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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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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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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You Make it a Great Day

There are a lot of naysayers in Rockford. We all know one. We’ve all heard from one, especially lately. But we also know plenty of people who make Rockford a great place to live, work, learn, and play. There are people who volunteer their time to help others. There are people who donate their money to provide services for others. There are people who teach, people who protect, people who heal, and people who make sure we get to work on time. And there are, of course, people who provide such great customer service, they make you a repeat...

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Rock River Valley Must Express Voter Voice Through Turnout

Every new election and someone is beating the drum for voter turnout.  Of course it’s our civic responsibility.  Of course its what makes America great.  But of course there’s always work demands, kids, and probably some new episode of American Idol that gets in the way.  But, this time it is critical to the Rock River Valley and this time we mean it. We’ve all heard the examples of how our one vote can count.  One more vote in each precinct and a newspaper declaring Dewey president over Truman would have been right.  One...

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Rockford Region Needs to be Cleaner, Greener

The research is clear, being clean and green is important to the economic vitality of a region, and each business. Leading communities pay attention to, and make sure they have appealing streets, pristine landscaping, welcoming gateways and great public areas. Businesses do the same. These areas not only improve the quality of place for local residents and employees, they also make a community more attractive to new businesses, residents and visitors. Great Beginnings: Rockford has many great natural assets including abundant parks and...

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