City Council Goal #2

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GOAL #2: EXPANDING LOCAL ECONOMY


OBJECTIVES:

• Retain and expand local businesses
• Support growth in small business development
• Attract new businesses to Rock Island
• Increase the number of job opportunities
• Attract and retain young professionals
• Foster a cooperative business model with shared ownership

ACTION STEPS:

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ACTION STEP 1: Strategies related to redirecting hotel/motel tax revenue (minus Visit QC dues) for tourism-specific programming. - 7 Votes

Such as:
• Commission a Rock Island Heritage Tourism Plan (as identified in the 2016 Heritage Resources Plan, pg. 31 of document)
• Fund Rock Island/IL-QC Local Film Office
• Multicultural programming (i.e., Augustana’s Swedish Center, foreign investment via sister-cities, etc.)

 
Responsible Department: City Manager, CED, DARI  
Status:
• $100,000 diverted from Hotel Motel tax in the 2021 to be devoted towards tourism. The budget is expected to increase to $200,000 in 2022.
• DARI and City staff local representatives to discuss establishing a local film office in Rock Island. A letter supporting local film office and requesting financial support was submitted to State representatives
• Staff is working with Visit Quad Cities on an agreement to provide additional tourism related services to the City of Rock Island.
• Study session update scheduled for April 2021.