The Rock Island Downtown Alliance was founded in 2023 as a joint effort between the public and private sectors to strengthen livability and quality of place in downtown Rock Island.
The Downtown Alliance, an affiliate of the Quad Cities Chamber, partnered with the City of Rock Island to staff, manage and implement Downtown Special Service Area (SSA) programs. The establishment of the Alliance and the SSA was the outcome of a two-year effort led by downtown stakeholders to explore the creation of a dedicated place management organization and sustainable funding model to improve, maintain and program the commercial district. Jack Cullen is Executive Director of the organization, which is governed and guided by a 13-person Board of Directors.
Vision: Downtown Rock Island is a vibrant, welcoming and prosperous place to live, work, play, dine and shop.
Mission: The mission of the Rock Island Downtown Alliance is to deliver services and programs for the City of Rock Island’s Downtown Special Service Area that enhance public spaces, encourage private investment and improve quality of life in downtown Rock Island.
Place Management Pillars: Business & Economic Growth, Infrastructure & Livability and Advocacy & Promotions