According to IHS Global Insight, exports from the Rockford Region are projected to grow 70.5% by 2020 – the 32nd highest projected growth rate in the nation.

 

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October 16, 2014

Airport, AAR break ground on jet repair facility to bring 500 jobs

Rockford (Oct. 16, 2014) – The Greater Rockford Airport Authority (GRAA), in partnership with international Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) provider AAR, has broken ground on the highly anticipated new hangar facility on the grounds of Chicago Rockford International Airport (RFD). The MRO facility was announced in August, and Wood Dale-based...

October 16, 2014

Rockford featured as 'epicenter of aerospace activity' in publication

Rockford has gained attention as an "epicenter of aerospace activity" in a Military & Aerospace Electronics magazine/website Q&A. The Rockford Area Economic Development Council's Carrie Zethmayr, executive director of trade and investment, pointed to logistics, innovation and growth as drivers for the region's strength in the aerospace network. Other prominent recent press...

October 10, 2014

EIGERlab gives girl a hand with 3D prosthesis

This fall, the Rockford Chamber of Commerce's The Voice features how EIGERlab's Center for Product Development transformed life for a first-grader by creating a 3D prosthetic hand, leading her to say, "Now I can salute at Girl Scouts!"   See the story below, courtesy of Sherry Pritz:   Not unlike other precocious first graders,...

October 10, 2014

Rockford Chamber supports Better Schools Brighter Future referendum

The Rockford Chamber of Commerce announced its support Oct. 10 of the Better Schools, Brighter Future referendum, encouraging voters to say "yes" Nov. 4. According to the BSBF website, the referendum "will ask voters in the RPS 205 District to vote for or against the authorization for the school board...

October 8, 2014

Forest City Gear in Roscoe highlighted amid positive hiring at manufacturers

The Chicago Tribune quoted Fred Young of Forest City Gear as a bright spot in Chicago-area manufacturing hiring. The Roscoe firm has hired for two positions and has seven open. See the full story....

October 6, 2014

WIFR Reports: Call Center to Hire 250 Employees

WIFR reported that The Connection will soon hire 250 employees to fill various customer service-related roles. Read the full article here....

October 6, 2014

Rockford-Etsy Partnership Recognized as a Remarkable International Achievement of Regional Attractiveness and Place Marketing

Rockford, Il. October 1, 2014 – The Craft Entrepreneurship Program between the City of Rockford and global online marketplace Etsy was short-listed as one of nine notable achievements showcased and awarded during the Place Marketing Forum, the largest conference in France dealing with territorial marketing. The conference will take place...

October 2, 2014

Rockford aerospace initiative wins national award

A program aimed at accelerating the engineering and high-tech workforce for Rockford’s burgeoning aerospace industry won a national award this week at the University Economic Development Association’s annual summit in Santa Fe, N.M. JiET-A, or the Joint Institute for Engineering and Technology – Aerospace, is an innovative partnership among aerospace...

October 2, 2014

I-39 Logistics Corridor continues its strong momentum

Along the I-39 Logistics Corridor there is over 89 million square feet of property. While the corridor currently has over 878,029 of square feet under construction, according to Carrie Zethmayr, executive director, of the I-39 Logistics Corridor Association, the association is seeing an increase in the amount of development coming...

October 1, 2014

Regional Exports on the Rise

ROCKFORD, ILLINOIS - Exports from the Rockford Region rose a record 32% in 2013, according to new federal data. The total value of Rockford region exports - $2.53 Billion - is the highest on record, and places Rockford 89th in the nation's metro areas in exports. Export growth for the Rockford...

September 25, 2014

PCI Announces Acquisition of Biotec

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PCI ANNOUNCES ACQUISITION OF BIOTEC PCI significantly expands Global Clinical Services business through Biotec acquisition Philadelphia, PA – September 19, 2014 - PCI is pleased to announce it has acquired Biotec Services International (Biotec).  Biotec is a leading provider of Clinical Trial Services and Temperature Controlled Pharmaceutical Services headquartered in...

September 25, 2014

Riverside Community Bank Announces Plan to Rebrand As Illinois Bank & Trust

Bank also announces plan to merge with sister bank, Galena State Bank Rockford, Illinois - - September 25, 2014—Riverside Community Bank, a subsidiary of Heartland Financial USA, Inc. (NASDAQ: HTLF) announced today that it will change its name to “Illinois Bank & Trust.”  Additionally, the bank announced plans to merge with...

September 24, 2014

WREX Reports: Exports rise to record levels out of Rockford region

WREX reported on the recent rise in regional exports, which rose 32% in 2013. To read the full article, click here....

September 23, 2014

Community Action Agency Announces 2015 Program Plans

Rockford - The City of Rockford Human Services Department, a Community Action Agency, has announced their 2015 proposed plans for the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) programs.  This proposal is a draft proposal at this time as it will still require Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity approval. To view...

September 12, 2014

I-39 Logistics Corridor Association Brings Back Its Festivus 2014 Event on October 29th

ROCKFORD, IL - On Wednesday, October 29, the I-39 Logistics Corridor Association will kick off the holiday season when it hosts its "Festivus 2014" event between 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM at the Hofbräuhaus Chicago restaurant in Rosemont, IL, announced Carrie Zethmayr, Executive Director of the Rockford, IL-based association.   "The purpose...

September 12, 2014

PR Etc. Rebrands, Launches Chartwell Agency

New Name Aligns with Full Scope of Services   Rockford, IL (September 11, 2014) - PR Etc., a full-service communications firm based in Rockford, IL, has launched a new name, a new brand and redesigned website as Chartwell Agency. PR Etc. was started in 2002 as a public relations firm and has...

September 10, 2014

WREX Reports: More fast food chains in Rockford could mean a more inviting business climate

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