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What is Next Rockford?

Since the original group first met in the fall of 2003, there have always been three keys to the philosophy on why Next Rockford exists. We exist to….. Connect Generation X and Generation Y 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.   What have we accomplished as a group in our 10-years? First and foremost, there are countless...

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Representatives? Please, vote yes!

An Open Letter to Representatives Chuck Jefferson and John Cabello: In the next few weeks, you will be asked by State Representative Greg Harris if you will support his bill, the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act. As you know, the bill has already passed the state Senate and the House Executive Committee. The Governor has promised to sign it. Only one step remains – passage by the full house. We know the vote will be close – and your votes will matter. Representative Jefferson, you voted against the Civil Unions bill...

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Haney Supports Next Rockford Platform

Frank Haney, running for Rock Valley College Trustee, has endorsed Next Rockford’s platform of advocating for improvements in the region’s business environment, education, urban development, cultural offerings, and civic engagement.   “One of the main goals of Next Rockford is to play an active role in moving our community forward and we can jump-start that process by connecting with candidates that share our vision” says Chris Weber, Next Rockford Education Committee Co-chair. “Frank Haney is one of those people; he...

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Escobedo Supports Next Rockford Platform

Jaime Escobedo, running for sub-district G of the Board of Education of Rockford Public School District 205, has endorsed Next Rockford’s platform of advocating for improvements in the region’s business environment; education; urban development; cultural offerings; and civic engagement. Next Rockford has this initiative to encourage elected officials and candidates to support the organization’s platform. The platform endorsement process was developed to educate public officials on issues of importance to the Next Rockford membership and...

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School Referendum is About Community’s Self-Confidence

Next Rockford recently issued an official endorsement of the Rockford School District referendum that will appear on the November 6 ballot and donated $5,000 to the campaign supporting its passage. Its members, who represent a cross-section of local business and industry, are confident that the initiative is the right project at the right time. You can read more about the details of the proposed $139 million bond issue by visiting the Better Schools Brighter Future website or by becoming a “friend” of the campaign on Facebook....

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If You’re Going to Hate, Be Brave About It

Once again, the U.S.finds itself in the midst of a polarizing debate over a contentious social issue; gay marriage and Chick-fil-A (CFA). I don’t need to waste space rehashing the particulars of how we got here in the CFA debate. However, I will take up a little space laying down what I think is an important issue being lost in the debate: the inability of people who hate to be brave about it. To be certain, I don’t believe in what some big-city mayors and aldermen are doing to CFA by restricting the chain from opening restaurants. And,...

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