Rockford Economic Development Team Needs Rebuilding

I don’t know if many people have put the pieces together, but the Rockford/Winnebago County is losing key economic development experience. The highest visible one is the soon to be departed Janyce Fadden, President of the Rockford Area Development Council (RAEDC). She will be leaving in the coming weeks to move close to family in the south.  This was a shock to all local officials.  Fadden brought a business approach to the area that was missing for many years.  She also had the ability to easily network with city, county and businesses...

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A Community Resource Honored

It may have gone unnoticed by many Rockford area residents, community and religious leaders, but Saturday night was an important celebration. It was 25 years ago that Gloria Lundin was named President of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois (CFNI).  The growth of the Foundation in many directions; endowments realized, grants awarded, community leadership and friendships developed were hard to easily summarize.  But huge they were. The Community Foundation was established in 1953 as the Rockford Community Trust.   It’s present...

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