Know Before You Go
Rapid Detection Plan
Thank you for your continued support for each other during these past months. As your community partner organizations, our local business and residents remain at the heart of everything we do. At this time, COVID-19 continues to impact on our region and communities around the nation.
One way we are working together to slow the spread and help our residents and neighbors stay healthy is through the Rapid Detection Plan, which offers mass rapid testing and contact tracing, along with education on isolation and quarantine.
The Rapid Detection Plan includes mass drive thru testing, mobile walk up and drive thru sites, employer sponsored testing and an outbreak / crisis response team.
The purpose of the Rapid Detection Plan is to:
- Provide mass rapid testing for both symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals,
- Deliver results within hours of testing so everyone can make quick, informed decisions,
- Educate positive cases on isolation and techniques,
- Through contact tracing, educate close contacts on quarantine and techniques,
Our overall goal is to provide the information and resources necessary to those with positive results, as well as their close contacts, to be able to isolate or quarantine and slow the spread.
Being able to reach our goal for mass testing, while continuing to keep our community health in mind, will help our friends and family remain healthy, help keep our students in person at school and help our businesses, places of worship and region open.
As your partners, we are dedicated to working on ways to continue offering support and resources. Thank you again for doing your part to encourage and support each other.
Please do not hesitate to reach out to any of our organizations.
Marcel Wagner Latonya Brock Bruce Guthrie
President Executive Director Executive Director
Great River Economic Quincy Area The District
Concierge Program launches with Community Partners
Great River Economic Development Foundation (GREDF), along with community partners, hosted an informational Zoom call to launch Quincy Concierge Services. The program works in conjunction with overall workforce development strategies and aims to provide another tool to attract and retain top talent by providing an ongoing community on-boarding process.
“As a transplant from Chicago, I could have used a program like Quincy Concierge Services when I moved,” states Joi Cuartero Austin, GREDF Marketing & Communications Director. “Even though people choose the Adams County region for work, it can still be difficult to connect socially with the community and make friends. We want the program to help build personal connections sooner and make sure people feel welcomed to the area.”
Quincy Concierge Services is intended for newcomers, boomerang residents, and those looking to plug into the Quincy & Adams County community.
For local businesses, the program can be offered in conjunction with existing talent attraction programs and can be utilized as a tool to promote the community when recruiting talent, or alongside orientation for the new employee and any family members.
Community Resource Guides are assigned to individuals or families based on needs and personal interests to connect with and follow up with guests as they transition into the region. Guides are available to guests as a resource, as well as to make connections and open doors.
GREDF is looking for Guides to add to a diverse team of current residents. A successful Guide is an overall promoter, and community cheerleader, with a general knowledge of the region and amenities offered. For more information on the program, and to find out more about becoming a Guide, please contact Joi Cuartero Austin at the GREDF offices: (217) 223-4313 | JoiA@gredf.org
Virtual Job Fair Featuring Local Employers
Illinois workNet Center, Workforce Innovation Board of Western Illinois and Great River Economic Development Foundation (GREDF) are partnering to host an ongoing Virtual Job Fair for area employers. Applicants can find information on open positions online at www.illinoisworknet.com/virtualjobfairs/ as well as on www.gredf.org. The virtual job fair live event was held on GREDF’s Facebook page on Wednesday, September 16 at 10:30 AM.
Physical packets are available at the following locations:
- United Community Bank in Golden | 321 Quincy St., Golden, IL
- Farmers State Bank of Camp Point | 206 E. Wood St., Camp Point, IL
- Adams Electric Cooperative | 200 E. Wood St., Camp Point, IL
- John Wood Community College | 1301 S. 48th Quincy, IL
- Bella Ease | 1201 N. 12th, Quincy, IL
- Quincy University | 1800 College Ave., Quincy, IL
Click to view job seeker packet: Virtual Job Fair – Applicants
Veterans will receive packets with additional information distributed to Quincy facilities including VFW; American Legion at 116 N 8th St.; and the Veteran’s Clinic at 721 Broadway St.
Illinois workNet virtual job fair was launched by the Governor as part of Get Hired Illinois.
Workforce Innovation Board of Western Illinois covers nine (9) counties including Adams, Brown, Hancock, Henderson, Knox, McDonough, Schuyler, Pike and Warren, responsible for setting and implementing the strategic priorities to achieve goals of the regional workforce plan.
Great River Economic Development Foundation is a 501(c)6 not-for-profit organization with a mission to maintain and GROW the economic vitality of the Quincy and Adams County, IL region through the retention and expansion of existing businesses and the attraction of new businesses to our entire region. For more information, contact Joi Cuartero Austin at GREDF (217) 223-4313.
Mask Up #21DayChallenge
It takes 21 days to from a healthy habit. Take the #21DayChallenge to help our community be as healthy as possible, just in time for the school year.
Find motivation, inspiration and information every day to help form healthy habits, help our community stay safe, help our businesses stay open, help our hospitals maintain capacity, help our children go back to school and help our churches continue to worship. Visit www.AdamsCountyTogether.com for more information.
Download the calendar to keep track of your #21DayChallenge and post the graphics every day as you fulfill each day.
Leading From Within
The Adams County Works Transition Planning team welcomed guest speaker Julie Boll, Dare to Lead certified facilitator for the lunchtime seminar, which took place on Wednesday, July 22.
In the training, Julie states, “We all have our go-to shame shields when we are faced with difficult situations. The three shields identified in Dr. Brené Brown’s research are: moving away, moving toward, and moving against. My go-to shield is moving away. If I see something wrong, or if someone attacks my work, my instinct is to move away and get small. But when I’m crystal clear on my values, I can stand in them and stay anchored in a moment of conflict. We can all use our values to help us stay grounded in conflict and help us make decisions about our future.”
Julie Boll, M.Ed. is the founder of Julie Boll Consulting, which provides strategic planning and leadership training for nonprofits. Julie is a certified Dare to Lead Facilitator, and, in 2019, was a part of the inaugural global cohort of Leadership and Organizational Development professionals selected by thought-leader Brené Brown to facilitate her work in organizations. As a Courage Catalyst in the Dare to Lead™ program, Julie focuses her work on helping nonprofits learn the skills, practices and tools needed to support brave leaders and build more courageous cultures.
Over the course of her career, Julie has helped her clients and employers secure more than $9.4 M in competitive grants from foundation, state and federal funders. Julie has more than 18 years experience in the nonprofit sector, serving in marketing, public relations and grant development roles. She is Grant Professional Certified by the GPCI Institute and a Grants Professionals Association (GPA) Approved Trainer. Julie has taught a graduate level course in Grant Writing at Quincy University, presented at state-wide and national conferences, and recently co-authored a peer reviewed journal article in the Grant Professionals Association Journal.
Increasing the Bottom Line Through Inclusive Culture
We were pleased to have Latonya Brock, executive director of the Quincy Area Chamber of Commerce speak with our Adams County Works Transition Planning team, along with other community leaders on Increasing the Bottom Line Through Inclusive Culture.
The lunchtime seminar took place on Wednesday, June 24 via zoom with nearly 30 attendees. Latonya was hired as the Executive Director of the Chamber in September 2017. She was originally hired as the Chamber’s Membership Manager in February 2016. Latonya moved here from Indianapolis, IN. Prior to Chamber work, she was in the financial industry for 22 years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biblical studies from Indiana Wesleyan University. She is married to Jebora Brock. Together the couple has one adult son, two adult daughters, a teenage son, and seven grandchildren.
Latonya has been a leader of Diversity & Inclusion in the workplace and helps lead the Chamber Diversity & Inclusion committee, which serves as a subgroup within the Quincy Area Chamber of Commerce that was formed to create awareness within our community as it relates to being diverse and inclusive. The objective of the group is for businesses and organizations to look for ways or form actionable steps to embrace D&I and to leverage the strengths of all employees within their influence.
Message From Our Team
To our partners,
We write you today in solidarity, speaking out against systemic racism and discrimination that continues throughout our nation. In the midst of global frustration and anxiety due to the pandemic, the world witnessed another horrific act by a white police officer that led to the death of a black man. This racially motivated action, along with many other similar actions, has impacted us all, and has led to an outcry across the United States and throughout the world. The lives of black and brown individuals’ matter. The devaluing of the life of people of color is undeniably wrong.
As Citizens we have the right and the duty to protest gross injustices. Protest is a possible means to finding a solution to a serious issue. Rioting, as we’ve seen in many cities, is not. Criminal activities that destroy personal/public property of innocent people of every race and ethnicity serve only to fuel a detrimental backlash against those that want an end to discrimination in all forms.
Great River Economic Development Foundation stands in solid partnership with the Quincy Area Chamber of Commerce, and community leaders, to promote Diversity and Inclusion as a non-negotiable value for Quincy and Adams County. We urge and encourage a call to action for every resident, company and other leaders to do better; to stand up for racial justice and equity; and to work together. Search within yourselves, have a conversation, actively listen, be willing to step up, be a voice of justice, and be sensitive to all.
Start your journey – QACC Diversity & Inclusion Academy / Updates
Deepen your engagement – Showing Up For Racial Justice Chapters
On behalf of the GREDF team,
Marcel W. Wagner Jr. CEcD Mike Elbe
GREDF President GREDF 2020 Board Chair
Opening Up Together
Phase 3 is here and we want to make sure all organizations & businesses are properly prepared with signage and resources!
Adams County Together Opening Up Together Toolkit and Checklist will help your business safely open up for employees and customers. There is general and industry specific guidance from the CDC as well as national associations. Toolkit Includes information on:
Preparing your business space,
Returning to work,
If you have a possible or confirmed case of COVID,
Communicating to employees and customers,
Health & Wellness considerations,
Tips for employees,
Tips for customers,
PLUS Don’t rebuild the wheel. Immediately print and use signage, sample press releases, social media marketing posts, sanitation guidelines and other content.
Visit: AdamsCountyTogether.com/OUT-toolkit to view the resources available.
GREDF & Adams County Together
It’s been a crazy few weeks. What has Your GREDF Team been up to?
These past weeks, your GREDF team has been working with several partners and organizations on the Adams County Together Task-force.
As a community, we launched the Adams County Together Fund through United Way of Adams County, Inc. (Adams County, IL) to financially assist businesses, nonprofits and individuals
We met with individuals and businesses personally to navigate various relief programs. Marcel Wagner met with several members and other individuals to find the right programs for them.
We helped produced the Adams County Together “Road to Recovery Framework” to open Adams County.
We also created the Opening Up Together Toolkit with the help of our partners at Quincy Medical Group. Something for businesses to reference and adopt best practices for opening up and keeping employees and customers safe.
With our partners at Quincy Area Chamber of Commerce and The District we host weekly Q&A calls Thursdays at 10:00 AM for our members with other community leaders to keep up to date with community efforts.
Also, stay tuned for more opportunities to SHOP LOCAL and win big with Q-Town Cash.
Grateful to serve this community!
Your GREDF Team