2017-18 City Council Goals

The following policy priorities and strategic goals for Mesquite were identified and developed by the Mesquite City Council and passed by resolution on April 3, 2017. 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:


  • 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.
  • Increase effectiveness of environmental code programs.
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Job Creation

Top Priorities:

  • Establish a business development program in partnership with other institutions to provide specialized technical and vocational training.
  • Identify strategies to encourage city employees to live in Mesquite.
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Downtown Redevelopment


Top Priority:

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

Top Priorities:

  • Revitalize older shopping centers through aggressive intervention and code enforcement.
  • Inventory shopping center conditions and assess their future viability.
  • Develop a strategy to revitalize or repurpose nonviable shopping centers through incentives or code enforcement.
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Retail Area Vitality



Top Priority:

  • Create a long-term plan to ensure Mesquite's retail sector remains viable.
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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:

  • Engage minority groups and improve community relations.
  • Encourage greater minority participation through outreach within local churches and organizations, and at community events.  
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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.