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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

North Scott neighbors continue creative streak

Andrea Olson | January 8th, 2019

A grassroots group of women launched a creative community development organization last year after meeting at a Happy Joe’s restaurant in Eldridge for the Quad Cities Big Table. “We hosted a Big Table and discussed how we could build a stronger sense of community and engage more with our neighbors,” said Jillian McCleary, co-founder of…read more

‘We all left excited’: Big Table launches Moline neighborhood association

Jack Cullen | January 7th, 2019

A Quad Cities Big Table discussion last spring led to the creation of a new neighborhood association in Moline. Friends Alvaro Macias and Geoff Manis organized a discussion at Macias’s home in Glen Oaks, an economically diverse neighborhood near John Deere Middle School, west of where Avenue of the Cities becomes 23rd Avenue. Sangria and…read more

Highlights of the 2018 Quad Cities Big Table

ampadmin | December 28th, 2018

In April 2018, the Quad Cities Big Table, an initiative of the Q2030 Regional Action Plan, brought thousands of people together to talk, listen and learn from one another. Conversations included participants ranging from children to seniors and were spread among offices, homes, schools, churches, libraries and other public and private spaces. Over a 48-hour…read more

Year in review: Quad Cities Big Table spurs regional growth

Jack Cullen | December 28th, 2018

The 2018 Quad Cities Big Table inspired people to work together to make our region more cool, creative, connected and prosperous. Some of those success stories will be highlighted in the Jan. 10 edition of our digital newsletter, Q2030 in Action. If you have not already subscribed, click here to sign up. We also want to know…read more

Big Table in Action: QC Pastport celebrates Quad Cities’ history

Andrea Olson | December 19th, 2018

The first Quad Cities Big Table last spring elevated civic conversation and fostered new relationships, inspiring Quad Citizens to turn their ideas into action. Natalie Linville-Mass and Rachel Thomas are two of those Quad Citizens. The friends attended separate discussions, but they each walked away with a similar wish: to see the region’s historic buildings…read more

East Moline Paleteros seek community support after theft

Jack Cullen | December 14th, 2018

A budding mobile food business that raises money to send youth in East Moline on an annual school trip to Washington, D.C., suffered a major setback this week. The pedal-powered trike and freezer that fuels the East Moline Paletero Project were stolen from storage on 15th Avenue in East Moline. The East Moline Police Department…read more

Community Foundation’s new name, identity aligns with Q2030

Jack Cullen | November 27th, 2018

The public charity formerly known as the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend launched a new brand this month by changing its name to the Quad Cities Community Foundation. The new identity reflects the 55-year-old organization’s commitment to bettering the region through a variety of gifts, funds, grants and scholarships. Overnight, we went through…read more

Success drives pro athletes back to the Quad Cities

Jack Cullen | November 26th, 2018

The Quad Cities has a rich history of producing successful amateur and professional athletes, and three of the region’s active and most well-known sports stars made trips home within the last month. Each of them — Chasson Randle, Madison Keys and Seth Rollins — gives back to the Quad Cities. Their creative contributions develop talent,…read more