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...

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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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What snow day?

My 15 year old says he won $24.00 yesterday.  Apparently he wagered with fellow students that school on Thursday would NOT in fact be cancelled due to inclement weather.  Everyone else was sure they’d get a snow-day, but my kid just had a feeling.  I didn’t put any money down, luckily, but I definitely assumed the opposite. To be fair, the Rockford Public Schools Student Handbook doesn’t mention anything specific with respect to criteria for weather related closures.  What they do tell families is to wait and see if we...

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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 December 11th General Membership Meeting

Next Rockford hosted Assistant Deputy Chief Doug Pann on Thursday December 11th at 7:30am at Katie’s Cup to speak to the organization about Geopolicing including the pilot effort and it’s results, and the future plans for the effort. Learning more about geographic policing at @Next_Rockford this morning. #nextsecurity — Kevin Vest (@CoachVest) December 11, 2014 Bringing together team in pilot district with unity of command has meant quicker and more effective response. @Next_Rockford #nextsecurity — Wester Wuori (@WesterWuori)...

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Next Rockford to Discuss Geopolicing

Next Rockford Meeting Thursday, December 11, 2014 Katie’s Cup, 502 7th St 7:30-8:30 am Topic: Geopolicing Twitter Hashtag: #nextsecurity   Please join Next Rockford on Thursday December 11th at 7:30am at Katie’s Cup for the General Membership meeting.  Assistant Deputy Chief Doug Pann will speak to the organization about Geopolicing including the pilot effort and it’s results, and the future plans for the effort.   Additionally, the organization will have updates on: – A World In Motion STEM program at...

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