Rockford University, in conjunction with Korea Economic Institute of America and Rockford Area Economic Development Council presents an exciting and informative panel of speakers discussing economic, social, and political challenges in Russia, Korea, Japan and China and the impact on America. Is Russia trying to restore its influence? What is the cause and effect of China’s lowest growth in 25 years? Can the Japanese get their economy restarted? Are there changing alliances among Russia and China; South Korea and China; North Korea and...

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Careers in Aviation Maintenance Open House

Here is a good career opportunity: THURSDAY NOVEMBER 13 6PM TO 8PM • 6:15 PROGRAM RSVP at http://www.rockvalleycollege.edu/Courses/Programs/Aviation/OpenHouseRSVP.cfm CHICAGO ROCKFORD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT Administration Building (just west of terminal) 60 Airport Drive, Rockford IL 61109 MEET REPRESENTATIVES from Rock Valley College and AAR CORP., the future MRO (Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul) facility and one of the companies interested in hiring successful graduates of RVC’s Aviation Maintenance Technology programs. 24-MONTH PROGRAM...

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A Real Example of Quinn’s Public Financing

Here is a real example of Governor Quinn’s Public Financing principals from Rob Funderburg who allows this to be published: “I learned that Governor Quinn was going to be in town to film a free commercial to be aired on Rockford TV stations. A nice, young couple had purchased a home with the assistance of the Welcome Home Illinois mortgage program and Quinn came here to take full credit for that couple and 10,000 other people realizing the American Dream. Quinn used the Rockford Housing Authority to promote the event because they...

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Manufacturers Support Bruce Rauner

“…and let’s build manufacturing in Rockford” So did Bruce Rauner say these words to a group of 150 or so at a recent rally at Giovanni’s, many of whom were Rockford area manufacturers. On his several visits to our area, he visited Ingersoll Machine Tools, EIGERlab, Forest City Gear. I’ve been with him on several of these visits and can honestly say that he was interested in what he was being shown and asked the kind of questions that makes you believe that he knows what he’s being told. You could tell...

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The Ultimate American Craft Movement

So you think the big thing is American Craft Beers? That’s what I hear more than anything and there’s nothing wrong with that. Specialty in product, locally made, self-owned all add up to a growing industry. Well, there are other products that fit the craft category. For the past decade or so, there’s been an explosion of domestic craft industries, everything from fly-fishing equipment (Montana’s Bozeman Reels) to commuter bikes (Detroit’s Shinola) to custom-built skis (Colorado’s Wagner) to beer and spirits (too many to name)....

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Chicago Federal Reserve Economist to Share Insight on Turning Manufacturing-Based Cities Around

Transform Rockford and the Rockford Chamber of Commerce are co-hosting a special session to learn from a top economist with the Chicago Federal Reserve on their Industrial Cities Initiative (ICI). The event will be hosted at the University Of Illinois College Of Medicine on Thursday, June 26th at 6:00 PM. The event is open to the public at no charge. The loss of manufacturing jobs has shaped the Midwest urban landscape for more than a half-century. However, just as most cities have lost manufacturing jobs to a greater or lesser degree, most...

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