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Monthly Archives: July 2017

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T-Map Project; Community Safety Engagement: Rockford Police Teach Lessons On The Hardwood

ROCKFORD – “I call it community relations, community building,” said Marcus Hill, Resident Service Manager with the Rockford Housing Authority.

Hill and Rockford Police Assistant Deputy Chief Mike Dalke gave kids from the Orton Keys housing project
skills that win on the court and in life.”Teamwork, trust, you know trusting in each other, and learning how to deal with conflict,” Hill said. “Learning how to win and also learning how to lose,” he added.

The Rockford Police and the Rockford Housing Authority hosted a basketball skills camp Thursday afternoon at the District 2 police station. “We’re trying to get to the youth, trying to get to individuals who are high risk and turn them, get them going on the right paths,” said Dalke.

The goal is to point them away from the path that leads to violent crime. Just this past Wednesday night a juvenile was shot by another teen on Auburn near Grant Avenue. In June, sixteen year old Jamie Rodgers was found shot to death on Kent Street, and in late May twelve year old Donavan Ruland was murdered by a sixteen year old gunman while riding on his ATV.

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T-Map Project: Community Safety Engagement

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T-Map Project; Innovation Ecosystem: Rockford Day seeking participation of local businesses

ROCKFORD — Rockford Day invites local businesses to join in the celebration by offering 815 Rockford-themed discounts and events Aug. 15 in Rockford.

Rockford Day, playing off the city’s primary area code of 815, is a community showcase of the places, activities and people that make Rockford unique through interactive experiences.

Area businesses, agencies and organizations will feature discounts or activities, products and services throughout the day.

There is no cost to participate. For information and to register offers by July 21:

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T-Map Project: Innovation Ecosystem

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Transformational Project; Downtown Development : City approves development agreement for Rockford Conference Center

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) — It may not be long before we see construction begin on the Rockford regional convention center. This comes as Rockford’s city council gives the green light on a development agreement for the project.

With a 9-4 vote, the city council approved the development agreement with a Rockford local development corporation, which allows the company to arrange financing for the conference center.

As the Amerock hotel project moves forward the city is working with R.L.D.C. to secure a nearly $12 million conventional construction loan to build the 40 thousand square-foot conference center.

The city plans to seek new market tax credits for the project. The tax credits would help save the city money on interest payments for the project budgeted at $12.5 million.

Developer Gary Gorman has purchased space surrounding the Amerock building for the construction of the convention center which Gorman would then lease from R.L.D.C.

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T-Map Project: Downtown Development

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Economy & Jobs: Rockford fishing website to attend convention in Orlando

ROCKFORD —, the Rockford-based online matching website that hooks fishermen with other enthusiasts to share costs and expertise, will attend the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades convention, set to be held July 12-14 in Orlando. will be sponsored by Fishing Tackle Retailer and will exhibit its platform along with 585 other exhibitors in the New Product Showcase. will compete for new product awards in 26 categories and for an overall Best of Show award.

The website was started in 2014 by Rock Valley College business professor and avid fisherman Stacy McCaskill.

The eventual goal of the website is to become the of the recreational fishing industry.

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Unity, Pride, Culture: Rockford Big Dogs baseball wins Turning Batters Into Hitters tournament

ROCKFORD — The Rockford Big Dogs 15U baseball team won the 16U Turning Batters Into Hitters tournament, held July 7-9 in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

The Big Dogs played seven games in three days and finished in first place out of 21 teams. Justin Kerestes earned the win in the championship, and Adam Kuhar picked up the save. Carson Blatchford was 1-3 with a triple and RBI, and Holden Paddock was 1-3 with three RBIs.

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