For the Love of the Quad Cities April 28-May 2 #QCWeek

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.

Residents are encourages to contribute to Quad Cities Week by:

  • Download the official Quad Cities Week image here.
  • Change the cover photo on your Facebook account
  • Post on social media photos or videos at your favorite location
  • 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 7:00 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 Awardswill recognize the individuals, businesses, and amenities that have strengthened our community.

Awards recipients include:

·YP of the Year: LaDrina Wilson, Scott Community College

Leaders Under 40:

Zach Edwards – Waddell & Reed

Sarah Johnson – SPJ Consulting

Caitlin Russell Brandt, Russell

Best Place to Work finalists (winner to be announced on May 1):

DHCU Community Credit Union

QCR Holdings, Inc./ Quad City Bank & Trust

TAG Communications

Innovation: Daniel Sheridan, Junior Theatre

Life-Long Learning: Putnam Museum

Multi-Modal: Channel Cat Water Taxi

Hot Spot: HAVlife™ Martini Shake-Off™ and PUB 1848

Livability: Quad Cities Bicycle Club

Vitality: Hy-Vee

Next Gen Engagement: Russell

Speakers and topics for The Network’s Symposium include:

Kristine Arens, SiloTree Coaching & Consulting – For the Love of Legacy

Liza Kensrud, University of Iowa Tippie College of Business – For the Love of Your Future

Discussion about entrepreneurism based on the book "Startup Communities– For the Love of Ideas” by Brad Feld

Additional events and activities will be posted on The Network: Young Professionals of the Quad Cities’ Facebook page throughout the week.




Register here for The Network's Symposium & YP Community Impact Awards.


The Network’s Symposium & YP Community Impact Awards is sponsored by Northwest Bank & Trust Company, University of Iowa Tippie MBA, KJWW Engineering Consultants, The Establishment Theatre, Circa ’21 and The District Theatre, Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center, and McGladrey.