By Rene Gellerman, Sr. Vice President Quad Cities Chamber; Loaned Executive, Q2030 Regional Action Plan; Shared ownership. //
It was on a CEOs for Cities trip to Columbus, Ohio, this past year that I discovered the true spirit of that term. On tours of an art museum and a local college, I was taken aback by the number of people with the same genuine narrative, reflective of a community motivated not by what their city could do for them, but rather, what they could do personally and collectively to build a stronger Columbus.
They not only saw themselves and their organizations as being responsible for shaping their future… they lived that commitment out loud. I saw shared ownership as the secret sauce in Columbus, and knew we had similar makings in my community, the Quad Cities.