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A P U B L I C AT I O N O F T H E Q U A D C I T I E S C H A M B E R O F C O M M E R C E


Leading Illinois Quad Cities’ Area Lawyers

Peer Reviewed.

These lawyers were recommended by their peers to be among the TOP LAWYERS in Illinois.

Barry M. Barash

Barash & Everett LLC

Galesburg

309.341.6010

Reynolds M. Everett, Jr.

Barash & Everett LLC

Galva

309.932.2001

Richard M. Batcher

Bozeman Neighbour Patton & Noe LLP

Moline

309.797.0850

William L. Cleaver

Bozeman Neighbour Patton & Noe LLP

Moline

309.797.0850

John P. Harris

Bozeman Neighbour Patton & Noe LLP

Moline

309.797.0850

Mark R. McLaughlin

Bozeman Neighbour Patton & Noe LLP

Moline

309.797.0850

James D. Mowen

Bozeman Neighbour Patton & Noe LLP

Moline

309.797.0850

J. Sue Myatt

Bozeman Neighbour Patton & Noe LLP

Moline

309.797.0850

Robert J. Noe

Bozeman Neighbour Patton & Noe LLP

Moline

309.797.0850

James R. Patton

Bozeman Neighbour Patton & Noe LLP

Moline

309.797.0850

William P. Rector

Bozeman Neighbour Patton & Noe LLP

Moline

309.797.0850

Gary L. Sissel

Bozeman Neighbour Patton & Noe LLP

Moline

309.797.0850

Robert P. Boeye

Califf & Harper PC

Moline

309.764.8300

Arthur W. Eggers

Califf & Harper PC

Moline

309.764.8361

Dennis R. Fox

Califf & Harper PC

Moline

309.764.8300

Harvey A. Levin

Califf & Harper PC

Moline

309.764.8300

Jeffrey B. Moorhouse

Califf & Harper PC

Moline

309.764.8300

John A. Slover, Jr.

Califf & Harper PC

Moline

309.764.8300

Roger L. Strandlund

Califf & Harper PC

Moline

309.764.8300

Philip E. Koenig

Koenig Law Firm

Rock Island

309.788.0743

Terri Lea Fildes

Pappas Hubbard O’Connor Fildes Secaras PC

Rock Island

309.788.7110

Matthew P. Pappas

Pappas Hubbard O’Connor Fildes Secaras PC

Rock Island

309.788.7110

John W. Robertson

Robertson Wilcox & Statham PC

Galesburg

309.341.6009

Steven W. Hanna

Steve Hanna Law Office

Moline

309.797.9000

G. Trent Marquis

VanDerGinst Law PC

Rock Island

309.788.5297

Dennis A. VanDerGinst

VanDerGinst Law PC

Rock Island

309.788.5297

John H. Westensee

VanDerGinst Law PC

Rock Island

309.793.1160

Craig L. Kavensky

Winstein & Kavensky

Rock Island

309.794.1515

Agriculture; Bankruptcy: Individual; Bankruptcy/Workout: Commercial; Closely/Privately Held Business; Commercial Litigation Agriculture; Trust, Will & Estate Planning

Med-Mal Defense; Personal Injury Defense: General; Products Liability Defense; Prof’l Malpractice Defense: Incl Legal/Tech/Financial Closely/Privately Held Business; Real Estate: Associations/Condominiums; Real Estate: Commercial; Real Estate: Finance Insurance/Insurance Coverage/Reinsurance; Personal Injury Defense: General; Products Liability Defense Personal Injury Defense: General; Products Liability Defense Workers’ Compensation Defense Personal Injury Defense: General

Commercial Litigation; Med-Mal Defense; PI Defense: General; Prof’l Mal Defense: Incl Legal/Tech/Financial; ADR: Personal Injury Personal Injury Defense: General; Products Liability Defense

Insurance/Insurance Coverage/Reinsurance; Personal Injury Defense: General; Products Liability Defense Closely & Privately Held Business; Trust, Will & Estate Planning Employment: Management; Labor: Management Employment: Management; Labor: Management

Insurance/Insurance Coverage/Reinsurance; Personal Injury Defense: General Closely & Privately Held Business; Real Estate: Commercial; Tax: Business; Trust, Will & Estate Planning Banking; Commercial Litigation Trust, Will & Estate Planning

Commercial Litigation; Construction; Land Use/Zoning/Condemnation; Real Estate: Commercial

Closely & Privately Held Business; Commercial Litigation; Real Estate: Residential; Tax: Individual; Trust/Will/Estate Planning Employment: Management Employment: Management; Labor: Management

Insurance/Insurance Coverage/Reinsurance; Personal Injury Defense: General Criminal Defense: DUI; Criminal Defense: Felonies & Misdemeanors Personal Injury: General; ADR: Personal Injury Personal Injury: General

Social Security Disability; Workers’ Compensation Personal Injury: General; Workers’ Compensation

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what’s coming up

MAY

JUNE

LOCATION: ICONS Martini, Rock Island TIME: 5:30 p.m. SPONSOR: University of Iowa MBA Quad Cities

LOCATION: TBA TIME: 5:30 p.m. SPONSOR: Eye Surgeons Associates

LOCATION: Granite City. Davenport TIME: 5:30 p.m. SPONSOR: Mel Foster & Valley Bank

12 THE NETWORK YOUNG LEADER’S SYMPOSIUM

10 NETWORK @ NOON

8 MEET YOUR CHAMBER

GUEST SPEAKER: TBA TOPIC: Technology Trends LOCATION: TBA TIME: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. SPONSOR: Rhythm City Casino

LOCATION: Genesis Heart Institute 1236 E. Rusholme St., Davenport TIME: 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. SPONSOR: Genesis At Work

5 NETWORK @ NIGHT

7 NETWORK @ NIGHT

LOCATION: Downtown Davenport TIME: 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. PRESENTING SPONSOR: University of Iowa MBA - Quad Cities

12 THE NETWORK YP AWARDS LOCATION: Figge Art Museum, Davenport TIME: 5:30 p.m. PRESENTING SPONSOR: Lujack’s Lexus of the Quad Cities

12-13 2011 QUAD CITIES DAY IN SPRINGFIELD

2 NETWORK @ NIGHT

9 QUAD CITIES CHAMBER GOLF OUTING & 19TH HOLE PARTY

17 A CHANCE TO MEET. . . MAGNAFLUX (A DIVISION OF ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS, INC.) GUEST SPEAKER: Dan Petri LOCATION: DHCU Community Credit Union, 1900 52nd Ave., Moline TIME: 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. SPONSORS: DHCU Community Credit Union

18 MORNING NETWORK

14 BUSINESS AFTER-HOURS LOCATION: Caddy’s Sports Bar & Grill, Bettendorf TIME: 5:00 p.m. SPONSOR: Caddy’s Sports Bar & Grill

19 A CHANCE TO MEET. . . GUEST SPEAKER: TBA LOCATION: DHCU Community Credit Union, 1900 52nd Ave., Moline TIME: 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. SPONSORS: DHCU Community Credit Union

20 MORNING NETWORK LOCATION: Black Hawk College, Moline TIME: 7:15 a.m. SERIES SPONSOR: R.I.A. Federal Credit Union MONTHLY SPONSOR: Black Hawk College

EVENTS

APRIL

LOCATION: Sam’s Club, Davenport TIME: 7:15 a.m. SERIES SPONSOR: R.I.A. Federal Credit Union MONTHLY SPONSOR: Sam’s Club

LOCATION: Pinnacle Country Club & Golf Course, 11928 Knoxville Rd, Milan TIME: Shotgun starts at 7:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. COST: $125 per person or $500 for a foursome SPONSORED BY: DHCU Community Credit Union

14 A CHANCE TO MEET. . . LOCATION: DHCU Community Credit Union 1900 52nd Ave., Moline TIME: 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. SPONSOR: DHCU Community Credit Union

15 MORNING NETWORK

LOCATION: TPC @ Deere Run, 3100 Heather Knoll, Silvis LOCATION: Modern Woodmen Park, Davenport TIME: 7:15 a.m. TIME: 5:00 p.m. SERIES SPONSOR: R.I.A. Federal Credit Union MONTHLY SPONSOR: John Deere Classic, Deere & Company, WQAD

19 SCHMOOZA PALOOZA

21 NETWORK @ NOON

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR REGISTRATION VISIT www.QuadCitiesChamber.com

TOPIC: Community Leaders Roundtable LOCATION: St. Ambrose University, Davenport TIME: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. SPONSOR: St. Ambrose University

29 DOWNTOWN CLEANUP

MISSION:

TO STRENGTHEN AND ENHANCE THE BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT, REPRESENT THE INTERESTS OF OUR MEMBERS, AND FOSTER BALANCED GROWTH IN THE QUAD CITIES REGION.

If you have specific questions or Newsletter Editor POSTMASTER: Send address areas of interest, please contact Jillian McCleary changes to: Quad Cities Chamber, the staff at our two locations: jmccleary@QuadCitiesChamber.com 130 W. Second St., Davenport, Iowa 52801 130 W. Second St. Membership Davenport, Iowa 52801 Rene Hipple & Kristin Glass Q News (USPS 014-248) is published Phone: 563.322.1706 rhipple@QuadCitiesChamber.com quarterly by the Quad Cities Chamber Fax: 563.322.7804 or kglass@QuadCitiesChamber.com of Commerce, 130 W. 2nd St., Davenport, Iowa 52801. Subscription 622 19th St. Events & Sponsorship price is $1.50 per year and is included Moline, IL 61265 Marcy Hyder in membership dues. Periodicals Phone: 309.757.5416 mhyder@QuadCitiesChamber.com postage paid at Davenport, Iowa and Fax: 309.757.5435 additional offices.

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Five Strategies to Move the Quad-Cities Region Forward

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he Chamber unveiled an ambitious plan on March 4 designed to move the Quad Cities region into the top tier of metro areas in the U.S. by creating new jobs and improving the standard of living for Quad-Cities residents.

partnership under the Chamber, will market the region in alignment with our region’s targeted industries. Those industries are: Defense/Rock Island Arsenal; Food & Packaging; Metals; FIRE (Finance, Insurance, Real Estate); Wind; Professional/ Technical; and Other Manufacturing.

Chamber CEO Tara Barney announced the Chamber has set two goals for the period The lion’s share of jobs over five years – 2011-2016. 3,500 of them -- will come about through existing company expansions. Chamber  Move the Quad Cities region into the staff will be systematically conducting onetop quartile of metro communities, on-one outreach visits based on economic to identify companies in strength and the Quad Cities region with potential or intent  Increase wealth GOALSities region to expand, and then in the region by $2.5 working to eliminate Quad C Move the quartile of metro billion. any impediments p to e n th o into based to adding jobs or , s ie it n u comm Currently, the Quad increasing investment strength economic Cities region ranks in local facilities. #178 among 366 ion g re e th ealth in metropolitan statistical Another primary Increase w 2.5 billion areas in the United point of focus in by $ States. The Chamber the plan is the Rock is focused on moving Island Arsenal. The the region to #90 over health of the Rock Island the next five years, Arsenal is central to the region’s growth. which will require attention to factors such With the public sector, the Chamber intends as the number and quality of jobs, wages, to expand and retain 900 jobs on the per capita personal income, and welfare Arsenal and work to attract complementary recipient levels. While current rankings defense-related industries. are based on a 20-year aggregate of data, the Chamber believes the Quad Cities is The five-year economic and community positioned to move up in the rankings. development plan will be supported by a $13 million investment campaign, which “New, well-paying jobs will bring more was announced by Ken Koupal, Chairman wealth to our communities and improve of the Board of Directors for the Chamber. the overall prosperity and economic As of March 4, $9.4 million of the $13 million strength of our region,” said Barney. five-year goal had been pledged, equating “As our regional economic strength to $2.6 million per year that the Chamber progresses our ranking will improve,” will target toward external marketing of the she added. Quad Cities, business retention/expansion work, Rock Island Arsenal, and other According to the most recent data available strategic initiatives that will improve the from U.S. Department of Commerce, the business environment, build wealth in the region’s current gross domestic product region and move the QC toward the top is $16.5 billion. The chamber’s goal is to quartile of urban areas. increase this to $19 billion through the creation of 5,000 primary jobs. To date, there are 71 investors in the campaign from both the public and private The Chamber’s plan calls for 1,500 of those sectors. “The private sector of our business jobs to be created by new employers who community in particular has stepped up will be attracted to the region through in support of the Chamber’s plan in an outreach and targeted marketing. Quad unprecedented fashion,” said Koupal. Cities First, which is a public-private

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CHAMBER PLAN

Five strategies to build wealth and prosperity in the Quad-Cities region EXECUTE A COMPREHENSIVE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PLAN TO STIMULATE BALANCED GROWTH IN THE QUAD CITIES REGION • Attract new businesses • Support existing business expansion • Foster entrepreneurship and new business creation ENHANCE LIVABILITY AND ATTRACTIVENESS OF THE QUAD CITIES REGION • Advance and promote regional riverfront development • Create inviting gateways to the region • Advance vibrant downtowns and other retail and commercial corridors • Advance transit and transportation options • Engage the business community in green initiatives • Foster the development of a wide range of housing types • Support and sustain key cultural institutions and amenities that are central to workforce attraction and retention ACTIVELY SEEK AND PURSUE OPPORTUNITIES TIED TO THE ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL • Elevate the role of the business community in supporting the Arsenal • Advocate in a unified voice on behalf of Arsenal priorities, both locally and in D.C. • Encourage joint public-private partnerships and joint ventures between local companies and the Rock Island Arsenal/Department of Defense ENSURE A HIGH QUALITY WORKFORCE TO SUPPORT ECONOMIC AND COMMUNITY VITALITY • Engage business leaders in affecting high-performance K-12 education throughout the region • Strengthen postsecondary education and training aligned with economic and company demand • Cultivate attraction of the “next generation” of new talent INSTITUTIONALIZE A WORLD-CLASS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE FOR THE QUAD CITIES REGION • Ensure the financial capacity and long-term sustainability of the regional Chamber • Build and sustain the volunteer base of the regional Chamber • Build strong public-private partnerships to support the Chamber’s economic and community development goals


in the news

87,000

Number of Regional Employess

REPRESENTED BY THE Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce

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Rick Baker to Lead Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce

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uad Cities Chamber of Commerce President Rick Baker will soon be leading the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce in Michigan. Baker accepted the position of CEO and will begin his new duties in April.

Tara Barney, CEO, Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce worked closely with Rick during the past four years.

“He is a consummate professional and a great leader.”

“He is a consummate professional and a great leader. His many years of experience helped pave the way for the Chamber’s transition to the current regional model; the merger simply could not have happened without Rick’s support and guidance. That another Chamber came knocking at his door does not surprise me. He is highly respected within our field,” she said.

Baker has been an integral part of this community for nearly two decades. He served as president and -TARA BARNEY CEO of the Illinois Quad City Chamber for 16 years before taking on the role as president and chief Baker leaves saying that he has “every confidence operating officer of the Quad Cities Chamber of in the new regional model for the Quad Cities Commerce. Chamber of Commerce. “

RAGBRAI meets

BIX and Street Fest

Hotels, stores and restaurants – get ready for an influx of customers!

More than 100,000 visitors are anticipated in the Quad-Cities region when RAGBRAI ends in Davenport this July. RAGBRAI will coincide with the 40th anniversary of Street Fest and the annual Bix 7 race. Joe Taylor, President, Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau says, “The Quad Cities region will be impacted in two ways. The first way is the awareness that Davenport and the Quad Cities will receive between now and July 30, especially with this being a major media event. The second is the expenditures that RAGRAI riders and their friends and family will make. Those expenditures will come in two weekends – the first is the week prior to RAGBRAI when a number of riders come in to park their

car the week prior, and of course, the second is the Friday and Saturday of RAGBRAI when thousands of hungry, thirsty and tired bicyclists ride into Davenport.” The Holiday Inn Rock Island is already booked for BIX weekend, as are a number of other Quad-Cities hotels. Jamie Derudder, Sales and Catering Manager, Holiday Inn Rock Island says, “We definitely filled up earlier this year. As soon as that announcement was made, our rooms filled up.” “RAGBRAI is going to be great for the Rock Island District with all of the bars, restaurants and retail operations in the downtown. This will be great for our entire community,” continued Derudder.

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IOWA PRIORITY II:

ng public Build stro nerships rt a p private rt the to suppo nomic eco r’s e b m a Ch munity and com t goals n e m p develo

IOWA & ILLINOIS

LEGISLATIVE

PRIORITIES FOR BALANCED BUSINESS GROWTH In Iowa, the Chamber is advocating for economic growth, improved infrastructure, attraction and retention of a highly skilled and educated workforce and mental health services. A stabilized budget, economic growth, attraction and retention of jobs, and redistricting are on the Chamber’s priority list in Illinois.

REBUILD AND IMPROVE INFRASTRUCTURE

IOWA PRIORITY I: PROMOTE ECONOMIC GROWTH BY CREATING A BETTER BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT

The Chamber advocates for economic development through a public/private partnership model that can help renew the focus on economic growth and business development in the state by utilizing expertise in both the public and private sectors. To that end, the Chamber supports the following efforts: • Tax Relief for commercial and industrial properties • Restoring Venture Capital Tax Credits • Maintaining Research Activities Credits

The Chamber supports investment in infrastructure projects that spur economic development and move the state forward in attracting new businesses and residents. In conjunction with the Quad Cities Rail Coalition, the Chamber advocates for passenger rail funding because it will create jobs, improve our nation’s infrastructure and assist in providing transportation alternatives.

PASSENGER RAIL= NEW BUSINESSES, NEW RESIDENTS, NEW JOBS

IOWA PRIORITY III:

ATTRACT AND RETAIN A HIGHLY SKILLED AND EDUCATED WORKFORCE Enhancing PreK-12 education through bold, innovative initiatives will position the state back on top as the leader in education and fostering a highly skilled and educated workforce. Hap Volz, member of the Chamber’s Iowa 21 CENTURY LEARNING Legislative task force, says one thing STANDARDS businesses should consider this session is how much money the state is dedicating STRENGTHENING to education. “As our workforce ages, it is WORKFORCE TRAINING important to train our incoming workers, RECRUITMENT TO BUILD and retrain our current workforce to match FUTURE WORKFORCE the skill sets businesses are in need of” says Volz. Additionally, the state should NEEDS invest dollars to “leverage the research and development efforts coming out of universities. These efforts often create spin-off businesses that further stimulate the economy.” ST

Initiatives such as establishing 21st century learning standards, aligning the Iowa curriculum with career pathways, increasing the utilization of flexible and innovative school reform models, and strengthening workforce training, retention and recruitment to meet future workforce needs are solid solutions.

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IOWA PRIORITY IV:

PROVIDE MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES TO IOWANS IN NEED The economic recession has had a tremendous effect on the public health system, and has triggered a significant increase in demand for mental health and additional services across the state. The Chamber supports the work of the Iowa legislature as it identifies a consistent funding stream for mental health services and a more effective way to ensure availability of services to all Iowans in need.


ILLINOIS PRIORITY I:

STATE BUDGET STABILIZATION REDUCE STATE SPENDING The current practice of ever increasing state budget deficits is damaging to the state’s reputation and overall business climate. Bill Stoermer, chair, Illinois Legislative Taskforce and Public Affairs Director, Exelon Corp., says “we need to ensure that any proposed cuts to existing state programs do not have an adversarial impact on education, transportation and human services, all of which are so important to the Quad Cities.”

MAJOR ILLINOIS STATE BUDGET DEFICITS $6 BILLION Unpaid Bills

$15 BILLION Annual Budget Deficit

$100 BILLION

ILLINOIS PRIORITY II:

Long-term Pension Obligations

The Chamber supports a full analysis of the state budget to identify potential state spending reductions, with special attention paid to Public Employee Pension Reform and Medicaid/Medicare expenditures.

SUPPORT ECONOMIC GROWTH Building a strong Illinois involves both fiscal restraint and prudent investments aimed at promoting economic growth. To that end, the Chamber supports the following measures:

REDUCE STATE DEBT State leaders should develop and enact a plan to reduce the state debt and put Illinois back in a sound financial position. CHAMBER RECOMMENDATIONS: • New revenues generated should be specifically dedicated to eliminating state debt • Avoid one-time gimmicks that simply put off a resolution for one more year • Explore predictable long-term revenue sources that won’t put Illinois at a competitive disadvantage with neighboring states, or place an unfair burden on businesses.

The $31 billion Illinois Jobs Now! is beneficial to many of the Quad Cities’ priority projects aimed at promoting economic growth.

In 2010, the state of Illinois was downgraded by Moody’s to A1 due to inaction to reverse the state’s growing debt.

• Continue to implement and ensure funding for the 2009 Illinois Capital Plan • Promote balanced growth in border communities • Support the Rock Island Arsenal • Maintain Economic Development Incentives

ILLINOIS PRIORITY III:

According to Stoermer, “It is important that the State Legislature maintains a ‘jobs creation and attraction’ mindset while making the necessary tough decisions regarding the budget. We have to create programs that attract jobs, reduce business burdens and simplify the process of doing business in Illinois.”

ATTRACT AND RETAIN JOBS IN ILLINOIS WHILE PROMOTING A PROSPEROUS BUSINESS CLIMATE SUPPORT EDUCATION AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT The success of our economy is connected to the quality of our schools. The current overdependence on local property taxes has created an imbalance of per student spending between Illinois school districts, perpetuating a negative perception of the state’s public school system.

IMPLEMENT WORKER’S COMPENSATION REFORM Proposed changes would require the workplace to be the principal, rather than just contributing factor of the injury before a worker receives benefits. In addition, emphasis should be placed on getting the injured worker healthy and back to work. SCHOOL FUNDING SOURCE: ILLINOIS Federal 8%

ILLINOIS PRIORITY IV: REDISTRICTING

Legislative and congressional districts should be compact, contiguous, substantially equal in population, follow geographic or municipal boundaries to the extent possible, and be politically neutral.

State funding represents about 30% of total education funding. Property taxes imposed by local school districts represent over 62%

Local 62%

State 30%

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meet the staff

Meet the membership team that works on your behalf by offering a variety of services designed to help move your business to the next level.

nalize a Institutio hamber C ss la e world-c erce in th m m o C f o n io g e R s ie Quad Cit

Rene Hipple Sr. Vice President, Membership 563.823.2662 rhipple@QuadCitiesChamber.com Rene and team are responsible for membership sales and service, as well as the delivery of Chamber programs and community special events. In addition, Rene manages the Taking Care of Business Campaign and the newly formed Small Business Council.

Kristin Glass Vice President, Membership 563.823.2686 kglass@QuadCitiesChamber.com Kristin leads the transition of our members to the tiered dues model and ensures that members take advantage of the benefits their Chamber membership entails. She also manages all membership sales and retention efforts and is the primary staff person for the Membership Committee.

Deanna Jensen Membership Sales 563.823.2685 djensen@QuadCitiesChamber.com Deanna is passionate about customer service and offers prospective and current members sound knowledge on the services and benefits businesses can access through Chamber membership. Deanna is the key contact for all prospective members and works closely with existing members on how to maximize their membership.

Welcome to our newest members! The Renaissance Companies 2001 West Churchill Street Chicago, IL 60647

Mahieu Electric Company, Inc. 5400 1st Avenue Moline, IL 61265

Upper Iowa University Quad Cities Center 2550 Middle Rd., Suite 300 Bettendorf, IA 52722

AVR - Audio Visual Resource 26117 122nd Ave. N Port Byron, IL 61275

Puryear Law P. C. 3719 Bridge Ave., Suite 6 Davenport, IA 52807 CharNor Remanufacturing 1711 East 1st. Avenue Milan, IL 61264

Merrill Lynch 4550 E. 53rd Street Suite 200 Davenport, IA 52807 Muddy Waters 1708 State Street Bettendorf, IA 52722

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The Cellular Connection 3850 18th Avenue Rock Island, IL 61201 Superior Lamp 1128 Grand Ave. Davenport, IA 52803 Phoenix Closures, Inc. 2728 West Central Park Avenue Davenport, IA 52806 CareerXpert, Inc. P. O. Box 511 Buffalo, IA 52728 The AdTrack Corporation 6060 Huntington Ct. NE Cedar Rapids, IA 52402

4Sight Consultants 1116 Valley View Dr. Fulton, IL 61252 The Rock Island Arsenal Chapter of the AUSA P. O. Box 3276 Rock Island, IL 61201 Open Range Communications, Inc. 1 100 W. Lawrence St., Suite 210 Appleton, WI 54911


just for fun

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner We asked two Quad Cities Chamber members who they would ask to dinner (historically or modern day) and why. And just for fun, we asked what they would serve their guests. SUBMITTED BY: Linda Bowers CEO, LinguiSystems, Inc.

WHOM I’D INVITE TO DINNER: Bobby Flay, Giata DeLorentis, Ina Garten, Ann Burrell, Guy Fieri, Mario Batali, John Besh WHY: They are among my favorite chefs. I’d invite them for dinner and have them cook! Pretty sneaky, huh? WHAT I WOULD SERVE: Whatever they want to cook! However, if I prepared the meal, I might do osso buco with risotto Milanese or fresh pasta with Bolognese sauce. Oh, and lots of wine and something chocolate for dessert!

SUBMITTED BY: Marshall Porter VP, General Manager, WHBF TV / RTV4

The Duke, Marshall Porter, Linda Bowers, Guy Fieri

WHOM I’D INVITE TO DINNER: Clint Eastwood! And ol’ Clint would probably bring along his buddy John Wayne. WHY: Running a television station puts me in the “entertainment” business. Clint and The Duke are two masters of entertainment. People today work tirelessly day in and day out and when they come home exhausted, they want to be able to kick back and relax and perhaps just drift away with a movie. These two gentlemen combined have a full library of movies they produced, directed and/or acted in. Over the years, I’ve been able to escape the pressures of the day and ride along with these two action heroes and, in my mind at least, play a part in the “good” that they stood for. WHAT I WOULD SERVE: Well, I would start with cold beer! Can’t you just picture me, sitting on the front porch sipping an ice cold beer and swapping stories with these American icons? Aaaah, the tales they would tell - about their movies and their lives. Oh, I suspect at some point we might decide to eat, but it would have to be a “man meal:” A big juicy steak from the grill, corn on the cob, and a baked potato smothered with all the “fixins.” Then I reckon The Duke would want to finish the night off with some warm apple pie and vanilla ice cream for dessert. Good night, Pilgrim.

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member profile NAME: Tom Bowman COMPANY NAME: Community Health Care, Inc. TITLE: Chief Executive Officer

We sat down with Tom Bowman of Community Health Care, Inc. to find out how he stays connected...

WHAT ARE YOU SURFING ON THE WEB THAT HELPS YOUR BUSINESS?

I spend a lot of my time in the National Association of Community Health Centers website (www.nachc. com). Trying to pin down exactly how the Affordable Care Act is going to be implemented and how it will affect our patients and our organization is extremely important. WHAT LINKEDIN OR FACEBOOK GROUPS DO YOU BELONG TO?

WHAT DO YOU LISTEN TO? Radio: Either AM 1420 News or AM 1230 Sports Talk Music: Everything from John Denver and Johnny Cash to Nirvana to Jay-Z Work: Webinars and trainings on building successful programming within health centers. WHAT DO YOU WATCH?

Now that the football season is winding down most of our TV schedule revolves around DIY, HGTV, Discovery I don’t spend a ton of time on either but I do belong to and the History Channel. I am always trying to learn the University of Iowa, EMBA group and the Wartburg something while I’m watching. I also get a heavy dose of College groups on Facebook. The Wiggles and Tinkerbell movies with my two year old.

ABOUT COMMUNITY Lately I have been reading a lot about the changing HEALTH CARE, INC. Community Health Care, Inc. workforce and how to engage employees and build a “CHC” - was founded in 1975, to fantastic staff. Two of the books I have been reading are: offer a medical and dental home WHAT ARE YOU READING?

Motivating the “What’s In It for Me” Workforce; Author Cam Marston High Impact Hiring: A Comprehensive Guide to Performance-Based Hiring; Authors Joseph Rosse and Robert Levin

What do these four things have in common? All have an influence on the life of Tom Bowman.

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for persons who could not access primary health care elsewhere in the community. CHC offers preventive, acute and chronic care, as well as laboratory, x-ray, pharmacy, nutrition, and health education services. Without CHC, many patients would rely on emergency rooms during crisis, or go without care altogether.


iniatives i.network is a free two-month program designed for YPs to explore life in the Quad Cities outside their cubicle walls. This includes exposure to Quad Cities amenities such as the River Bandits and ComedySportz, tours of area establishments via the Loop and corporate tours.

Engaging & Attracting a Young, Dynamic Workforce The Network: Young Professionals of the Quad Cities is more than just a social club. The group, whose mission is “Be Bold, Be Energetic, Be Vocal, Be Professional” is doing just that when it comes to leading the way in showing other young professionals everything the Quad Cities has to offer.

i.network

Ready2Serve

Thousands of interns spend the summer in the Quad Cities each year, yet only 20% of those interns are natives of the Quad Cities, giving our community the opportunity to impress future workers with the amenities and high quality of life in the Quad Cities. Since the program began in 2009, 138 interns have participated in i.network, and of those, 97% of them would consider returning after college graduation.

Chelsea Hillman, Director of Marketing and Communications, Integrity Integrated, moved to Davenport for the job, and didn’t know anyone in the area. For her, The Network’s Ready2Serve program “was a great way to get exposed to all of the ways I could get involved in lity high qua Ensure a pport the community.” After graduating from the program, she su to e workforc ic and stepped into leadership positions with the organizations econom tality ity vi Whitney Engstrom, Assistant Producer at dphilms Imaging she volunteered with, including PR Network, Girl Scouts commun Services and a native of Savage, MN, “thought about going and The Network. back to Minnesota after graduating, but seeing An initiative of the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce, how much opportunity The Network: Young Professionals of the Quad Cities there is in the Quad Cities made me want to is a growing group of over 2,000 Quad City residents in their stay.” 20s and 30s from all backgrounds, professions and lifestyles. “i.network gave me a reason to get out and see the community, and made me Ready2Serve is a 22-week program for up to want to stay that much more,” she continued. Engstrom 22 participants who spend the duration of the interned at dphilms and was hired full time after graduation. program learning about community service, Joan Frank, Sales and Servicing Manager for the Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau, “was planning to go wherever I could find a job after college, and make a life there, but I really wanted to stay in the Quad Cities. I see the value of living here, and I was so happy I found a job and could stay.” Frank participated in the 2009 i.network program.

board responsibility, and the many ways to become engaged. Participants are required to volunteer for 22 hours during the term. Participants heard from speakers such as former University of Iowa president Sandy Boyd, who offered valuable perspective on board responsibility.

It doesn’t end on the 22nd week though. Graduates stay i.network is free for interns to participate in. If your engaged through consistent updates from The Network company hosts summer interns, consider enrolling them, regarding any board and volunteer positions local and giving them the chance to see all that our region has organizations post. to offer. Ready2Serve just kicked off its third season, and to date, 34 young professionals have successfully completed the course.

INTERESTED IN BEING PART OF EITHER OF THESE PROGRAMS? Visit thenetworkqc.com or contact Anne Spoden at the Chamber 563.823.2659

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The Quad Cities Chamber volunteer Ambassadors celebrate grand openings, ground breakings, anniversaries and other major milestones with member businesses. Interested in hosting a ribbon cutting or ground breaking for your business? Contact Jeanna at 563.823.2692

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Celebrating with our members! 1 Mississippi River Distillery, 303 N. Cody Rd., LeClaire 2 TAG Productions, 5000 Tremont Ave., Suite 102, Davenport 3 The Cellular Connection, 3388 Middle Rd., Bettendorf 4 The Cellular Connection, 3850 18th Ave., Rock Island 5 The Landing,1601 River Dr., Moline 6 APAC/Citi Bus. 250 East 90th St., Davenport 7 Metro Lab, 685 Avenue of the Cities, Silvis 8 IH Mississippi Valley Credit Union, 201 E. 3rd St., Davenport 9 John Taylor Salon & Day Spa, 4102 46th Ave., Rock Island 10 Neighborhood Greetings, 1140 Carriage Pl., Dr., Bettendorf 11 Midwest Intellectual Property Management Institute, 1529 3rd Ave. A, Moline 12 Quad Cities Home Builders & Remodelers Council, 3528 Jersey Ridge Rd., Davenport 13 Hotel Blackhawk, 111 3rd St., Davenport 14 Dam View Inn, 410 E. 2nd St., Davenport 15 Spa Luce, 111 3rd St., Davenport

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QUAD CITIES CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BOARD MEMBERS STEPHANIE ACRI Evans Premium Manufacturing JIM ANDERSON Schebler Co. STEVEN BAHLS Augustana College, Past Chair JULIE BECHTEL Quad-City Times PRYCE T. BOEYE The Hungry Hobo LINDA BOWERS LinguiSystems, Inc. TOM BRACKMANN Nichols Aluminum DOUGLAS P. CROPPER Genesis Health System, Vice Chair JOHN DEDONCKER THE National Bank PAT EIKENBERRY Missman Stanley & Associates, P.C. ROB FICK Mel Foster Co., Inc. DAVID GREEN Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center KELLI GRUBBS VictoryStore.com, Inc. KIMBERLY GUY Trackers Inc. DOUG HULTQUIST QCR Holdings, Inc. MARY JUNCK Lee Enterprises, Vice Chair JIM KADAVY McGladrey KENNETH R. KOUPAL U.S. Bank, Board Chair DAN KUETER UnitedHealthcare SHAWN LANGAN GCO Carpet Outlet PAUL LENSMEYER Ascentra Credit Union SCOTT LOHMAN Lohman Companies JANET MASAMOTO JTM Concepts, Inc., Vice Chair W. KENNY MASSEY Modern Woodmen of America ALEX MCGEHEE Anchor Lumber Company GARY MOHR Eastern Iowa Community College District RANDY MOORE Iowa American Water Company MALCOLM MURPHY Alcoa, Inc. DAVID NUERNBERGER Deloitte & Touche DANIEL PORTES Management Resource Group, Ltd. TODD RAUFEISEN Raufeisen Development Company JOHN ROCHE MidAmerican Energy Company, Past Chair CAROLINE RUHL Ruhl & Ruhl REALTORS CHARLES RUHL, JR. Ruhl & Ruhl Commercial Company JIM RUSSELL Russell Construction Co., Inc PETE SCHLICKSUP Knilan’s Furniture & Interiors MARK SCHWAB Trissel Graham & Toole Inc., Treasurer RICK SEIDLER Trinity Regional Health System JOE B. SLAVENS Northwest Bank & Trust Company MARA SOVEY Deere & Company JOHN STAVNES Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. BILL STOERMER Exelon Nuclear-Quad Cities Generating Station GERALD J. TAYLOR The Dispatch and Rock Island Argus CYNTHIA TIDWELL Royal Neighbors of America PAUL VANDUYNE KJWW Engineering Consultants, Secretary MICHAEL C. VONDRAN TAG Communications, Inc. DANA WATERMAN, III Lane & Waterman LLP DANA J. WILKINSON Paragon Commercial Interiors, Inc. DALE ZUDE Courtesy Car City


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