Two interesting and insightful statistics ought to shape any ongoing effort to revitalize the downtown district in Bettendorf.

. . . statistics argue downtown Bettendorf has strong economic growth potential, if retail businesses located in the downtown corridor, address the buying interests of women, especially those 50 years of age and older.


Local Architectural Historian on Advantages of Historic Preservation in Downtown Bettendorf

Listing a building on the National Register of Historic Places, creates an opportunity for property owners or developers to access state and federal tax credits and other grants to meet the cost of maintaining and rehabilitating a building.


Bill Connors Offers Updates on Six Recent Downtown Planning Efforts

Connors led or participated in most downtown studies. These studies can be complex, confusing or duplicating in the minds of Bettendorf residents. To help sort issues out, Connors offers the following update and overview of the six most recent downtown planning efforts, all of which continue to shape the city decision making process.

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Bob Lee brings Iowa Main Street approach to downtown Bettendorf

Bob Lee may have retired from his role, as vice-chancellor of advancement at Palmer College, a year ago, but his active involvement in and concern for economic development in the Iowa Quad City region remains unabated.

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Steve Van Dyke to Retire

Eighteen years ago the City of Bettendorf appointed Steve Van Dyke to serve as Director of Community and Economic Development. This past October Steve notified city officials

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Good News for Bettendorf Residents from Superintendent of Schools

Bettendorf Superintendent of Schools, Theron Schutte, has good news to share with area residents. The 2014 enrollment figures have been completed and released. The total number of student served stands at 4,707, indicating a stable school population.

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Challenging First Year for Ascentra Credit Union CEO

Paul Lensmeyer, Dale’s predecessor as Ascentra CEO, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on May 20th, 2013, following a brief illness. Paul had been a respected community leader, astute businessman and much beloved leader of the credit union for 20 years.

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One Family’s Bettendorf History

Former Bettendorf alderman, Norm Voelliger has not only been a witness to much of Bettendorf’s history, but an active participant in the city’s ongoing growth and development.

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K and K Hardware Serving Bettendorf for 74 Years

Boyd, a local electrical contractor who also sold appliances in the Bettendorf area, encountered a persistent problem. He couldn’t find the right bolts, nuts, screws and other items needed to serve his customers.

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Ross’s Restaurant

For over 75 years, Ross’s Restaurant has been a familiar fixture in downtown Bettendorf, serving not only local residents, but drawing customers from throughout the Quad City region and beyond. But that changes next year.