The Quad Cities Chamber today announced that Greg Aguilar will step into the newly created position of Director, Q2030. This announcement is the first since the Chamber announced an organizational restructure last week. The Quad Cities Chamber also plans to increase staff support for Q2030 in the near future by hiring a project manager.
Aguilar, a lifelong Quad Citizen, has been with the Chamber for two years. During his tenure with the Chamber, Aguilar most recently served as the Director of Talent Attraction and Retention where his focus was lifting up the reputation of the Quad Cities as a place where young professionals are visible, engaged, and thriving in their careers and their community. He also served as the staff lead on several Q2030 work groups including those focused on talent and creating a more welcoming and inclusive community.
“Q2030 remains a top priority of the Chamber,” says Paul Rumler, President and CEO, Quad Cities Chamber. “We continue to align our workplan with Q2030 and serve as the initiative’s organizational backbone. The work of Q2030 has a direct impact on business and economic growth. Advancing Q2030 strategies like talent attraction and retention, creating a more welcoming and inclusive community, dynamic riverfronts, and exciting downtowns all benefit our local businesses and economy. Announcing Greg Aguilar as Q2030 Director and adding a project manager reinforce the Chamber’s commitment to this strategic priority.”
“We’re proud of the work that’s been done to date to change the landscape of our community through Q2030, and we’re thrilled to see Greg in this new position,” says Kent Pilcher, Tri-Chair of Q2030 and President of Estes Construction. “The success of Q2030 will be built on collaborative relationships and ensuring that more people than ever before are invited to the conversation, and Greg has proven his ability to accomplish this.”
“Q2030 presents a tremendous opportunity for our community and all Quad Citizens,” says Aguilar. “It’s an honor to be leading this initiative and I look forward to continuing the momentum of our regional action plan, and furthering relationships with the many partners who contribute to Q2030.”
Prior to working for the Chamber, Aguilar served as the Northwest Regional Manager for the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity where he covered 10 counties and supported community stakeholders with workforce solutions, business retention, attraction, and growth. Aguilar was a founding board member of the Greater Quad Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in 2008. His regional work in diversity and inclusion has received various national recognitions including the 2012 College of the Year by the National Hispanic Institute for his work at Augustana College where he lead the office of Multicultural Services, the same year the Greater Quad Cities Hispanic Chamber was recognized as the Small Chamber of the Year by the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. In 2011 Mr. Aguilar’s work in diversity outreach while the Community Development Coordinator at Ascentra Credit Union earned the credit union a Diamond Award from Credit Union National Association.