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Third Party & Community Review of Q2030 Begins

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The Q2030 launch was held at the iWireless Center in Moline, IL, Dec. 4, 2015 (file)

After persuading people to embrace what a "cool, creative, connected, and prosperous" place the Quad Cities is, local leaders are reviewing the Q2030 plan.

Herb Trix has more.

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Augustana College President and co-chair of Q2030, Steve Bahls

Augustana College President, Steve Bahls, is a co-chair of the Q2030 Regional Action Plan, which is now four years old.

Big Table conversations and creation of the Quad Cities Cultural Trust are just a couple of its successes.

But now, he says it's time to evaluate the plan, invite more people to the table, and ask, "What's next?"

That may include collectively supporting big projects, such as free preschool for all or a coordinated effort to develop the Quad Cities riverfronts. 

One of the goals of Q2030 is to be known around the world for growing and attracting talent.

Bahls says that includes a new talent study which will include what employers need, and how schools, colleges, unions, and others may help meet that need, along with making sure access to education is fair and equitable.

The chamber of commerce hired Alchemy Community Transformations to guide the review of Q2030 and conduct the talent study. The review will include exploring the future funding and governance of the regional plan. 

The chamber's partners also include Deere & Company, the Moline Foundation, Quad Cities Community Foundation, Regional Development Authority, United Way, and Visit Quad Cities. 

Results will be announced in the summer. You'll find the chamber's latest video about Q2030 below.

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