Truly transforming our 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. ...

Our editors have given out grades as we reflect on many facets of Rockford's renewal. We know there’s still room for improvement, but we’re proud of how far things have come. ...

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. ...

Many children come to school unprepared to learn – and that's a warning sign for our future. Now, Transform Rockford is prepared to strengthen and support the well-being of local families, in turn helping young minds to reach their full potential ...

It's easy to take for granted the good things available here in the Rockford area. But to these "boomerangers," coming home was a conscious choice – one made all the easier by Rockford's growing sense of place. ...

The rapid changes happening all around the Rockford region are fueling a renewed sense of optimism and a growing "sense of place." Turns out, that evolving identity is a key part of Rockford's narrative to out-of-towners. ...

Where we live matters, and it's important to sell those unique qualities about our neighborhoods. Meet two teams from Transform Rockford that are showing residents across the region how to build a sense of place and belonging. ...

There's general agreement that improving youngsters' reading skills can impact our region's transformation. But what does it take to get started? The collective input of multiple players, for starters. ...