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North Liberty Business & BBQ

Celebrating commerce growth at Mosley’s
North Liberty Mayor Terry Donahue addresses attendees of Business & BBQ on Thursday, Nov. 15, at the brand-new Mosley’s Barbecue and Provisions on Zeller Street. Via the City of North Liberty and Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce, the event provided a celebration of the city’s commerce and growth, as well as a taste of the brand-new restaurant just four days ahead of its official opening to the public. (photo by Cale Stelken)

NORTH LIBERTY– “They say if you feed them, they will come.”
A jovial North Liberty Mayor Terry Donahue remarked on a nearly packed house during Business & BBQ on Thursday, Nov. 15, which continued the city’s annual fall celebration of commerce and growth.
Fittingly, the City of North Liberty and Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce reserved Mosley’s Barbecue and Provisions on Zeller Street for the event, giving locals a taste of the brand-new restaurant just four days ahead of its official opening to the public.
Sponsored by Shive-Hattery, JM Swank and McComas-Lacina Construction, Business & BBQ featured a social hour, complimentary drinks and appetizers and remarks from Mayor Donahue as well as Kim Casko, President and CEO of the chamber; and Mark Nolte, President of the Iowa City Area Development Group.
This year offered plenty to celebrate, including GEICO’s new 50,000-square-foot regional headquarters, North Liberty’s own Moxie Solar and Spotix being among the region’s fastest growing businesses and more than $4.2 million in commercial construction.
Mayor Donahue, however, forwent recapping the city’s recent development, acknowledging the self-evident and seemingly endless construction projects with zeal. “You can see what’s going on,” he remarked. “In fact, we are adopting a new city motto next year: If it ain’t tore up, it will be soon.”
In keeping with the holiday season, Donahue offered his thanks, citing the city’s vibrant schools and quality faculty. He also noted the “explosive growth” to result from the upcoming subdivision south of North Bend Elementary and the residential-commercial complex to be developed at Liberty Executive Park along Kansas Avenue, framing the latter as “part of the new urbanism happening in the state.” The mayor went on to describe the relationship between North Liberty and its booming sibling to the south, Tiffin, as they eagerly anticipate the Forevergreen Road interchange opening next year and continue towards near convergence. “We want to complement each other,” he insisted. “We’re finding that they’re very receptive of that, and that’s going to be our philosophy working with those folks in the future.”
In light of the nation’s divisive political climate, Donahue emphasized the lack of party affiliation with regards to city council and school boards, the representatives of which provide “a synergy of ideas that will help the community, one way or the other.” 
In his final remarks, the mayor offered words from the late U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy.
“When we have situations that are created by man, they can be solved by man,” Donahue cited. “This is what the basis of local governments are made of, and this is why I have a strong belief in our people.”