20 May2024May 20, 2024
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Jantzi Earns Certified Leader in Place Management designation

Jantzi Earns Certified Leader in Place Management designation

Ryan Jantzi, Executive Director of the Downtown Bettendorf Organization recently earned his Leader in Place Management (LPM) certification from the International Downtown Association (IDA) Jantzi joins a community of professionals who demonstrate the knowledge and skills to manage and lead a place management organization. “National certifications like this affirm we follow industry-best practices while managing...

25 Apr2024April 25, 2024
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Ace Auto Doctor & Repair: Three generations of customer excellence

Ace Auto Doctor & Repair: Three generations of customer excellence

A third-generation family-owned business focusing on building relationships, customer service and trust. That’s how owner Larry Goff Jr. describes the philosophy at Ace Auto Doctor & Repair in downtown Bettendorf at 2226 State St. The longtime business founded in 1969 by his father, Larry Goff Sr. as Ace Radiator Shop, has grown over the years, adding...

02 Apr2024April 2, 2024
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Spring ushers in new development, restaurants to downtown Bettendorf

Spring ushers in new development, restaurants to downtown Bettendorf

With the arrival of spring, downtown Bettendorf is buzzing with several exciting new developments. The City’s West Bridge project is underway and includes a facelift for Leach Park with plans for a 2,500-seat amphitheater and construction of a mixed-use residential and commercial space. Ryan Jantzi, Executive Director of the Downtown Bettendorf Organization says he hopes...

09 Feb2024February 9, 2024
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Bettendorf Financial Group motivating millennials to plan for the future

Bettendorf Financial Group motivating millennials to plan for the future

Doug Wier doesn’t pull any punches when he advises millennials about the need to plan for their retirement. Don’t let Wier’s Hawaiian shirt fool you. The owner of Bettendorf Financial Group, which marked its 25th anniversary in July, is direct. And he knows his business. He has decades worth of satisfied clients to attest to...

22 Nov2023November 22, 2023
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Holiday Display Challenge is proving to be a win-win-win situation

Holiday Display Challenge is proving to be a win-win-win situation

It’s a win for businesses in the three downtowns involved – Bettendorf, Davenport and Rock Island – as the brightly painted windows in a variety of holiday motifs bring people out to vote for their favorite design, and in the process, discover new shops and restaurants. It’s a win for the artists, who are compensated...

03 Nov2021December 4, 2021
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The quest of home improvement begins in Bettendorf

The quest of home improvement begins in Bettendorf

The owner of one of the oldest Bettendorf businesses says he’s seeing a lot of his hopes coming true. Don Keller has a front row seat to downtown’s growth explosion. The store his parents founded, K & K Hardware, more than 80 years ago serves as a vital anchor to the area’s burgeoning home improvement...

03 Nov2021December 4, 2021
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New, unique restaurants call downtown Bettendorf home

New, unique restaurants call downtown Bettendorf home

In some ways Verde—a new upscale Mexican restaurant in Bettendorf—mirrors the transformation happening downtown. Bright, bold colors grace the quaint interior and complement a menu not afraid to try something different. “We wanted to bring something new and unique to the area,” Verde’s manager Bri Choitz said. The same can be said of an area...

13 Oct2021November 2, 2021
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DBO awards first round of façade, interior improvement grants

Four Downtown Bettendorf businesses will share in more than $30,000 awarded through the new Façade Improvement and Commercial Interior Improvement grants by the Downtown Bettendorf Organization (DBO). DBO announced these grant recipients and projects: Façade Improvement Grants Tango Salon, 836 State St.; Leeann Themas, business and property owner; new façade work including milling headers, filling...

10 Sep2020September 10, 2020
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Building momentum, Downtown Bettendorf Organization eyes continued growth

Building momentum, Downtown Bettendorf Organization eyes continued growth

While construction of the new Interstate 74 bridge in the Quad Cities is drawing a lot of attention these days, a new urban destination is quietly rising just beyond the span. Downtown Bettendorf is in the middle of a major transition, and the Downtown Bettendorf Organization (DBO) is on a mission to make the downtown...

05 Nov2019November 5, 2019
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Strong downtowns are critical for a successful Quad Cities region

Strong downtowns are critical for a successful Quad Cities region

Downtowns deliver significant economic and community impacts across a region, despite being a relatively small share of a city’s overall geography. At its annual conference last week in Baltimore the International Downtown Association (IDA) launched the IDA Vitality Index, a new online tool for benchmarking the vitality of downtowns across the U.S. through measuring three...