Macomb, IL – A couple Macomb aldermen want to see better production out of the Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Fourth Ward Alderman Mike Inman and Seventh Ward Alderman Clay Hinderliter serve on the city's Community Development Committee. They recommend the city come up with an RFP (Request For Proposals) for the next tourism contract.
In a memo to fellow aldermen, they wrote, "This competitive process can foster and produce a more innovative, proactive, comprehensive, and productive tourism program."
Des Moines, IA – The Iowa Legislature authorized local governments to come together and form port authorities in 2006. Lee County, Fort Madison, and Keokuk's union created the Southeast Iowa Regional Economic and Port Authority.
SIREPA is still the only sanctioned port authority in Iowa.
The organization has developed a master plan and funded several projects, throughout Lee County, during its first four years of existence. The money for those efforts came in the form of state and local grants.
Oquawka, IL – Henderson County Board chairman Marty Lafary says the county isn't taking any chances this year when it comes to flooding. He says if the Mississippi River reaches a certain level, the county will shut down U.S. Highway 34 in low-lying areas.
That is, of course, unless the county receives financial support and manpower to help shore up the levees from organizations such as the Illinois Department of Transportation, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, and the Army Corps of Engineers.