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Matson's State of the City

Davenport Mayor Mike Matson, delivering the address at the Rhythm City Casino
City of Davenport
Davenport Mayor Mike Matson, delivering the address at the Rhythm City Casino

The key to Davenport's success now, and in the future, will be partnerships, teamwork, and collaboration.

That was the message Friday from Mayor Mike Matson during his annual State of the City address.

He says a good example is how city staff and the city council have worked together to make sure Davenport is in a strong financial position.

"Heck, the city council just approved a goal above 25 per cent fund balance, so when we have terrible things like a pandemic, we are in a position to react and now recover coming out of the pandemic."

Other examples include all the people and organizations that helped convince Kraft Heinz to build a new plant in the city, and the announcement just this week that Amazon will build a fulfillment center here.

Mayor Matson is also looking forward to completion of the latest study, by a private firm working with the city, on flood protection.

"And the way we protect Modern Woodmen Park with temporary barriers, and the way we do downtown with Hescos, and the way we do other things, is going to change. And we're going to have a plan, briefed to the city council, on how we do flood mitigation in the future."

Citizen surveys show streets and infrastructure are a top priority for Davenport residents, and he says spending for this will increase by more than 50 million dollars this year.

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.