Next Rockford to Get Update on Reclaiming First

Next Rockford Meeting Thursday, January 8, 2015 Sportscore II 8800 E. Riverside Blvd., Loves Park, IL 7:30-8:30 am   Topic: Reclaiming First Twitter Hashtag: #reclaimingfirst   Please join Next Rockford on Thursday January 8th at 7:30am at Sportscore II for the General Membership meeting.  John Groh, Next Rockford member and President/CEO at Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, will speak to the organization about Reclaiming First including the progress at Sportscore II, the plans for the downtown complex, and the...

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Next Rockford December 11th General Membership Meeting

Next Rockford hosted Assistant Deputy Chief Doug Pann on Thursday December 11th at 7:30am at Katie’s Cup to speak to the organization about Geopolicing including the pilot effort and it’s results, and the future plans for the effort. Learning more about geographic policing at @Next_Rockford this morning. #nextsecurity — Kevin Vest (@CoachVest) December 11, 2014 Bringing together team in pilot district with unity of command has meant quicker and more effective response. @Next_Rockford #nextsecurity — Wester Wuori (@WesterWuori)...

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Next Rockford to Discuss Geopolicing

Next Rockford Meeting Thursday, December 11, 2014 Katie’s Cup, 502 7th St 7:30-8:30 am Topic: Geopolicing Twitter Hashtag: #nextsecurity   Please join Next Rockford on Thursday December 11th at 7:30am at Katie’s Cup for the General Membership meeting.  Assistant Deputy Chief Doug Pann will speak to the organization about Geopolicing including the pilot effort and it’s results, and the future plans for the effort.   Additionally, the organization will have updates on: – A World In Motion STEM program at...

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Next Rockford! Or is it – Next Rockford?

There is a big difference between a (!) and a (?). Perhaps you have wondered: What is Next Rockford? Who joins Next Rockford? Why does Next Rockford matter? Let’s start with the last question first:  Why does Next Rockford matter? Studies show that baby-boomer retirements over the next ten years will result in a 1,000,000 worker shortage per year.  To be clear, that is a 10,000,000 worker shortage across the country.  And when it comes to people ages 25-44 years-old, Rockford has a lower population for this demographic compared to the...

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State Finances May Force Rockford Imperatives to the Backseat

A deadline looms over the State Legislature this week. As is normal with human nature, nothing really gets done until the deadline approaches.  When do students study for their exams?  The night before the final.  And our reckless teens in Springfield, after crashing the family finances in year’s past, are now scrambling to address too many important issues in too short a time.  Unfortunately Rockford’s progress may be the unintended and unfortunate victim. The clear number one priority is state finances.  In years gone by,...

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Time for Investment in Reclaiming First

If you were anywhere near Sportscores 1 and 2 over the last couple of weekends, you might have wondered if there was a minivan convention in town.  The Rockford Raptors FC hosted its annual two-weekend Puma Cup soccer tournament at both facilities, featuring more than 500 teams from across the Midwest. In and among the many vehicles bearing team logos, the brightly-clad kids and the windblown and sunburned parents was this; the smell of fresh money. That smell came from the ringing of cash registers around the region as the players and their...

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