Economy & Business news

Q2030 Unveiled

Jun 30, 2016
QC Chamber of Commerce

A new plan to boost the Quad Cities was unveiled Thursday. Led by the Chamber of Commerce, Q2030 is a regional action plan put together by businesses, government, non-profits, and colleges from a six-county region.

Chamber senior vice president Rene Gellerman says after a year and-a-half of meetings and research, they concluded local residents want all these groups to work together. 

Chicago to QC Rail Project Back on Track

Jun 24, 2016

The state of Illinois is moving forward with the Chicago to Quad Cities Passenger Rail project. Yesterday, The Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce held a news conference with local mayors, legislators and other officials to celebrate the state's renewed commitment to the project and to give media a tour of the work in progress. 

Local Agencies Respond to Budget Crisis

Jun 24, 2016

The Illinois budget stalemate has forced agencies to cut programs that serve many disadvantaged people in the Quad Cities. Last week, State Representative Mike Smiddy held a news conference to talk about it and give others a chance to speak out.

Map of RAGBRAI route from Washington, IA to Muscatine / RAGBRAI

This weekend, RAGBRAI officials will end their test ride along this year's route. The Register's Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa will begin on July 24th in Glenwood and end six days later in Muscatine. Ride Director, T.J. Juskiewicz, says tomorrow, the group will spend the night in Washington, Iowa before heading for the Mississippi River in Muscatine.

Dubuque Regional Airport

Four years after construction began, a new terminal will open Thursday at the Dubuque Regional Airport. The 37 million dollar project came in about 3 million under budget and six months ahead of schedule. 

The Federal Aviation Administration paid about 85 per cent of the cost.

Pierce School Lofts

Jun 8, 2016
WVIK Staff

An old school in Davenport has been re-born. A ribbon cutting was held Wednesday afternoon to celebrate the completion of the 3 year project, costing 7.2 million dollars, that transformed the Pierce School in the east village into apartments.

Quad City Airport

A new parking system has been installed at the Quad City Airport. 

QC-DC Flights End

Jun 7, 2016
WVIK Staff

Direct flights between the Quad Cities and Washington D.C. will end Wednesday. Quad City Airport spokeswoman, Cathie Rochau, says the last flight from D.C. will arrive Tuesday night, and the final return flight is set for Wednesday morning.

InternQC Engages Young Professionals

Jun 2, 2016

Hoping to attract talented young people to live in the Quad Cities, the chamber of commerce is once again sponsoring InternQC. Last summer was the first time it held a series of events to showcase local culture and the quality of life, while offering networking and career development opportunities.


The of closing two nuclear power plants in Illinois will cause thousands of job losses and increase the cost of electricity. That's according to Exelon which announced this morning it will shut down the Quad Cities and Clinton, Ill. generating stations.