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Quad Cities area leaders are seeking input from the public through an online survey on what residents believe are the region’s greatest challenges and opportunities. Survey results will be used to develop a long-term vision for the future of the region. The online survey is open at qcvision.org through March 13, 2015.

The Quad Cities Regional Vision was launched in August 2014, and since then over 150 organizations from the public, private, and non-profit sectors have aligned around the aspiration that the Quad Cities region in 2030 will be recognized globally for growing and attracting talent and businesses, is energized by a culturally rich community, inspires innovation, and embraces lifelong learning. The community is now initiating a nine-month planning process, and the next step is gathering widespread input to ensure the vision is inclusive and representative of Quad Cities residents and businesses.

"The Regional Vision belongs to the entire community, and is an opportunity for individuals and organizations to shape the future of our region,” says Kent Pilcher, President & CEO, Estes Construction Company, and Regional Vision Steering Committee Chair. "We have a goal to get input from 2,000 residents, and we’re asking that you take the survey and then tell your colleagues and friends to do the same.”

The need for a long-term regional vision was identified by the business community, and while efforts are being staffed by the Quad Cities Chamber, this is a community initiative. The Atlanta-based consulting firm Market Street has been engaged based on their successful planning initiatives in areas such as Des Moines, IA and Austin, TX that rank highly as magnets for talent and economic activity.

"We’re working to make this community more cool, creative, and prosperous – somewhere that our kids and grandkids will be proud to live and work,” Pilcher says. "We’re excited to see the results of what residents from all corners of the region identify as the area’s strengths and weaknesses, as we all need to own and create the future of our region over the next 10, 20, and 30 years.”

To take the survey, or for more information, visit qcvision.org.

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