Plan Quincy: Working Toward a Better Future
Thursday, October 19, 2017
2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. CDT
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Recent national dialogue has centered around the ways accelerated technology change and globalization have benefited a highly-educated workforce in large coastal cities, while leaving middle, working, and low-income households further behind.
Quincy—once the second largest city in Illinois—is a community rich in historic architecture located along the Mississippi River, and one that is very much grappling with these issues. Declining manufacturing jobs, an above-average percentage of low-income households, and below average levels of college graduates are among the challenges it faces. Coupled with the difficulty of explaining how complex economic forces affect individual households, many communities are at risk of investing scarce resources in uncoordinated or unrewarding ways.
Recognizing this, Quincy’s mayor, along with a task force of 180 highly-motivated citizens, committed to undertaking a strategic plan in 2017 to improve the city’s economy, focusing on rational investments and actions that can lead to greater prosperity for its citizenry.
What assets can the community build upon? How can Quincy simultaneously attract more university graduates while providing better opportunities for everyone else? What current trends in the economy can be harnessed by Quincy? What lessons and success stories can be gleaned from other small, Midwestern towns? Can local communities convey economic and planning concepts to its citizenry in ways that lead to informed policy? These issues and others will be explored in this session.
Charles Bevelheimer, AICP
Michael Zeek, firstname.lastname@example.org