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Next Rockford on Downtown Development

Topic: Rockford Downtown Development Twitter Hashtag: #nextdowntown   At the April General Membership meeting of Next Rockford there was a panel speaking on emerging development in Rockford’s downtown.   @LaVozLatinaRkfd for @Next_Rockford mtg on downtown development. #nextdowntown — Wester Wuori (@WesterWuori) April 9, 2015 Dowtown Development discussion. Thanks @LaVozLatinaRkfd for hosting! pic.twitter.com/Hejfat099r — Next_Rockford (@Next_Rockford) April 9, 2015 Joseph James presented concepts including North Main and Mulberry @Next_Rockford Member meeting. #nextdowntown pic.twitter.com/1lW9jdjwIW — Next_Rockford (@Next_Rockford) April 14, 2015 Thanks David Sidney for sharing with @Next_Rockford membership. Excited for Downtown Sports Complex! #nextdowntown pic.twitter.com/aplskVhDiP — Next_Rockford (@Next_Rockford) April 15, 2015 Excited for downtown #Rockford Hotel and Convention Center. Good things happening! #nextdowntown pic.twitter.com/4SkDseuNMu — Next_Rockford (@Next_Rockford) April 16, 2015 Could be a great part of our riverfront and thriving downtown! #nextdowntown #Rockford pic.twitter.com/vg70x6GOfn — Next_Rockford (@Next_Rockford) April 17, 2015 Drove by Outdoor City Market this morning. Great progress! pic.twitter.com/527OCj5N3D — Next_Rockford (@Next_Rockford) April 20, 2015 This will be a nice stroll between Davis Park and the Downtown Sports Complex. Another link in the Riverwalk! pic.twitter.com/sw8hRDUH5w — Next_Rockford (@Next_Rockford) April 21, 2015 pic.twitter.com/27YgvwmtWa — Next_Rockford (@Next_Rockford) April 22, 2015     Additionally, there were updates on: – A World In Motion STEM program at Floberg elementary. – United Way iRead Book Drive   Next Rockford exists to….. – Connect Generational Leaders to one another. – Educate our generations on the issues important to the community and to individual members. – Once we are connected and educated, successfully advocate for issues important to our generations, members, and community.   The next meeting of Next Rockford will be on May 14 at 7:30am where the organization will have a discussion long term transportation planning.  RMAP will host.   Please join us! Scott Anderson 815-904-2407...

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Next Rockford Downtown Development Forum

Next Rockford Meeting Thursday, April 9, 2015 La Voz Latina, 730 N Church St, Rockford, IL 7:30-8:30 am   Topic: Downtown Development Twitter Hashtag: #nextdowntown   Please join us on Thursday April 9th at 7:30am at La Voz Latina for the General Membership meeting.  We will have a panel of speakers representing architects, developers, and City of Rockford representatives who will speak to us about downtown development projects emerging over the next 12-24 months. Additionally, we will have updates on: – A World In Motion STEM program at Floberg elementary. – Book Drive   Next Rockford exists to….. – Connect Generational leaders to one another. – Educate our generations on the issues important to the community and to individual members. – Once we are connected and educated, successfully advocate for issues important to our generations, members, and community.   Please join us! Scott Anderson sanderson@rustoleum.com  ...

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Next Rockford and Representative Sosnowski to Host Governor Rauner

Next Rockford and Representative Joe Sosnowski are pleased to host Governor Rauner on Thursday March 5 at 4:30 pm at the Prairie Street Brewhouse.  The Governor believes property taxes in Illinois are hurting hard-working families and will discuss his turnaround agenda to empower taxpayers by giving them greater control over government spending and property taxes.  This is one of the ways the ways the Governor believes Illinois can become the most competitive and compassionate state in America. Seating is limited and on a first come basis. Please contact Scott Anderson (sanderson@rustoleum.com or 815-904-2407) to...

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Next Rockford Calls to Action on Downtown Train Station and Amtrack Service

Next Rockford Call to Action Topic: Downtown Train Station and Amtrack Service Twitter Hashtag: #thrivingdowntown   Next Rockford has initiated Calls to Action in support of a downtown Rockford train station and Amtrack service. First, members and the community are encouraged to read and understand the issue:   Lots of reporters here today! This is great news for Rockford, IL, do you agree? #rockfordil #amtrack #metrarail pic.twitter.com/knS2r3NsvY — Winnebago County (@WinnebagoIL) April 10, 2014   Expanded train svc could help fuel growth in Northern IL, but #Rauner stalls restoration of @Amtrak svc to Rockford. http://t.co/TmIy6nEOis — AKA60643 (@aka60643) February 9, 2015   State lawmakers: ‘The rail to #Rockford is not dead’ – http://t.co/Fm9WorAlgr – Rockford’s News Leader http://t.co/bj1DcFIomx — Next_Rockford (@Next_Rockford) February 19, 2015 Second, members and the community are encouraged to lobby their elected officials: Rockford chamber online letter pushes for Amtrak service – News – @rrstar #Rockford http://t.co/QC0W7rdDvd http://t.co/fgfiFHE6xy — Next_Rockford (@Next_Rockford) February 19, 2015 Third, members and the community are encouraged to attend the hearing on Wednesday with the Illinois Senate Transportation Committee:   .@ChuckSweeny : Amtrak hearing Wednesday; @RepKinzinger likes @JebBush for pres. http://t.co/8HDAVsCGs5 — Register Star (@rrstar) February 21, 2015 Next Rockford exists to….. – Connect Generational leaders to one another. – Educate our generations on the issues important to the community and to individual members. – Once we are connected and educated, successfully advocate for issues important to our generations, members, and community.   Please join the Calls to Action! Scott Anderson...

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Rock Valley College: Aligning and Engaging with the Community

I agree with the RRSTAR: “RVC had a very good year in 2014.” To that end, I wanted to share a couple of additional highlights on top of the hiring of our new President, Mike Mastroianni, the aviation maintenance program expansion, and being named one of ten colleges in the U.S. to earn the Right Skills Now designation. Although this list is by no means a complete one, I think you will agree that there are a couple of emerging trends: Further alignment of College resources with community needs. Increased engagement with residents, other organizations, community leaders, business, and industry. 1. Community Forums hosted by the Board of Trustees: Career & Technical Education (CTE) Forum that included some area manufacturers and Winnebago County elected officials. Ellis School Forum that focused on how the College can better serve west side residents. Upcoming forum planned in Boone County in March. 2. A multitude of capital projects in the works that align with both programming and community needs. This includes: Aviation Maintenance Building, Arts Instructional Center, Health Sciences Center, renovation of two, 50-year-old classroom buildings as well as the renovation of the Stenstrom Center into a world-class career and technical education center. 3. Launch of the RVC Alumni Network. The need to build an alumni network was evident when 75% of the people attending a Chamber Education Outlook event raised their hand when asked if they have ever taken a class at RVC. Additionally, the Athletic Hall of Fame event honored several former student-athletes. 4. Increased engagement with area pastors; a group that is critical to the success of our College and community. It will take a collective effort to reach more prospective students. 5. Board tour of Woodward to discuss their expansion plans and better understand their future employment needs. A trained workforce will be critical for employers throughout the region and country; especially when factor in that 10,000 baby-boomers retire everyday in the U.S. 6. A variety of new recruitment initiatives; including mobile registration, increased outreach to area high schools and non-traditional students, and website overhaul. 7. The RVC / RASI agreement will allow RVC to incorporate fast-track manufacturing into its existing career and technical education program. This is part of a larger effort to enhance the College’s Career & Technical Education program. 8. RVC Family Reading Night during Adult Education Awareness Month. Did you know there are over 46,000 adults in the Region without a GED? 9. Engagement with Transform Rockford that included a presentation and discussion of RVC’s role in the community at the Fall Staff Development Day. 10. Private School event for parents and students. This is part of a larger effort to engage our private school families. 11. President’s Enrollment Advisory Committee that includes area educational leaders and community partners. 12. Rumble in the Rock: A partnership with RPS 205 ‘s Athletic Department. The event included 4, 200 spectators and six basketball games. 13. Right Place To Start program is continuing to provide coaching and mentoring to a large number of District 205 graduates who attend RVC. Booker Washington Community Center recognized this program at their annual dinner. 14. RVC playing host to R2OC, a partnership of US First Robotics teams, for their Annual Robotics Competition. Awesome way to promote STEM education! 15. “Imagine Me” brought hundreds of area high school students to campus to talk entrepreneurship and to engage with area business owners. These fifteen examples are in addition to the great work being done in our classrooms by our talented faculty and staff – day in and day...

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Next Rockford And Reclaiming First at General Membership Meeting

Next Rockford hosted RACVB CEO John Groh and Rockford City Engineer Matt Vitner on Thursday January 8th at 7:30am at Rockford Park District’s  Sportscore II Complex to speak to the organization about Reclaiming First including the upgrade and expansion plans at Sportscore II, the downtown sports complex, and the synergies with downtown development projects like the hotel and train station.   Region has been leader in sports tourism for 30 years. #reclaimingfirst an effort to retain regain and grow that standing says @johngroh. — Wester Wuori (@WesterWuori) January 8, 2015   A look at the plans for Ingersoll building. @johngroh #reclaimingfirst @rrstar @Next_Rockford @rpdfun pic.twitter.com/eCpXhuspDl — Anna Derocher (@annaderocher) January 8, 2015   Exciting! @annaderocher: $24.4M budget for #reclaimingfirst project. @rrstar @Next_Rockford — Dorothy Schneider (@DotSchneider) January 8, 2015   As a parent of kids in sports, #reclaimingfirst represents a lifestyle change = less time spent traveling to suburbs to play games. — Frank Haney (@FrankHaney_Biz) January 8, 2015   Big bucks for RFD MT @annaderocher: Regional sports tourism amounts to $15.25M in economic impact, says @johngroh #reclaimingfirst — Brian Leaf (@B_Leaf) January 8, 2015   Additionally, the organization had updates on: – A World In Motion STEM program at Froberg elementary. – Brownfield Redevelopment – Spring Election Cycle – Location based scholarships         Next Rockford exists to….. Connect Generation leaders to one another. Educate our Generations on the issues important to the community and to individual members. Once we are connected and educated, successfully advocate for issues important to our Generations, members, and community.   Join us on February 12th at 7:30am at RPS205 (501 7th St., Rockford) for a discussion on a setp towards secondary education for all through location based scholarships and how it can drive opportunity for our students while creating market growth and tax base enhancement.   Questions? Give me a call 815-904-2407. Scott...

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