Transform Rockford

Rockford has good stuff – old and new – believe it

Jeff Gauger was the Rockford Register Star’s managing editor from 2005-2007. He worked at the Omaha World Herald before he came here. He was impressed by Rockford and when it came to developing the Editorial Agenda for 2007 he was passionate about including this item: We’ve got good stuff — believe it. Even though he […]

Are we there yet?

When Transform Rockford began it’s quest for community improvement the stated goal was top 25 by 2025. That was a great slogan, but community improvement is a continuing process. What good is it to be top 25 by 2025 if in 2026 you’re No. 300? There are many ways to measure a community’s success. In […]

Transform Rockford on the radio, plus other appearances

Thank you Steve Summers for including me in the next episode of “This Week in the Stateline.” If you are unfamiliar with the program, “each week Steve Summers sits down and chats with those living, working, and breathing life into the Stateline. From community leaders, politicians, veterans, and more! Tune in Sunday Morning at 6am […]

Thank you Andy, Marta and WIFR

I appeared on The Morning Blend with Andy Gannon and Marta Berglund on Jan. 10 to talk about Transform Rockford after six months of its reboot. I appreciated the opportunity to talk about the city I love and the progress that is being made. There’s a long way to go, obviously, but there are a […]

Rockford on the Record: Stellantis

Rockford on the Record - Stellantis

TEAMWORK KEY TO STELLANTIS SUCCESS: While the Stellantis facility is located in Belvidere, it took the work of the entire region to land the deal. The Northern Illinois Council of Governments (NorthernCOG), chaired by Mayor Tom McNamara, was critical in negotiating a deal. The NorthernCOG, a voluntary association that represents members of local governments, is […]

Pablo Korona shares about his possitive experience with #SmashArt.

Pablo Korona SmashArt

@pablo_korona #SmashArt The feedback I'm getting from my #SmashArtpiece has been very encouraging, so I whipped up a video to show my process and talk a little bit about it in context. I'm very thankful to the River District, Rockford Area Arts Council, and @gorockford ♬ original sound – pablo_korona