We’re getting a closer look at Quincy Mayor Kyle Moore’s push to grow the city in the next 10 years.
Earlier this week the mayor unveiled a new 45 by 30 plan, meaning 45,000 in population by the year 2030.
Moore says the Quincy Next Strategic Plan identified 3,200 new jobs that would be created here within the next 10 years. So, the new plan is to grow our population in order to tackle the employment numbers head on, while also addressing the fact that the City of Quincy has stayed the same in terms of population for more than 60 years.
Invest in talent, increase tourism and modernize approach to retail; those are the three ways Moore plans to boost population by the year 2030.
“We’ve done a lot to make The City of Quincy a great place to live, work and raise a family,” said Moore. “That doesn’t mean we are without challenges.”
On the talent side of things, the 45 by 30 plan would offer $10,000 in incentives for people to move here. That breaks down to $5,000 in moving assistance, $2,500 to move to a revitalized neighborhood and another $2,500 for those who are willing to work those in demand jobs such as manufacturing and healthcare.
“Our challenges are a stagnant and aging population with open jobs,” said Moore. “How do we fill those?”
When looking at tourism, Moore says he would be willing to launch an entertainment underwriting bank in order to bring in national acts to the Gem City.
“We know that when a visitor spends the night here, on average they’re going to spend $150 per night in our community,” said Moore. “That will have an immediate impact.”
First and foremost, Moore says he wants to tackle the empty storefronts.
“We also need programs and incentives that other communities are offering,” said Moore.
Moore says the cost to redevelopment our large anchor spaces is growing so the city could offer a grant to fill those vacant spaces which would help with demolition/ upgrading and enhancing buildings, all of which creates a trickle down effect for the town as a whole.
“It creates so many more opportunities for businesses to expand,” said Bruce Guthrie, The District executive director. “It fills these job openings which makes these businesses more successful which means more investment in the community.”
The 45 by 30 concept still needs to be discussed and approved by the city council. Moore hopes to start looking at this plan and implementing it after the start of the new year.
The plan is expected to cost $1.4 million. That money would come from a 2% food and beverage tax, which has yet to be approved by the city council.