Chamber may take over Moline Center Main Street program


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Originally Posted Online: July 08, 2013, 5:06 pm
Last Updated: July 08, 2013, 5:07 pm
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By Dawn Neuses, dneuses@qconline.com

MOLINE -- The Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce may take over management and operation of the Moline Centre Main Street program.

Aldermen are scheduled to vote Tuesday night on a one year contract with the Chamber to oversee and coordinate the program, which includes marketing downtown events and businesses, scheduling rental of the plaza at Bass Street Landing, a facade improvement program, and maintenance and landscaping within two Special Service Areas.

According to council documents, the city would pay the chamber $142,660 to run the program through June 30, 2014. The amount includes the full salary and benefits of a Main Street program director and project manager, and a portion of the wages of the chamber's director of events, event staff and support staff.

In addition, the total cost includes rent for office space, marketing activities, training and internet, phone and computer.

Council documents state "the transfer of the administrative function to the chamber will result in lower operational costs and economies of scale..."

The amount the city spends to operate the program was not available Monday. Moline's planning and development director Ray Forsythe said the program costs -- including the salaries of two staffers -- are paid by the two SSAs, Tax Increment Finance funds, and the city's general fund.

Mr. Forsythe the chamber's employee costs are less and it can do things in-house -- such as marketing and graphic design -- the city paid private entities to do. The chamber also handles downtown maintenance and landscaping for Davenport and does at a much lower cost than Moline pays, he said.

"There will be savings in many areas," Mr. Forsythe said.

According to council documents, the city has determined "the administration of the program is better suited" to an independent entity.

Mr. Forsythe said the one-year contract can be extended."City staff, administration and the city council are dedicated to the Main Street program and we want to make sure it remains a top-notch program," he said.

In other business, aldermen, sitting as the committee of the whole, will consider expanding the Enterprise Zone for a proposed Holiday Inn Express at 2300 69th Ave., on Quad City International Airport property.

Frontier Hospitality Group of Illinois LLC, is proposing to build a four-story, 54,000-square-foot hotel on the site.

Companies that build in an enterprise zone are eligible for state and local incentives, such as waived building permit fees and an exemption from paying sales tax on building materials purchased in Illinois.

The proposed zone expansion also must be approved by East Moline, Silvis, Milan and the county, who participate in the program with Moline.

The committee of the whole meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. on the second floor of city hall, 619 16th St. The city council meeting immediately follows.

Agendas are available at city hall or moline.il.us.













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