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In late 2021 the Moline City Council adopted an ambitious three-year Strategic Plan consisting of 85 projects and goals centered on three “pillars” deemed most important to the ongoing success of the City: Infrastructure, Quality of Place and The Economy.
As we near the midpoint of the Strategic Plan’s lifespan, which encompasses 2022 through 2024, more than half of the strategic plan goals have been met and significant progress has been made on the rest. This article serves as a snapshot of progress to-date.
Improving infrastructure is one of the most-requested areas of investment from Moline residents and it is the pillar that has seen the most accomplishment to date, with 54% of infrastructure projects completed and another 32% currently underway. Highlights of the infrastructure improvements include adoption of a form-based code, public safety radio upgrades and development of a multi-year Capital Improvement Program and budget that increases investment in road repair and reconstruction.
The Quality of Place pillar has also seen significant progress, with 53% of goals complete and 35% underway as of November 2023. Major accomplishments in this pillar include development of a new building inspections program, accreditation of the Moline Police Department and the launching of a public art and place-making program.
All goals in The Economy pillar are already achieved (43%) or underway (57%.) New city recruitment strategies have led to the creation of new positions and additions of personnel. Other accomplishments include a new workforce development partnership with area schools, new apprenticeship and intern programs across the Moline workforce and the hiring of a new management analyst and grant coordinator who will help find new funding sources for projects and programs.
The Strategic Goals Action Plan comprises a total budget of $27 million. It was created with the intention to provide greater transparency and accountability around City projects and programs that can be easily followed by residents, businesses and community stakeholders.