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Quad City Looks To Market Itself To New Businesses

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"We have loads of resources," said Mayor Bill Gluba.  "We're on a interstate highway system. We've got rail. We're just building a brand new transload facility where you can move things from trains to trucks.  We've got an incredibly strong workforce. We're already a leader in manufacturing."

Those resources are what Mayor Bill Gluba says should attract major companies here.    

The mayor although the Quad Cities has a lower unemployment rate than some of the rest of the country, it still has a ways to go to get people back to work--starting with continuing to push for big business.

"We're pretty much open to any major company or any manufacturer.  We don't limit ourselves," said Mayor Gluba.  "We're a pretty diverse economy and that's healthy for our region."

According to the mayor, getting business to expand in the Quad Cities hasn't always been easy.  He told us that Quad City community leaders should be more aggressive and take advantage of our bi-state region.

"We haven't had any serious major businesses relocate here in a long time. I'm talking those that have thousands of jobs and there aren't many out there," said Mayor Gluba.

 "Manufacturing jobs really have a great spin off on the economy. For example, air craft manufacturers. If you were to bring one aircraft manufacturer into the quad cities, for every job your brought in, 2.3 jobs would be created elsewhere in economy," said Bi-State Regional Commission Economic Planner Mark Hunt.  "The impact of those kind of jobs would be obvious."

The mayor says no matter what happens with Boeing, the quad cities has plans to bring other companies the area.

"We've got other companies that we're in contact with but I'm not at liberty to talk about it because it's too early," said Mayor Gluba.