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$98 Million in construction, big development plans, and sustained residential growth headlined the recent Downtown Davenport Partnership (DDP) Annual Meeting. DDP, a division the Chamber, provides leadership and advocacy for downtown economic development, strategic planning, cultural vitality, events, marketing, and clean-and-safe initiatives. Debi Durham, Director of the Iowa Economic...

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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.”

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After 128 years total and 68 years in Iowa, Alcoa today announced the completion of separating companies and the official beginning of a new chapter here in the Quad Cities as Arconic. Rob Woodall, Arconic Manufacturing Director, Ken Giacobbe, Chief Financial Officer, and U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley celebrated the milestone with a ribbon cutting alongside business leaders, local elected officials...

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Area cybersecurity conference offers discount to Hub registrants

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...

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On Friday, January 29, the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce organized the first ever Bi-State Delegation Visit to the Rock Island Arsenal. State Senators and Representatives from the entire region joined the visit, and have agreed to work together in a bi-state and bipartisan manner to support and partner with the Rock Island Arsenal and local defense community.

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When visiting a community for the first time, roads and infrastructure can make a big impression. Quality roads and well-planned infrastructure are the things that move commerce and make it easy for people to travel to work, home, and entertainment options.

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​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.

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Sam Allen, Deere & Company Chairman and CEO and Co-Chair of the Chamber’s Regional Opportunities Council (ROC), urged the more than 200 in attendance at the 2015 Regional Vision Summit on Dec. 3 to be "the stewards shepherding (the plan’s) promise to transform our region.”

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Cooperation, collaboration bring many benefits to area supply chain

​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.

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The 2015 Quad Cities Regional Vision Summit brought together more than 200 community stakeholders committed to being part of transforming the region for the better. Sam Allen, Deere & Company Chairman and CEO, urged participants to move ahead with an aligned regional action plan discussed at the event. The summit, held Thursday at the iWireless Center, included an update on the developing...

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Today, representatives from the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII), a UI LABS collaboration, along with Senator Dick Durbin, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) and representatives from the Quad Cities Chamber announced a new chapter in the Quad Cities which will be housed at the Quad Cities Manufacturing Lab.

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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.

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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.

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Ashish Gadnis spent his childhood in a slum in Mumbai before moving to the United States where he successfully started and sold several companies. Now his goal is to eradicate world poverty. During last week's Executives Club, he shared with Quad Cities' business leaders his strategy to make a difference and how it can be implemented in the Quad Cities.

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