MOLINE -- The iWireless Center will spend $4 million on capital improvements after it was awarded Illinois Jobs Now! funds Thursday.
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn made the announcement at the Moline civic center, noting the venue draws people from throughout the Midwest and is "very important to the economy of the Quad-Cities."
Scott Mullen, executive director of the iWireless Center, said the funding is earmarked for a list of things, including replacing security cameras, new lower bowl retractable seating, roof work, a chiller, lobby tile flooring and concourse expansion.
He said the civic center has lobbied for eight years for state capital improvement funds, and the money is appreciated. The center's long-range capital improvement project list totals $15 million, Mr. Mullen said.
There is no start date for the projects to be paid for with state funds. Mr. Mullen said the civic center makes capital improvements on an ongoing basis.
Gov. Quinn said the state is happy to help keep the civic center modern and accessible.
Paul Mulcahey, chairman of the Illinois Quad City Civic Center Authority, the governing body for the iWireless Center, said he was pleased Gov. Quinn and lawmakers released the funds, which will be used to enhance services at the civic center. "These monies will enable us to maintain a first-rate facility for the people of our community."
The 11,000-seat facility at 1201 River Drive opened in 1993. It cost $33.4 million to build and was funded through state, local and private funds.
Gov. Quinn said the $4 million investment in the iWireless Center will provide dividends for years to come. "This is how you advance Illinois."
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