An agreement that could clear the way for economic development in the area of the Quad-City International Airport will be considered next week at meetings of the Moline City Council and the Metropolitan Airport Authority.

A statement released Friday said the agreement includes provisions for the airport’s voluntary annexation of land that includes the Hampton Inn and land on which a proposed Holiday Inn Express is to be located, as well as a cost-sharing arrangement between the city and Rock Island County for the hotel-motel tax revenues.

The agreement, which will be considered Tuesday by both entities, also will provide a framework for expansion of the Airport Industrial Park for non-aeronautical commercial and industrial uses.

“This agreement between the city and the Airport Authority, subject to formal approval of each governing body, exemplifies the strong working relationship that has existed for many years, and solidifies this bond for future economic development opportunities for many years to come,” said Lew Steinbrecher, Moline city administrator, and Bruce Carter, the airport’s director of aviation, according to the statement.

“This is part of the relationship with the airport authority, the county and the city to help spur new growth,” Steinbrecher said. “We really look at this as more of a partnership intended to build relationships among various governmental entities. The boundary agreement is for future annexations and addresses some short-term issues also in place.”

Construction is expected to begin this spring on a new Holiday Inn Express, the hotel’s developer previously said.

Dan Huber, the president and one of the owners of the Davenport-based Frontier Hospitality Group, said he anticipates construction will be completed in about nine months.


The City of Moline Committee-of-the-Whole and the Quad-City International Airport Authority Board will consider a new intergovernmental and boundary agreement at their respective meetings Tuesday.

The agreement is designed to encourage long-term economic growth in that area.

According to a joint news release, “the agreement addresses some unresolved issues as to development on the property to establish a boundary around the airport to ensure that the airport remains autonomous and unincorporated, to provide for cooperation in continuing development of the southwest corner of the airport property, and to continue cooperation between the city and the airport in the future.”

The statement released this morning said the agreement includes provisions for the airport’s voluntary annexation of land that includes the current Hampton Inn and the land on which a proposed Holiday Inn Express is to be located, as well as a cost-sharing arrangement between the city and Rock Island County for the hotel-motel tax revenues.

The agreement also will provide a framework for further expansion of the Airport Industrial Park for non-aeronautical commercial and industrial uses.

“This agreement between the city and the Airport Authority, subject to formal approval of each governing body, exemplifies the strong working relationship that has existed for many years, and solidifies this bond for future economic development opportunities for many years to come,” said Lew Steinbrecher, Moline city administrator, and Bruce Carter, the airport’s director of aviation, according to the statement.

“This is part of the relationship with the airport authority, the county and the city to help spur new growth,” Steinbrecher said. “We really look at this as more of a partnership intended to build relationships among various governmental entities. The boundary agreement is for future annexations and addresses some short-term issues also in place.”

Construction is expected to begin this spring on a new Holiday Inn Express, the hotel’s developer previously said.

Dan Hubert, the president and one of the owners of the Davenport-based Frontier Hospitality Group, said he anticipates construction will be completed in about nine months.

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