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TransformRockford: May 2017 Volunteer Newsletter

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May 10th, 2017 Volunteer Newsletter – Click Here


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T-Map Project: Downtown Development; BUSINESSFirst helps redevelopment projects in the community.

Rockford Community Partners is proud to announce “BUSINESSFirst”, a joint venture with the City of Rockford, Winnebago County, Winnebago County Health Department, Small Business Development Center and Rock River Water Reclamation District to assist individuals in redeveloping an existing property or open a new business in an existing property.

BUSINESSFirst starts by making available a team of partners to any individual with a redevelopment project in the community.  An individual can make an appointment to meet with the team for 30 minutes to discuss their project.  The team meets:

  • the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month, from 2:30pm – 4:30pm
  • at the Regional Center for Planning & Design, 315 North Main Street, Rockford, IL  61101
  • beginning June 23, 2015

By having all of these partners in one place at one time, face to face with the customer, we are able to facilitate the most efficient and effective process for the customer.

Read more http://www.businessfirst.support/

Visit T-MAP Parent Strategy: Downtown Development

 


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T-Map Project: Community Safety Engagement; Domestic Violence Help

Remedies provides critical and often times lifesaving services to adults struggling with substance abuse and to victims of domestic violence and their children, and works to end the cycle of abuse and addiction through education and community involvement.

We are the only domestic violence shelter and advocacy agency in Winnebago and Boone counties. Each year Remedies serves over 1,500 victims of domestic violence, roughly 20% of which are children. Remedies substance abuse programs serve an additional 1,800 adults each year. We provide a safe, supportive environment and critical, client-centered services designed to promote the healing of individuals and families.

Remedies is a private, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization governed by a voluntary board of directors.

Visit website: http://www.remediesrenewinglives.org/

Visit T-Map Projects on Community Safety Engagement: click here


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T-MAP Project: RVC-NIU Engineering Partnership

RVC-NIU Engineering PartnershipRock Valley College and Northern Illinois are now offering a program where students can earn their associate degree in engineering from RVC and go on to earn a bachelor’s in engineering from NIU all on the RVC campus in Rockford.  NIU is also offering a master’s degree in engineering at RVC.

Engineering is an exciting field that will beckon talented people and provide fulfilling employment for decades.

Companies are keenly interested in finding the best and brightest talent. And Rock Valley College and Northern Illinois University are committed to filling the void.

We’re joining forces with industry leaders to offer three bachelors degrees and one masters degree in engineering right here at RVC in Rockford beginning in 2016.

Students can now study close to home for the degrees of the future. They can play key roles in helping dynamic, successful companies in our world class aerospace and manufacturing clusters by becoming a home-grown pipeline of talent. Together, we will meet the needs of our region’s thriving manufacturing and innovation economy.

Visit T-Map Project page!

Read more http://www.rockvalleycollege.edu/Courses/Programs/EET/rvc-niu.cfm


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Unity, Pride, Culture: Rockford City Market enters 8th season — with a bit of poetry

ROCKFORD — City Market starts its eighth season Friday, and the woman who makes the market go is expecting the weekly event to draw around 100,000 visits to downtown this year.

By the end of the 2016 season, the market had drawn 97,030 visits, said Cathy McDermott, market manager, who predicts a similar number this year, primarily because of the market’s commitment to “quality local vendors.” There are 72 vendors — 13 of them new — listed on the Rockford City Market website.

“We also pay attention to the many details and evaluate what works and what doesn’t after every weekly market,” McDermott said. “In 2017, we expect that our revised layout will be an improvement as we’ve tried to spread it out a bit and alleviate some congestion under the pavilion.”

Read more http://www.rrstar.com/news/20170517/rockford-city-market-enters-8th-season—with-bit-of-poetry


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Education: Build a Computer & Code with Minecraft

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Media Contact: Dave Costello, 815-921-4516

Event Date: Saturday, July 1, 2017

Event Contact: Chuck Konkol

Rock Valley College Computers and Information Systems (CIS) will be hosting a workshop on Saturday, July 1, 2017, in the Woodward Technology Center (WTC), room 1114 on RVC’s main campus (3301 North Mulford Road). Check-in will be from 9:30-9:50 a.m.

Attendees will assemble their own computer from a Raspberry Pi and other circuit boards that can be taken home after the workshop, and will also learn to code via programs like Minecraft Pi. In addition to taking home the computer they built along with any software they created on it, attendees will also earn a certificate of completion, and will take with them an understanding of what engineering, hardware, and coding have to offer. This workshop will have something for everyone from tinkerers to aspiring coders.

The workshop is appropriate for ages 7 and up. Early-bird tickets to participate in the workshop are $275 plus online ordering fees (after May 30 ticket price increases to $295). Parents and grandparents can purchase a ticket for their child or grandchild and sit with them during workshop at no extra cost. Tickets can be purchased at myrvc.org/buildit.

Please email RVC CIS Professor Chuck Konkol with any questions at c.konkol@rockvalleycollege.edu.

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Unity, Pride, Culture: Rockford To Pitch Unique Vacation Experience

ROCKFORD – The City of Rockford is trying to highlight businesses and the best of the Stateline to attract tourists.

“Real. Original. Rockford,” that is the slogan the City of Rockford has carried for years.

“People are excited about that, they want that original experience,” said Josh Albrecht. “They want something that’s not cookie cutter.  They want something that’s got a little more personality.”

As families begin to plan their summer vacations, Director of Marketing and Public Affairs for Rockford Area Convention and Visitor Bureau (RACVB) Josh Albrecht says the Forest City has plenty to offer.

“You can get that big city quality here for a much more affordable rate,” said Josh Albrecht.

Read more http://www.mystateline.com/news/rockford-to-pitch-unique-vacation-experience/715247942


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Unity, Pride, Culture: Rockford City Market Opens for the Season on Friday

ROCKFORD – The 8th season of the Rockford City Market kicks off this Friday, featuring 13 new vendors.

The market is open every Friday, rain or shine, until September 29. Hours are 3:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. until Labor Day, when the market closes an hour earlier at 7:30 p.m. each Friday.

New vendors for the 2017 season include 15th & Chris, Adamson Family Farm, Curran’s Orchard, District Bar & Grill, Fire Department Coffee, and many more.

Along with the opening of the market this Friday, guests will also get to experience a Peace Dance Flash Mob at 5:30 p.m. on the State Street bridge where members will be “dancing for peace.”

Read more http://www.mystateline.com/news/rockford-city-market-opens-for-the-season-on-friday/714916096


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Leadership & Youth: Rockford Park District names Sandine executive director

ROCKFORD — The Rockford Park District moved a step closer tonight to naming a new executive director.

During a special meeting, the district’s Board of Commissioners interviewed Assistant Executive Director Jay Sandine for the position. In a room packed with Sandine supporters, the board was presented with a petition signed by hundreds of people urging the board to offer him the post.

After the interview, commissioners announced plans to enter into contract discussions with Sandine.

“Jay lives and breathes the Rockford Park District in every aspect of his life,” said board President Ian Linnabary. “His commitment to the institution is evident to everyone around him. We think he is the best choice to lead the Park District in the years to come.”

Read more http://www.rrstar.com/news/20170516/rockford-park-district-names-sandine-executive-director


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Education: Build a Computer & Code with Minecraft

Media Contact: Dave Costello, 815-921-4516

Event Date: Saturday, July 1, 2017

Event Contact: Chuck Konkol

Rock Valley College Computers and Information Systems (CIS) will be hosting a workshop on Saturday, July 1, 2017, in the Woodward Technology Center (WTC), room 1114 on RVC’s main campus (3301 North Mulford Road). Check-in will be from 9:30-9:50 a.m.

Attendees will assemble their own computer from a Raspberry Pi and other circuit boards that can be taken home after the workshop, and will also learn to code via programs like Minecraft Pi. In addition to taking home the computer they built along with any software they created on it, attendees will also earn a certificate of completion, and will take with them an understanding of what engineering, hardware, and coding have to offer. This workshop will have something for everyone from tinkerers to aspiring coders.

The workshop is appropriate for ages 7 and up. Early-bird tickets to participate in the workshop are $275 plus online ordering fees (after May 30 ticket price increases to $295). Parents and grandparents can purchase a ticket for their child or grandchild and sit with them during workshop at no extra cost. Tickets can be purchased at myrvc.org/buildit.

Please email RVC CIS Professor Chuck Konkol with any questions at c.konkol@rockvalleycollege.edu.

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