The first phase of the Strategic Plan process wrapped up in early May, with a final set of presentations. On May 10th, Development Strategies presented their baseline analysis findings to the Downtown/Riverfront and Arts/Recreation/Tourism Task Forces at the Quality Inn & Suites. The presentation covered a wide range of topics, including the economic impacts of tourism and the arts, elements that make a great Downtown, and examples of successful investments by some of Quincy’s peer cities in their arts, tourism attractions, downtowns, and riverfronts.
The first public meeting of the Strategic Plan was held the following evening, May 11th, at the Quincy Public Library. More than 75 members of the community attended to hear two presentations from Development Strategies. The first presentation focused on the process of strategic planning itself, and its importance in positioning cities to adapt successfully to changing economic and demographic forces. The second presentation turned to Quincy specifically, summarizing the city’s existing conditions and highlighting some of its opportunities and challenges as it looks to the future. Following the presentations, attendees had the opportunity to speak with members of the project team and provide their feedback through survey cards.
In the next steps of the process, the project team and the Task Force members will work towards formulating a set of strategies for the city to pursue over the next ten to fifteen years. Further public input will be welcome during this time, including via an online survey. The survey can be accessed through this site and will be available starting in late May. The next public meeting will take place in the fall.
Both presentations from the May 11th meeting can be found here:
Please continue to watch this site for more information on how you can get involved and provide your input.
Over 50 members of the Economic Development and Transportation/Infrastructure Task Forces met on Wednesday, March 22nd at Quincy University to review baseline analysis and mapping prepared by Development Strategies.
"It's time to adapt, and think differently about what grows and economy."
The presentation covered different ways to think about an economy, including:
We are currently in the first phase of the planning process, Understand, during which we will collecting data on the city and insights from the community to create a baseline understanding of Quincy’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and challenges, as well as its goals and objectives. This phase will last through April 2017 and culminate with a public meeting, where members of the community will be able to hear about our findings and provide feedback on them.
We had a great turnout for our kick-off presentation to the Strategic Plan task forces on January 25th! Over 80 task force members gathered at John Wood Community College to learn about the strategic planning process and to share some initial thoughts on what defines Quincy. Check out their responses to the question: What three words best describe Quincy?
Thanks to Steve Eighinger and the Herald-Whig their coverage of the presentation:
Strategic plan signifies 'important time' for Quincy [Herald-Whig, 1/25/17]