2014 Bezos Scholar Pablo Haake, and his educator Michael Trujillo, brought young people and city leaders together through Our City Movement to help promote youth voice influence the development of downtown Davenport, Iowa as a more vibrant home for area millennials.
Our City Movement featured a panel of local speakers and small group discussions on the current and future plans for downtown Development.
Our City Movement was founded in response to a community need identified by the Davenport, Iowa Regional Opportunities Council in 2014. Through the Council’s Regional Vision, they set a goal of making the Quad-Cities (Davenport and Bettendorf, Iowa; Rock Island, Moline, and East Moline, Illinois) a “cool, creative, and prosperous” place.
While reflecting on this 2015 Local Ideas Festival, Pablo noted, “The greatest strength of [Our City Movement] was its ability to bring together a very diverse group of people with different ideas, backgrounds, and perspectives to talk about a part of their city that they either cared or didn’t know much about, and how they could improve it.”
Our City Movement evolved into smaller one-off events promoting the downtown’s revitalization efforts.