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.
PROJECT WEBSITE – Quincy Next Strategic Plan
Aug. 9, 2018 – Quincy Next Strategic Plan Already Has List of Successes Herald-Whig
Aug. 7, 2018 – Quincy Next Panel Reviews Progress, Picks Priorities Herald-Whig
Mar. 15, 2018 – Quincy Next Strategic Plan is a First Step Toward a Brighter Future Herald-Whig
Feb. 27, 2018 – Quincy Plan Commission Endorses Quincy Next Strategic Plan Herald-Whig
Feb. 16, 2018 – State of the City: Quincy Growing; Eyeing Even Brighter Future Herald-Whig
“The desire for a common, compelling vision in our community was the impetus for Quincy Next…. if we have the courage to follow through with even half of the recommendations provided to us in the Quincy Next Plan, the opportunities for growth and innovation will know no bounds within our city limits. Our children and their children will look back at this moment in time and thank us for having the courage to look within ourselves, to ask hard questions, and to make changes that maybe felt a little uncomfortable at the time, but were necessary to spark a period of growth that had not been seen in our city for decades.” – Mayor Kyle A. Moore, 2018 State of the City Address
Nov. 9, 2017 – Strategic Plan Consultant Reviews Priorities in Building Better Quincy Herald-Whig
Sep. 11, 2017 – Firm Updates Council on Strategic Planning Process Herald-Whig
May 6, 2017 – Public Invited to First Meeting About Quincy’s Strategic Plan Herald-Whig
Jan. 5, 2017 – Quincy Strategic Plan Effort Reaches ‘Listening Phase’ Herald-Whig