Truly transforming the Rockford region into a Top 25 community requires a closer look at how we raise up those in poverty. A new project with Transform Rockford is taking the first step. ...

What if our employers could find the talent they need, and our schools could prepare workers faster than ever before? That could be truly transformative – and a competitive advantage for our region. It’s already happening. ...

Helen and Ernie Redfern were ahead of the curve when they discovered Rockford had everything they wanted for retirement — unlike the 20 other communities vying for their attention. ...

Looking far beyond mere respectfulness, one Transform Rockford group is setting out to improve relationships by encouraging personal responsibility and a deeper-level bonding between neighbors and strangers. ...

It’s easy to take for granted the lifestyle and career possibilities available here in the Rockford area. But to these “boomerangers” or “come-back kids,” coming home was a conscious choice – one made all the easier by Rockford’s growing sense of identity. ...

As regional leaders continue pursuing a path of positive transformation, they’re targeting one of the area’s long-running concerns: crime. New data show crime rates may finally be reversing. ...

What happens when you have job openings but your neighbors lack the skills to fill them? In Rockford, there’s a new answer to this age-old question. See how an evolving mindset is getting results. ...

How much can $2 billion transform a region? As this nonprofit organization is finding out, smart capital investments in business, infrastructure and tourist destinations are laying the foundation of a positive future. ...

Its eyes on making the Rockford region a Top 25 community over the next decade, this nonprofit group is leading the charge for the area’s self-improvement – and they’re seeing results. ...

A movement is underway to strategically transform the Rockford region while creating a Top 25 community. Meet the group leading the charge, and see what they’ve accomplished so far. ...