Big News coming out of Rock Island! Today an official announcement dropped that Rock Island would be one of the 25 small towns winning Hometown Grants. These Grants are meant to help jumpstart vital community development projects to re-energize towns and build upon what makes them unique!

The Grant

Rock Island’s $50,000 grant will go towards installing field lighting for a youth baseball diamond and multi-purpose field to complete the renovation of historic Douglas Park to provide recreation and sports opportunities for the community. Mayor of Rock Island, Mike Thoms stated,

“Douglas Park has such a significant sports history, and this gift will help complete the park’s renovations to ensure it is a welcoming space for our community to enjoy superior recreational and sports opportunities for years to come,”

This is a part of T-Mobile's Hometown Grants plan. It was launched in April 2021.

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T-Mobile Hometown Grants

This is a $25 million, five-year initiative to support the people and organizations who help small towns across America thrive and grow by providing funding to kickstart important new community development projects. Hometown Grants are given every quarter to up to 25 small towns.

T-Mobile Hometown Grants is just one of the many initiatives underscoring T-Mobile’s commitment to rural America. More than just bringing wireless, T-Mobile wants to be part of the community and help small towns thrive.

T-Mobile and Rock Island will host an official check presentation next week on Monday, March 28 at 6:45 p.m. on the third floor of the Council Chambers at City Hall. All are welcome to attend.

Rock Island

As a Quad Cities resident, it is great to see one of our cities have a spotlight put on it. For those of you who may not know a lot about Rock Island, it and four other cities are a part of the 'Quad Cities' located on the Mississippi River. Rock Island’s population is 39,018.

The City is organized under a council-manager form of government, with legislative authority vested in a City Council made up of a mayor and seven aldermen. Aldermen are elected from wards to staggered four-year terms. The City is a home rule unit under the 1970 Illinois Constitution and, as such, has broad powers to support development activity in the community. Administrative functions are unified through the direction of the city manager who is appointed by the mayor and council and charged with overseeing the day-to-day operations of the City and its more than 350 full-time employees.

You can see the other town winners here.

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