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posted Oct 21, 2012, 11:22 AM by Nick Camlin
Two years ago as I ran for County Board the first time, I established five goals that would guide me in contributing to improving our County. The goals I laid out two years ago in the Camlin Five Point Plan for Rock Island County are unending goals, because they are the road map for moving forward. 

When it comes to moving our County forward, these principles guide me and my work as your County Board member-- I hope you'll return me to work on the County Board so we can keep moving forward with these goals!

The Camlin Five Point Plan

  • Assist in job creation by working with others to advance economic development and growth.
    • This includes reaching out to existing businesses to help them expand, being more involved in development organizations like the QC Chamber of Commerce, and collaborating with the economic development departments of other municipalities.
    • Over the last two years, we have partnered with the Bi-State Regional Commission to provide a revolving loan for a Milan business that is working to expand its local operations and add jobs.
    • For the future, I propose a new County Board committee that would proactively work on economic development issues. This new committee would be made of elected members, business leaders, and other professionals, who would establish policy recommendations for the County Board to adopt.

  • Make a better future for young people by investing in education and opportunities for uplift.
    • The County offers a college scholarship for young people to help with college affordability.
    • The Western Illinois Riverfront Campus will help educate our workforce and attract high-paying jobs to our area.
    • Investments in infrastructure are needed to expand the tax base and raise the standar of living, which will make our area more attractive to new families looking for a good place to raise their family and live affordably.
    • I have proposed developing areas of incorporated Rock Island County with expanded highways and other infrastructure as the basis for the road to a better future.

  • Implement reforms that makes County government more transparent & accountable.
    • In May 2012, we reformed County Board compensation to adopt the 'no work, no pay' principle and now members will only be paid for meetings they attend.
    • We have adopted reforms for credit card purchases to make the rules clearer and the process more transparent.
    • I have posted our balanced budget ordinance and its details on my website so that anyone can browse the County's books.

  • Empower citizens to be involved in and aware of the ways the County serves them.
    • I have maintained a one-of-a-kind, up-to-date constituent service website to post information about our County and to involve our residents in their government.
    • Additionally, several times a year I publish the District 15 Public Servant newsletter that is delivered to the mailboxes of our District's residents.
    • I regularly walk the neighborhoods the make up our District, going door-to-door to find out the issues that matter to you and your family. I also can be found on Facebook and Twitter.

  • Operate with a united front to accomplish shared goals, because we’re all in this together.
    • With a diverse board of 25 members, there are many different views and interests that are expressed, and it's important that all of us work together and realize a good idea when we see one.
    • Whether a good idea comes from a rural or an urban community, or a Republican or Democrat, we need to accomplish goals that will benefit our County and compromise as necessary.