Quincy 400 Initiative Launched to Celebrate the Past & Future of the City of Presidents

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The City of Quincy, known as the City of Presidents, has announced its new Quincy 400 initiative, an ambitious and all-encompassing endeavor to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the city’s founding in 1625.

This week, Mayor Thomas P. Koch unveiled the Quincy 400 initiative before a packed room at the Great Hall in Quincy City Hall, by posing the basic question, “Where do we want Quincy to be in 2025?”

Koch helped answer the question by discussing key topics that ranged from tourism and economic development to arts and culture, education and transportation. Getting all of Quincy’s historic neighborhoods involved is also a key component of the initiative.

“The most important voice will be yours,” Koch said to the residents, when describing how the plans will take shape in the years leading up to 2025.

A short video was presented at the meeting, extolling the historical significance of Quincy, with commentary by Governor Charlie Baker, Pulitzer Prize winning historian David McCullough and Mayor Koch himself.

The Quincy 400 initiative also has its own website, Quincy400.com, which provides a calendar of upcoming information meetings in Quincy’s various neighborhoods, plus a survey to solicit input and creative ideas directly from residents. The web site will keep people informed of ongoing plans tying into the celebration.

Quincy is one of over two dozen cities, towns and neighborhoods that are celebrating a 400th anniversary between 2020 and 2030.

The Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism is helping to spearhead a concerted effort to coordinate a variety of plans that launch with the Plymouth400 celebration in 2020.