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The Big Table, Part Two

The long-range project to involve local residents in improving the Quad Cities resumes Friday and Saturday. Sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, the Big Table will hold several brainstorming sessions.

Greg Aguilar, director of the Chamber's Q-20-30 Regional Action Plan, says more than 1,000 people met last year around the area for the first Big Table.

"We surveyed everyone last year and over 1,700 people responded and this year we took the top five topics of conversation from last year's Big Table. And we've organized regional conversations in each of our urban core communities of the Quad Cities."

The five topics are the economy, tourism, affordable housing, education, and how to empower young people. And they'll be discussed at the WIU campus in Moline, the Rust Belt in East Moline, the King Center in Rock Island, the Bettendorf Library, and the downtown Davenport YMCA.

People can register for these sessions, or just show up. 

Aguilar says following these conversations, the chamber will report on what was said, what goals were developed, and who'll participate in helping to transform our region. 

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.