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Becky Bray ISU extension

Becky Bray, director of the Iowa State Extension Service, will speak at First Tuesday in Bettendorf, Sept. 5.

The Bettendorf Business Network and Duck Creek Tire and Service, in cooperation with Valley Construction, will collect nonperishable items and clothing to be delivered to emergency shelters in the Houston, Texas, area.

Individuals and businesses may drop-off donations during the First Tuesday in Bettendorf meeting from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5, at the Hilton Garden Inn on Middle Road.

Duck Creek Tire and Service, 4300 Middle Road, also will collect donations. For drop-off information, contact Keenan Hutcheson, Duck Creek Tire and Service Store Manager at 563-355-1464. Duck Creek Tire and Service will offer a 10 percent discount on services to anyone who donates to the relief effort.

Items needed include nonperishable food, canned goods, bottled water, toiletry items, cleaning products, bedding/blankets, baby and children's clothing, diapers and baby wipes.

Businesses interested in serving as donation collection sites may contact Bettendorf Business Network for more information.

The featured speaker for the Sept. 5 meeting is Becky Bray, director of the Iowa State Extension Service. She will discuss local extension programs. Candidates for the Bettendorf and Pleasant Valley School districts also will introduce themselves.

Regus, the world’s largest provider of flexible office space will be the featured business of the month.

The meeting is open to all businesses and interested individuals in the greater Bettendorf area. Guests also will hear the most recent news regarding Iowa DOT and the I-74 bridge from Joe Taylor, president and CEO of the Quad-Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau and Jeff Reiter, economic development director, with the city of Bettendorf.

A $10 buffet lunch includes entrée, salad, drink, tax and gratuity.