By becoming a member of DARI, you are providing a direct infusion of capital to grow Rock Island businesses, support downtown growth and sustainability, and helps to increase the quality of lifer all in Rock Island.
As a member, you have access to great networking opportunities as part of its monthly board meeting. DARI’s board of directors is a diverse network of influential business leaders all passionate and committed to strengthening Rock Island.
Attending DARI monthly meetings provides you with insight on activities on a local and national level that you won’t experience anywhere else. DARI is connected to industry leaders throughout the nation that provide a unique perspective on national trends that impact our community on a local level, specifically when it comes to legislative activities, policy, tax credits, and real estate.
Employees of DARI members are eligible to participate in the Live-Work RI program, an Employer Assisted Housing Program. Eligible employees receive down payment and closing cost assistance when purchasing a home anywhere in Rock Island. Employees receive an average of $5,400 in direct assistance, making this a great talent attraction and retention tool for employers.
Your investment in DARI is a meaningful economic tool for the entire community, residents of Rock Island, and the greater Quad Cities region. DARI membership investment ranges from $1,500 to $5,775. The amount recommended for membership is based on a variety of factors, but employee base is a primary consideration.
Our public-private partnership allows us to leverage dollars needed to make economic development and business assistance programs work. We are thankful for the generous support of our members investing into DARI’s mission on focusing on downtown development, enhancing live-work programs for your employees, and being the lead model of our public-private partnerships continuing to move Rock Island forward.