City of Moline and Metropolitan Airport Authority to adopt Intergovernmental and Boundary Agreement to focus on future economic development activities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 15, 2013


City of Moline Contact: Lew Steinbrecher, City Administrator
309/524-2004 | lsteinbrecher@moline.il.us

Quad City International Airport Contact: Bruce Carter, Director of Aviation
309/757-1732 | bcarter@qcairport.com

The City of Moline and the Metropolitan Airport Authority of Rock Island County to adopt
an Intergovernmental and Boundary Agreement to focus on future economic development activities

MOLINE – The City of Moline Committee of the Whole and the Quad City International Airport Authority Board of Commissioners will consider a new Intergovernmental and Boundary Agreement at their respective meetings on Tuesday, February 19th. The City of Moline and the Metropolitan Airport Authority (Airport) recognize the mutual benefit of economic development around the Airport and south of the Airport property. In addition to the Hampton Inn and other businesses currently located on Airport property, development of a Holiday Inn Express has been proposed and is in negotiation.

The City and the Airport have had various agreements in effect over the past 15 years pertaining to development, utilities and annexation. Included in said agreements is a 1998 Memorandum of Understanding that transferred the Airport’s ownership of its entire water and sewer system to the City and allowed the Airport and its tenants to pay in-City rates for water and sewer service, and a 2004 annexation agreement that permitted a certain portion of the Airport property to be annexed to allow for the City’s growth south of the Airport. The City and the Airport have determined that these previous agreements form the foundation of a strong relationship and will be strengthened and clarified by this agreement and serve to foster further development on or near Airport property. This Agreement addresses some unresolved issues as to development on the property, to establish a boundary around the Airport to ensure that the Airport remains autonomous and unincorporated, to provide for cooperation in continuing development of the southwest corner of the Airport property, and to continue cooperation between the City and the Airport in the future. This Agreement includes provisions for the Airport’s voluntary annexation of land containing the current Hampton Inn and the land on which the proposed Holiday Inn Express is to be located, as well as a cost-sharing arrangement between the City and Rock Island County for the hotel-motel tax revenues. The Agreement will also provide a framework for further expansion of the Airport Industrial Park for non-aeronautical commercial and industrial uses.

“This agreement between the City and the Airport Authority, subject to formal approval of each governing body, exemplifies the strong working relationship that has existed for many years, and solidifies this bond for future economic development opportunities for many years to come,” said Lew Steinbrecher, City Administrator for the City of Moline and Bruce Carter, Director of Aviation for the Quad City International Airport.