Bi-State Regional Commission

A Forum for Inter-governmental Coorperation and Delivery of Regional Programs


  • Latest Commission In Review

    Bi-State Regional Commission meets monthly on the third Wednesday of the month.  Highlights from recent meetings are outlined below.

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  • Grant Updates

    Safe Routes to School (SRTS) – Illinois Funding Cycle: The Illinois Department of Transportation announced a new 2023 Funding Cycle for the Safe Routes to School Program. Both infrastructure and non-infrastructure projects will be available beginning August 1 through October 2. The non-infrastructure program will have significant changes this cycle, and more information will be released.

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  • Quad Cities MPO News

    The MPO Transportation Technical Committee meeting is set for 10:00 a.m. Thursday, June 15, 2023 at the Bi-State Regional Commission office.  Note the change in day of the week from Tuesday to Thursday to accommodate Illinois DOT Special Program Assistance Conference on June 13 and 14, noted in ‘Grant News”.

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folder County-to-County Commuting Flows Map – Also referred to as “Journey to Work” data, this map graphically displays information related to a worker’s travel from home to work at the county level.  The data is based on information collected in the 2006 – 2010 American Community Survey, five year estimates.

folder Center of Population Maps – Using geoprocessing Tools in Esri ArcGIS forDesktop and based on Census Block population data, staff created a series of maps showing where the mean center of population is for the five-county Bi-State Region, the Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), the Transportation Metropolitan Planning Area (MPA), the Transportation Urban Area (UAB), and Rock Island and Scott Counties.

folder New Market Tax Credits Maps Staff created a series of maps showing Low-Income Community eligibility data for the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) Program based on income and poverty data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau 2006-2010 American Community Survey (ACS) for 2010 census tracts, as determined by the Community Development Financial Institutions Investment Fund (CDFI).  Maps are for the five-county Bi-State Region; Quad Cities Metro Area; City of Aledo, IL; City of Kewanee, IL; and City of Muscatine, IA.


Quad Cities Area

folder Quad Cities Marathon Map Staff created maps for the USATF certified course, including the full marathon, half-marathon, detail maps of each city the race passes through, and elevation maps.  The flat and fast course features one of the finest, most scenic river views in the country. It covers 5 races, 4 cities, 3 bridges, 2 states, and 1 island, all along the mighty Mississippi River.  The race is held annually on the fourth Sunday in September. The 26.2 mile run starts and ends in downtown Moline, IL.

folder XStream Cleanup Map Staff created a map of sites for this annual Quad City-wide cleanup of creeks, drainage ways, and sections of the Mississippi and Rock Rivers.


Associate Members

folder Quad City Chamber – Marketing Maps Staff created a series of maps for the Quad City Chamber of Commerce for marketing the Region, including a general 6-county Service Area Map, Transportation Arteries Map, Railroads Map, and Educational Facilities Map.  The maps were designed with the Chamber’s logo colors and branding identity in mind.



Oak Grove, Illinois – 2010 Census Count Question Resolution – Staff submitted a successful challenge to the Village of Oak Grove’s 2010 Census Count, resulting in an increase in this small village’s population by 211 persons.  The increase means more funding to the Village through such programs as Motor Fuel Tax distribution.  Before the challenge, the Village’s 2010 Census population count was 396.  Staff provided mapping and data assistance to review boundaries used for the 2010 Census enumeration as well as examine housing unit counts by Census Block and submitted a challenge of the counts through the Census’ Count Question Resolution (CQR) Program.

folder Davenport, Iowa – Vacancy Rates Map Staff researched and mapped a new data set, Aggregated U.S. Postal Service Administrative Data on Address Vacancies, provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the City of Davenport.  Staff created a thematic map showing the percent of vacant residential addresses by Census Tract in the City for 2nd Quarter 2012.

folder Quad Cities Area – Food Deserts Project Mapping Food deserts are areas with little or no access to large grocery stores that offer fresh and affordable foods needed to maintain a healthy diet.  Certain socio-economic demographic characteristics are also usually found in these areas.  In two similar projects, staff mapped a variety of geospatial data to aid in identifying where food deserts exist in the Illinois Quad Cities Area and in Davenport, Iowa.  The Illinois QC Area mapping was used by Trinity Health System and a local fresh foods planning group to identify food deserts.  The Davenport mapping was used in a Healthy Foods Plan for the City of Davenport.  Note:  These maps don’t necessarily identify food deserts for these areas.

folder Rock Island County, Illinois-River Valley Library District Population Study Using Esri ArcGIS for Desktop GIS software and Census block population data, staff provided population estimates for the River Valley Library District, based on its boundary (generated from tax codes in the Rock Island County GIS parcel/assessment database).  Staff studied historical population (pre- and post- annexation) using Census 2000 data, as well as estimates for the current district using Census 2010 data.

folder Quad Cities Area – Transit Rider's Guide System Mapping Staff provides current transit route mapping to the three transit providers in the Quad Cities Metro Area to produce a Quad Cities Transit Routes Map and an Iowa Quad Cities Transit Riders Guide.

folder East Moline, Illinois – Firecracker Run Mapping Staff created an attractive route map for the annual Firecracker Run Race held by the City of East Moline and Genesis Hospital, including customized icons and symbols.

folder Colona, Illinois; Eldridge, Iowa; and LeClaire, Iowa – Census 2010 Redistricting Mapping Using Census 2010 block population data, staff assisted each municipality in determining various scenarios to determine municipal ward and precinct voting boundaries.

Mission Statement

A local, voluntary organization of five counties and 47 municipalities. We serve as a forum for intergovernmental cooperation and delivery of regional programs and to assist member local governments in planning and project development.