Cingular Wireless Announcement
I am excited to welcome Cingular Wireless to Davenport and the Quad Cities. The company plans to build a call center in Davenport, creating just over 500 jobs. Cingular is the largest wireless company in the USA and has just fewer than 40 call centers in the country. The Davenport facility will serve "Western states." Dan Kramer, of Cingular, made the announcement today.
The day Cingular opens its' doors it will become one of the QCA's top-20 largest employers. The 74,000-sq. ft. facility will be a $19-million construction project. The project ads $13.5-million to the tax base and an $11-million payroll.
The incentives proposed are in line with similar projects in other cities. I was encouraged to see Davenport emerge from a group of others as Cingular's top choice. It is very difficult to compete for these economic development projects and I was pleased to see some proactive efforts by Thom Hart, the city staff, and administration. Cities cannot sit on the sidelines and hope opportunities will come our way, we need to "close deals" when opportunities arise. I was pleased to see the TIF package/resolution pass on a unanimous vote by our council tonight.
Here's the press release from this afternoon: click here.