Next Rockford to Get Update on Affordable Housing Strategies and Neighborhood Equality

Next Rockford Meeting Thursday, February 12, 2015 Jane Addams Apartments, 500 S. Seminary St., Rockford, IL 7:30-8:30 am   Topic: Affordable Housing Strategies and Neighborhood Equality Twitter Hashtag: #nextneighborhoods   Please join Next Rockford for a presentation and discussion on a hot topic critical to the city of Rockford, the surrounding region, and equitable neighborhoods which affects the quality of life and opportunity for all.  The meeting will be on Thursday February 12th at 7:30am at Jane Addams Apartments.  Ron...

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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. —...

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Next Rockford Boots and Coats Drive for Kids in Need

With a chill in the air the last couple of weeks, I’m willing to bet you’ve been going through closets trying to check the status of winter wear for your kids. It’s amazing how quickly mine are growing, my son’s coat made him look like the state puff marshmallow man last year and this year it’s too tight for a runway model? Let Next Rockford help you put those outgrown coats and boots to good use in the Rockford area… Every year Next Rockford collects: new and gently used winter boots, winter coats, socks and undershirts for underprivileged...

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Food deserts – like it or not, Rockford has them

Chuck Sweeny’s recent post about food deserts missed the mark in both tone and in adequately defining what a food desert really is.  In lamenting his lack of easy access to a Costco, Chuck reduced an issue that deserves critical attention to a liberal buzzword.  The implication and implicit eye-roll are a reminder that people with power struggle with basic empathy, and locally, a sincere lack of understanding for a gigantic swath of Rockford residents. What is a food desert and do food deserts actually exist?  There’s a lot of debate over the...

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Next Rockford February Meeting 2/14 at 7:30 am @ YWCA

Next Rockford February Meeting 2/14/13 7:30 am YWCA (across from Rockford College)   Be There.  Bring a Guest.     Topic:  Poverty in our community   Guest Speakers: George Davis, City of Rockford Director of Human Services Mike Bacon, Director of the Winnebago County Health Department   Agenda:  Guest panel will discuss the following: 1.  Latest poverty survey on our community. 2.  What impact does the stress of poverty have on child brain development and what challenges does this present in relation to social/emotional development and the...

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Kids Benefit from Winter Clothing Drive

Next Rockford members recently collected new and gently-used cold weather clothing, including jackets, hats, gloves, boots and socks, for students in the Rockford School District. More than 1,000 new and gently-used articles of clothing were donated to the school district.  “Children are not allowed to play outside at recess if they do not have proper cold weather clothing. Our goal was to simply fill school yard playgrounds with laughter,” says Doug Burton, Marketing Manager at KMK Media Group and Co-Chair of the Next Rockford Education...

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