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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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  • Jul

    Mid-century store finds niche in Davenport

    Mid-century and Danish modern furniture may be a niche market, but Joe and Michelle Stroehle believe they have nailed it with their River Bend Retro store in Davenport.

    Read the full story here.

  • Jul

    Warehouse District loft project wins preservation award

    The 5th Street Lofts, located at 500 Iowa St. in Davenport’s historic warehouse district, has won an award from the State Historical Society of Iowa for outstanding historic preservation.

    Read the full story here.
    hoto Credit: Quad-City Times

  • Jul

    Bringing investments to Downtown Davenport

    DAVENPORT, Iowa – The Downtown Davenport Partnership is a division of the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce that’s dedicated to building momentum to growing Downtown Davenport’s economy.


    See the full clip here

  • Jul

    More to life than just crepes for this chef

    A Davenport chef already has made a name for himself as The Crepe Guy, but he no longer wants that identity to define his culinary prowess.

    Read the full story here.

  • Jun

    Downtown Celebrates with Fireworks and Shredding Guitars

    It’s time to celebrate Independence Day! We all know the night before the 4th is the ideal day to really celebrate, and downtown has the perfect parties for you!Untitled design (2)

    Red White and Boom
    This annual July 3rd event takes place in both LeClaire Park and Modern Woodmen Park. Bring the Kids down and grab prime seating for the fireworks being shot from a barge on the river. The evening will include performances by Vander Veer and the 34th Army Scrap Metal Band!

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    A Giant Dog w/ the Zealots

    For those without little ones attached to their hips, nothing screams happy birthday America like some good old fashioned rock’n’roll. Get your pre-party on at Daytrotter then head down to the river for the fireworks!

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    An Evening with Leftover Salmon
    If you’re looking to pregame your celebrated day off and need some jams in your life, head to the Redstone Room. Starting at 7:30 Leftover Salmon will be giving you their undivided attention and tasty tunes.

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    Mississippi Valley Blues Festival
    Throughout the weekend ten bands will take over LeClaire Park! This is the perfect way to get in touch with American roots and get your holiday celebration started! Friday the gates open at 4 and Saturday at noon! Get down to the riverfront and celebrate!

  • Jun

    In Davenport tour, Gov. Reynolds shown the impact of historic preservation tax credits

    Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds toured two buildings Thursday that are a key part of downtown Davenport’s history and future. The tour came as Quad-Cities Chamber of Commerce and community leaders promoted the need to retain the state’s historical preservation tax credit program.

    Read the full article here.


    Photo Credit: Jennifer DeWitt (Quad City Times)

  • Jun

    Sweet treats to try this season at the Freight House Farmers Market

    If you frequent the Freight House Farmers Market in downtown Davenport on Saturday mornings, then you know it’s not all fruits and vegetables.

    There’s plenty of fresh produce from area farms, but fresh homemade doughnuts, cupcakes and cookies also show up on every corner.

    Read the full story here.

    Photo Credit: Amanda Hancock (Quad-City Times)

  • Jun

    The Raccoon Motel kicks off a busy summer

    Son Little’s sold-out show on Monday kicked off a busy week for the Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel, 304 E. 3rd St., Davenport.

    The Quad-City area’s newest music venue is on track to host six shows in seven days this week, bringing in touring musicians from places such as Ohio, Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee and Texas.

    Read the full story here.

  • Jun

    RME celebrates 13 years during Live@Five concert

    The River Music Experience, or RME, hosted a bigger-than-usual Live@Five concert on Friday to mark its 13th birthday.

    Read the full story here.

  • Jun

    Meginnis, WIlls to face off in Davenport race

    Marion Meginnis and Carlton Wills will be the candidates in next month’s rare general election for a Davenport aldermanic seat.

    Read the full story here.

  • Jun

    Downtown Davenport Partnership touts growth, plans to continue momentum

    Downtown Davenport has completely different feel from when Kyle Carter first moved to the area to attend St. Ambrose University in 2000.

    Read the full story here. 

  • May

    Headliner Ben Folds sets tone for new fest Alternating Currents

    Following last month’s announcement that River Roots Live will not return for its 13th year this August, the Downtown Davenport Partnership has fielded questions about the outdoor festival’s replacement, Alternating Currents.

    “Everyone knew about River Roots Live,” Kyle Carter, executive director of the Downtown Davenport Partnership, said. “It’s fine to mourn a fest we all loved, but we hope people will have an open mind to this new model and doubts will go away.”

    One step in quenching doubts? Tapping Ben Folds as the headliner of Alternating Currents.

    Read the full story here.

  • May

    Nombo’s comfort foods and more join food truck scene in the Q-C

    For most of her adult life, Missy Carter did what was expected.

    She went to college and got “big girl jobs” in private security and real estate.

    In the back of her mind, Carter knew she wanted something more.


    Read the full story here.

    Photo Credit: Andy Abeyta (Quad City Times) 

  • May

    The transformation of downtown Davenport

    Investing in the community’s core. Davenport’s downtown has seen plenty of changes over the last few years with major efforts to bring more people to live, work, and visit.

    See the full story here.

  • May

    Union Arcade Building

    Union Arcade Building apartments have both 1 – bedroom units and 2-bedroom units range from $1,200 to $1,700.   Units come with quartz countertops, Bertch cabinetry, detailed plumbing and electrical fixtures, refrigerator, stove/oven, microwave, and dishwasher.   Community lounge and laundry facility will be located on the second floor.

    Located in center downtown at the corner of 3rd and Brady, tenants will enjoy the wonderful views and being part of the bix  7 and the many parades that come by the building.   Parking is in the city ramp next door and will be for an additional fee.

    Check out a video featuring the apartments here. 

    Contact Financial District Properties Management office at 563.324.9898 for more information.

  • May

    The Tip of the Iceberg: Alternating Currents Joins a Crop of New Festivals Highlighting a Vibrant Music Community

    It was a sign of the times when the Downtown Davenport Partnership announced last month that it would replace the River Roots Live outdoor music festival – after a 12-year run – with a multi-venue indoor festival called Alternating Currents.

    Read the full story here.

  • May

    7 foodie things to do in May

    Maybe we’re biased, but we think bullets 1, 3 & 5 are pretty good ideas.

    Read the full story here.

    Photo Credit: Jeff Cook (Quad City Times) 

  • May

    Freight Hose Farmer’s Market is open: What to check out this season

    During opening day of the Freight House Farmers Market’s outdoor season on Saturday, there were plenty of new foods to sample and old favorites to revisit.

    One thing’s for sure: There’s a story behind every vendor. Read on for a look inside the market’s opening day.

    Read the full story here.

  • May

    BBQ, bar and beer garden joining downtown Davenport’s ‘campus of fun’

    What pairs well with an eclectic whiskey bar and performance venue?

    If you ask Davenport-based entrepreneur Dan Bush, co-owner of Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel, the answer is simple: A barbecue restaurant, bar and beer garden — the plans for a new business, coined Armored Gardens, at 315 Pershing Ave.


    Read the full story here.

    Photo Credit: [design] [build] by architects

  • May

    Taco ‘Bout It: Me & Billy Edition

    If you’ve ever been downtown you’ve likely patroned or passed by Me & Billy. From the incredibly delicious, ever-changing menu to the Instagram friendly interior, M&B has all the qualities for a perfect night out, which is exactly why we sat down with the Fran Collins Maus and Billy himself to talk about their upcoming Kentucky Derby weekend!

    “I’ve always been a big fan of the derby, ever since I was a kid.” Bill said. “When we opened the restaurant, it was the perfect opportunity to celebrate it.”And after a family trip to Churchill Downs, KC for the annual Kentucky Derby, the Collins girls, too, fell in love with the tradition.

    Quad Citizens have the perfect excuse to dress up and pretend we know about horse races, and fortunately, the Collins family knows how to do it right.

    “Its always such a busy weekend and we compete with all these other events, but it’s something special for us.” Maus said. “Unfortunately it means we’ll never go to the Derby again, but that’s ok, we throw a pretty authentic party.”

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    The girls go all out for the occasion! Friday night they’ll host the Kentucky Oaks Ladies Social complete with Oaks Lily (the official ladies drink of the derby), pink margaritas (it is Cinco de Mayo after all), and the Most Elegant Woman contest. From 6-8 p.m., women are invited to come in their best pink garb and celebrate all things women, including giving back to those who are less fortunate. Last year M&B encouraged attendees to bring a donation for Humility of Mary, and they were so overwhelmed by the out pour of support, they decided to make it a tradition.


    Another tradition the family couldn’t do without is the OFFICIAL Mint Julep glass used for the Kentucky Derby.

    “We use Mississippi River Distillery bourbon in our official Mint Julep every year. We order the shaved so they’re made properly.” Maus said. “We want to make sure it’s special.”

    Going into their 4th year of celebrating the event, the family is prepared to bring guests quite the party. Both the Mint Julep and Oaks Lily will be served all weekend, bets will be placed for fun, the traditional Hot Brown will be prepped for your snacking enjoyment, and the backdrops are ready for the perfect Instagram picture.

    “It’s a party! It’s really fun and people keep getting more and more dressed up every year,” Collins said.

    The party kicks off promptly at 3 pm! Be sure to get there early to get your commemorative glass and thank the lovely Collins family for all their hard work not only to get ready for this classy party, but all year long!

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