Bolstered by its Mississippi River location, the city of Quincy has been a center of economic activity in the Western Illinois/Eastern Missouri region for almost two centuries. But like many small cities, it faces challenges—most pressing of which are a stagnant and aging population, shifting economic forces, and difficulty in attracting and retaining highly-educated young professionals.
Development Strategies led a multi-disciplinary team to formulate a set of goals, objectives, and strategies that focused on growth in four key areas: Economic Development; Downtown and the Riverfront; Transportation and Infrastructure; and Arts, Recreation, and Tourism. While these topics were broad and varied, they all pointed in the same direction—how to make Quincy an attractive, dynamic, economically diverse, and prosperous place. Central to the process was engagement with the community, which included working with a group of over 150 local stakeholders, holding two public meetings, and conducting an online public survey.
The final Strategic Plan document was built around a set of ten core initiatives that could have the greatest potential impact in helping the community reach its goals. A number of these initiatives are already being implemented, with an eye towards implementing the full set over the next ten to fifteen years.