We Want You to Thrive in Monmouth
In a small community like Monmouth, our small businesses are the life-blood of our economy. The City of Monmouth works hand-in-hand with businesses, agencies and driven individuals to create a fertile economic garden for our local enterprises to grow and thrive.
Whether you are a new business looking to start-up, an existing business looking to expand into the Monmouth market or a long-time Monmouth business looking to expand, let us help connect you to the tools and agencies to help you reach your goal.
Monmouth proudly stands on firm economic footing, with solid municipal fiscal management, strong economic-drive businesses (such as Farmland Foods and Monmouth College) and a history of entrepreneurial innovation and growth. We are a community rooted in a rich history with a progressive vision of a prosperous future in the global twenty-first century economy.
We realize that there is more to economic development that just site selection and incentives—many factors help drive a thriving small town economy from quality of life to cultural and educational opportunities to access to transportation and an able and ready workforce. We are active and aggressive in our efforts to create a vital "hotspot" for economic growth in our community.
Stop by City Hall and let us share our history, our vision, our community and our tools with you. Together we can thrive here in West Central Illinois!
Lew Steinbrecher, City Administrator
(309) 734-2141 • (309) 734-4943 (fax)
Lew Steinbrecher has spent over 40 years in local government, most recently as Moline's city administrator, a job he held for 12 years before retiring last November. Mayor Rod Davies was able to coax him out of retirement to help run Monmouth for the rest of the year.
Lew is originally from a small town in southern Michigan and has been a municipal manager for six different communities in the Midwest, including Albion, Michigan, which is very similar to Monmouth with a population of 10,000 people, a small private four-year liberal arts college, and a sizeable diverse population. He also served as the economic development director for a regional planning agency at the beginning of his 42-year career.
He has an undergraduate degree in community planning and development and a Master of Science degree in administration. Lew started working for the City of Monmouth on May 31 and is excited to work with community leaders along with Mayor Davies and the City Council members to advance the various economic development projects already in progress, as well as several planned public infrastructure improvement projects soon to begin construction.