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 […]

Small club, big impact

Try Beta Celebration

The agencies that benefit from grants awarded by the Try-Beta Club serve 10s of thousands of people in the Rockford region. That was what Phil Eaton, who retired as Rosecrance’s president/CEO in 2020, told me Nov. 16 after the club’s grant distribution celebration. Eaton also is a member of Try-Beta. Try-Beta (Benevolence, Business, and Brotherhood) […]

Keeping you informed about our community

Wally Haas standing in street with crowd

Transform Rockford has been diligently working to lay the foundation to build on the community’s success since the inception of the organization in 2013. The Transform Rockford website has been updated to provide another tool to keep you informed about what’s happening in our community. There will be at least two new blog posts every […]

Barber-Colman redevelopment is too important to fail.

Barber Colman Rendering

“Well, I tell them there’s no problem” “Only solutions” “Well, they shake their heads and they look at me, as if I’ve lost my mind… “ — John Lennon, “Watching the Wheels” Music inspires us, soothes us and unites us. The unity part is most appropriate as we strive for solutions so a blighted area […]

Transform Rockford is re-engaged and ready to make a difference.

Post It Board

In 1910, the original members of the Rockford Chamber of Commerce were ready to make a difference. An ad in the Rockford Morning Star proudly proclaimed “These Citizens want Rockford to Grow Bigger and Better.” Making Rockford better is what Transform Rockford is all about. There have been multiple efforts through the years to make […]

Retired Journalist Wally Haas Tapped To Lead Transform Rockford

Wally on Main Street

ROCKFORD — Retired journalist Wally Haas has been selected to lead a nonprofit organization whose mission is to enhance the city’s social and economic well-being. Haas is the new executive director of Transform Rockford, which formed a decade ago with a goal of elevating the city into a “Top 25 Community by 2025.” The organization had […]