Northwest Business Magazine
The introduction of the Jeep Cherokee line at Belvidere’s Fiat Chrysler plant has spurred the arrival of an estimated 900 new jobs at the plant and local suppliers. (FiatCrysler photo)
Economic Development: Expect Continued Growth in the Coming Year

Building off another impressive year of growth, area businesses are expanding their investments in new projects around northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. Get the scoop on what’s new in our region and what’s to come in the year ahead .

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Transform Rockford: Attacking Crime, City Sees Early Results

As the region continues on a path toward positive transformation, crime rates are gaining increased attention. Discover how new policing tactics are showing promising results in our region’s strategic renewal.

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2018 Guide to Commercial Lending Services

As the business climate changes in our region, enterprising individuals are preparing to spread their wings and grab new opportunities. Our region’s commercial bankers stand at the ready to provide critical capital.

Stenstrom Construction Group, in Rockford, transformed an abandoned factory in downtown Rockford into the UW Health Sports Factory, which now serves as a hub for sports tournaments and other gatherings. The work cost about $24.4 million. (Rockford Park District /Jesse Fox photo)
The Secret Behind Rockford’s Building Boom

As public and private organizations pour more than $2 billion of capital investments into the region, area construction firms are riding a long-awaited wave of prosperity. But is it too soon to declare this a “new normal”?

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Next Rockford: My Unsuccessful Breakup with Rockford

What happens when a young professional learns to embrace their hometown, rather than flee it for the big city? Rebecca Nunes, of Next Rockford, explains why it’s essential to engage young people in the life of our region.