Attracting Young Professionals To Rockford

Today they announced a couple of events that will hopefully lure young professionals, who grew up in the area, to come back to Rockford and stay.

Some of the things they're planning, a party during the on the waterfront festival, plus a live big weekend during Thanksgiving vacation, that'll be a series of events in the area that cater to students home for break.

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  • by Jon Location: Rockford on Jun 19, 2008 at 10:48 AM
    Rockford is not going anywhere because our uptight "leaders" don't want to bring money here. Rockford is a garbage dump. It all starts with our mayor. Whom, by the way, swings for the other team.
  • by pat Location: port st . lucie florida on Aug 23, 2007 at 03:36 PM
    In 1993, after earning a BA in Journalism and American History (with high honors) I returned to my hometown of Rockford to use my newly minted degree. After nine months of searching for suitable employment I finally gave up. The only offers I received were for low level factory work or data entry. Rockford is a nothing. The industrial base is gone and the streets are filled with criminal types. You wonder why all the young people are leaving? No jobs, no restaurants of any worth, crime, drugs, no cultural activities...I could go on but why bother? I really can't say enough bad things about Rockford. I felt betrayed by the very town where I was born and raised. Employers dismissed my degree and experience and gave me silly unwanted advice. "You should find a job in a factory," one suggested. Yeah, right. I worked in the factories (Rockford Products) for three years to earn enough money to attend college. While in college I worked part-time as a teacher. Rockford SUCKS!!!
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