During the past 30 years, Moline has established a unique approach to working with developers and property owners – the Project Management Team and the Design/Build Management Team. Working in partnership with the City of Moline, Renew Moline assists developers in preparing project plans and successfully navigating the economic development assistance and project approval processes.
The Project Management Team, or PMT, is a city committee comprised of the Mayor, four aldermen, and four private sector representatives with staff support from Renew Moline and City of Moline. The PMT meets several times per year in open meetings to discuss current projects and to vote on recommendation to the whole city council.
For each downtown project, a Design Building Management Team, or DBMT, is created. DBMTs are subcommittees of the Project Management Team. Members of each DBMT include one public sector and one private sector member of the PMT as well as the developer, their architects, consultants and staff and consultants from Renew Moline and the City of Moline.
AWARD WINNING DEVELOPMENT PROCESS
In recognition of their unique project development processes, Renew Moline and the City of Moline were received the International Economic Development Council’s (IEDC) Promotional Award for a Multi-Year Economic Development Program Best Practice.
Project Management Team (PMT)
The primary purpose of the PMT is to implement the Moline Centre Plan through the coordination of activities by City staff, Renew Moline, private consultants, and developers in connection with implementation of any project. Members of the PMT advise the City Council on all implementation-related matters.
A key purpose of the PMT is to review and comment on the initial terms of TIF development agreements and project designs as negotiated by a project DBMT in advance of presenting plans to the City Council. In reviewing project terms and designs, the members of the PMT are encouraged to share their insights on how the project will be received by the entire City Council, the private sector and the general public.
The PMT membership consists of the Mayor, four City Council members, and four private-sector members. All members are appointed by the Mayor with consent from the City Council. The Chair of the PMT represents the private-sector. The PMT provides oversight and direction to the DBMT, approving all projects prior to their introduction to the City Council.
The Design/Build Management Team (DBMT)
The purpose of the DBMT is to closely manage a project. Great attention is given to project fit, functionality, design, economics, and scheduling. Project details can be openly discussed and addressed in a private setting at the offices of Renew Moline.
The DBMT uses an integrated and collaborative approach to project design, economic development assistance negotiation, political approval, and regulatory compliance. This process saves time and money and results in projects that function more efficiently and have greater community support. The DBMT is comprised of key City staff, Renew Moline and its consultants, and the project developer.
Renew Moline’s successful collaboration with local, state and federal government agencies has resulted in more than $400 million investment in renovation and newly built properties in Moline Centre, Edgwater Riverfront area, and Floreciente Neighborhood. And more is planned!
These investments have created jobs and returned energy to the old downtown. More than 2,000 people now work full time in downtown and nearly 600 fill part-time roles. Approximately half of these jobs have been created by the redevelopment that has taken place so far. And more than 2,000 construction jobs have resulted from the projects now in place.