ROCKFORD — Transform Rockford will host a series of community events to help determine what projects and initiatives can turn the city into a top tier community.
The nonprofit organization unveiled strategies last month to make Rockford a top 25 community by 2025. Now it must decide exactly how to put that vision into motion. Transform Rockford is holding a series of Community Idea Exchanges open to the public to identify potential projects.
The events “create interactive opportunities for community members to identify and sequence projects tied to those strategies — the ‘how’ we are going to achieve our vision for the future,” said Emily Hartzog, a Community Idea Exchange team member for Transform Rockford. “It’s an exciting transition, and one that requires representation and participation by organizations, businesses and individuals across our region.”
Aside from suggesting new projects or feedback on the strategies unveiled last month, community members can also suggest metrics for success, said Scott Anderson of Transform Rockford.
“Broad community engagement and input is critical to all steps of the process,” he said.
Here’s the schedule for the upcoming events and the topics that will be covered.
Economy and jobs, funding and alignment, physical infrastructure, planning: 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at RMAP, 313 N. Main St.
Unity, pride, culture, family and neighborhoods, arts and recreation: 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Pilgrim Baptist Church, 1703 S. Central Ave.
Leadership and youth, quality: 5:30 p.m. Aug. 3 at Boylan Catholic High School, 4000 Saint Francis Drive.
Living the brand, communications: 5:30 p.m. Aug. 10 at Anderson Japanese Gardens, 318 Spring Creek Road.
Safety: 5:30 p.m. Sept. 8 at Klehm Arboretum, 2715 S. Main St.
Community members can also give feedback ONLINE: Give feedback on draft strategies and submit transformational project ideas by visiting http://transformrockford.org/strategies
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