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Montelongo Supports Next Rockford Platform

Ray Montelongo, 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. Next Rockford has this initiative to encourage...

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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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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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In 2013, I Will DO……

In 2013, I will DO….. We know exactly what we need to do. That is the easy part. The hard part is actually taking action.  This is true as citizens and collectively as a community. In 2013, I will force myself outside my comfort zone by ________________. In 2013, I will change my community by ___________________________. In 2013, I will improve myself professionally by ______________________. In 2013, I will be a better Dad or Mom by ___________________________. In 2013, I will be a better spouse by _______________________________. In 2013, I...

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The Time For Action Is Now For Young And Old

Next Rockford is an investor in the Rockford Area Economic Development Council (RAEDC).  I serve as Next Rockford’s Board representative on the RAEDC.  This blog article is a complimentary piece to Isaac Guerrero’s article.  I have known Isaac for years and have enjoyed reading his articles.   Wins – Leadership – Coalitions Of The Willing I attended the RAEDC Annual Dinner this week. It was a celebration of our many economic development “wins” over the past year.  The event was further evidence of forward movement. The fact that...

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Next Rockford Announces Platform Endorsement Process

Next Rockford is a grass roots organization comprised of Gen X and Gen Y professionals living and working in the Rock River Valley.  The purpose and focus of the organization is advocating for improvements in education, the business environment, urban development and other issue important to our membership. Next Rockford has been instrumental in initiatives to bring positive change to Rockford including: Fully supporting the conclusions of the Next Generation Consulting (Rebecca Ryan) study from 2005 for attracting and retaining talent....

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