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Downstate Meeting

Downstate City/County Management Association

Thursday, March 26, 2020

4:30 p.m.  Rust Belt Tour (533 12th Ave., East Moline). Explore the newest entertainment venue in the Quad Cities – The Rust Belt! Get a tour of the most creative, adaptive reuse of a 1900’s automobile manufacturing plant in the midwest. With space for nearly 4,000 spectators, The Rust Belt is “the” place for live music and performing artists in the Quad Cities for acts like Bon Iver, Nathanial Ratecliff and the Night Sweats, and Wynona Judd.

5:30 p.m. Networking Reception at Midwest Ale Works – 537 12th Avenue; Jennie’s Box Car Street Tacos and Tequila Bar – 545 12th Avenue (adjacent to The Rust Belt). Sample the Quad Cities’ newest craft brewery – Midwest Ale Works ( – while catching up with your colleagues. Or, if beer isn’t your thing, try the specialty tequila and mezcal next door at Jennie’s Box Car (

6:15 p.m. Dinner at Jennie’s, part of the Little Village development in The Rust Belt, offering unique Mexican fare along with craft cocktails and wine. The Rust Belt, Midwest Ale Works, and Jennie’s Box Car are adjacent to The Bend and the Hyatt Hotel.

Friday, March 27, 2020 – Hyatt Place (111 Bend Blvd, East Moline, IL)

8:00 a.m. Breakfast at the Hotel

8:30 – 9:15 a.m. Welcome by Mayor Reggie Freeman and History and Overview of The Bend Development by Doug Maxeiner – City Administrator. The Bend Development along the Mississippi River is a 130-acre redevelopment of a former farm implement manufacturer with two hotels, banquet facility, restaurant, apartments and retail space with a 103,000 square foot exposition center for Mecum Auctions underway.

9:15 – 10:45 am Priority Based Budgeting
Priority based budgeting (PBB) is a growing movement across North America and ResourceX is the industry leader in PBB having partnered with over 200 cities, counties and entities in the U.S. and Canada to implement and apply PBB data for actionable decision making. PBB is an ICMA leading best practice in local government and a powerful lever for change to a more sustainable financial decision-making model.
Resource Exploration (ResourceX) provides the software solution and powerful analytic tools to implement PBB using data and evidence to transparently and exponentially improve results for citizens the community.
Speaker: Erik Keck – ResourceX (Center for Priority Based Budgeting)

10:45-11:00 a.m. Break

11:00-Noon. Consolidated Emergency Dispatch in the Quad Cities A look at the political obstacles to emergency service dispatch consolidation, pros and cons of various governance models, and the future of consolidated dispatch in Illinois. Various local government leaders will discuss consolidation efforts in Illinois and Iowa.

    • Decker Ploehn – Bettendorf (IA) City Administrator
    • Steve Seiver – Milan Village Administrator
    • Jim Grafton – Silvis City Administrator
    • Jeff Snyder – Moline Fire Chief
    • Doug Maxeiner – East Moline City Administrator

Noon Lunch and Business Meeting

Hyatt Place, 111 Bend Blvd, East Moline, IL 61244
The room rate is $105 plus tax per night. Please reserve your room by March 5, 2020!
To make reservations please call (309) 755-6000 – press “1” to book new reservations at Hyatt Place and reference group “G-DOWN”. Please notice that your group block is in Hyatt Place and all reservation requests should be made for Hyatt Place.
OR online at:
The link will open the Hyatt website. You will enter the check in date, check out date and click “Book Now”. The code will automatically display available rooms for the contracted block between the dates of 3-26-20 & 3-27-20. If you wish to book a reservation outside of these dates, please contact the hotel directly.

Cancellations: To receive a full refund, cancellations must be received by Friday, March 20, 2020.  Registrants, who do not attend the meeting but have not canceled, are responsible for the entire fee. Registrants who have not paid will be billed.

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  • Downstate Meeting
    March 26, 2020 - March 27, 2020
    1:00 pm
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