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Recent update: The Regional Development Authority is pleased to announce their selection of Matt Mendenhall as the President of the organization. Mendenhall brings a wealth of experience in working with nonprofit organizations, granting programs, and community partnerships.

Board of Directors Chair, Frank Clark said that Mendenhall is "well-prepared to lead the organization's continued efforts to strengthen our community's nonprofit organizations." Mendenhall said he is "honored to join an organization that has such a strong legacy of making a difference in the communities it serves."

Prior to accepting the position of RDA President, Mendenhall worked as the Philanthropy Director for Royal Neighbors of America in Rock Island, IL. In that role he helped to revitalize the organization's national member engagement and volunteer programs. Mendenhall also served as Vice President of Programs for the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend where he enjoyed working to connect people who care with causes that matter. He currently serves as Vice Chair of the Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation Board and has served on other nonprofit boards in the Quad Cities.

Mendenhall completed a Ph.D. in social welfare policy at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH and a Masters in Social Work at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, IA. He has lived in the Quad Cities area for more than 15 years and says, "The Quad Cities has become my home of choice. This community has given me so many opportunities, it's great to have this chance to give back."


The Regional Development Authority (RDA) was founded in 1989 for the purpose of becoming the qualified sponsoring organization for a riverboat casino in Davenport, Iowa. Iowa law requires that the gambling license be held by a non-profit organization.

In 1991 RDA received a gambling license in partnership with the President Riverboat Casino, which operated in Davenport until October of 2000. At that time, the casino was sold and is currently operating as the Rhythm City Casino. RDA approved the use of their license and the Rhythm City and RDA received a license from the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission at that time.

RDA has 15 Board Members from all parts of Scott County and a full time Executive Officer. The RDA operates somewhat the same as a community foundation, with the exception that it has a single income source the Rhythm City Casino. Grants are made from current income and the amount of money available for grants is tied to the casino gaming receipts.

The Board of Directors of the Riverboat Development Authority (RDA) met November 17, 2016 to approve and award 56 grants to non-profit community organizations, totaling $1,528,496. This brings the grand total of dollars awarded to $60.4 million since 1991.