(Quad Cities) – The 2nd annual Quad Cities Week, themed For the Love of the Quad Cities will be held April 28 – May 2, 2014, presented by The Network: Young Professionals of the Quad Cities, an initiative of the Quad Cities Chamber. Show your love of the Quad Cities on social media and by attending the signature event, The Network’s Symposium and YP Community Impact Awards May 1.
Quad Cities Week will kick-off with a ribbon cutting Monday, April 28 at 1:15 p.m. at Waterfront Convention Center, Bettendorf.
“Quad Cities Week is an opportunity for businesses and residents to celebrate what they love about doing business and living here, and use social media to spread the word about what makes our community a great place,” says Tara Barney, President & CEO, Quad Cities Chamber.
Residents are encouraged to contribute to Quad Cities Week by:
• Download the official Quad Cities Week image at QuadCitiesChamber.com
• Change your cover photo on your Facebook account
• Post photos or videos at your favorite location on social media
• Use #QCWeek on social media to share your story about why you love the Quad Cities
• Write a letter to the editor outlining what you value about our community
• Create your own way to celebrate Quad Cities Week
The Network’s 4th annual Symposium & YP Community Impact Awards will be at the Establishment Theatre on Thursday, May 1, 2014. The Network’s Symposium will be held from 2:00 to 5:30 p.m. The YP Community Impact Awards will follow immediately from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
“If cities begin thinking of themselves as engaged in a relationship with their citizens, and if we as citizens begin to consider our emotional connections with our places, we open up new possibilities in community, social, and economic development by including the most powerful of motivators—the human heart—in our toolkit of city-making,” says Peter Kageyama, author of “For the Love of Cities” and keynote speaker of the YP Community Impact Awards.
Kageyama cites data from Gallup and the Knight Foundation saying that there is a high correlation between cities with engaged citizens, and economic vitality of a city. He will discuss emotional engagement in the community, and the role that young professionals play in building the community.
The YP Community Impact Awards will recognize the individuals, businesses, and amenities that have strengthened our community.