QUINCY, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The City of Quincy, Illinois (Quincy), in partnership with the Great River Economic Development Foundation (GREDF), today announced the launch of “Quincy’s Calling,” a multi-year resident and workforce recruitment campaign aimed at attracting talent to help fill the area’s available jobs and support the city’s long-term economic growth.
Through the Quincy Workforce Relocation Assistance Program (Q-WRAP) approved by the Quincy City Council on Aug. 1, the campaign offers new residents moving from outside of Adams County a property tax rebate of up to $5,000 following one year of residency and employment in Quincy. Renters who take a job in Quincy also receive a rebate of up to $3,500 on rent or lease payments after six months of residency. Remote workers who relocate within Quincy city limits are also eligible for the program’s incentives.
Uniquely, the campaign also incentivizes local Adams County residents to participate in the effort, offering a $250 gift card to local Quincy restaurants to those who provide names of non-Adams County residents who ultimately relocate to Quincy.
“The Quincy’s Calling campaign is the start of a long-term strategy to highlight our city’s low-cost and high quality of life, its considerable career opportunities and our continued investment in the future,” said City of Quincy Mayor Mike Troup. “We invite people throughout the region and country to come experience the unique benefits of Quincy and make our great city their home, including those who once lived and went to school here. This campaign will help showcase how Quincy offers people the work and life they deserve.”
The campaign launches as the GREDF reports more than 700 available jobs across Quincy, a west-central Illinois town with approximately 39,751 residents, according to 2020 U.S. Census data. The city is headquarters to major American manufacturers such as Knapheide Manufacturing and Titan International, as well as regional healthcare systems like Blessing Health System.
Additionally, BestPlaces.net demonstrates that Quincy’s cost of living and housing are 24.5% and 52% lower than national averages, respectively. In the past five years, the local government has invested $196.3 million in public safety, infrastructure, downtown and the riverfront, including $89 million in new and enhanced schools.
“On top of outstanding earning potential and a low cost of living, Quincy offers the opportunity to feel connected to the community,” said GREDF President Kyle Moore. “Quincy is a great choice for individuals migrating from larger markets who seek more affordable housing, short commutes and a more balanced life.”
Q-WRAP will begin as a pilot program, with the City reserving $125,000 from the Economic Growth Fund (213) to fund incentives for an estimated 25 new resident individuals or families.
The Quincy’s Calling campaign will feature a variety of engaging content, including a website, relocation guide and video testimonials from individuals who recently relocated. Billboard, TV, radio, print, digital and social media advertising will take place in several nearby Illinois markets and in Northeast Missouri and Southeast Iowa. For more information on the Quincy’s Calling campaign and full incentive eligibility requirements, visit quincyscalling.com.
About City of Quincy
Quincy is on the western border of Illinois where Iowa & Missouri meet. Quincy offers a blend of natural beauty, cultural and recreation opportunities, a strong economic base and employment opportunities. The city is home to a diverse education system, including both public and parochial elementary and secondary schools, technical schools, a community college and a private four-year university.
About the Great River Economic Development Foundation
The Great River Economic Development Foundation has been a driving force in Quincy, and Adams County, Illinois since 1978. Our number one priority is to retain existing businesses and help them grow. We assist prospective businesses, site consultants and entrepreneurs. We also take the lead in a variety of initiatives that contribute to the outstanding quality of life we enjoy here. And as our name “Great River” implies, we collaborate regionally with our neighbors along the Mississippi River in Western Illinois, Northeast Missouri and Southeast Iowa.