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Transform Rockford is comprised of individuals who have volunteered their time on working committees (e.g. Work Teams) to ensure solid, forward movement of the initiative throughout the entire planning and implementation phases.

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RRStar: Strategy leaders to be in place next month for Transform Rockford

ROCKFORD — About 400 people attended a Transform Rockford meeting in the new Auburn High School field house on Monday to celebrate volunteer efforts and a finalized community vision and to learn about next steps.

Singer Gina Meeks performed a song with lyrics that said “if we are standing together, no one will get behind.”
Mike Brown, CEO and president of the YMCA of Rock River Valley, said that transforming Rockford is “not an us versus them. It is an opportunity to share and interact with each other.”
The tentative vision statement for turning the Rockford region into a top 25 community by 2025 was released in July. The final version released Monday tweaked wording. Its focus continues to be embracing diversity, fostering a crime-free culture, and delivering an excellent education to all children. Other points addressed include that by 2025, neighborhoods and recreational amenities will be vibrant; infrastructure, robust; the economy, strong and built on manufacturing, logistics and agribusiness.
Transform Rockford was formed last year and its process has been funded so far mostly by contributions from Woodward Inc. and Alpine Bank. About 3,000 people attended 51 meetings over months to give input for what they want Rockford to become.
By mid November, Transform Rockford expects to announce which leaders from business, the public, nonprofits and faith groups have been tapped to define strategies to drastically improve the region’s social and economic status.
Georgette Braun: 815-987-1331;; @georgettebraun

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Arts and Recreation: Changing seasons brings different assortment to Rockford City Market

Online Staff Report

The Rockford City Market season end is only a couple weeks away, but there are still plenty of goods to buy, music to listen to, and activities to participate in at the market!


Several food vendors offer food and drink to go along with the fall season. Market patrons can enjoy a hot cup of pumpkin spice coffee from JavaMania, or a delectable slice of pecan pie from Zammuto’s. Warm mittens and socks crocheted from Alpaca knit can also be purchased at Dreamswept Alpacas.

Whether in the sweltering summer or brisk fall, Rockford City Market is the place to be for the changing seasons.

What to expect at Rockford City Market this Friday, Oct. 10:

• Music — Mickey Rosenquist (rock) performing from 4 to 7 p.m.;

• Activity — Children’s games and activities;

• Rockford Etsy Booth — Cherry on Top Creations (unique paper creations);

• Rotating Artist — Karen Maher (recycled mittens); and

• Gates — Rockford Ravens Rugby Team.

Rockford City Market survey

Take a few minutes to fill out a survey about Rockford City Market. The market continues to improve only with the help of feedback from guests. Take the survey at

Rockford City Market is held every Friday from May 30 through Oct. 17 along Water Street between State and Jefferson streets in downtown Rockford. It runs from 3 to 8 p.m. before Labor Day and 3 to 7 p.m. after Labor Day. The market includes local growers and vendors who sell natural products, including vegetables, fruit, meat, cheeses, flowers, herbs, baked goods, wine and healthy snacks, as well as artisans and vendors with unique offerings and live entertainment by a variety of performers.

Rockford City Market is a collaborative effort of several agencies, including the Rock River Development Partnership, Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, and the City of Rockford.

Posted Oct. 8, 2014


Transform Rockford’s vision finalized, strategy group leaders being recruited

ROCKFORD — Transform Rockford leaders have slightly tweaked the tentative vision for the community that the group unveiled to 1,400 people at a July meeting, and they will share the final version Monday.

The presentation, which also will celebrate the volunteers and meeting attendees who helped shape the vision, will be at 5:30 p.m. at Auburn High School’s indoor fieldhouse, 5110 Auburn St. The public is invited.

“Most of the reaction was we hit the mark,” said Mike Schablaske, Transform Rockford executive director. “There are word changes, more clarification,” he said, without releasing a copy of the final version.

The tentative vision zeroed in on “embracing our diversity, fostering a crime-free culture and delivering an excellent education to all our children.” The aim is to turn Rockford from ranking at or near the bottom of national lists because of crime, obesity, joblessness and education levels to a top-25 city by 2025.

The next step is recruiting volunteers to lead 12 to 15 committees that will set strategies in coming months on how to improve the social and economic climate in the Rockford region. A few dozen individuals have been invited to an Oct. 21 meeting to determine interests and availability of those who might lead such groups.

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Georgette Braun: 815-987-1331;; @georgettebraun