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Work | Strategic Plan, Statistics & Studies

Key Stats & Demographics

  • 223M+ in new announced projects as of January, 2015 ($87M now in construction phase)
  • $52M was invested downtown from 2013-2014
  • Over 1,200 residential units with 500 more units planned (151 now under construction)
  • $38M renovation of the historic Hotel Blackhawk completed in 2010
  • About 250 businesses employ over 5,000 people downtown
  •  The Quad Cities region has a labor force of 428,307 (June 2010, Quad Cities Chamber Laborshed Report)
  • Detailed demographic data regarding the Quad Cities can be found at the Quad Cities First site.  This page also provides excellent information regarding the Quad Cities workforce, target industries, logistical advantages, and more.

Downtown Davenport Annual Meeting

$98 Million in construction, big development plans, and sustainable residential growth headlined the recent DDP Annual Meeting. Highlights included major project milestones, a downtown housing market report, downtown livability and culture, and workforce attractions.

DDP Annual Report 2015-2016

Rental Housing Update – 1st Quarter 2016

Rental property managers and owners of market-rate and mixed-income properties were contacted by DDA from March through May 2016, to identify current market conditions for Downtown Davenport and the City of Davenport.

DDA’s Rental Housing Update – 1st Quarter 2016 v2

Downtown Davenport Western Gateway Vision Plan

The Partnership is proud to announce the release of the new Downtown Davenport Western Gateway Vision Plan. With a focus on the Western side of the downtown, the purpose of this plan is to establish a cohesive and inspiring vision for the western district that provides guidance for future enhancements to the public realm and private properties within.

Downtown Davenport Western Gateway Vision Plan 6/3/15

Downtown Davenport 10 Year Strategic Action Plan

The Partnership’s 10 Year Strategic Action Plan is based on proven market realities, and the reality is, downtown Davenport is poised for significant growth for both residential and commercial development.  Learn more about catalytic opportunity sites for development, riverfront plans, beautification efforts, transportation plans, and of course, challenges that must be addressed to move forward.

The term “action” is in the title for a reason; the Partnership intends to actively utilize this document to to harness momentum and take downtown’s development to an even greater level of success.   The plan will be updated as the years pass to update our market study and reassess our strategic goals.

Download Downtown Davenport 10 Year Strategic Action Plan

Downtown Residential Market Study Update

This report is a brief statistical update to the downtown market-rate housing projections as provided in the April 2013, 10-year Strategic Action Plan .

Downtown Davenport Rental Housing Brief

Downtown Restaurant Analysis

One of the major recommendations highlighted in the Downtown Strategic Action Plan called for further investigation of food and beverage sales downtown. This document provides information clarifying its projected growth, which was significantly healthier than originally anticipated.

Download the Downtown Restaurant Analysis

RiverVision – Update

Click here for the 2014 update to the RiverVision Report. 

RiverVision is a partnership between of Davenport, Iowa, and Rock Island, Illinois  that led to a Consensus Plan for our shared Mississippi riverfront.  The plan was developed over the course of seven months with input from the public on both sides of the Mississippi River.

The RiverVision process is a unique model for cooperation between two cities and states to achieve both shared regional objectives as well as projects specific to the needs of each city. By pooling the resources and energy of two cities and states for the greater good, the communities of Davenport and Rock Island have created an ambitious model for neighboring communities across the country.  Today, you can see much of RiverVision’s impact in Centennial Park.

Download Full RiverVision Report

Davenport In Motion – 10 Year Transportation Master Plan

The City of Davenport has set the development of a balanced, sustainable, multi-modal Transportation Master Plan as a high-priority goal.

This plan, called Davenport in Motion, is a vehicle for implementing the policies of Davenport 2025, which calls for a transportation system that is multi-modal, interconnected and supportive of a pedestrian-friendly urban community where residents can access daily needs and activities by foot, bike or transit.

Download Davenport in Motion Study

River Renaissance

River Renaissance was the result of a $113M public/private investment that enabled the creation of two world class cultural institutions, the Figge Art Museum and River Music Experience, as well as significant upgrades for the historic Adler Theatre and Modern Woodmen Baseball Park.  The iconic Skybridge was another result of this plan, as well the addition of two modern parking ramps and the founding of the NewVentures Center.  The project was funded in partnership with the State’s Vision Iowa program, City of Davenport, Scott County and private investors. An enormously popular regional initiative, River Renaissance was approved by 73% of Scott County voters in the fall of 2001 to capitalize on the tremendous energy and beauty of the Mississippi Riverfront.

The River Renaissance amenities served as a major catalyst for the growth downtown Davenport would enjoy in the mid-2000’s and in to the next decade.

City Livable Report – Jeff Speck

In 2008, renowned Urbanist Jeff Speck visited Davenport and gave a presentation regarding how our community can make the next steps towards an even more thriving downtown.

Follow the links below to either watch a video of his presentation, or read his final report.
Report Summary (pdf)
Full Report (pdf)




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Come live, work, and play in America’s greatest river town. The Downtown Davenport Iowa app is your official source for exclusive deals and complete downtown lowdown. From shopping, restaurants, and nightlife to apartment listings, latest news, and daily events.

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  • Mar

    Downtown Construction/Traffic for Spring ’17

    Over the course of the next two months, there will be vital construction occurring downtown.  Unfortunately, this also means traffic congestion. Starting on April 3rd, the two west/left lanes  of Brady St. (from River Dr. to 7th St) will be under construction until approximately April 24th. After this construction is complete, the lane closures will switch to the two opposite lanes on Brady St.  Construction is scheduled to be complete by May 27th. In addition to this major decrease in lane usage, the west bound lane of 2nd St. between Main St. and Brady St. will also be closed for sewer work until April 16th.

    On-street parking will be highly monitored and limited as certain blocks will have no street parking at all. We understand this construction will add time to your daily commutes, however at the Partnership, we have come up with solutions to hopefully relieve any traffic jams.



    • For the next two months road/sewer construction will be underway along Brady and 2nd It is schedule to be complete by May 27th.
    • On-street parking in this vicinity will be very limited.



    Utilize the FREE Riverfront parking.
    It may not be a beach, but it makes for a romantic walk!

    free parking
    Use parking ramps the SMART way.
    If you’re a frequent user of the ramps, download the ParkingMobile App. You won’t have to waste time finding and paying at the kiosks. (Redstone Ramp is Zone #9691 & RiverCenter is Zone #9692).
    parking appWhen exiting the Redstone ramp opt to go south before going north. You’ll avoid congestion and in result get around quicker. When leaving the RiverCenter Ramp, exit on 2nd St and head east to avoid congestion.

    parking ramps

    Opt for alternative north bound routes. Gaines St., Marquette Rd., and Jersey Ridge Rd. all head north and won’t be filled with construction and frustrated drivers!!!


    The City of Davenport sent out this press release on Monday in regards to the construction.

  • Mar

    Hotel Blackhawk receives top AAA award

    The Hotel Blackhawk, AAA and Figge Art Museum will host an evening at the Davenport museum to celebrate the Hotel Blackhawk’s AAA Four Diamond Award.

    Read the full story here.

    Photo Credit: Doug Schorpp

  • Mar

    Your Downtown Guide to St. Patrick’s Day

    St. Patrick’s Day is approaching quickly and we have your guide to downtown for the festivities!

    pattys day raceThe Grand Parade will start in Rock Island at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday and make it’s way over to Davenport. Practice the words to “Wearin’ of the Green” before the parade makes it’s way over the Centennial bridge to 3rd St. The nationally unique parade will conclude at the RiverCenter, where the St. Patrick Society will be throwing their post-parade bash!

    On March 12, The Apprentices will be painting “Shamrock Alley,” better known as 2nd and Main Street. Shamrock Alley will serve as the starting line for CASI’s 35th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Race. The race will start Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m. with the Tot Trot. The 1 mile Family Fun Run/Walk and the Fast, Flat and Fun 5k road race will start promptly after. If you don’t want to celebrate St. Patty’s day with fitness, there’s still the option to participate as a Ghost Runner!

    dam viewLuckily for us, St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Friday this year, and our downtown businesses are taking advantage of the reason to celebrate. River Music Experience is hosting a concert and fundraiser for the QC Celtic Festival with musical guests Laural Almquist and Four Shillings Short. Barrel House is partying all weekend long with drink specials on Friday and a pre-parade party starting at 8 a.m. Dam View Inn is celebrating dual events; St. Patty’s day and the kickoff of March Madness. Expect Dj’s and tons of basketball throughout the weekend. On Saturday, Analog will host an outdoor party, and Me & Billy will be hosting their “Classic Day O’ Fun” including drink specials and delicious snacks from the Crepe Guy! Don’t forget about the annual St. Patty’s Day party at Shenanigans, as well as the big outdoor parties at Kilkenny’s, Carriage Haus, and Mac’s, too.

  • Feb

    DDP Internship


    Downtown Davenport Partnership (DDP), a division of the Quad Cities Chamber, is seeking college students interested in enhancing their education and experience in event planning, marketing, and implementation. This internship position offers hands-on experience and applicants can expect to play an active role in producing three major Quad Cities’ festivals.   The Events Assistant intern reports directly to Jason Gilliland, DDP Director of Events.

    Events Include:

    • Red, White and Boom – July 3
    • Street Fest (Bix7 Weekend) – July 28-29
    • Alternating Currents – August 25-26


    • Assist in special event planning and execution
    • The position requires being on-site during all events
    • Event website maintenance
    • Volunteer recruitment and coordination as well as training sessions
    • Coordinates vendors and provides event details to prospective participants
    • Provides administrative support prior to and after events
    • Manage sponsor benefits and fulfillment
    • Other duties as assigned


    • Professional, service-oriented attitude
    • Experience in Microsoft Office is required
    • Strong organization and planning skills
    • Ability to coordinate multiple tasks
    • Strong communication skills, both oral and written
    • High level of attention to detail and accuracy
    • Ability to work independently
    • Dependable and flexible
    • Valid driver’s license


    Start Date: As soon as possible

    Schedule:  10 – 15 hours/week through May.  40 hours/week + events in June, July & August

    Salary:       $8.25/ hour

    Apply to:

    Jason Gilliland,
    DDP Director of Events

    Phone: 563.823.2681

    Email:  jgilliland@quadcitieschamber.com

    Website: www.downtowndavenport.com

    The information contained herein is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and qualifications required of individuals performing the job. The qualifications detailed in this job description are not considered the minimum requirements necessary to perform the job, but rather as guidelines. They may vary from position to position.

    Photo provided by Small Wonders Photography.

  • Feb

    New luxury boutique hotel and apartments opening in Davenport

    The 1910 historic Putnam building in downtown Davenport will soon complete renovations and be transformed into a building called The Current, Iowa.

    Read the full story here.

  • Feb

    Davenport firefighter answers call to rehab historic downtown building

    Concerned last year that downtown Davenport would lose one of its historic buildings, one resident went out on a whim to save it.

    Read the full article here.

    Photo Credit: Kevin E. Schmidt, Quad-City Times

  • Jan

    ‘Event of the century:’ Quad-Citians revel in sight of Cubs World Series trophy

    When Dorothy Gaffney says she waited a lifetime to see the Cubs World Series trophy, she means it.


    Read the full article here.

  • Jan

    Eastern Iowa gets in on ground floor of Virtual Reality

    In a computer lab in downtown Davenport, a group of 14 students is exploring and training for what could be the next generation of digital jobs.


    Read the full article here.


    Photo Credit: Kevin Schmidt, Quad-City Times

  • Jan

    Benefit concert to celebrate Ellis Kell’s memory, support his family

    At the Peace, Love & the Joy of Music: Ellis Kell Family Benefit Concert slated for Saturday at the RiverCenter, Davenport, dozens of area musicians will take the stage to honor Kell, the Quad-City icon who died in December.


    Read the full article here.


  • Jan

    Icestravaganza tradition grows, features medieval ice sculptures

    The Downtown Davenport Partnership presented the fifth annual Icetravaganza on Saturday at the Freight House on River Drive.


    Read the full article here.

  • Jan

    QC Food Hub opens after renovations

    After three weeks of interior remodeling, the Quad Cities Food Hub in Davenport is once again open for business.


    Read the full article here.

  • Jan

    Icestravaganza melts Q-C winter blues

    Ice sculptors created an ice storm of their own Saturday as they sawed and chipped away on huge blocks of ice to create a medieval winter wonderland at Davenport’s Freight House.


    Read the full article here.

    Photo Credit: Jeff Cook Quad City Times 

  • Jan

    Urban Campus project gets upgrade

    The new Urban Campus of Scott Community College in downtown Davenport will be even better than originally planned, thanks to an additional — and unexpected — $2 million generated by the sale of tax credits.


    Read the full article here.

    Photo Credit: Kevin E. Schmidt QUAD-CITY TIMES

  • Jan

    Food Trucks to make permanent stop in Davenport

    The City of Davenport is hungry for food trucks.

    After implementing a successful six-week pilot program, the city has crafted an ordinance that will permit mobile food vendors in designated city right of ways and zones in the near future.

    Read the full article here. 

  • Dec

    Davenport’s eastern gateway gets a boost

    The eastern gateway into downtown Davenport got a boost Thursday, following a property donation by Russell Construction, the real estate development and property management company based in the city.


    Read the full article here.

    Photo credit: Jeff Cook (Quad City Times)
  • Dec

    Don’t let the name fool you, new whiskey bar in town won’t be ‘upscale’

    Duct tape, plastic tarp and dust-caked drapes shutter the front door and windows of the old Musicians Union Local 67 headquarters in downtown Davenport.

    The vacant building has seen better days, but a creative crew of entrepreneurs is converting the space at 304 E. 3rd St. into a neighborhood tavern and performance venue.


    Read the full article here.

    Photo Credit: Andy Abeyta (Quad City Times)
  • Dec

    RME staff carries on Ellis Kell’s mission with Winter Blues program

    Quad City Times – Bret Dale knew it would be a rough day at work.

    Monday marked his first day back at the River Music Experience, or RME, after the passing of his boss, friend, mentor and father figure, Ellis Kell.

    Read the full article here.

    Photo Credit: Andy Abeyta (Quad City Times) 
  • Dec

    Gills will debut The Current Iowa, an art-focused hotel

    Restoration St. Louis will showcase the talents of the Midwest’s premier and emerging artists when it takes the wraps off its newest downtown Davenport hotel — The Current Iowa.

    Read the full article here.

    Photo Credit: Kevin Schmidt, Quad-City Times 
  • Nov

    Davenport Moves on From Restoration St. Louis riverfront plan

    The city of Davenport is on to plan B after the City Council reviewed Restoration St. Louis’ proposal for the barge and porte cochere on the riverfront.


    Read the full article here. 

    Photo Credit: Kevin E. Schmidt, Quad-City Times
  • Nov

    The City Church moves into former Downtown Central Perk space in Davenport

    After nearly a year of holding services at the Redstone Room, The City Church now has a home base of its own. Since the Christian church, which now has about 70 members, opened in January, the Rev. Neil McReynolds said they’ve been scrambling to find meeting places.This past Tuesday, with The City Church’s first services held at their new digs on West 3rd Street in Davenport, the scramble was over.

    Read the full article here.