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Renew Moline 30th Anniversary Luncheon and Downtown Experience

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Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center

101 18th Street

Moline, IL 61265

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Renew Moline is celebrating 30 years of momentum! Join us for speakers, panel discussions and tours. Come for some or stay for all!

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11:30 am Check-in Begins

12:00 pm Luncheon and Program - keynote speaker Tom Murphy, Urban Land Institute Senior Resident Fellow and former three-term mayor of Pittsburgh

1:30-2:45 pm Breakout Session One, choose one of the following:

  • Panel Discussion: Downtown Moline: An emerging entrepreneurial ecosystem • Moderator: Jack Cullen, Quad Cities Chamber - Four destinations within a half-mile of each other are drawing diverse hordes of people from across the Quad Cities to downtown Moline. Our panelists are creating an entrepreneurial ecosystem in the heart of the community and providing platforms for other entrepreneurs to launch or grow their businesses. Featuring Katie Thompson, The Market: A Journey to Joy; Lora Adams, The Black Box Theatre; Dan Bush, Analog Arcade Bar; and Maria Ontiveros, Mercado On Fifth.
  • Panel Discussion: Creating an Authentic Destination Experience Moderator: Dave Herrell, Visit Quad Cities - What makes a place memorable? What are the assets that make Moline a place worth visiting? Come hear regional experts discuss their efforts to create experiences in their cities, and how public art and programming can bring new life to an area. Discover what makes a city a place worth remembering—and learn the possibilities for Moline and the Quad Cities.
  • Tour: Downtown Living - Round 1 Geoff Manis, Moline Centre Manager - Sorry, this tour is Full! Urban living, downtown Moline style! Hop on our Metro bus for a tour of unique downtown living options. Downtown dwellers open their homes - from high-rise apartments to historic above-the-storefront living to brand-new construction. Limited to 14 participants.
  • Tour: Historical Riverfront Frank Ege, Moline Historic Preservation Commission - John Deere helped make the City of Moline known around the world, but do you know who put Moline on the map? Meet David B. Sears, who built the first dam across the Mississippi to create the water-powered mills that Moline is named for. The mills are long-gone, but there are hints of his legacy all along Moline’s riverfront.
  • Tour: Floreciente Neighborhood Streetscape Jeff Anderson, City Planner, City of Moline & K.J. Whitley, Community Development Manager - The Floreciente neighborhood is home to a mostly Hispanic population holding tight to their cultural roots while pursuing the American dream. The City is in the midst of a $750,000 streetscape project to enhance the area. The Friday night “Mercado” is an incubator for many of the home-based businesses in the area.

3:00-4:15 pm Breakout Session Two, choose one of the following:

  • Panel Discussion: Model Cities: What can we learn from these great places Moderator: Alexandra Elias, Renew Moline - What makes a city THE place in which to live, work, play and learn? Our panel of experts will take us to some of the best places and share ideas that we can adapt right here at home.
  • Panel Discussion: Tales from the Ale Trail Moderator: Debbie Davis, QC Ale Girl and Blogger - The Quad Cities is home to a number of craft breweries, creating unique, drinkable beers across the spectrum. Our riverfront region has a long history of brewing beer, and each new brewery is welcomed in a culture of collaboration. Hear from local brewers about the unique relationships that support our vibrant craft brew scene and the economic ripple effect it has on the community.
  • Tour: Downtown Living - Round 2 Geoff Manis, Moline Centre Manager - Sorry, this tour is Full! Urban living, downtown Moline style! Hop on our Metro bus for a tour of unique downtown living options. Downtown dwellers open their homes - from high-rise apartments to historic above-the-storefront living to brand-new construction. Limited to 15 participants.
  • Tour: City of Moline Water Department Tony Loete, Utilities General Manager, City of Moline - The City of Moline has a lot to be proud of in its provision of public services, including its award-winning drinking water! Join this behind the scenes tour to learn more about how our river provides our homes and businesses with some of the best tasting water in North America!
  • Tour: National Register Downtown Commercial Historic District Barbara Sandberg, Moline Historic Preservation Commission - The Moline Downtown Commercial Historic District was officially placed on the National Register of Historic Places on August 30, 2007. The district includes 114 buildings dating from 1845 to the 1950’s which are located on 33 acres centered on 5th Avenue between 12th Street and 18th Street. One hundred of the buildings contribute to the significance of the district because they retain their historic and architectural integrity and reflect the character of the historic downtown.

4:30-6:30 pm Cocktail Reception at Centre Station, 1200 River Drive, Moline The Josh Duffee Jazz Quartet will provide the entertainment as we enjoy cocktails and heavy hors d'oeuvres catered by Johnny's Italian Steakhouse.

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