Strolling towards transformation one volunteer at a time

Stroll on State is quickly approaching this Saturday. Last weekend, I had the privilege of working next to 350 volunteers from Heartland Community Church who were committed to cleaning up and decorating downtown Rockford. These community-minded folks used their free time with only one thing in mind; making Rockford an even better place. Together. With all the conversations of transforming Rockford and collaboration buzzing around the city, I feel compelled to chime in on something I witnessed.  I’m not sure when it hit me what was actually...

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Morrissey Supports Next Rockford Platform

Larry Morrissey, running for Rockford Mayor, has endorsed Next Rockford’s platform of advocating for improvements in the region’s business environment, education, urban development, cultural offerings, and civic engagement. “We are actively seeking candidates and elected officials who share our group’s vision for the Rockford region,” says Frank Haney, Next Rockford facilitator. “We are focused on a number of key areas and are pleased that candidates continue to sign on to the platform.” Next Rockford has this initiative to encourage...

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Lickteig Supports Next Rockford Platform

David Lickteig , running for Rockford Alderman in the 13th Ward, has endorsed Next Rockford’s platform of advocating for improvements in the region’s business environment, education, urban development, cultural offerings, and civic engagement. “We are excited about candidates who share our group’s vision for the Rockford region,” says Joel Zirkle, Co-chair of Next Rockford’s Government Affairs and Urban Development Committee. “We are actively connecting with candidates that share our vision and are pleased that candidates...

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Mark Supports Next Rockford Platform

Doug Mark , running for Rockford Alderman in the 3rd Ward, has endorsed Next Rockford’s platform of advocating for improvements in the region’s business environment, education, urban development, cultural offerings, and civic engagement. “We are excited about candidates who share our group’s vision for the Rockford region,” says Joel Zirkle, Co-chair of Next Rockford’s Government Affairs and Urban Development Committee. “We are actively connecting with candidates that share our vision and are pleased that candidates continue...

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A Response to the Forbes ‘Miserable’ Article.

I read the Forbes article and enjoyed reading Chuck and Isaac’s response.  I respectfully submit the following thoughts:  1. Don’t rely on magazine articles for your self-esteem. These articles make some valid points but lacks the context necessary for real analysis. Our community is not all good or all bad. Some people in our community are hurting and that hurts me and should hurt you too.  For most people, we know where we were, we know how far we have come, and we know the work ahead. 2. Look around our community – look in the mirror, look...

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