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Davenport Blog "Do It In Davenport" Unveiled

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Sometimes the signs catch you by surprise. Apartments now leasing, or a new buildings going up seemingly in weeks.
The City of Davenport's Business Development Manager tells us, "One of the questions they always ask me is what's going on in this building? What's going in on this site?"

Tory Brecht says he gets those a lot and a lot of  the answers are on the City's new blog, "Doing It in Davenport".
Each project in the works gets its own post detailing what it is, the site history, who is developing the project and how much it costs.
Brecht says, "We talk about the total investment. And then we break down some of the public investment, state sales tax refund, Iowa income tax credit. And then the important part to people is the private investment."
From the Peterson Paper Building rehab to the Quad Cities Food Hub, the blog, along with a Twitter account and Facebook page, provides an inventory of what's in the works.
Administrators say all of it attracts developers.
"One thing we have learned is that site selectors, whether they be retail or manufacturing, they do monitor communities. And they look to see what the environment is like. And one of the areas that they look at is social media," Brecht says.
He says locals use it too.
"I think sometimes people aren't aware of the scope of the momentum that Davenport has right now, especially if you look in our downtown area and you look at our Interstate 80 corridor area."
"This allows residents to see where jobs are being created and new development is coming in."
And potentially bring in even more.
"I think the more we can do to make our residents our own cheerleaders and say, we are a metro area that wants to have development, I think the more attractive we are to outside interests," Brecht tells us.
No specific numbers tonight, but staffers say the site has grown steadily since it went online in early March, and they expect that to continue.


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