June 30, 2006

"E Pluribus Unum" for development groups in the QCs?

Once again, the idea of consolodating, or at least forming a co-operative structure, between the various development organizations in the Quads is being knocked around.
The task force charged with studying the regionalization of economic and community development activities in the Quad-Cities said in a statement received Thursday that their members endorsed the collaborative talks and their discussions had no pre-ordained outcome.

The task force is comprised of representatives of the Quad City Development Group, DavenportOne, the Illinois Quad City Chamber of Commerce and the Bettendorf Chamber of Commerce.

A group of 27 community leaders told the organizations June 12 that they expected the task force to propose a new regional economic development "structure" within 120 days. The letter warned there would be "funding consequences if the status quo is maintained."

However, representatives of area city governments said Thursday there may be other steps that should be taken before the groups plunge ahead and reorganize the development group or consolidate DavenportOne and the Illinois and Bettendorf chambers of commerce.
I have absolutely no clue whether one structure would be better than the next, but at the very least, it seems that there should be one board composed of reps from all the organizations which would at least serve a coordinating function in order to avoid duplication of services, cost savings, and to ensure that one hand knows what the other hand is doing.

What do you think?


At 7/03/2006 9:40 AM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

I think the idea is a good one and that the three chambers will try to resist all the way.

The telling thing here is the difference in attitude between the QC Times and the Dispatch. The Times is all for the consolidation efforts. However, the Dispatch is a little skiddish....read both Editorials of late to see what I mean.

What I don't know and would like to understand is if the QC Development Group and Bi-State Metro Planning will be merged either together or in with the three chambers? Unless someone leaks the entire text of the "secret" letter, we won't really know the answer.

At 7/05/2006 1:26 PM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Buying a ticket to see the ruckus of the three trying to be one = $100 a plate dinner I am sure.

Savings to corporations Cities, Governments, and taxpayers with less dues paid annually yet the same or better service - at least 2/3 reduced costs.

Quotable Quote, "I am clueless about this...", Mayor Don Welvaert local newspaper quote about this issue = cost $priceless.


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