ROCKFORD (WIFR) – When we hear people talk about Rockford, the best images don’t always come to mind.
However, a major effort, called Transform Rockford is trying to flip that image and improve the area. Tomorrow is round two of getting public input.
Last month, more than 1,300 people turned out to the Coronado for the engagement summit. We heard a lot of feedback about crime, poverty, and undereducated people in the area. Tomorrow, local leaders will go over specific community feedback and look at the attributes of successful communities. They’ll look at what the city and its partners, like the school system, can do to improve.
"We want to get some input as we start off on the visioning discussion about what the community wants to be down the road,” said Mike Schablaske, Executive Director of Transform Rockford.
“The success of our school district and the entire region are completely intertwined, it’s a symbiotic relationship and I think our fates are completely tied together so we are fully engaged in being part of the solution and having the humility to know we have areas to improve as an organization,” said District 205 Superintendent Dr. Ehren Jarrett.
Attendees will also get more information if they’re interested in joining a work team to help out. They’re creating a ninth team right now for technology.
The conversation will be held tomorrow from 1-3 p.m. at Ellis Elementary School in Rockford. Everyone is invited to attend. If you can't make it, we'll also be streaming the event live on our website.