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You are invited to an upcoming Community Idea Exchange

What can we do to better educate our kids? How can we shape them into the leaders of today and the future? As a valued member of our community and part of an organization that impacts the young people in our region we hope you will join us at the Transform Rockford Community Idea Exchange on Thursday July 30th from 5:30-7:00 at the Guilford High School Field House. This week’s focus will be on Education and Leadership & Youth. This Community Idea Exchange will be hosted by Next Rockford. Next Rockford’s mission is to engage Rockford’s next generation of leadership to advocate for improvements in education, the business environment and urban development in the Rockford region. We hope that you will join us on July 30th and share your thoughts on how our community can boldly leverage its strengths to do great things. For more information on the Community Idea Exchange Series go to http://transformrockford.org/upcoming-community-idea-exchanges-mark-your-calendar/ Change is happening now; Be a part of Transforming...

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Next Rockford Meeting – Location Based Scholarships – 7/9 7:30am RPS205

Next Rockford Meeting Thursday, July 9, 2015 RPS205, 501 7th St., Rockford, IL 7:30-8:30 am Topic: Location Based Scholarships Twitter Hashtag: #nextpromise Please join us on Thursday July 9th at 7:30am in the 3rd floor board room at RPS205 for the General Membership meeting.  Matt Vosberg, Assistant Superintendent, will provide an update and participate in a discussion on location based scholarships. 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 Meeting – Location Based Scholarships – 7/9 7:30am RPS205

Next Rockford Meeting Thursday, July 9, 2015 RPS205, 501 7th St., Rockford, IL 7:30-8:30 am Topic: Location Based Scholarships Twitter Hashtag: #nextpromise Please join us on Thursday July 9th at 7:30am in the 3rd floor board room at RPS205 for the General Membership meeting.  Matt Vosberg, Assistant Superintendent, will provide an update and participate in a discussion on location based scholarships. 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 Book Drive Big Success

Dad, what does that sign say? Dad, how do you spell this word? Dad, what does R-O-C-K-F-O-R-D spell? Ok, my 6 year old didn’t ask that last one, but everyone should be concerned about early childhood education in a town like ours. The positive impact that literacy can have on children from birth through elementary school can be life changing. Next Rockford is an organization with a goal of improving Rockford, connecting leaders, and advocating for issues important to our members and the community. Education has been a focus of our group since our founding. Everyone has seen statistics showing the improvements that come later in life when kids learn to read at an early age. Unfortunately the opposite is also true… Those children in the lowest reading levels in elementary school are less likely to graduate high school. We were surprised to learn that more often than not these children have few books at their homes, if any. We wanted to do something about that issue, so we announced a book drive just over a month ago with the hopes of raising money for new books or collecting gently used books in order to put a book in the hands of 900 third through fifth graders in Rockford before the summer. Books they could take home and hopefully read over and over again. Thanks to a great membership response and help from Half-Price Books, Rockford Christian School, Spectrum School, Christian Life School, and Washington Elementary School we were able to raise over 7500 books! So we increased our scale and put 3+ books in the hands of over 2000 kids! Every 3rd, 4th, and 5th grader at Beyer, Kishwaukee, Ellis, Lewis Lemon, Nelson, Riverdahl, CICS Jackson, Galapagos, Legacy, King, and McIntosh, as well as children at Rock House Kids and Fairview Early Childhood Center were given multiple books. As a city we are very fortunate that Rockford Public Schools recognizes the importance of early childhood education and groups like Alignment Rockford are working hard to improve the education statistics in Rockford. In the meantime, if you’re interested in helping out with next years book drive shoot me an email at christopher.weber@morganstanley.com, there are some kids that would be truly thrilled to have that gently used book that hasn’t been read in years! And maybe we can help more kids learn what R-O-C-K-F-O-R-D spells! Chris Weber Next Rockford Education Chair   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...

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Next Rockford Meeting – 6/11 7:30am YWCA

Next Rockford Meeting Thursday, June 11, 2015 YWCa, 4990 E State St, Rockford, IL 7:30-8:30 am Topic: City and County Update and Strategic Plans Twitter Hashtag: #nextcico Please join us on Thursday June 11th at 7:30am at RMAP for the General Membership meeting.  Mayor Morrissey and Chairman Christensen will provide updates on current status, and more importantly, 2-3 strategic initiatives for the City and County. Additionally, we will have updates on: – Location Based Scholarships 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 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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