1993: The Quad-City Development Group creates a task force to address the need for shovel-ready large industrial sites (20 acres or more) and possible rail service. A 200-acre location is identified in Davenport near Northwest Boulevard and Hillandale Road with Interstate 80 frontage.
1997: Eastern Iowa Industrial Center is developed under supervision of the city of Davenport. The city and Dakota Dunes Development Co. (a subsidiary of MidAmerican Energy) enter into an agreement by which Dakota Dunes invests $1.5 million in development of regional business park. City’s investment totals $3.89 million for acquisition and infrastructure.
1997: Greater Davenport Redevelopment Corp. is incorporated. Original partnership included city of Davenport, MidAmerican Energy, Scott County and DavenportOne — later adding cities of Eldridge and Bettendorf. The organization's goal is to develop and market the industrial property, targeting sites 15 to 100-plus acres.
2000: The industrial center is purchased by the redevelopment corporation, which assumes responsibility for repayment of Dunes investment from proceeds of land sales in the industrial park.
2000: Ten acres is granted to Eastern Iowa Community College District for development of Blong Technology Center.
2002: Greater Davenport Redevelopment Corp. purchases additional land (35.72 and 45.46 acres) to replat the land and sell ground for what is known as Deere-Ryan Co. project. A logistics and warehouse distribution center is built serving area companies, including Deere & Co.
2005: City of Davenport receives federal and state funding to build a rail spur into the park.
2006-07: Four land sales are completed, including MMS Thermal, CML, PCT Engineered Systems and Evolution Tools.
2011: City receives federal Economic Development Administration funding to construct a transload facility to service the rail spur. Construction should begin in the spring of 2014.
2012-2013: Five land sales are completed including ground for Davenport transload facility, Love's Travel Plaza, Roemer Machine, Penske Truck Leasing and Sadler Brothers Properties.
Source: Greater Davenport Redevelopment Corp.