The biggest lesson local leaders are getting out of this economic recession may be teamwork. Rockford leaders are working with other states and their economic development officials to make us a stronger region.
Jaynce Fadden of the Rockford Economic Development Council says Rockford needs to work with its neighbors in Northeastern Iowa and Southern Wisconsin to improve our quality of life as a region. Fadden was in Dubuque, Iowa recently, where she spent much of one whole day talking with other regional leaders are part of the Tri-State Alliance. Transportation officials talked about crucial project for the region, including the much hyped passenger rail service. Also highlighted was the importance of creating an identity for our area.
Representatives of the Tri-State Alliance are from Rockford, Belvidere, Freeport, Rochelle, Galena, Beloit, Janesville and lastly, Dubuque, Iowa.