East Moline has more and more going on for individuals and families. We have a grass roots movement, “East MoMentum” where residents are banding together to be more engaged for the betterment of our community by volunteering for events and participating in clean ups. What’s happening in the City? Some downtown events are the Picker’s Paradise street sale, Cinco de Mayo celebration, Freedom Run and Freedom Festival (with live music and a car show), Labor Day Parade, Mexican Independence Day Parade and Festival, Fright Night, a lighted Christmas parade, and programs honoring our veterans on Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day. Elsewhere in the city, you can find the Rock Island County Fair, Greek Fest, Balloon Festival and the BMX track hosted Nationals. Finally, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention what a big deal the 4th of July is in East Moline. Many generations have celebrated the two-day event… kicking off with fireworks on the river in The Quarter on July 3rd. Fourth of July morning wake up and head downtown for the Fire Department’s Pancake breakfast benefiting MDA and the Firecracker Run beginning at the new Runners’ Park. The 4th holiday finishes up with the annual AMVET’s Fourth of July Parade. Contact my office at 309-752-1599 for more information on any events in the City.
Our community has a long and rich history with an agricultural-manufacturing economic base. We are proud of our strong skilled-labor work force. Highly skilled medical, technical and business-related professionals provide services in our community. Our children enjoy recognized public and private schools, which are known for their scholastic and extracurricular activities. United Township High School, Black Hawk College and WIU campuses are important and busy educational centers for their diverse student population. Our community also enjoys MetroLink East Pointe bus station that links East Moline to other terminals in the QCA.
As Mayor, along with the City Council and community, economic development continues to be the necessary focus. Through public and private partnerships, we have many exciting development projects occurring in our City. For example, the old Case IH site will be home to the new Hyatt Hotel, an apartment complex and other planned developments. Infrastructure has already been laid and hotel construction is underway.
If you are considering the Quad Cities to locate or expand a business, buy or build a home we hope you will consider East Moline. Don't miss the opportunity to visit our community, “Where you can be a welcome difference.”
Mayor Reggie Freeman