All posts by Brian Wellner

Quad Cities Big Table: Marketing the Mississippi River, entire region as a destination

Brian Wellner | April 30th, 2019

Between the Mississippi River, a thriving music scene and plenty of big events and festivals, there is a lot to put the Quad Cities on the tourism map, if only someone could truly market the region’s potential. That’s the message that came out of the Quad Cities Big Table forum April 26 at one of…read more

Quad Cities Big Table: Developing an entrepreneurial ecosystem

Brian Wellner | April 30th, 2019

Juan Valtierra of East Moline walked into a Quad Cities Big Table event excited about his business idea and walked out inspired. “I’m just a young person trying to make a difference,” said Valtierra, who wants to open a music and dance studio for youth. “I want to use my talents to give back to…read more

‘This is a pivotal time for us’: Quad Cities leaders experience Putnam ‘RACE’ exhibit

Brian Wellner | April 2nd, 2019

A new exhibit entitled “RACE: Are we so different?” at the Putnam Museum in Davenport already has entered water cooler talk around the Quad Cities. Heads of area businesses, colleges and nonprofit organizations who toured the exhibit March 28 not only shared how much they were moved by the exhibit’s many findings about discrimination, income…read more