Located along the banks of the Mississippi River in downtown Moline (Shive-Hattery is the proud designer of the Moline Centre Streetscape Master Plan
), the busy city-life surrounds us each day. From our office you can see the unique west-to-east bend of the mighty Mississippi and the tree line of the Rock Island Arsenal, a major military installation. And just down the road you will find one of the several John Deere offices based in the Quad Cities. Some other Fortune 500 corporations in our area include 3M, Exelon and Arconic. It’s not all big business here though. Throughout the area, which encompasses six counties in western Illinois and eastern Iowa with an overall population of nearly 450,000, there are over 30,000 businesses, locally-owned and beyond. The variety and success creates a robust and continually growing economy.
Augustana College, Western Illinois University (QC Campus), and St. Ambrose University
are just a few of the colleges and universities that can be found in and around our area. Over 40 other higher education facilities can be found within a 90-mile radius, often resulting in the Quad Cities becoming home to well-educated and skilled residents with a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences.
There are many exciting amenities that thrive here, such as the Figge Art Museum, Putnam Museum, Quad City Symphony Orchestra (over 100 years in operation), iWireless Center
, Bix 7 Road Race, PGA John Deere Classic, Quad Cities Marathon, and Modern Woodmen Park (which was recently recognized as the "best minor league ballpark" in America by USA Today readers). The list goes on with many outdoor recreational features, including the Great River Trail for biking, hiking and walking; numerous local, county and state parks; boating and fishing opportunities in the Mississippi and Rock Rivers; and access to exceptional golf courses, just to name a few.
We are centrally located between some large Midwest metropolitan cities such as Chicago, St. Louis, Des Moines and Minneapolis, all easily accessible by major interstates that cross through our area. And while the Quad Cities International Airport currently provides non-stop flights to several cities, there will soon be easier access to and from Chicago when the Quad Cities becomes home to a multi-modal station providing passenger rail service to the community.