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For about 20 years, Tim Knanishu has been fighting for East Moline. As the executive vice-president of Revitalize and Develop East Moline (REDEEM), he has been fighting to promote commercial, industrial and recreational development in the community. There have been challenging times and there have been success stories for Mr. Knanishu and REDEEM. For instance, in 2020, he was presented an Eddy Award from River Action for his work in helping establish The Bend – the riverfront development in East Moline. In presenting the award to Mr. Knanishu, River Action leaders had this to say about his efforts: “Tim persevered through recession during the early years of marketing the site. … Today, The Bend boasts a major hotel, convention center, music venue, brewery, coffee house and office space, all with access to the riverfront recreation trail.” There have been other success stories. More recently, Mr. Knanishu and REDEEM helped re-spark the development of new housing at The Quarter, an area of the city along Beacon Harbor Parkway near the Mississippi River and riverfront bike trail. If all goes according to plan, 38 villas will be built at The Quarter in two phases over the next three to five years. The QCBJ recently asked Mr. Knanishu a series of questions on the economic challenges facing the region, current business issues and his advice for business leaders: