Downtown Davenport 10 Year Strategic Action Plan
The Partnership is proud to announce the release of the new Downtown 10 Year Strategic Action Plan. The plan is based on proven market realities, and the reality is, downtown Davenport is poised for significant growth for both residential and commercial development. Learn more about catalytic opportunity sites for development, riverfront plans, beautification efforts, transportation plans, and of course, challenges that must be addressed to move forward.
The term “action” is in the title for a reason; the Partnership intends to actively utilize this document to to harness momentum and take downtown’s development to an even greater level of success. The plan will be updated as the years pass to update our market study and reassess our strategic goals.
- Over $400 million in private/public investment has fueled a rebirth of business and residential growth in downtown Davenport over the past two decades.
- About 250 businesses employ over 5,000 people downtown
- Downtown is home to over 865 residential units (with more on the way) including everyone from young professionals to senior citizens occupying them
- The Downtown SSMID 52 blocks are bordered roughly from the Arsenal Bridge to Centennial Bridge (East/West) to River Drive to 6th Street (North/South. Download a SSMID map here.
- The historic Hotel Blackhawk was completely restored in 2010 through a $38M renovation
- The Quad Cities region has a strong and growing labor force of 428,307 (June 2010, Quad Cities Chamber Laborshed Report)
Detailed demographic data regarding the Quad Cities can be found at the Quad Cities First site. This page also provides excellent information regarding the Quad Cities workforce, target industries, logistical advantages, and more.
RiverVision is a partnership between of Davenport, Iowa, and Rock Island, Illinois that led to a Consensus Plan for our shared Mississippi riverfront. The plan was developed over the course of seven months with input from the public on both sides of the Mississippi River.
The RiverVision process is a unique model for cooperation between two cities and states to achieve both shared regional objectives as well as projects specific to the needs of each city. By pooling the resources and energy of two cities and states for the greater good, the communities of Davenport and Rock Island have created an ambitious model for neighboring communities across the country. Today, you can see much of RiverVision’s impact in Centennial Park.
Davenport In Motion – 10 Year Transportation Master Plan
The City of Davenport has set the development of a balanced, sustainable, multi-modal Transportation Master Plan as a high-priority goal.
This plan, called Davenport in Motion, is a vehicle for implementing the policies of Davenport 2025, which calls for a transportation system that is multi-modal, interconnected and supportive of a pedestrian-friendly urban community where residents can access daily needs and activities by foot, bike or transit.
River Renaissance was the result of a $113M public/private investment that enabled the creation of two world class cultural institutions, the Figge Art Museum and River Music Experience, as well as significant upgrades for the historic Adler Theatre and Modern Woodmen Baseball Park. The iconic Skybridge was another result of this plan, as well the addition of two modern parking ramps and the founding of the NewVentures Center. The project was funded in partnership with the State’s Vision Iowa program, City of Davenport, Scott County and private investors. An enormously popular regional initiative, River Renaissance was approved by 73% of Scott County voters in the fall of 2001 to capitalize on the tremendous energy and beauty of the Mississippi Riverfront.
The River Renaissance amenities served as a major catalyst for the growth downtown Davenport would enjoy in the mid-2000′s and in to the next decade.
City Livable Report – Jeff Speck
In 2008, renowned Urbanist Jeff Speck visited Davenport and gave a presentation regarding how our community can make the next steps towards an even more thriving downtown.