Regional Development Authority

Regional Development Authority in the News

Regional Development Authority Board creates memorial scholarship to honor Ellis Kell (6-23-17)
Quad City Times

The Big Story: Rhythm City Casino and community win big in its first year on land (6-4-17)
Quad City Times

The Cities | Regional Development Authority | Scott County Regional Authority (6-1-17)
WQPT

Mendenhall named Regional Development Authority president (2-27-17)
Dispatch - Argus


RDA History

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 a volunteer board 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.