I have been truly honored to have served my City in the capacity
of your Mayor. Having served 16 years on the City Council I have
come to know 1st hand the needs and desires of our community.
Although the nation is still treading through a sluggish economy
and times are tough for every level of government in providing
services and programs, I choose to be an optimist. I believe we are
at a very important crossroads in our history. I believe we are
poised for some great progress and fortune in East Moline.
"Why" you ask? Here's why:
- Reputation. One goal we are constantly pursuing and have
accomplished is the fact that East Moline is now known locally,
regionally and as far away as Virginia, Texas and California -
eager and ready for progress and development. Our staff is
"developer-friendly," assertive and understands the
high priority this has for East Moline.
- Upscale Dining and Shopping. This is something we all want and
have a tremendous desire for in East Moline. With all the
activity on the Avenue of the Cities corridor, the potential at
The Quarter, as well as the possibilities that are finally
opening up along the I-5 corridor, this desire will come to
fruition very soon.
- Infrastructure. The City Council will be re-evaluating the
Capitol Improvements Plan this spring and mapping out a course
of action. Funding will always be the biggest obstacle but
priorities still have to be made considering many variables and
factors. We are very fortunate to have the new I-5 sewer line
project under way which will without a doubt open up much
interest for progress and development in the corridor.
- Downtown. Finally!!! We have four tools to entice progress and
development in our downtown that we've never had before. Just
recently approved and acquired are: 1) a TIF (Tax Increment
Finance) district, 2) a Special Service Area (SSA), 3) the
recent formation of the Mayor's Downtown Image Committee and 4)
an enterprise zone. Along with the guidance and support from the
Mainstreet Committee and REDEEM we have never been more poised
for progress than we will be this year with all these elements
- Expansion. Unlike other communities and fortunately for us, we
have ample room for expansion and if desired, voluntary
annexation. We recently annexed 300 acres towards the I-5 and
I-80 area with much potential for a positive future.
- Team "EM." What a great team of professionals, staff
City Council, employees and of coarse concerned/involved
citizens we have in place. Continuity and momentum is ever so
important to progress, this election plays a pivotal part in
what happens and what comes to a halt. For the most part I am
very proud and honored to work with such a great team, let's
keep it going!
- Quality of Life. I believe we are blessed to have a wonderful
school system, ample parks, a great variety of churches, devoted
employees providing great services and a very diverse community.
Diverse not just in ethnic backgrounds but in the youth and
elderly, professionals, skilled labor force, veterans and
volunteerism. We live in a city that prides itself in being
responsive to the needs and compassionate to the misfortuned.
Friends, we've come a long way in many areas for our community,
far too many to mention here. I ask you to help me and your team to
"keep the ball rolling!" We all want the same thing: a
progressive, proud and positive outlook for our future, our
children's future and their children's future. It all starts with a
vision, open mind and cooperation by all involved that includes an
interactive citizenry and of course, a leader. I would appreciate
your consideration as it would be an honor to continue to serve you
in that capacity.
Jose "Joe" Moreno
Mayor of East Moline
With mentors and leaders such as Mayor Moreno, I
can only see this as an opportunity for all of us to serve by
Joe on the
:: economic development
:: community involvement
:: taxes, services and user rates
:: streets, alleys and infrastructure