The Quad Cities Chamber and regional economic development partners were recognized today with the Professional Developers of Iowa’s (PDI) Best Single Project Award. The award recognizes the work done to retain Kraft Heinz and attract their new investment in the region.
“This was a significant and complicated project, and one we were able to successfully navigate because our region was ready,” says Tara Barney, CEO, Quad Cities Chamber. “All of the right partners were at the table to prepare a competitive package. Additionally, having a newly certified site ready for the company was a deciding factor, and one that was years in the making. The Chamber’s economic development staff, along with partners at the City of Davenport, Scott County, Greater Davenport Redevelopment Corporation, Eastern Iowa Community Colleges, the Iowa Department of Transportation, Iowa Economic Development Authority and MidAmerican Energy worked together adeptly to attract the new Kraft Heinz investment to the Quad Cities region.”The PDI Business Retention and Expansion (BRE) Awards program recognizes the efforts of local and regional economic development initiatives in supporting growth and expansion of existing Iowa companies.
In November 2015 Kraft Heinz announced they would build a new state-of-the art $200 million facility in the Quad Cities. The company considered hundreds of sites before choosing the 70 acre parcel in the Eastern Iowa Industrial Center that was recently designated by the State of Iowa as a certified site.