ROCKFORD (WIFR) – From crime to unemployment, there are many things people would like to fix in the Rockford Area.
Transform Rockford has a plan to improve the area over a longer time period, but some people say they don’t want to wait to see those positive changes.
Social media has shown its power it its role of starting revolutions and overthrowing governments, but in the instance of Rockford, bar owner Chris Wachowiak just wants the people to join the discussion.
“You can sit and complain or you can actually be a part of the change you want to see. So what do you want to do? That’s all this is; it’s an opportunity. What is it you really want to do? You want to be a naysayer or do you want to do something?”
Mayor Larry Morrissey gathered other city leaders to announce Better Rockford Today , a new movement which allows citizens to provide city officials with instant feedback. It will consist of Ward meetings where people can meet with their aldermen and the mayor to give them any input, positive or negative. However, the centerpiece is it’s website, www.betterrockfordtoday.com which will host the conversation by positive everyone’s social media comments.
“While we’re working on the vision and we’re still at that point, the city of Rockford has a lot of work to do today. We’re hoping to lever a lot of the great public engagement that’s happening with Transform Rockford and continue to build a really strong base of support from our community for the work that we’re doing today.”
To join the conversation, all that you have to do is use the hashtag #BetterRKFD while posting on social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Although the movement is not directly related to Transform Rockford, the mayor says they want the two to stay complimentary to one another.
The first ward meeting is tonight at Cliffbreakers for people living in the 6th and 9th wards. These gatherings will lead up to the mayor’s state of the city address on April 9th.