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East Moline vying to attract development that would bring 10,000 jobs to a 2,000 acre site

East Moline vying to attract development that would bring 10,000 jobs to a 2,000 acre site

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East Moline is vying to attract a large company that would bring 10,000 jobs to the city, Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce officials told East Moline city councilors on Monday.

East Moline is one of four possible Illinois sites submitted to the site selector, and the chamber hopes a decision will be made by summer, Julie Forsythe, Chamber senior vice president, business & economic growth told councilors at their Monday meeting. Other states were also included in the site search, including Michigan in the Midwest, she said. 

Chamber President and CEO Paul Rumler said this was one of the “biggest projects” he’d seen. If East Moline is approved, the project would bring 10,000 jobs to a 2,000-acre site, he said.

Few details could be shared, Rumler added, because of confidentiality agreements required during the location selection process. Forsythe wrote in an email later that "we do not know if this company has narrowed down their site options."

Forsythe told councilors Intersect Illinois, a Chicago-based economic development organization, had collected potential sites for the company. 

The potential East Moline development is larger than one approved last month in Davenport.

Last month, Davenport aldermen heralded the prospect of 1,000 new warehouse and distribution jobs under a proposed development agreement, but were tight-lipped about the company looking to bring those jobs.

City officials approved a contract with Seefried Industrial Properties, a firm with deep ties to e-commerce giant Amazon, to develop a 2.9 million-square-foot distribution center to the city's burgeoning industrial park in north Davenport.

That project would be on 160 acres directly west of the Davenport Municipal Airport on North Division Street. The four 40-acre parcels are owned by The Shriners Hospitals for Children and are just to the east of the Eastern Iowa Industrial Center.

All appearances suggest it will be an Amazon fulfillment center.

Reporter Tom Barton contributed to this story.


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Bettendorf, East Moline, and Silvis Reporter

Sarah is the Bettendorf, East Moline, and Silvis reporter for the Quad City Times covering local government and news in the those areas. She graduated from the University of Iowa this spring and was the editor of the student-run newspaper The Daily Iowan.

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