2016 City Council Goals

The following policy priorities and strategic goals for Mesquite were identified and developed by the Mesquite City Council during the October 16-17, 2015, policy retreat and February 13, 2016, goal-setting retreat. The goals have been ranked by priority. Top priority issues will receive funding preference over high priority issues.
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Public Safety

Top Priorities:


  • Empower and train neighborhood crime watch program participants to impact areas beyond criminal activity.
  • Make the most efficient use of staffing to provide the highest level of public safety for the community.
  • Increase the use of technology in reducing crime.
  • Train non-public safety employees to assist in crime prevention.
  • Improve and expand community policing and crime watch programs and increase visibility of these programs in neighborhoods.
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Neighborhood Appearance & Condition

Top Priorities:

  • Create new strategies to address common environmental and building code problems.
  • Prioritize code enforcement strategies and efforts.
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Job Creation

Top Priority:

  • Establish a business development program in partnership with other institutions to provide specialized technical and vocational training.
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Downtown Redevelopment

Top Priority:

  • Develop a community-wide vision for Downtown Mesquite.
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Shopping Center Revitalization

Top Priority:

  • Revitalize older shopping centers through aggressive intervention and code enforcement.
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IH-20 Corridor Development

Top Priority:

  • Create a unique identity for the IH-20 Corridor that will enhance the marketing efforts of the comprehensive plan.
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Small Business Retention 

High Priorities:

  • Provide ongoing communication with small businesses to better understand their needs.
  • Identify strategies to assist small businesses and develop programs that can serve as resources to small business owners.
  • Create a program to spotlight successful small businesses and promote their successes outside of Mesquite.
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Sharing Our Story

High Priorities:

  • Create programs to educate residents about City services and foster involvement within the community.
  • Spotlight employees and the services they provide on social media and other communication platforms.
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Minority Citizen Involvement

High Priorities:

  • Enhance community policing programs to engage minority groups and improve community relations.
  • Encourage greater minority participation through outreach within local churches and organizations, and at community events.
  • Develop a program to encourage and assist residents to host neighborhood events to improve minority interaction.  
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Infrastructure Maintenance

High Priorities:

  • Evaluate existing maintenance practices to maximize the efficient and effective useful life of City assets.
  • Enhance the Capital Improvement Plan development process by assessing the condition of all City infrastructure.