The Davenport Pulse

The Davenport Pulse

Welcome to the Davenport Pulse, a podcast aimed at connecting citizens to their local government. Together we will explore important issues impacting our neighborhoods and community, through conversations with residents, city staff, and elected officials. Davenport is the urban pulse at the heart of the Quad Cities, rich in history and character, where folks with a Midwest mentality plant personal and professional roots. Come explore with us the people, places, and programs that make Davenport home.

Episodes

March 7, 2024 14 mins

The Explorer Program establishes awareness and highlights the complexities of police services in an environment that allows youth of the program to take initiative in becoming responsible leaders in our community. Learn more about The Davenport Police Department Explorer Program as Lieutenant Nick Shorten dives into specifics and shares what he hopes Explorers gain throughout their experience. If you or someone you know is interest...

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A local favorite that has been serving the Quad Cities for over 30 years! Tune in to the latest episode of The Davenport Pulse Podcast as we talk all things craft beer with Brandon Mavis, Marketing Director for Front Street Brewery. Find out more about this beloved brewery’s humble beginnings, their expansion into western Wisconsin and western Iowa, what’s on their current beer rotation, and upcoming events to check out at the Tap ...

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January 19, 2024 36 mins

January is National Mentor Month! On this episode of The Davenport Pulse, hosts sit down with two fantastic Q.C. mentors, Kayla Kiesey and Sarah Sperry of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Mississippi Valley, to talk about the importance of mentoring in the Quad Cities, when it began, and how it’s expanded over the years. 

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January 15 marks The Good Neighbor Project’s 4-year Anniversary! To celebrate, hosts sat down with Joyce Miller, GNP Leader for the Van Buren Neighborhood, who has been with GNP from the start. Joyce was the first person to sign up for the program back in 2020 and has been busy ever since. 

Tune in to learn how Joyce got started, how she keeps her neighbors informed, other ways she stays active in our community, and some g...

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November 22, 2023 31 mins

Leading up to Small Business Saturday, hosts sat down with Becca Nicke and Red Perez of Abernathy’s, handmade/vintage boutique located at 432 West 3rd Street. Listen and learn more about the products they offer, how they made this dream a reality at such a young age, and what they did to celebrate their recent 10-year anniversary downtown. 

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Listen to the final Veterans Day episode to learn more about Officer Daniel Hylton with the Davenport Police Department. In this episode, Officer Hylton shares how he made the decision to join the Army, talks about some of the special people he met throughout his time, and more.

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In this Veterans Day episode, hosts were joined by Sgt. Jonathon Douglas, Supervisor of the Special Victims Unit with the Davenport Police Department. Sgt. Douglas discusses his time spent in service, gives advice to anyone thinking of enlisting, and shares a couple memorable stories.

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Tune in to the first of three Veterans Day episodes as hosts sit down with Davenport Firefighter, Zack Micklewright. In this episode, Zack shares what led him to the path of serving, what he remembers about the day he enlisted, and how his military experience continues to positively impact his life today. 

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Hosts sat down with Liz Estilow, founder of My G.E.A.R. Outreach, to talk about the non-profit organization that is committed to bringing comfort and hope to children entering foster care for the first time. Tune in to learn how My G.E.A.R. got started, what they provide to those transitioning into foster care/relative placement, how you can get involved, and more. 

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Amy Driskill, Davenport Public Library Archivist and resident scary storyteller, joins your hosts again to share a few more haunted tales to get you into the Halloween spirit. Tune in to hear Amy talk about supernatural encounters with friendly (and not-so-friendly) ghosts, and more creepy-cool Davenport history that is sure to give you chills. 

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District Chief Craig Black with the Davenport Fire Department joined hosts to discuss his 29 years within the profession, where his interest in becoming a fire fighter began, a few career highlights, why this position is important to have in our community, what a typical day looks like for him, and more. 

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In celebration of National Good Neighbor Day (September 28), Allie and guest host Sergeant Harris sit down with GNP members of the Central Community Circle (CCC).  CCC exemplifies what it means to be good neighbors every day with their dedication to the CCC neighborhood and the entire community. In the episode, Billie Greenwood and Ann Schwickerath provide a brief history of the CCC, including how it was founded, upcoming events to...

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Your favorite garden kid, Cory Carter Jr. joined hosts to share more about his produce stand, what a typical day looks like for him, where his love of gardening began, where he sees himself in the next five years, and more! Tune in to hear what this young man has going on, and don’t forget to visit his produce stand, located at 3940 Rockingham Rd.

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On this episode of The Davenport Pulse, Director of Parks and Recreation, Chad Dyson, joins hosts to highlight National Parks and Recreation Month! Tune in to hear more on this topic, the importance of parks and the impact they have on our community, upcoming and ongoing projects, how you can get involved, Chad’s favorite parks, and more!

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Hosts highlight Special Olympics and the partnership with law enforcement in this two-part episode. Megan Filipi, Director of the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) shares the history of the LETR, fundraising efforts and events that fall under its umbrella, how you can help support and get involved with Special Olympics, and more.

 In part two, hosts are joined by Stuart Brown, Special Olympics athlete and Global Ambassador, to share ...

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There is no greater title than Mom! In honor of Mother’s Day, hosts sat down with a very special guest - Liz Dorton, mother to City employees Mike, Joe, and Tommy who are members of the Davenport Fire Department and Police Department. 

Tune in to hear the Dorton family talk about their upbringing, when interests first took place of working in public service, details about the roles they each play in keeping our community s...

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In this episode, hosts sit down with Library Director Jeff Collins and Community Outreach Supervisor Brittany Peacock to talk about the exciting events 2023 has in store for patrons. Listeners will also get to know Collins and what brought him to team Davenport as Director in early 2022 and why chose Davenport to grow in his career. 

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Welcome back! We are excited to kick off 2023 with season 2 of The Davenport Pulse! In this episode, hosts sit down with Davenport Police Chief Jeff Bladel and City of Davenport Chief Strategy Officer Sarah Ott to discuss Group Violence Intervention (GVI),  an evidence-based strategy to lower violent crime in our community.  GVI was launched in June of 2022 and is a partnership between law enforcement, community members, and social...

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December 9, 2022 27 mins

Brandon Carleton, owner of Blue Spruce General Store, joins hosts to talk about his brand new, downtown Davenport location. Tune in to learn how the bakery evolved into a general store, the products offered, including baked-fresh-daily bread, pastry items, groceries, and lunch, and how Brandon made his dreams a reality with the help of a small business loan through the City of Davenport.

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November 23, 2022 44 mins

On this episode hosts interview two more local businesses; The Brewed Book Coffee Shop & Used Book Store, and Hats, Hair, ‘N Wigs, both located conveniently in the Hilltop Campus Village. Find out what each has to offer and pay them a visit the next time you’re on the Hilltop. 

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