Transform Rockford: Preparing the Entire Family for Success

Many children come to school unprepared to learn – and that’s a warning sign for our future. Now, Transform Rockford is prepared to strengthen and support the well-being of local families, in turn helping young minds to reach their full potential

Transform Rockford: Sense of Place Drives The ‘Come-Back Kids’

It’s easy to take for granted the good things available here in the Rockford area. But to these “boomerangers,” coming home was a conscious choice – one made all the easier by Rockford’s growing sense of place.

Transform Rockford: Branding is Part of the Comeback

The rapid changes happening all around the Rockford region are fueling a renewed sense of optimism and a growing “sense of place.” Turns out, that evolving identity is a key part of Rockford’s narrative to out-of-towners.

Transform Rockford: A ‘Sense of Place’ Starts at Home

Where we live matters, and it’s important to sell those unique qualities about our neighborhoods. Meet two teams from Transform Rockford that are showing residents across the region how to build a sense of place and belonging.

Transform Rockford: A Collective Approach to Teaching Literacy

There’s general agreement that improving youngsters’ reading skills can impact our region’s transformation. But what does it take to get started? The collective input of multiple players, for starters.

Transform Rockford: Breaking Barriers for Regional Success

In the effort to transform our region from the inside, there’s been plenty of work breaking down the “silos” that have kept others from aligning resources and goals. And yet, not everyone is ready to think in new ways.

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.

Transform Rockford: A New Mindset in Economic Development

It’s long been a paradigm of economic development that growing businesses want certain economic concessions. But what if there were other incentives that could draw in new employers and improve our workforce?

Transform Rockford: A Region Loaded with Opportunity

Many signals indicate that Rockford is on an upward trajectory. Mike Schablaske, executive director of Transform Rockford, highlights some of these indicators, what they mean, and how they can be influenced by the challenges that lay ahead.

Transform Rockford: Building a Workforce From Within

What happens when your community has job openings, but your neighbors lack the skills needed to fill them? It’s a question that, if answered, could unlock a wave of opportunity for the Rockford region.