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Monthly Archives: March 2014

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Let your voice be heard today! Final Community Visioning Session ~ Rock Valley College, 6pm


TransformRockford is hosting its final Community Visioning Session at Rock Valley College on Monday, March 31st from 6-8pm in the Woodward Technology Center.

Invite your family, friends, co-workers, students, neighbors and teachers.



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Transform Rockford: Volunteer spotlight ~ Yuritzi Moctezuma

Yuritzi Moctezuma

Yuritzi Moctezuma

Name: Yuritzi Moctezuma

Age: 24

Occupation: Administrative assistant for the Regional Office of Education-STAR Programs (Page Park location); education coordinator at St. Patrick Church

Lived in Rockford area since: 24 years in the Churchill’s Grove area

Transform Rockford involvement: Bilingual co-facilitator at Community Vision Sessions

The importance of shared values: Rockford and its surroundings have the ability to become a world-class location. It is my responsibility as a young professional to nourish young minds and help strengthen the community by encouraging TR shared values.

TR shared values are meant to unite individuals of all ages with common ambitions for the region. I highly recommend that our youths and young professionals to get involved in the community. Be the change you want to see in Rockford.

source: rrstar

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TransformRockford with Apps: Eigerlab Introduces Code for America Brigade Program

WREX – EIGERlab’s IT Roundtable is launching a local group aimed at helping volunteers partner with the government to better the community.

A Code for America Brigade will be set up in Rockford. Code for America is a non-profit that partners local governments with volunteer agencies in 31 cities and four countries. Brigade groups host regular hack nights, events, advocate for open data, and deploy apps.

Read more

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WTVO – Dr. Norman Walzer speaks to a crowd of those wanting to transform Rockford.

ROCKFORD- Dr. Norman Walzer speaks to a crowd of those wanting to transform Rockford.

“You need to engage the people. You need to develop some champions in a community that want to move ahead. You need to identify where the people see the major issues are,” explained Dr. Walzer.

He specializes in regional economic development. Walzer says the expansion of the aerospace and health industries make Rockford positioned to do great things.

“What Rockford has going for it though is it’s been working for six or eight years on economic development transformation,” he said.

Read more

Download Dr. Norman Walzer Presentation

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Live Video Stream – Community Learning Series tonight @ 6:30pm

Live Video Stream – Community Learning Series tonight at Fisher Chapel on the Rockford University Campus. The meeting starts at 6:30p, but if you can’t make it please watch live feed from …

channel 17.1 (or comcast cable channel 16)

WREX Live Stream

WIFR Live Stream

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Rockford Lao community reunited at Transform Rockford visioning session

“It’s very nice to me to see all of us (Buddhist Lao community and Christian Lao community) together here this afternoon, even though we are from different areas of interest, maybe different religions, but we are here together in unity as Lao community,” says Nit Chanthalangsy, a member of the Christian Lao Community

It took nearly three months of talks to get the two groups to meet today. Organizers hope the event was just the beginning of a healing process.

Read entire story and watch video

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Local business gives all for literacy

Posted on

Make sure and eat at Jersey Mikes on March 26th! 100% of proceeds will go to the Literacy Council of Rockford! Share this with everyone. See #transformrockford

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New Videos Posted!

Take a few moments and check out the latest videos posted on the TransformRockford Channel!



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Transform Rockford: Make your voice heard at upcoming events

By Mike Schablaske
Executive Director, Transform Rockford

March 22. 2014 11:00AM

We are entering a busy period for Transform Rockford activities and opportunities for engagement:

Final opportunities for visioning: We have a week of visioning sessions ahead, culminating in a final session at 6 p.m. on Monday, March 31, at Rock Valley College’s Woodward Technology Center. See for the full list of sessions, as well as an opportunity to share your vision online. From this vision input, community goals will be established. Please let your voice be heard on this.

Community Learning Series: This series continues at 6:30 Tuesday at Rockford University’s Fisher Chapel. Norm Walzer, Northern Illinois University senior research scholar, will give his thoughts on practices and processes to drive community change. Angel Contreras and Scott Anderson, co-leads of the Transform Rockford Process Team, will respond as a panel to relate Dr. Walzer’s ideas to Transform Rockford and to respond to Dr. Walzer’s challenges and suggestions. As usual, there will be opportunities for community input and questions.

Vision drafting: In April, the input from the visioning efforts will be compiled into a draft vision and offered for community review and comment. Watch for more on this in coming weeks.

Please take an opportunity to share your vision of a transformed Rockford region and to learn about the process of Transform Rockford.

Volunteer spotlight

Name: Kuenzi Dearth

Age: 26

Occupation: I am a certified therapeutic recreation specialist (CTRS) and a recreation coordinator in the Therapeutic Recreation Department for the Rockford Park District. Our department provides programming and services for individuals of all ages with disabilities. My service area is Inclusion Services, and within this area I help create, develop and implement a variety of modifications and accommodations so that individuals with various disabilities-related needs can successfully participate in programs with their typically developing peers.

Lived in Rockford area since: I moved to the Rockford area in May of 2010 to complete an internship in the Therapeutic Recreation Department at the Rockford Park District. After completing my internship and working as a seasonal employee I joined RPD as a full-time employee and have been here ever since.

Transform Rockford involvement: I am on the Youth Focus team that falls under the Engagement Team. Our team is currently working hard to keep youth in our region involved and engaged in Transform Rockford. We feel that engaging and involving the youth in our region is vital to the transformation and success of our community. Each youth in our community has a unique story, and we want to be sure their voices, thoughts and ideas are heard.

The importance of shared values: I believe the shared values are the building blocks to a successful, strong and unified community. By implementing the nine shared values — inclusion, caring, respect, transparency, trustworthiness, unity, ideation, responsibility and interconnectedness — in our daily lives, we will begin to see transformation in our region.


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Weekend Community Visioning Sessions

  • 3/22 9:30-11:30am ~ Jefferson High School (public officials and open to public), Cafeteria, Rockford details
  • 3/22 2-4pm ~ Jefferson High School (Lao American Associate Event), Cafeteria, Rockford details