The metro area is known as the Quad-Cities but many consider it one big community. So, why not one Quad-Cities Chamber of Commerce?

That was the thinking when the Iowa and Illinois Quad-Cities chambers of commerce voted Wednesday to merge.

Members say they’ll work together to pull the Quad-Cities out of the recession. Chamber leaders say they’ll combine their resources to unite current Quad-Cities businesses, attract new ones and create more jobs.

They say this merger is not about saving money like most mergers but instead it’s about doing a better job. The merger becomes official in September.

By Phil Roberts, Davenport