Illinois Senator Mark Kirk, Illinois U.S. Congresswoman Cheri Bustos and Iowa Senator Joni Ernst came to the Quad Cities last week to hear from area leaders on issues and opportunities important to the Quad Cities region. Senator Ernst stopped by the Chamber to learn about the Q2030 Regional Action Plan. The important discussion covered an array of topics including, the Rock Island Arsenal, I-74 Gateway, the Mississippi River, regionalism, young professional engagement, 21st Century Workforce, manufacturing, economic development and several other aspects of Q2030. 

"The leverage you have when you all come together is so much greater," Sen. Ernst said during the meeting. "It's so great to see communities come together. It's very important. Thank you for being a leader there, because there are still so many communities struggling with that... What you've done here is tremendous, taking a look at your own community and putting (the responsibility) on your own shoulders." 

The Rock Island Arsenal was the focus during Senator Mark Kirk's visit. He expressed support of the Arsenal and ways to increase economic development in the local region through his bill, the Army Arsenal Revitalization Act. He also gave an update on his Small Business Bill of Rights initiative, which is intended to make it easier for small companies to grow and expand.

The Young Professionals of the Quad Cities had the opportunity to engage with Congresswoman Cheri Bustos during Network @ Noon. Bustos spoke on the importance of retaining young talent in our community and what has been done to keep a strong and vibrant economy in our region. The YP's also heard a great message on the importance of civic engagement and advocacy efforts as well as tips on how to get involved.

The Quad Cities Chamber enjoys great working relationship with our elected officials, collaboration is key in advancing the region.

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