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.

Transform Rockford: Transforming the Region with Capital Investments

Public and private organizations have made a staggering level of capital investment in our region over the past five years. Explore some of the projects leading the way and discover how they’re helping to transform our region.

Transform Rockford: Choosing to Make ‘Compassionate Impacts’

In its effort to create a Top 25 community by 2025, Transform Rockford is nurturing a group that takes a decidedly different approach to charitable requests.

How YMCA Helps to Strengthen Communities

The YMCA may be best known for its gym equipment and exercise facilities, but that’s just the beginning of this community-building organization. Discover how the Y continues to impact the region, through its core mission.

Transform Rockford: Boosting College Attainment

What’s a community to do when its level of college attainment is low, but the local economy demands an education? Meet a group that’s seeking to transform the region through this promising scholarship.