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Renew Moline Celebrates 30 Years

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For three decades, Renew Moline has worked to develop Moline’s downtown. The non-profit will hold a 30th anniversary celebration on Thursday.

Renew Moline CEO Alexandra Elias says Renew’s development projects have helped make downtown Moline what it is today.

“[Some important projects include] our partnership with the city and John Deere to develop properties and really create some legacy projects like the John Deere Pavilion, John Deere Commons, and Radisson Hotel. Also, the TaxSlayer Center and the Western Illinois University Quad City campus are all hallmarks of Renew’s work over the last 30 years.”

She says one of Renew’s big upcoming projects will be developing the area around the old I-74 bridge that will open up once it’s torn down.

On Thursday, Elias says Renew Moline will celebrate its 30th anniversary at the Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center.

“We have historic walking tours, there’s a channel cat history tour of the history that’s physically in the river. We also have a conference session called “Tales from the Ale Trail” which is just talking about the craft brewing culture here in the Quad Cities and how important that is to our economy.”

Panels featuring representatives from the Quad Cities Chamber, Visit Quad Cities, and Renew Moline will also be a part of the festivities.

Former Pittsburgh Mayor Tom Murphy will give a keynote address during a luncheon that starts at noon. The other events will take place starting at 1:30, until the day closes with a cocktail reception from 4:30 to 6:30.