The Moline riverfront is one of the jewels in the crown of the Quad Cities area. River Vision 2020 seeks the best ways to utilize that gem. Citizen input is critical to the success of Moline's Riverfront strategic plan, including but not limited to the use of physical buildings, landscaping and quality of life amenities. In other words what do residents, community leaders and businesses want to see on the Moline riverfront? Residents were invited to help chart the perfect course for riverfront development in the areas of Moline Centre, the Florciente Neighborhood, and Edgewater.
Why is this Important?
WQPT was chosen to facilitate the discussion and convene key stakeholders. Because of our wide and diverse audience base we were able to attract many participants. The meetings were open, accessible and highly publicized. It was important to engage with the community in a fair, unbiased way. WQPT, while qualified to lead discussion, was in the unique position to encourage the community to find answers. It was truly green light thinking. If all signs say YES it can happen, what would our community look like if it did? This type of thinking is vital to progress and the fostering of new inventive ideas. Focusing on the positive and eliminating any road blocks aided in the discussion. Regenerating ideas from the past and considering why they might be possible today was beneficial.
Winning Project Idea Video
Moline resident Sean Turnipseed produced the winning project idea for River Vision 2020.
How Did it Happen?
Three opportunities were offered to the community for in person discussions with an average attendance of 20 people. Offline feedback was solicited through our website and Facebook page. WQPT received numerous phone calls as well. The conversations were intimate (5–7 in a group) focusing on each of three areas: Floreciente, Edgewater and Moline Centre.
Unique and innovative suggestions were made,
— Bike friendly; commuter friendly services and rentals
The feedback from the community will be shared with city planners, developers and consultants so ideas may be considered and incorporated in future plans. Attendees who have requested additional information about this project will be kept informed via e-mail as allowed. Participants are encouraged to continue advocating for their favorite ideas through continued involvement in the process as well as by reaching out to the elected officials who represent them.
Who is Involved?
Numerous partners were instrumental in making this project a success.