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      Get ready to share what you love most about the Quad Cities. This week marks the first ever "Quad Cities Week." It's a program that aims to celebrate the strengths of the area as a region.
      A big part of Quad Cities Week draws from social media and the use of sites like facebook and twitter as a forum for people to talk up the Quad Cities. In just a couple of days the status posts and hashtags are snowballing.
     "What people love about the region, why they love doing business here, why they love the customers," said Anne Spoden, Quad Cities Chamber Communications Coordinator.
      It's about generating excitement for the area whether that's by changing your facebook cover photo to support the program, posting a status of a story or favorite event in the area, or tweeting a photo of a hotspot with the hashtag "QuadCitiesWeek."  "People always mention Niabi Zoo, definitely museums, riverfront areas, downtowns," added Spoden.
     Businesses are getting involved too, with owners posting signs highlighting the program. Some are also on social media offering specials or contests for customers who join in too. "We're giving away a classic spa service to the best 'how I came to the Quad Cities' story," said Jeffrey Porter, owner of 5IVE Star Salon Spa in the Village of East Davenport.
      The goal is to market the region as a whole rather than promote individual communities. And word this way travels fast so there's no telling how far reaching it could be. "It's an interesting way to spread what is cool about the Quad Cities," said Porter.
      Many are hoping in the long run could bring more people to try out the picks Quad Citians know and love.
     "Dozens of businesses with a reach probably now of close to 100,000 Quad City residents have seen this stuff. So in two days we're pretty excited it's reached that level already," added Spoden.
     Quad Cities Week runs through Friday. It was started by The Network: Young Professionals of the Quad Cities, an initiative of the Quad Cities Chamber.