Community Invited: Community Idea Exchange ~ 7/8/15

Wednesday July 8, 2015
200 Y Blvd.
Rockford IL 61107

Our community has defined what it wants to be through its vision and impact statements.

Please join us July 8th to brainstorm and exchange ideas on how we can become that top 25 community by 2025.

We need YOUR thoughts on how OUR COMMUNITY can BOLDLY leverage its strengths to do great things.

Volunteers Needed

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Transform Rockford Vision Statement

We are a top 25 community where our people are engaged, inspired and are leading successful and fulfilling lives.

Our community is recognized as one of the very best regions in which to live. Our residents are thriving and enjoying a superior quality of life.  We have transformed our community by embracing our diversity, fostering a crime-free culture, and delivering an excellent education to all our children.

We have an agile, innovative and strong economy built on the renaissance of North American manufacturing, logistics, agribusiness and our adjacency to urban centers, such as Chicago.  Our infrastructure is robust, our workforce is sought after, and our vibrant neighborhoods and cultural and recreational amenities draw people to locate in our region.

Questions? Please call the Transform Rockford office ~ 815-977-5840

Leadership & Youth: Alignment Rockford launches volunteer recognition program

ROCKFORD — Alignment Rockford recently launched the Faces of Alignment Rockford campaign to recognize volunteers who help develop strategies for Rockford public schools.

Amy Heilman is the first volunteer to be recognized. She is the program director of Rock Valley College’s Refugee and Immigrant Services and Elevate, which helps young people overcome barriers.

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RRSTAR: Transform Rockford to hold ‘idea exchange’ at YMCA

ROCKFORD — Transform Rockford has analyzed the city’s problems and developed a vision for vaulting Rockford into the company of the country’s top-25 communities within 10 years.

Now the nonprofit group’s leaders are asking for help connecting the dots: how can that vision become reality?

Transform Rockford is holding an “idea exchange” at the YMCA of Rock River Valley’s ID Pennock branch, 200 Y Blvd., from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday  to brainstorm ways to overcome the city’s problems.

“How will we get to that vision?” said Transform spokesman Patrick O’Keefe. “We’re really looking for anybody in the community to come. It’s open to everyone, anybody who’s got ideas.”

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Top25by25: Transform Rockford Update: Change Through Group Action

As the nonprofit Transform Rockford continues to pursue positive improvements across our region, teamwork has become an essential component.


Transform Rockford is a nonprofit organization that exists to drive dramatic long-term social and economic improvements to our region. This movement toward self-improvement is built on a great foundation, now in place, which consists of:

  • a broadly engaged community supporting change
  • a compelling vision (to be a Top 25 community by 2025)
  • a set of widely accepted shared values to guide our actions
  • a rigorous strategic planning and implementation process.

Currently, Transform Rockford has 14 issue-focused teams that are performing the important work of strategy development. These teams are comprised of more than 200 individuals from around the region. They are following a proven process that has already delivered dramatic improvement in many organizations and businesses throughout the Rockford region.


Caring: Colorado youth group mending homes, making friends in Rockford

Mattie Martin, 14, paints a wall at JustGoods Fair Trade Marketplace on Thursday, June 18, 2015, in Rockford. Martin was participating in a mission trip with St. Luke

ROCKFORD — Colorado is usually a coveted destination for Rockfordians.

This week, however, Coloradan Matthew Bacon made his second trip here in the past six years.

It wasn’t family or the sights that brought him here. He was with a contingent of teenagers and adult chaperones who rolled up their sleeves to help paint houses, clean an apartment, do roof repairs, build a wheelchair ramp and install windows — among other community-service projects.

The 50 high school students and 15 adult volunteers are from St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Highlands Ranch.

Bacon, 23, helped supervise a team of youths who cleaned out four abandoned apartments at Brewington Oaks, a Rockford Housing Authority high-rise at 515 Seminary St.

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Healthy Lifestyles: Humana and Rockford Health System Partner to Improve Seniors’ Lives


In an effort to improve patient care through enhanced population health management, Rockford Health System and Humana Inc. (HUM) have established a new Accountable Care agreement for members throughout northern Illinois.

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The agreement, effective May 1, 2015, will unite one of the country’s leading health and well-being companies and one of the region’s largest health systems in a common goal – to implement efficient health care delivery that improves wellness opportunities and lowers costs.

Established in 1883, the Rockford Health System includes Rockford Memorial Hospital, Rockford Health Physicians, Visiting Nurses Association and the Rockford Memorial Development Foundation. The system also has a wide network throughout the region, including 450 physicians on the medical staff, nearly 3,400 employees and more than 300 volunteers.

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Community Meeting; New Development Proposal: Thursday, June 18th, 5:30—7:30 PM

Gorman & Company, Inc is proposing a mixed-income development for S. New Towne Drive. Please join us for a community meeting to learn about the proposal and engage in conversation about a future development on this site.


Gregory Elementary School

4820 Carol Court, Rockford, IL 61108


 Thursday, June 18th

Open House: 5:30—6:30

Presentation and Q&A: 6:30—7:30

RSVP & Questions:

Emily Burns ~