2017 was a year of beginnings, many of them long-awaited. The I-74 bridge began to take shape after years of discussion and planning. The Twin Bridges Motor Inn in Bettendorf came down and as the rubble cleared away, it made room for new development in downtown Bettendorf. Davenport’s downtown also saw the opening of a boutique art hotel and several music and social venues, as one new thing led to excitement for the next.

Leadership in the Quad-Cities saw quite a bit of turn-over in 2017, with several new members on Davenport City Council, four new mayors in Illinois and the departure of the Quad-Cities Chamber CEO.

With the barge and casino moved from Main Street Landing riverfront in Davenport, progress being made on the I-74 bridge and ambitious plans for a remaking of Bettendorf, 2018 is already looking to be a busy year for the changing face of the Quad-Cities. It will all start in January with the opening of the Eastern Iowa Community College’s Urban Campus in downtown Davenport.

But first, let’s take a moment to reflect, along with Quad-City Times editorial cartoonist Leo Kelly, on all we accomplished this year.