• Reclaiming First: Like A Rock

  • Reclaiming First: Like A Rock

  • Reclaiming First: Like A Rock


Reclaiming First: Like A Rock

In November 2013, in Rockford, Ill., a medium-sized city in the heart of the Midwest just a small drive up Interstate 90, a transformation began to take shape. Transform Rockford, a movement of concerned citizens brought together to improve the social and economic well-being of their community, gathered for its first community meeting. More than 1,300 residents attended the first meeting to hear the “brutal facts” about the state of the social, economic, and environmental issues needing to be overcome to accomplish the goal of being a Top 25 community by 2025. At the time, unemployment stood at 10.3%, only 55% of the population was employed, and the region had become the underwater mortgage capital of the U.S. Two years later, the Rockford region is seeing signs of transformation. Thousands of volunteers, businesses and regional partnerships are working hard to meet the Top 25 Community goal. A vital part of…Log In to Read Full Article

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