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How We’re Shaping A Positive Transformation

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Transform Rockford exists to drive dramatic long-term improvement of our region, and we’re off to a great start. The foundation for positive change is in place. Our community has a positive outlook and sees the opportunities and strengths of our region.

A Continuing Report on Transforming Our Region and Its Communities.

A Continuing Report on Transforming Our Region and Its Communities.

Transform Rockford exists to drive dramatic long-term improvement of our region, and we’re off to a great start.
The foundation for positive change is in place. Our community has a positive outlook and sees the opportunities and strengths of our region.

The volunteers have established a climate of inclusion and respect where we broadly engage the community. Volunteers have also created a widely supported set of shared values and a compelling vision to guide our actions.

With that foundation in place, volunteers are now developing strategies to seize opportunities and move us to that vision of being a top 25 community by 2025. Our 14 issue-focused teams are comprised of people from diverse backgrounds and networks, including business, the public sector, nonprofits and the faith community. Each network is contributing significant talent, best practices and resources.

One great result of this work is that we’re getting to know each other and our community better. We are discovering assets and opportunities, and we’re building networks and social capital that will help us transform.

Another great result is that we now have hundreds of volunteers and thousands of community members exposed to best practices and tools of high-performing organizations. People are already taking this training and experience back to their organizations and using it to drive transformation.

Watch for our teams to share drafts of their work in coming months. They’ll be looking for input from the community as they develop and test strategies. They’ll be building on the great foundation that’s in place and driving us to become a greater community.

Mike Schablaske is executive director of Transform Rockford, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to generate a strategic plan for improving the region’s social and economic well-being. Learn more about Transform Rockford’s mission to create a Top 25 community at transformrockford.org.

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