2030 regional action plan and created a YP Think Tank to champion efforts in retaining talent and improving quality of life for YP’s.
What does the Cubs World Series championship win have to do with the global economy? According to Luke Chandler, Deputy Chief Economist for Deere & Company, it speaks to cautious optimism of 2017 and the sentiment of 2016 as the year of low-probability events, from Brexit and the Trump presidency, to the Cubs taking the World Series title.
At the Quad Cities Chamber, we're committed to helping businesses grow, and we take a data-oriented approach to identifying common issues among companies and then providing solutions.