Annual Meeting Presentation

Welcome to the GREDF Annual Meeting Presentation to be revealed Wednesday, January 20.

The presentation is an opportunity for partners, businesses and community members to reflect on 2020, see how GREDF enhances and pivots for our Strategic Plan and how we continue to GROW Quincy & Adams County by aiming higher in 2021.

Annual Report

Partnerships & Recognitions

Despite accepting the consequences of the disruption in 2020, we continued moving forward with an unwavering commitment to aim higher!


  • Partnerships | Adams County Together Task Force
  • Recognitions | Presented by board chair, Mike Elbe
  • Outgoing Board Members | Bill Stalder & Harry Marcionetti
  • Special Recognition | Dick Klusmeyer

Workforce Solutions

During the course of this Annual Meeting you will hear about how GREDF kept to the mandates of our 2020 Workplan. However, almost every facet of that plan had to be redesigned, pivoted and implemented not knowing the outcome, using technology as a critical tool in our mission.


  • Authors of “The 30/30 Rules” and the “Who Run The World – Girls” Workforce Empowerment Event
  • Clip from speaker: Nicole Peacock, Founder of Beauty of the Butterfly Inc.

Talent Attraction & Retention

Another new project is centered on Talent Attraction. A critical component to attracting new talent is a method to welcome and assist new and potential residents into the Quincy region.


  • Jennifer Andrade, President of Avance USA
  • Concierge Program Participants: Nihal & Wissam Derian, transplant residents of Quincy & Adams County, IL

Workforce Committees

During the year, Great River Economic Development Foundation coordinates a number of important Workforce Solutions events that we had to “pivot” to the virtual world — all of which dovetail with the City of Quincy’s Strategic Plan.


Virtual Tri-State MakerFest

Students and job seekers learn about both local educational and career opportunities in the Tri-State Region. Hear a Q&A with area employers and see an example of entering into a non-traditional role.

Virtual Job Fair with partners at the Workforce Innovation Board

Workforce Seminar on Remote Working

Adams County Works Teams: Career Guidance, Work Readiness and Transition Planning

Tri-State & Local Partners

GREDF has been working with several projects that will begin in 2021 in manufacturing, logistics and a new barge service. We are privileged to work with dedicated and enthusiastic people. For the new year, the goal of the GREDF team is not to settle for the “old” normal, rather we owe it to our community to be “Aiming Higher!”

The Staff and Board of Directors look forward to a productive year with new initiatives, as well as new and stronger partnerships. 


Tri-State Development Summit Initiative: Corn Belt Ports Association

City of Quincy Retail Attraction program

GREDF Staff Accomplishments:

Angela Caldwell, professional certification in workforce development

Joi Cuartero Austin, Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) Designation – International Standard

Thank you to our members and partners for their continued support.