Economy & Jobs

Revitalization: Economy & Jobs

Impact Statement: The region has a skilled and sought-after workforce - enabling all families to improve their standard of living. Our people are employed and per capital income is above the national average. 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, ...more »

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Unity, Pride Culture

Sense of Place: Unity, Pride,Culture

Impact Statement: Our community is unified, celebrates its achievements and diversity, takes pride in individual and collective achievement, and lives its shared values. 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 will be impacted? • HOW will this be accomplished: (tool, asset, method, ...more »

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Physical Infrastructure

Revitalization: Physical Infrastructure

Impact Statement: Our transportation and communication systems are robust and accessible. They efficiently connect people to opportunities and amenities within and beyond our region. 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 will be impacted? • HOW will this be accomplished: (tool, asset, ...more »

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Education

Renewal: Education

Impact Statement: Our Pre-K through 12 schools and students are the pride of our community and are nationally recognized for excellence. All education and training are dynamic, providing accessible paths to fulfilling careers, and are highly valued by our citizens and employers. In one sentence or phrase, please write your three ideas about how we will achieve this impact statement. In your statements, please consider: ...more »

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Families & Neighborhoods

Neighborhood Names

I think something that would lead to strong neighborhoods and pride/culture in our neighborhoods would be to have neighborhood names - much like Chicago or San Francisco that has neighborhoods like Wicker Park, the Financial District, South of Market, etc. Rockford could have the very same thing to help align those communities with a sense of pride about where they live. I think some areas already have names: Downtown, ...more »

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Arts & Recreation

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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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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Funding & Alignment

Funding Our Future: Funding & Alignment

Impact Statement: Our local governments and not-for-profits are impact, properly supported and aligned with the community vision. 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 will be impacted? • HOW will this be accomplished: (tool, asset, method, or network utilized)? • WHAT will be ...more »

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Arts & Recreation

Ideas about Arts Scene

I recently moved to Rockford and I was amazed at the number of venues and artists involved in the recent Arts Scene event. I attended from 4 p.m. to close Saturday and was only able to visit a small portion of the venues -- mostly downtown and 7th St. The amount and variety of art was mind blowing. I wanted to see more of the artists and venues, but unfortunately ran out of time. I know there will be another Arts Scene ...more »

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Families & Neighborhoods

Make Rockford Better for Children and it's better for Everyone!

Please take the time to read this proposal: http://citydesk.us/WalkerSchool.html. If we don't help the children and families, all is in vain. Communities improve starting at the most basic unit. Our children are at risk because so many families are at risk. Let's get to the root, truly transform from the bottom up. Thanks you.

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Safety

Renewal: Safety

Impact Statement: All people are safe and feel safe, regardless of address

 

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• WHO will make this happen? WHO will be impacted?

 

• HOW will this be accomplished: (tool, asset, method, or network utilized)?

 

• WHAT will be achieved?

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Arts & Recreation

Library design

How about a decommisioned F16 or a more regionally significant aircraft, on top of the new library or other riverfront location to creat a "Must See" item in downtown Rockford, and celebrate the aerospace industry. Is there anything out there that both Sunstrand and Woodward worked on? With a few Chrysler parts also?. How cool would that be? A must see attraction, will get people where you want them.

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Living the Brand

Reframing a 21st Century Community: Living the Brand

Impact Statement: Living the Brand 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 ...more »

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Arts & Recreation

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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