How do we know when we’ve reached the Top 25 communities? A helpful tool from Transform Rockford offers a gauge for where we’ve come and a target for where we still have left to go. ...

Do you have all the tools needed to launch and scale your business? In the effort to strategically improve the region, there’s a renewed focus on supporting entrepreneurs through every step of the journey. ...

Leaders from across our region are positioning for a fast and more full recovery, and they’re beginning with a look back as they set their sights on a prosperous future. ...

Who’s better equipped to share the good things happening in Rockford than the people who live there? This group of dedicated community evangelists is making sure those outside our region can hear their hometown's story. ...

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. ...