All posts by Jack Cullen

‘We want to make an impact’: Community leaders recommit to Q2030

Jack Cullen | March 18th, 2019

The Q2030 Regional Action Plan, an initiative of the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce, gained momentum this month when volunteer champions recommitted to their workgroups for the next two years. Chamber staff Greg Aguilar and Jack Cullen kicked off the March 4 meeting in downtown Davenport by outlining expectations for the backbone of Q2030 and…read more

‘Let’s create something’: Student Big Table empowers young Quad Citizens to act

Jack Cullen | March 5th, 2019

About 60 high school students from across the Quad Cities spent half of their day Feb. 28 outside of the classroom, tackling issues that matter to them to improve the region. Hosted in the Executive Dining Room at John Deere World Headquarters, the 2019 Student Big Table challenged emerging youth leaders from 15 public and…read more

Hola America News publishes Q2030 progress in Spanish

Jack Cullen | February 6th, 2019

Hola America News is expanding Q2030’s audience by translating successes of the Quad Cities’ regional action plan to Spanish. A Q2030 story about a Moline neighborhood association launched by the Quad Cities Big Table appeared in the latest edition of the bilingual newspaper. The Glen Oaks Neighborhood Association’s main goals are to make its pocket…read more

Q2030, Augustana College explore regional welcoming & inclusive plan

Jack Cullen | February 6th, 2019

Q2030 Regional Action Plan staff and volunteer leaders recently partnered with Augustana College students in an urban and regional planning class to discuss ways to make the Quad Cities more welcoming and inclusive. Dr. Chris Strunk’s students created a vision and an asset map of about 150 organizations that work with diverse populations in the…read more

Quad Cities Community Foundation reopens Q2030 Grant cycle

Jack Cullen | February 6th, 2019

Community members and nonprofit organizations considering ways to make the Quad Cities region more cool, creative, connected and prosperous may now apply for a Q2030 Grant. The Quad Cities Community Foundation, in alignment with the Q2030 Regional Action Plan, awards grants of up to $2,500 on a monthly basis now through November for a variety…read more

Quad Cities colleges, universities boost regional brand with billboards

Jack Cullen | February 6th, 2019

A major goal of the Quad Cities’ Q2030 Regional Action Plan is to develop, attract and retain talent, and area colleges and universities definitely are doing their part. Successful alumni of seven local higher education institutions recently appeared on billboards throughout the Quad Cities as part of a campaign to promote the impact these schools…read more

‘Become warriors of change’: Q2030 urges community to tour Putnam ‘Race’ exhibit

Jack Cullen | February 5th, 2019

Small groups and organizations looking to address diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace or elsewhere may want to tour the newest exhibit at the Putnam Museum in Davenport. “RACE: Are We So Different?” challenges racial stereotypes and debunks misconceptions by examining the history of race, the science of race and the recent experience of…read more

2019 Quad Cities Big Table season empowers community doers, student leaders

Jack Cullen | February 5th, 2019

Community members are invited to host their own Big Table conversations April 26-27 and take action on issues that matter to them to make the Quad Cities better. An initiative of the Quad Cities’ Q2030 Regional Action Plan, the 2018 Big Table brought together more than 5,000 people over a 48-hour period and encouraged them…read more

Putnam opens conversation about race, equity and inclusion

Jack Cullen | January 8th, 2019

In alignment with the Q2030 Regional Action Plan, the Putnam Museum is unveiling an exhibit Saturday, Jan. 26, called RACE: Are We So Different? Visitors will explore race through these three lenses: the history of race; the science of race; and the recent experience of race and racism in the U.S. Putnam President and CEO…read more

Big Table forges unlikely partnership

Jack Cullen | January 8th, 2019

When the right people are at the table, a lot of good can come from a brief visit. Just ask Davenport-based community organizer Tracy White and Kent Pilcher, president and owner of Estes Construction. They first met during a meeting to promote the Quad Cities Big Table at Rock Island’s Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center. White went…read more