What A Day.

Our passion at the Chamber is to create a prosperous region where all can thrive. We do that by focusing on four key areas of work: Business Services, Economic Development, Downtowns and Q2030. So last Thursday was one of those lightning-in-a-bottle type days when you can feel the momentum as our Chamber team was out in force doing important work to advance our region.

The day kicked off with an Ignite Quad Cities Open Coffee, a place where entrepreneurs in our region gather to network and learn. Ignite is one of the many business services we offer aimed at helping start-ups and small businesses connect to resources needed to grow their business.

Simultaneously members of our Economic Development team had the opportunity to connect with Debi Durham, the Director of Iowa Economic Development Authority and the Iowa Finance Authority, when she was here to keynote the Scott County Economic Development Summit in Bettendorf. The Chamber partnered with Bi-State Regional Commission and Scott County on the event where Greg Aguilar, the Chamber’s Director of Q2030, was on a panel alongside Eastern Iowa Community Colleges and Deere & Company on the topic of encouraging and expanding the workforce, a discussion moderated by the Chamber's Chief Economic Development Officer, Elizabeth Tallman.

Also in the world of economic development, the Quad Cities Manufacturing Innovation Hub crew was supporting the US Army Corps of Engineers Rock Island District at Industry Day, which provided area businesses a platform for direct engagement with the Corps. The Hub team promoted its new Supply Chain Mapping Tool to help companies identify growth opportunities in the region’s defense supply chain.

But wait, there’s MORE!!! The Q2030 Community Collaboration Workgroup, the Chamber and Deere & Company organized a 2019 Student Big Table for 60 emerging student leaders from 15 public and private high schools in the Quad Cities. Held at John Deere World Headquarters in Moline the event was designed to help build leadership skills, with every table challenged to create a student-led plan of action for each of the three causes. It will be exciting to see what’s to come from these emerging leaders!

Finally, the Downtown Davenport Partnership wrapped up our marathon day by partnering with Duck City Bistro to host a fundraiser benefitting park renovations to K-Square, the park right across the street from the Adler Theatre. All event proceeds support building a completely redesigned pedestrian-friendly park, including an upgraded fountain, new stage, trees and LED lighting and more, which improves our region’s quality of place.

Throughout all of these examples we see the dedication of business and community leaders to collaborate and champion our community’s progress. We thank you for that and look forward to more growth.

What A Future.

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