Despite the pandemic, Moline is doing well promoting jobs, local businesses, education, and improved neighborhoods, while providing important city services. That was the message Monday from Mayor Stephanie Acri during her annual State of the City address.
A key accomplishment, she believes, is keeping the city financially strong.
"We have a balanced budget that protects and furthers the progress we've made. The budget reduces tax rates for the fourth year in a row while supporting a smarter use of city resources."
The city has also worked with the school district to expand access to broadband service for students while they've been learning at home.
Her top priority for the future is using the land made available by the new I-74 bridge to boost downtown, with help from a consultant.
"With the Urban Land Institute's world-renowned assistance we will buld a gateway to Moline worthy of its proud heritage. It will be a front porch that welcomes all who come to our city."
Mayor Acri says she'll work to recruit key city staff, improve services, and create a five-year budget, laying the foundation for what she calls "smart, intentional growth."