Letter to the Editor: Mayor thankful to QC for celebrating Moline 150, looks to future

A year’s worth of work went into celebrating 150 years of Moline history during the last week of August and as we recover from that once-in-a-generation party, we are feeling extreme gratitude and are filled with optimism for the city’s future.

I want to offer sincere thanks to the Moline City Council and staff members who supported the event. Months of planning on relatively short notice paid off, with a variety of inclusive events that reminded us of our past and helped us relish the present. The teamwork exhibited was incredible and their foresight, fortitude and willingness to meet the challenge of pulling off a memorable birthday celebration was invaluable.

I want to take a moment to also acknowledge and give thanks to all those sponsors who generously gave to match our municipal investment: John Deere, Old National Bank, MidAmerican Energy Company, The Moline Foundation, MetroLINK, Moline Centre, Roof Drs., Hutchison Engineering, Wyndham Hotel, TaxSlayer Center, WQAD, iHeart Radio, USI, Hansen Family Dentistry, Rexroat Sound, Element Hotel, S.J. Smith, Whitey’s, Peter & Kim Benson, The Planning Center, Kone, Renew Moline, Trimble Funeral Home, WVIK, WQPT, Black Box Theatre, NPR and VIP Transportation. 

Without them, none of our experiences would have been possible. We could not have reengaged our past public servants at the Mayoral Luncheon. We could not have created experiences like the historic trolley rides without esteemed members of our Historic Preservation Commission — Frank Ege and Barb Sandberg, or Lora Adams, who brought notable Moliners to life through historic reenactors. We could not have sponsored a live music community festival without an immense number of volunteers and sponsors and the expertise of Hive Consulting. 

As we conclude celebrating our milestone, I hope Moline remembers it is a community within a community. We have our individual identity that continues to evolve as our town is reshaped by the comings and goings of all types of people. 

However, we also have an identity as part of the larger Quad Cities community. Let us recommit, in this moment, to doing all things that strengthen our town and strengthen the Quad Cities.

Mayor Sangeetha Rayapati
City of Moline

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