May 18, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin, Bustos Announce Over $200,000 for Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce


[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos (D-IL-17), today announced $202,000 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) to the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce to help the region develop a COVID-19 Recovery Strategy. As the region works to recover from the economic impacts of COVID-19, this investment will help the Chamber secure economic growth opportunities and create future leaders by attracting and retaining talent and fostering partnerships across industries and among regional business leaders and stakeholders.

“Illinoisans in the Quad-Cities—and across our state—have been hard hit economically during the COVID-19 pandemic and this federal investment is just one way we can help meet the moment as local economies begin to recover and start to build back stronger,” Duckworth said. “I’m proud to join Senator Durbin and Representative Bustos in announcing this federal funding to the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce, and I’ll keep working to help ensure communities across Illinois have the funding and support necessary throughout this pandemic and beyond.”

“Today’s funding will help the Quad Cities develop and implement a strategic plan for economic growth as it emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic,” Durbin said. “I was proud to join Senator Duckworth and Congresswoman Bustos in advocating for robust federal support that will help communities not only recover but thrive.” 

“The COVID-19 pandemic has been exceptionally hard on local business but this federal investment to support the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce will help our region begin to recover and rebuild,” said Bustos. “I’m pleased to join Senators Durbin and Duckworth to make this announcement today and will continue to work alongside them to create economic opportunity for Illinois families and invest in our communities.”

“The Quad Cities Chamber has worked alongside our business community to support them throughout the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce Chief Strategy Officer Kristin Glass. “The grant from EDA will allow the Chamber to expand its work to ensure the region is positioned to compete for talent and business growth in order to come out of the pandemic strong. The Quad Cities Chamber is grateful for the support and confidence from the Economic Development Administration to complete this important work.”