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Juan Valtierra
Quad Citizen: Juan Valtierra
His faith, passion for people and talents lead him to the Quad Cities. The quality of life he experienced while living here convinced him to stay.
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Paul VanDuyne
Quad Citizen: Paul VanDuyne
But it was the Quad Cities that helped his decision to stay; he liked the people, and “felt like he was part of the community.”
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Amy Goldsberry
Quad Citizen: Amy Goldsberry
She encourages people to step out of their comfort zone and get to know new people. “There’s always something going on here. Check out the calendar and find one thing to do that makes you nervous. Once you’ve done that, the rest is easy. You can volunteer or find a Meetup – start small and you’ll be glad you did.”
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Tayvian Johnson
Quad Citizen: Tayvian Johnson
After graduating he first worked with the Boys and Girls Club, and then was hired at a new startup in the Quad Cities, DivvyDose, doing data analytics for the last 18 months.
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Bill Allison
Quad Citizen: Bill Allison
For Bill Allison, a 6th generation Rock Island County Quad Citizen and Business Agent for the Plumbers and Pipefitters Union, being a part of the Quad Cities community is the most fulfilling part of his job. “Giving back to the community through skilled trades is part of who we are,” says Allison.
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Mara Downing
Quad Citizen: Mara Downing
Mara Downing is a graduate of St. Ambrose, and although she's lived in several places, she says “I love calling the Quad Cities my home.”
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Jazmin Newton-Butt
Quad Citizen: Jazmin Newton-Butt
Long-time resident of the Quad Cities, Jazmin Newton-Butt is committed to bridging the river and building the Quad Cities region.
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Jennifer Zamora
Quad Citizen: Jennifer Zamora
As a work-study student, she was a translator and worked at the McAvoy Center. But it was the people and pursuing her education that made the biggest impact.
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Tracy White
Quad Citizen: Tracy White
She found her purpose among the people, places and personalities that make up the Quad Cities, so Tracy White laid down roots and never looked back…
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Reggie Freeman
Quad Citizen: Reggie Freeman
Reggie Freeman is the current mayor of East Moline, but before that, he started his career as a building service maintenance employee for Bell Telephone. From there, he joined the Moline police force in 1972...
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Nico Moreno
Quad Citizen: Nico Moreno
Nico says the local colleges here provide immense value and “the number one importance for them is the students - providing them with a quality education...and to help better the Quad Cities, post-graduation.”
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Babina Mudbhari
Quad Citizen: Babina Mudbhari
Babina Mudbhari came to the United States from Nepal, and because of special visa and a bit of luck, she has been able to become a permanent resident.
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the make it here story

the "make it here"
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How We Make It
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made in the
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Pee Wee's
Pee Wee's
Rock Island native, Will Clay had always dreamed of opening a local sandwich shop. In 2017 his dream came true. With the help of the community, his brother and his mother, all in honor of his father, Pee Wee’s was born.
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1986 Sports Supply
1986 Sports Supply
He sees the changes the Quad Cities is undergoing, and even as he experiences success with this store, he also references his dream to bring a skate park to Rock Island so more kids can skate. “Getting support from local skateboarders and drawing inspiration from the town has been monumental,” Farley says.
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Lead(h)er
Lead(h)er
“I think it is really awesome that here, I can go to people of either side of the spectrum - financial, political, power - with an idea and have them all be receptive of it. That may not be too attainable in a bigger city like Chicago.”
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GBSI
GBSI
Becoming an entrepreneur, Shivaji says, has added an element of surprise to his life as his business continues to grow, and he credits much of their success to his GBSI team and special support and contribution from his wife Vidya who focuses on the finance and HR parts of the business so he can focus on sales, marketing and customer service.
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Edwards Creative
Edwards Creative
Becoming an entrepreneur “felt a little like jumping off a cliff,” says Cathy Edwards, who owns Edwards Creative alongside her husband, Steve. “The Quad Cities is so unique. We have everything here to attract young people and families to make a really great life. When more people see it, say it, and celebrate it, then the message will get out.”
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testimonials

Teaching dance classes at The Center and through Re-FL3X has helped me understand just how unique the Quad Cities community is. We are all different but can come together, regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, etc.... Read More
Each and every day I get to provide legal representation to a diverse population in the Quad Cities. These people come from all walks of life, backgrounds and ethnicities. It’s a privilege to use my talents to... Read More
It’s amazing to see four cities, full of very diverse people and lots of pride, come together to contribute to the greater community – a community that motivates individuals to write their own narrative.
The Quad Cities is so unique. We have everything here to attract young people and families to make a really great life. When more people see it, say it, and celebrate it, then the message will get out.
Juan Valtierra,
Quad Citizen
Jazmin Newton-Butt,
Quad Citizen
Tracy White,
Quad Citizen
Cathy Edwards,
Quad Citizen

A night at Modern Woodmen Park
Man cooking and working at a restaurant in the Quad Cities
Get off road
people enjoying the Quad Citites
Hanging with friends
people celebrating commencement in the Quad Cities
Co-Work QC for entrepreneurs
Davenport Skate Park
group of people enjoying themselves in the Quad Cities
John Deere Pavilion in the Quad Cities
Barrel House Moline in the Quad Cities
Augustana College landing in the Quad Cities
Mississippi Valley Fair in The Quad Cities
Chalk Art Fest
People working in a chamber office in the Quad Cities
People Kickin It at Brew Haha in the Quad Cities
Isabel Bloom sculpture room in the Quad Cities
mother and her two children having fun as a family in the Quad Cities
An evening out
Rescuing mission in the Mississippi River in the Quad Cities
Runners
Rock Island Arsenal Bridge in the Quad Cities