Connected Region

Come together and help one another in new ways to improve efficiencies, attitudes and perceptions.

Connected RegionAt the root of everything we do to move the region forward economically – grow businesses, create a quality place to live, prepare workers for the future – is the need for our region’s many organizations, businesses, cities, counties and townships to work together. When we are connected by a broader regional plan, we leverage the benefits of our collective strength and increase our capacity and impact for economic opportunity for all.

Regional Attitudes and Engagement

Connected RegionQuad Citizens must become the ambassadors of our region and help create and demonstrate a “swagger” and civic pride. Positive attitudes and perception about what we love about our region at the grassroots level will establish a base for broader, more pervasive and lasting improvements in outlooks and expectations for a more dynamic and connected future Quad Cities.

1. Create and implement a well-recognized, electrifying image and brand for the Quad Cities that will enhance its regional self-image and community buy-in: The Quad Cities will be bragged about by those who live and work in the region. Stakeholders will understand and talk about the great things the region has to offer and mean it.

2. Develop opportunities for community engagement and leadership for the next generation of Quad Citizens: Deliberately seek out the opinions of young people of all races, ethnicities, political affiliations, religious backgrounds and sexual orientations to help shape the region.

3. Residents and organization will promote our region by sharing pictures and telling stories about what they love in our communities.

Community Collaboration

The Q2030 process itself is a strong portent of what is possible when stakeholders across all public and private constituencies come together behind a common goal. As the regional vision is implemented, opportunities for cross-community partnerships and coalitions will increase exponentially across all segments of the community: private, public, non-profit and governmental.

Connected Region1. Identify opportunities for cross-community partnerships and coalitions.

2. Embed of a culture of collaboration into the fabric of the Quad Cities: Collaboration in the Quad Cities will become more purposeful and sustainable through the establishment of formal and informal frameworks and agreements to work more effectively together across community, state, sector and inter-personal lines. Partnering regionally will become a hallmark of the Quad Cities culture.

3. Work collectively to support and enhance the Quad Cities’ civic and non-profit sectors: Non-profit entities in the Quad Cities will more effectively support their clients and constituencies through enhanced coordination and collaboration and more dynamic support and guidance from community partners. Improved programmatic outcomes will reflect metric-driven goal-attainment.

4. Increase regional leadership capacity by building relationships that share a spirit of openness and teamwork. 

5. Enable local governments, regional organizations and non-profits to better serve the region and their constituencies by identifying and pursuing opportunities to improve efficiencies and maximize their capacity for sustained impact: The Quad Cities’ municipal and county governments, regional organizations and non-profits will more purposefully look for opportunities to increase capacity through streamlining programs and services. They will identify additional forums for discussion and collaboration to support goals of improved local and regional efficiency.

Intra-Regional Mobility

Forging virtual connections is not enough to truly bind a region together. Creating physical linkages between Quad Cities communities through the development and enhancement of transportation systems must also be a priority. These connections must move people and products around and through our region. Maintaining and expanding roads, bridges, supporting public transportation and moving freight efficiently are important for attracting and retaining businesses and for overall economic development as well as good quality of life.
Connected Region1. Continue planning and investment in enhanced transportation systems: Road and highway networks in the Quad Cities will continue to be upgraded and expanded based on timely and accurate projection data. Planning for enhanced systems will reflect local and regional priorities and be informed by consideration of the mobility needs of all Quad Cities constituencies.
2. Develop more integrated, higher capacity transit networks: Transit will be seen as a public good, not a service for marginalized populations. This will be reflected in positive rider experiences across all systems, communities and constituency groups.

3. Assess opportunities for improved local water transportation services: The unique Quad Cities benefit of water transportation for commuting and leisure purposes will be enhanced through more frequent headways and destinations. Water taxi services on the Mississippi River will become one of the region’s signature amenities.