Regional Information

The Quad Cities metro area is centrally located within a 300-mile market of over 37 million people comprising 13% of the nation’s population. This is the largest 300-mile market west of Chicago.

The Quad Cities welcomes all new companies, but the area specializes and excels in areas of advanced manufacturing, financial services, information technology, logistics, food processing and packaging. The Quad Cities is home to Alcoa, John Deere, Kraft, Tyson, Modern Woodmen of American, Honda and the Rock Island Arsenal.

This regional area has the unique feature of being the “national hub” of the roadway (interstate) and waterway systems, putting businesses closer to suppliers and customers. The Quad Cities metropolitan region spans two states along the Mississippi River. Eastern Iowa cities Davenport and Bettendorf are connected by the river to western Illinois cities Moline, East Moline and Rock Island. The Quad Cities lies midway between Minneapolis and St. Louis, and is approximately 165 miles west of Chicago. The region is served by Interstates 80, 88 and 74 and the Quad City International Airport.

Your Mel Foster Commercial agent can help you identify available locations to buy, build or lease. By working closely with a team of regional economic development experts that facilitates the relocation or expansion of businesses in the area, your agent can position your business in a prime location to meet your needs.