The Brand Story

A celebration of the Quad Cities self-reliance, work ethic and can-do attitude.

The Quad Cities, a place you won’t physically find on a map but ask anyone to describe what our community is about and you’ll get some eclectic answers. This region is made up of five (that’s right, not four) anchor cities along the Mississippi River and we’ve been pushing regionalism since before it was hip to. The “Quad Cities” name was coined in the 1930’s and we’ve been embracing it and making it here ever since.

Flash forward to the 21st century and we are the midst of implementing, Q2030, a regional action plan with the goal to grow talent, jobs, investments and economic opportunity for all who call the Quad Cities home. We have a vision that “The Quad Cities region is recognized globally in 2030 for growing and attracting talent and businesses, is energized by a diverse and culturally rich community, inspires innovation and embraces lifelong learning.”

We know this is a vibrant place to live. We boast the iconic Mississippi River, Midwest values, numerous cultural amenities and quality of life options, growing neighborhoods, a strong business community and affordable housing. Through Q2030 we are building upon the things that make our region a cool, creative, connected, and prosperous place for all.

As the community brings the plan to life, Quad Citizens must become the ambassadors of our region and help create and demonstrate a “swagger” and civic pride. Positive attitudes and perception about what we love about our region at the grassroots level will establish a base for broader, more pervasive and lasting improvements in outlooks and expectations for a more dynamic and connected future Quad Cities.

Make it Here is a regional branding initiative that represents who we are as Quad Citizens. We are entrepreneurs and volunteers, innovators and collaborators. We are hands-on. Make it Here is a celebration of our self-reliance, our work ethic and can-do attitude. No matter what your passion, you can make it here. This is the story of Quad Citizens. We hope you’ll join us in sharing our story – through your organization, in your community and across the country.

Make it Here was developed by a team of dynamic community volunteers, in collaboration with and funded by the Quad Cities Chamber. We encourage everyone to use this brand to spread the word about the community and to lift up the efforts of the many Quad Citizens who are truly making the Quad Cities cool, creative, connected and prosperous.

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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
Arts in the Quad Cities at the Mural Walk in Moline
Arts in the Quad Cities at The Quad Cities Symphony
Arts in the Quad Cities at Isabel Bloom design studio
Arts in the Quad Cities at the Quad Cities Ballet
Arts in the Quad Cities at an arts fair
Arts in the Quad Cities where a young artist is hanging up her work in a gallery
Arts in the Quad Cities where people are taking part in a murder mystery party
Arts in the Quad Cities where corey kendrick is performing in a theatre
Arts in the Quad Cities where a student is painting a mural outside
Arts in the Quad Cities where a student is painting outside
Arts in the Quad Cities at The Current hotel
Arts in the Quad Cities alternating currents event
Arts in the Quad Cities beaux arts fair vendor
Arts in the Quad Cities beaux arts fair vendor
Arts in the Quad Cities where a knit piece is being wrapped around a tree
Crew at Sunderburch biking in the Quad Cities
Modern Woodman Baseball park in the Quad Cities
Snowboarding on off of a jump in the Quad Cities
Criterium race in the East Village in the Quad Cities
Backwater Gamblers water skiing in the Quad Cities
MVC Missouri State versus Bradley playing basketball in the Quad Cities
Man hitting a golf ball during the John Deere Classic in the Quad Cities
Dominique McDuffie playing golf at the John Deere Classic in the Quad Cities
Man playing golf in the final round of the John Deere Classic in the Quad Cities
Man holding his winning trophy triumphantly at the John Deere Classic in the Quad Cities
Steamwheelers playing arena football at the Taxslayer Center in the Quad Cities