The Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce announced today it will consolidate its two downtown Davenport locations and move its Moline office this summer..
The chamber will sell its building at 7th Avenue and 19th Street in Moline and move into leased space in River Station, 1601 River Drive.
In addition, the Chamber will vacate offices it leases at 2nd and Main Streets in Davenport and consolidate its Iowa-side presence in space already used and owned by the Chamber at the New Ventures building at 3rd and Ripley streets.
The target date for the move is August 1.
According to a chamber news release, the goal is to increase the efficiency of operations while preserving easy access for members.Chamber leaders say the move meets current and future space needs.
"Since forming the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce in 2010, we've taken many steps to run the most efficient, cost-effective organization possible on behalf of our members and the region," said Chamber CEO Tara Barney.
"We integrated four organizations into one and have gone from five offices in 2010 to three in 2011 and now look forward to operating comfortably and more efficiently in two," she added.
Volunteers serving on the chamber's Facilities Task Force believed havingprograms and services equally accessible in Illinois and Iowa was an important consideration. Task force chairman Paul VanDuyne said his committee spent several months studying the space needs of the organization, developing criteria for optimal functioning, and exploring commercial buildings throughout the Quad Cities before recommending the Moline and Davenport locations.
"We are excited to have the unanimous support of our board in developing what we believe will be professional, state-of-the-art work spaces that will be inviting for members and elevate the image of the Quad Cities as we deal with prospects for business attraction and expansion," said Mr. VanDuyne.
"We are especially pleased that our members will continue to have easy access to all Chamber programs and services from either location," he said.
Today is Saturday, Aug. 30, the 242nd day of 2014. There are 123 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: A large pair of elk, captured in Iowa, were exhibited in Market Square today. 1889 — 125 years ago: The Rock Island Arsenal dam was being constructed under the supervision of Charles Frances, of Lowell, Mass. 1914 — 100 years ago: Mrs. Frank Mixer, of Rock Island, was the winner of the final preliminary for the women's handicap golf cup at Rock Island arsenal links. 1939 — 75 years ago: Sixteen hundred persons — many from war-fearful Europe — arrived in New York aboard the German liner Bremen. For two days on the trip, passengers were cut off from the world with both incoming and outgoing radio messages banned. 1964 — 50 years ago: Police reported five youths have been involved in the theft of about seven cars in recent weeks. Three of the youths were arrested Saturday afternoon, one was in custody as the result of a previous arrest, and the fifth is expected to be arrested today. 1989 — 25 years ago: The Rock Island/Milan School Board is asking the city to tear down Franklin School and allow the school district to pay back the estimated $100,00 cost during 10 years.