Annual Guide 2015

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Our region is blessed with many outstanding assets, but there’s also a pressing need to push our region forward, to improve its fortunes. We’re on the path to doing so, as our entire region seeks to become a top-tier place to live.
Inside this special guide, you’ll find the resources you need to live a higher quality of life. You’ll hear from our business leaders about the strength of our community, and you can learn how we’re contributing to the Transformation process. Enjoy this Smart Living Annual Guide to Our Region’s Best in 2015!
Click any of the stories below to further explore this year’s guide to our region.

Inside Our Excellent Arts Venues

We talk a lot these days about transforming our region into a better place to live, but it’s sometimes easy to forget how good we have it already. Just look at the incredible arts and entertainment assets that already exist.

10 Reasons Rockford is a Top Place to Play

One of Transform Rockford’s goals is to promote healthy lifestyles and create recreation assets that receive national acclaim. In fact, several of our favorite destinations have already received national attention. Here are 10 reasons we’re already excellent.

How Independent Businesses are Transforming Rockford

Locally owned businesses are the anchors of our communities and some of the most dedicated leaders of positive transformations. Meet five business owners who are making a difference.

How to Seize Opportunity in Today’s Housing Market

It’s been a tumultuous few years for the real estate market, but positive signs are emerging around our region. Find out what today’s buyers want in a home, and why this year is an ideal time to buy or sell.

Home Insight from Local Experts

Our homes are a significant investment, one that requires continual improvements and updates. When it comes to furnishings, flooring, remodeling and gardening, these local experts know where to begin.

Healthcare Guide

Discover the ways that we live in a regional center of excellence, where we have easy access to nationally recognized hospitals, clinics and physicians. Find some of the top here.

School Guide

Education is the foundation of a prosperous region, and lucky for us, area schools are laying the groundwork for tomorrow’s workforce, today.

Regional Museums Guide

Our region’s many top-notch museums are stimulating our imaginations and enriching our understanding of science, art, local history and more. Find a few great museums to explore.

New Projects Ignite a Local Recovery

Signs of an economic recovery are popping up around our region, in what promises to be a good year for growth opportunities. Learn what projects are underway in five area communities.

Transform Rockford Update

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.