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Next Rockford – Our Year In Review

Next Rockford is an organization that  exists to connect generational leaders to one another, educate our generations on the issues important to the community and to individual members, and once connected and educated, successfully advocate for issues important to generations, members, and the community.  The Next Rockford organizational year runs from October through September making this a great time to reflect on the past twelve months of activities and a great year! Special Event Hosted, with State Representative Sosnowski,  Governor...

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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...

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Opportunity for all?

A recent and widely publicized study revealed the importance of neighborhood and location in the outcomes of poor children.  The study was reported in the New York Times, and discussed in local media over the last week. You can see, yourself, the information for Winnebago County here.  The data shows that a child, born into a household in the bottom 25% of income, has a worse outcome in some places, and better in others. That child, born in Winnebago County, will earn about 9% less income at age 26 than a similar child, also born into...

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Next Rockford on Affordable Housing Strategies and Neighborhood Equality

Topic: Affordable Housing Strategies and Neighborhood Equality Twitter Hashtag: #nextneighborhoods   At the last General Membership meeting of Next Rockford there was 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.  Ron Clewer, CEO of the Rockford Housing Authority, spoke to the organization about the Choice Neighborhoods proposal...

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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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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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