Exelon Generation began construction to expand the station’s existing Professional Learning Center, increasing the area by 36,000 square feet, doubling the existing structure. The $7 million project will serve as a training facility for supplemental workers at the plant located in the cities of Davenport and Bettendorf in Iowa and Rock Island, Moline and East Moline in Illinois (also known as the Quad Cities).
According to a Clinton Herald report, Rep. Tony McCombie (R-Savanna) credited the project to the Future Energy Jobs Act which offered subsidies to Exelon to help keep the building open. The expansion project is the first of several that is expected to lead to “more than $20 million fed back into the community through contracts for area developers and suppliers.” According to Ken Ohr, vice president of the Quad Cities Station site, “Through this project, we are demonstrating our dedication to working with diversity-certified suppliers in our local Illinois and Quad Cities community. Our commitment to supplier diversity expands access to valuable opportunities for minority-, women- and veteran-owned suppliers and boosts economic growth in the communities we serve.”
The project is lead by Burling Builders Inc., a Chicago-based and African-American firm. According to the Rock Island Today, Quad Cities-based companies will also be looped into the project via Burling. The construction will help save 2,000 jobs both indirect and direct and “ensures that the Quad Cities station will remain open for at least 10 more years, during which residential rates cannot increase by more than 25 cents on average, and commercial and industrial rates cannot increase by more than 1.3 percent.”