Votes for arts and infrastructure important to progress

Recently I posted about the importance of the Rockford City Council voting to approve funding for the Rockford Area Arts Council, and for the 2012-2016 Capital Improvement Plan.

At Monday night’s meeting, the council unanimously voted to restore funding to the Rockford Area Arts Council. On behalf of the region’s visitor industry – including our partners in arts, culture and entertainment – I want to express my gratitude to the 14 members of the Council who voted in favor of this funding proposal. In each of our lives – and in the development of vibrant and healthy communities – the arts (in all forms) are vital. It’s gratifying to know that our elected officials agree.

Also important was the vote to approve the 2012-2016 Capital Improvement Plan. Communities that invest in infrastructure and improvements reap rewards through enhanced transportation networks and the jobs created directly and indirectly. Increasingly our Council, it would appear, is voting in favor of the future of our community. Individually and collectively they are making difficult decisions that are moving the City of Rockford forward. Together with Mayor Morrissey, they are to be commended for these types of votes.

Keep up the good work and keep the momentum coming.