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Monthly Archives: August 2016

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Unity, Pride, Culture: Midtown Ethnic Parade and Festival celebrates Rockford’s diversity

Hispanic dancers swirl their dresses as they march in the Midtown Ethnic Festival parade on Seventh Street in Rockford on Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016. SUSAN MORAN/CORRESPONDENT/RRSTAR.COM

Hispanic dancers swirl their dresses as they march in the Midtown Ethnic Festival parade on Seventh Street in Rockford on Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016. SUSAN MORAN/CORRESPONDENT/RRSTAR.COM

It was a spontaneous expression of a culture at the Midtown Ethnic Festival, where people from 52 countries gathered on Seventh Street to show their colors and share their traditions.

“We have to let everyone know it’s a dance from home,” said Emad Ahmad, 14, a student at Rockford Iqra School.

Or, as Mustafa Abdall, executive director of the Rockford organization African Arab Asian American Voice, said, the dance was an expression that they can “enjoy the American dream.”

Read more http://www.rrstar.com/news/20160828/midtown-ethnic-parade-and-festival-celebrates-rockfords-diversity?template=printart


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Community Idea Exchange – 9/8 @ Klehm Arboretum

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2715 S Main St, Rockford, IL


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Strong Towns: Chuck Marohn will host Curbside Chats & Community Conversation in Rockford

below article from www.StrongTowns.org & www.CitySmiths.org

See Press Release

Chuck Marohn will host Curbside Chats & Community Conversation, sponsored by Transform Rockford

Monday, August 29: 

*5:30pm: Chuck will speak to Rockford City Council during their regular meeting at City Hall. The public is always welcome to attend Council meetings.

*7-8pm: “Chat on the Curb”, meet at the future site of The Norwegian Restaurant, 1402 N. Main St., and enjoy discussion about and a tour of the North End.

Tuesday, August 30:

*9-10am: “Chat on the Curb”, meet at Katie’s Cup, 502 7th St, enjoy discussion and a tour of the Midtown District.

*10:15-11:15am: “Chat on the Curb”, meet at City Market Pavilion (intersection of State and Water), enjoy discussion and a tour of the River District.

*2:30-3:30pm: “Chat on the Curb”, meet at Dairy Depot, 5413 N. 2nd St, enjoy discussion and a tour of Loves Park.

*5:30-7:30pm: Community Conversation event, Veterans Memorial Hall, 211 N. Main St.. Chuck will give the Strong Towns “Curbside Chat”, the cornerstone presentation of the Strong Towns message which you will NOT want to miss.

The Curbside Chat is a presentation followed by a community-specific discussion about the financial health of our places.

  • Why are our cities and towns so short of resources despite decades of robust growth?
  • Why do we struggle at the local level just to maintain our basic infrastructure?
  • What do we do now that the economy has changed so dramatically?

The answers lie in the way we have developed; the financial productivity of our places. This stunning presentation is a game-changer for communities looking to grow more resilient and obtain true prosperity during changing times.


Strong Towns is a national media nonprofit whose content reaches tens of thousands of readers and listeners every month. Our work has four main components:

  1. Daily written content – We publish award-winning daily articles on our website, covering topics related to our mission including transportation, land use, urban design, community resilience, and more.
  2. Weekly podcasts – Our Thursday podcast series features interviews with distinguished guests in the fields of urban planning, academia, public policy and more. Our “Week Ahead” podcast on Mondays provides updates on the Strong Towns movement.
  3. Events across the country – Strong Towns’ staff lead presentations, workshops and community gatherings across the country. See our calendarfor information about upcoming events.
  4. Friends throughout the world Strong Towns is a member-supported organization. Become a member and you become part of the Strong Towns community.

THE MISSION OF STRONG TOWNS IS TO SUPPORT A MODEL OF DEVELOPMENT THAT ALLOWS AMERICA’S CITIES, TOWNS AND NEIGHBORHOODS TO BECOME FINANCIALLY STRONG AND RESILIENT.

For the United States to be a prosperous country, it must have strong cities, towns and neighborhoods. Enduring prosperity for our communities cannot be artificially created from the outside but must be built from within, incrementally over time.


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Review Draft Strategies and Submit Transformational Project Ideas

Reviewing the draft strategies and identify projects that will move those strategies forward represents the first step in the creation of the Transformation Map, our roadmap to help make our region a top 25 by 2015.

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#TRGoodNewsFriday: Rockford Realtors say real estate market is hot

A for sale sign sits near a home that is under construction Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016, at Rote Road and Devine Drive in Rockford. MAX GERSH/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER/RRSTAR.COM

A for sale sign sits near a home that is under construction Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016, at Rote Road and Devine Drive in Rockford. MAX GERSH/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER/RRSTAR.COM

And cheap.

That’s according to the website 24-7 Wall St., which has been notorious around here for frequent dubious rankings of the Forest City.

Last week the website said Rockford had the sixth fastest growing housing market among metropolitan areas. This week it said housing prices here were the fifth least expensive, with a median sales price of $109,000 for the first six months of 2016.

Realtors are interpreting that as good news. Rockford Area Realtors gathered the media today to celebrate the news.

“That’s a great statistic for us and we’re proud of that,” said Steve Bois, CEO of Rockford Area Realtors, of the fastest growing housing market.

“That needs to go up,” he said of the median price.

News Source: http://www.rrstar.com/news/20160824/rockford-realtors-say-real-estate-market-is-hot?template=printart


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Economy & Jobs: Manufacturing company holds job fair for Rockford Products employees

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) — Nearly 200 Rockford Products workers are officially out of a job, leaving them wondering where they will find their next employment opportunity.

For many, that opportunity may come sooner than later. Maclean Fogg, a manufacturing company based out of Mundelein, Illinois, is looking to hire nearly 80 employees as manufacturing and quality engineers.

The jobs are located all across the country with some in Savanna and Mundelein, Illinois.

If those are not local enough, Freeway Rockford is also looking to hire press operators, journeymen, tool and die makers, and lead maintenance workers.

“We’re looking to grow and looking to hire local people so if there’s anyone out there from Rockford Products looking to stay local here in Rockford please stop by and see us,” said Freeway Rockford Vice President Scott Sommers.

MacLean Fogg will hold a job fair at the Hilton Garden Inn in Rockford on Friday August 26th from 8am to 8pm. If job applicants qualify, interviews will be conducted at the career fair.

News Source: http://www.wifr.com/content/news/Manufacturing-company-holds-job-fair-to-hire-Rockford-Products-employees-391352132.html


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Caring: Rockford man’s trip improves lives of thousands

Children in Haiti gather around buckets of fresh water provided by Hope for Haitians, a Rockford-based organization which raises money to improve the lives of people in that country. PHOTO PROVIDED

Children in Haiti gather around buckets of fresh water provided by Hope for Haitians, a Rockford-based organization which raises money to improve the lives of people in that country. PHOTO PROVIDED

The trip was a pilgrimage to Haiti.

“We couldn’t believe what we saw. This was shocking. It was poverty, extreme poverty,” Lorden said. “You can smell it, taste it in the air. The (residents) have nothing.”

Lorden returned from the trip with a mission. He wanted to raise money to help Haitians living in mud huts and walking miles for drinking water.

In a few months, he had raised $100,000 and took a few of the donors back to Haiti to meet the people who would be helped.

Read more http://www.rrstar.com/news/20160824/slice-rockford-mans-trip-improves-lives-of-thousands?template=printart


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Economy & Jobs: Rockford Realtors say real estate market is hot

Rockford Realtors say real estate market is hot

And cheap.

That’s according to the website 24-7 Wall St., which has been notorious around here for frequent dubious rankings of the Forest City.

Last week the website said Rockford had the sixth fastest growing housing market among metropolitan areas. This week it said housing prices here were the fifth least expensive, with a median sales price of $109,000 for the first six months of 2016.

Realtors are interpreting that as good news. Rockford Area Realtors gathered the media today to celebrate the news.

“That’s a great statistic for us and we’re proud of that,” said Steve Bois, CEO of Rockford Area Realtors, of the fastest growing housing market.

Mike Schablaske, executive director of Transform Rockford, said real estate trends are a barometer of the region’s growing economic health. He said the region is in the middle of a $2 billion capital-spending boom that is driving recovery.

“We should not be surprised to see these results,” Schablaske said.

Read more http://www.rrstar.com/news/20160824/rockford-realtors-say-real-estate-market-is-hot?template=printart


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Leadership: Scott Olson selected as next Rockford Park District commissioner

ROCKFORD — Rockford Park District commissioners have selected Scott Olson as their new colleague.

Olson will replace Doug Brooks, who announced his resignation in July because he moved out of the city.

Olson was among finalists that included Bill Lewis, Marjorie Veitch and former Rock Valley College President Jack Becherer. Board members and Executive Director Tim Dimke screened applicants before four finalists were interviewed at special board meetings.

Read more http://www.rrstar.com/news/20160822/scott-olson-selected-as-next-rockford-park-district-commissioner?template=printart


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Unity, Pride, Culture: Rock River Anything That Floats Race returns to Rockford

Katrina (from left), 7, and Kendra, 8, help their dad, Scott Howse of Rockford, get their shark-towing canoe prepared for launch Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016, during the Rock River Anything That Floats Race in Rockford. MAX GERSH/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER/RRSTAR.COM

Katrina (from left), 7, and Kendra, 8, help their dad, Scott Howse of Rockford, get their shark-towing canoe prepared for launch Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016, during the Rock River Anything That Floats Race in Rockford. MAX GERSH/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER/RRSTAR.COM

Anderson was the captain and eager to see how his makeshift crew of students would fare on the water as the Rock River Anything That Floats Race returned to downtown Rockford on Sunday for the first time in 17 years.

“The first time I heard (a radio) commercial, I signed up the next day,” Anderson said. “I thought it was an awesome thing for our kids to get involved with and I hope more high schools get in it next year.”

Sixty fabrication class students helped create the raft reminiscent of a Viking ship adorned with a Guilford flag.

An oar-powered boat, it was made of spare wood and sealed with spray-on foam. Students made Viking swords and shields and carved a wooden dragon for a masthead. The boat was large enough for a crew of about a dozen.

Read More http://www.rrstar.com/news/20160821/rock-river-anything-that-floats-race-returns-to-rockford?template=printart