The annual “State of The City” address was presented at the Quincy Elks Lodge Friday afternoon to the Quincy Exchange Club by Quincy Mayor Kyle Moore . Moore is in his 6th year as Mayor and took the opportunity to praise the Police Department, Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services personnel for the increase in response times last year over previous years. The Mayor also mentioned his appreciation for the dedicated staff that serves the city as well.

He mention how the city works well in a bi-partisan manner to get things done as evidenced by the group that not only saved the Illinois Veteran’s Home and the some 500 jobs that comes with it, but also turned it into a game plan to build a new state of the art facility instead. Mayor Moore thanked Illinois’ previous Governor Bruce Rauner and current Governor J.B. Pritzker for their support.

He also mentioned the need for a new water supply system and that the city secured $3-million in state funding to build a new well.

In addressing the retail situation for the city, the Mayor mentioned the retail economy is changing and there is a need for people to look at it as an opportunity to welcome retail innovation in our community. He mentioned there were 20 new businesses since 2015 in the business district alone.

Mayor Moore also said we must invest in workforce initiatives to grow a skilled work-force and said that also includes claiming that the Quincy is a "city of refuge" for those who do want to work in this country.

In wrapping up his 25 minute speech, the Mayor declared that “The state of our city is strong.”