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Strategies have been finalized and projects have been selected that align with each strategy and would be transformative for our region  – Mike Schablaske, Executive Director of Transform Rockford


What did it take to get here? – click here to see infographic.

Transformational Projects Evaluation Process

Project ideas were evaluated using a Project Funnel (see visual below). Volunteers utilized this process to evaluate project ideas for their transformational impact to achieve our region’s vision.

Here’s more:

    • Each submitted project idea was evaluated against the Shared Vision, Shared Values and Impact Statements.
    • Does the project align with the direction our community established at the beginning of this transformational journey?

If the answer was yes, then next volunteers analyzed the projects through a lens of aligning with our community’s strategies.

    • Finally, each project was then gaged on whether they would significantly move the measures and outcomes toward becoming a Top 25 community.
    • If a project met these criteria, it was placed on the strategic plan, the roadmap of transformation. If it didn’t or if a project didn’t readily and apparently meet these criteria, it will remain in our project inventory for further research and evaluation.
    • View the projects on the roadmap of transformation. click here
      If you have questions on any project, please leave your feedback.

Click below icons to view strategies from Spoke teams & submit new project ideas that align with those strategies.

Strong, engaged individuals and families are the foundation of vibrant neighborhoods throughout the region. Neighborhoods are interconnected, adding to our sense of unity. Diverse forms of creative expression and recreation flourish and lead to self-fulfillment and national acclaim. Residents live healthy lifestyles and make informed choices. They have access to excellent, comprehensive services for health, wellness, and recreation. Our pre-K through 12 schools and students are the pride of our community and are nationally recognized for excellence. All education and training programs are dynamic, provide accessible paths to fulfilling careers, and are highly valued by our citizens and employers. Our community is unified. We celebrate our diversity, take pride in our individual and collective accomplishments and live our shared values. Our leaders are visionary, effective, respected, and supported. They engage our youth and actively develop next-generation leaders. From our backyards to the world stage we facilitate and implement best practices in compelling and genuine communication for and among all residents, resulting in shared community pride and a positive image and reputation for the region.
All residents in the Rockford region see the community with new eyes. They fell proud of where they live, have confidence in the future, and inspire others to conduct their lives in a way that promotes our region from within. Our local governments and not-for-profits are effective, properly supported and aligned with the community vision. Our local governments and not-for-profits are effective, properly supported and aligned with the community vision. Our transportation and communication systems are robust and accessible. They efficiently connect people to opportunities and amenities within and beyond our region. We take a purposeful, transparent, and results-oriented approach to planning for growth and renewal. All people are safe and feel safe regardless of address. The region has a skilled and sought-after workforce – enabling all families to improve their standard of living. Our people are employed and per capita income is above the national average. As a hub of ideas and innovation, we nurture, grow and attract world-class industries and employers. We are recognized for leadership in advanced manufacturing, logistics and agribusiness.