Who We Are

Renaissance Rock Island is the umbrella name for three inter-connected organizations, all with missions focused on revitalizing Rock Island.

Now celebrating over 30 years and over $160 million in leveraged resources, Renaissance Rock Island is rebuilding its community block by block, improving the quality of life and providing an economic impact and job creation.

Rock Island Economic Growth Corporation, or GROWTH, was formulated in 1982 with a mission to enhance the overall image and economic vitality of Rock Island by improving housing market dynamics, encouraging home ownership, creating jobs, and grow the tax base. GROWTH, a 501c3 not-for-profit Community Housing Development Organization, serves as the cornerstone organization of Renaissance Rock Island. With over $160 million in leveraged resources, GROWTH is regarded as a local and national leader in developing innovative housing opportunities and projects by convening and facilitating work among various community partners.

Development Association of Rock Island, or DARI, was formulated in 1986 with a mission to promote commercial, industrial and recreational development through ownership or management of businesses or properties, or by providing business assistance to enhance the local tax base and quality of life in Rock Island. DARI, a 501c6 not-for-profit member organization has invested over $1.8 million in various community and business development initiatives in Rock Island, creating a hard-earned reputation for being the one that gets things done.

The Downtown Rock Island Arts & Entertainment District, or The District, Inc., was formulated in 1992 with a mission to market the downtown and produce unique events.  The District Inc., a 501c6 not-for-profit member organization, has  attracted over 2.5 million visitors through nationally- recognized  signature events, and is regarded as the benchmark for entertainment.

Renaissance Rock Island’s real impact is in the feeling of doing what is right for our community.  The commitment and passion of Renaissance Rock Island continues to uncover, redevelop and celebrate our community’s past while building for its future.