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Transform Rockford: An update on our region’s transformation

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Transform Rockford: An update on our region’s transformation

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BY Tom Gendron and Bobbie Holzwarth

Published Saturday February 4, 2017 at 5:37 pm

Updated Saturday February 4, 2017 at 11:39 pm

Below is our review of the progress and next steps in that effort to transform this region into a top 25 community in the nation.

It starts with the climate

The community has created and reinforced a climate for transformation. Shared values, best practices, broad engagement and a clear and compelling vision have been embraced by many. This climate has helped to create unity and a common purpose. There is now a strong expectation that things can, should and will be better as a result of joint efforts in our community.

We see climate progress through

— Increased use of vision and positivity.

— Frequent best practice discussions and benchmarking to explore and consider proven practices.

— Concerted efforts to build unity through community engagement.

— Challenging discussions about how and when we need to work together for the common good.

This climate is foundational for all of the work to come. Efforts to expand this climate across the community must continue.

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