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Community & Economic Development

Mission Statement: Provide leadership, foster partnerships and promote balanced growth to enhance the quality of life in all neighborhoods.



Business First 

Rockford Community Partners is proud to announce "BUSINESSFirst", a joint venture with the City of Rockford, Winnebago County, Winnebago County Health Department, Small Business Development Center and Rock River Water Reclamation District to assist individuals in redeveloping an existing property or open a new business in an existing property.



Key Documents:







A Facilitated Conversation on Housing and Neighborhoods

Thursday, February 26, 2015 & Friday, February 27, 2015 - 1PM to  5PM


Thursday, February 26, 2015 - Day 1 Presentations:


Housing Workshop Presentation


Rockford Housing Authority (RHA) Presentation


Milwaukee Northside Housing Initiative


HUD - Rockford Best Practices


Housing Discussion Action Statements from Participants


Friday, February 27, 2015 - Day 2 Presentations:


Huntsville Alabama Deconcentration Model and Best Practice Presentation


Gorman Rockford Overview - Part 1


Gorman Rockford Overview - Part 2


Discussion Topics


Summary Comments from Work Groups




Framing the Next 5 Years


View and provide feedback on two City of Rockford planning efforts.


Consolidated & Annual Action Plans
Feedback should be sent to
2015 - 2019 Consolidated Plan & 2015 Annual Action Plan Press Release 
* 2015 - 2019 Consolidated Plan & 2015 Annual Action Plan Update *





Community & Economic Development handles a wide variety of services under various divisions.

Construction & Development Services deals with building inspections, building permits and zoning issues.

Neighborhood Standards deals with neighborhood property code violations.

Neighborhood Development handles residential financial assistance through various grants. Grant reports are available by clicking here.

Economic Development deals with assisting businesses in Rockford.

Planning handles both short-term and long-term planning for the City, with the assistance of the Public Works Capital Improvement Program (CIP) and Rockford Metropolitan Agency for Planning (RMAP).


You can view various plans, studies and reports from Community & Economic Development here.




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Rockford welcomes Linnea Bengtsson from our Industrial Partnership City of Lidköping, Sweden!

Ms. Linnea Bengtsson works as an International Business Developer for the City of Lidköping in Sweden. Ms. Bengtsson has an office on the 2nd floor of City Hall in Rockford where she will be representing the City of Lidköping for the next three years. Bengtsson will also be spending some time in her home town Lidköping where she also has an office at City Hall.

Ms. Bengtsson will be creating a platform that offers companies and organizations from Sweden, primarily Lidköping and the West Sweden (VästraGötalands regionen), contacts in the United States, primarily in the Rockford Region. Bengtsson will be instrumental in fostering and maintaining international collaborations with a focus on Education, Economic & Community Development and Sustainability.

Follow Linnea’s blog at You can also contact Ms. Bengtsson at

Ms. Bengtsson has been with the City of Lidköping since April 2008 and her experiences, projects and results offer great value to both our City’s international efforts. Chief Executive Officer in Lidköping, Kenth Lindström, believes one of Ms. Bengtsson’s success projects involves building Swedish-influenced homes in Rockford. With the aid of the SwedishAmerican Foundation, construction students from Lidköping’s De la Gardie School are working with students from Rockford’s East High School on this international project.

Visit our sister city Lidköping at

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Special thanks to Jason Rotello and Tamika Jones for contributing images for the City of Rockford website.