Living the Brand

Reframing a 21st Century Community: Living the Brand

Impact Statement: All residents in the Rockford region see the community with new eyes. They feel proud of where they live, have confidence in the future, and inspire others to conduct their lives in a way that promotes our region from within. In one sentence or phrase, please write your three ideas about how we will achieve this impact statement. In your statements, please consider: • WHO will make this happen? WHO ...more »

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Communications

Reframing a 21st Century Community: Communications

Impact Statement: From our backyards to the world stage we facilitate and implement best practices in compelling and genuine communication for and among all residents, resulting in shared community pride and a positive image and reputation for the region. As a hub of ideas and innovation, we nurture, grow and attract world-class industries and employers. We are recognized for leadership in advanced manufacturing, logistics ...more »

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Quality

Revitalization: Quality

Impact Statement: Our commitment to quality drives all community activities - delivering superior infrastructure, services and attractions. As a hub of ideas and innovation, we nurture, grow and attract world-class industries and employers. We are recognized for leadership in advanced manufacturing, logistics and agribusiness. In one sentence or phrase, please write your three ideas about how we will achieve this impact ...more »

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Families & Neighborhoods

What makes a vibrant neighborhood?

Our first Community Conversation Series on 2/24 will focus on Families & Neighborhoods. Strong, engaged individuals and families are the foundation of vibrant neighborhoods throughout the region. Neighborhoods are interconnected, adding to our sense of unity. Question to get the conversation started: What makes a vibrant neighborhood? It might help to complete the below sentence. For my neighborhood to be vibrant we ...more »

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Arts & Recreation

permanent Marathon route along river

I was running along the 3k running/bike path the other day, and started wondering why running races has gotten so expensive (marathon here was $50). Closing down streets, hiring pollice, organizer profit, etc. Why not expand the current running path to 5k, 10k, 1/2 marathon, marathon. and have most races run along it, a portion of the entry fees could go toward up keep, and people would have a better place to train for ...more »

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Arts & Recreation

City Museum

We just visited The City Museum in St. Louis, and found it to be the most amazing place we have ever taken our 10 and 8 year old daughters. It is an old shoe factory in dowtown St. Loius that has been converted into lofts, apartment and a museum with the most amazing and interactive exhibits we have ever seen www.citymuseum.org. Obviously the Missouri liability climate is much more user friendly than our nanny state, ...more »

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Share Cool Ideas from Places You've Been

I'm looking for your comments... Many of us have visited or lived in other wonderful cities with great downtown areas. So I'd like to know what kind of fun you had in another city's downtown or even in Rockford in the past. What attracts you to a city's downtown area-- please list specifics like types of stores, entertainment, parks, food & drink and other attractions you've enjoyed. I'll start -- One downtown I know ...more »

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Transparency

Bringing the Train

Having a train station in Rockford is exciting to most citizens. How would you use the train?

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Spruce Goose

I was discussing the idea of Rockford becoming a top 25 destination with friends, and we agreed that something way outside the box will be necessary to compete with Mountains, Oceans, lakes, Blues festivals, etc... Today, as I was reflecting on our conversation the idea of Rockford obtaining some sort of significant retired aircraft, space shuttle, or maybe even a submarine or Navy ship in the Rock river occured to me, ...more »

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Families & Neighborhoods

State Street Beltway

I moved to Rockford from Chicago, travel there frequently for business, and live in downtown Rockford, so it's easy for me to view the city with "fresh eyes". When I consider the average person coming to Rockford for a volleyball tournament, or anything else downtown, the odds are "due to population" they will be coming from Chicago, and therefore will approach via State Street, not the 20, to Main steet wrap around, ...more »

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Education

Washington Gifted School

Rockford should celebrate the fact that Washington is ranked 5th out of 1913 Illinois elementary schools, and should model all other schools after it as much as possible (it's not done with less students per teacher, or a brand new building). We should also translate #5 in Illinois into an accurate national figure. Very impressive accomplishment overlooked by many.

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Midway Theater Revitalization

I would LOVE to see the old Midway Theater downtown revitalized! Much like the Cornado, there is so much history there and we would be foolish not to preserve that! I think we could do a Kickstarter campaign to help raise money. It would be great if the theater could be turned into a movie theater - it could show old movies or movies that have been in the theaters for a while already - like the second run of the given ...more »

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