When looking at the Quad Cities through the eyes of young professionals, the area really stacks up to the competition. By measuring seven indexes, we learned that the Quad Cities excels in two areas - Cost of Lifestyle and After Hours. We're on par with the national average for the remaining - Earning, Learning, Vitality, Around Town, and Social Capital.
Although it's the entire Quad Cities that makes the community attractive to young professionals, certain aspects of Rock Island peak the scale. The District set the bar for nightlife in the region, with over 16 bars and nightclubs in a 4-block area. In addition, the coffee shops, theatre and comedy club, art galleries, and restaurants in The District make it a place young people want to go.
Another thing that sets Rock Island apart is the number of young entrepreneurs that have opened businesses, especially in The District. These individuals are setting the trend in our community.
Rock Island's downtown lofts fit the bill for young professionals looking to live in an urban setting. Over 150 new units of loft living have been added downtown in recent years, and it's not cookie-cutter housing. The lofts have unique elements including exposed brick and ductwork, high ceilings, large windows, and some have great Mississippi River views.
Brief descriptions of these indexes are provided below:
Source: Next Generation Consulting
The Network: Young Professionals of the Quad Cities focuses on the needs of young professionals in the community. The need to attract and retain diverse young talent, the need to redefine the way the region markets and showcases itself, the need to identify and grow emerging leaders, and the need to engage young talent in issues facing the region has risen as a community-wide priority and strategy. Fundamentally, the Network believes that the more informed, involved, and networked young professionals are the more likely they will stay, and the more influence they can have on what the region becomes. It's simple...engage those you wish to attract and retain. For more information visit www.ypnqc.org.