ROCKFORD – The Forest City has seen is fair share of economic issues, but It’s like the saying goes: knowledge is power. The NAACP, along with several organizations, have made it their goal to empower Stateliners financially, to help improve the community.
“We’re just trying to empower all people to be more financially stable,” President of the Rockford Chapter of the NAACP Dion Simpson said, and that was the main goal for the economic resource fair at Rockford University.
“If families are economically strong, then communities can grow to become economically strong,” 67th District Representative Litesa Wallace added.
According to the Illinois Department of Employment security, unemployment in the Forest City dropped significantly from January 2014 to January 2015, falling from 11% to 7.8%, while adding 2,400 job in that same span. Senator Steve Stadelman believes teaching everyone the importance of finances and the economy will help continue that growth.