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

‘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

Viewpoint: Community collaboration powers Spring Forward success

ampadmin | March 7th, 2019

In the year 2030, the children in our Spring Forward programs will be going off to college, entering the workforce and beginning their adult lives. We know that for them to be successful, they need the support of their families, schools and the community. We are so proud to be part of a caring community…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