Young professionals encourage residents to celebrate Quad Cities

April  29, 2014

      Local residents are showing their love for where they live. As part of the 2nd annual Quad Cities Week, the Young Professionals Network is encouraging people to celebrate this area through five days of events, and a social media campaign.

       The group is sponsored by the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce, and spokeswoman Jillian McCleary says this year's theme is "For the Love of Quad Cities." The goal is to recognize people and businesses that contribute to the community.
      "We merged chambers a few years ago, and now we're able to market the Quad Cities not as Bettendorf, Davenport, and Rock Island and Moline, but as a region of 400,000 people and a huge work force and all of the amenities that that includes." 

     The young professionals group wants residents to participate by posting videos and photos on Facebook. McCleary says, so far, the postings focus on the Quad Cities' diverse employers, short commute time, and its family-friendly atmosphere.
       "And then others I've seen on facebook are going to their favorite restaurant and taking pictures of their view from their office of the Mississippi river."
      McCleary says on Monday, the social media campaign had reached over 60,000 people.  Tomorrow, members of The Network will visit Friendly House in Davenport for community service, and Thursday, the Chamber of Commerce will honor some of our young leaders.

      The week began yesterday with a ribbon-cutting in Bettendorf, and continues until Friday. Over 3-thousand young professionals are part of The Network.