Regional Successes and Reports


The RAEDC, as the Economic Development Agency for the region is also the data collection agency on all new capital investment in the area, retained and created jobs, and renovated space. As we move through our Rockforward20/20 plan, we will be informing all of you on project wins and regional successes for our region as well as projects that we are working on with our various regional partners.

Results Reports

Our investors recognize the importance of a strong economic development program. They also recognize a good investment and demand a return on that investment. The RAEDC reports results to investors on a monthly and quarterly basis through the President’s Monthly Newsletter and yearly in the Annual Report or the Results Reports.

Annual Report 2016 – Rockforward2020
2015 Rockforward2! Results Report

2014 Rockforward2! Results Report
2013 Rockforward2! Results Report
2012 Rockforward! Annual Report
2011 Rockforward! Annual Report
2010 Rockforward! Annual Report
2009 Rockforward! Annual Report
2008 Rockforward! Annual Report

Voice of the Customer Summaries

Since 2004, the Rockford Area Economic Development Council has met with more than 900 companies, which in aggregate, employ more than half of our region’s workforce. Our primary objectives with these interviews are to:

  • understand the future plans of existing organizations within our communities
  • identify current site issues and improvement opportunities that would help businesses grow
  • input information for infrastructure planning, development plans, managing growth expectations
  • aid the development of long and short-term improvement projects with better use of our local resources
  • demonstrate the importance of public-private partnerships in establishing effective approaches to economic development.

2015 Voice of the Customer (VOC) Summary Report
2014 Voice of the Customer (VOC) Summary Report
2013 Voice of the Customer (VOC) Summary Report
2012 Voice of the Customer (VOC) Summary Report
2011 Voice of the Customer (VOC) Summary Report
2010 Voice of the Customer (VOC) Summary Report
2009 Voice of the Customer (VOC) Summary Report
2007 Voice of the Customer (VOC) Summary Report
2006 Voice of the Customer (VOC) Summary Report

Rockford Region Wins

The RAEDC and our regional partners work on a variety of projects each year, ranging from business retention, expansion and attraction; property development; foreign-trade zone opportunities; and entrepreneurial growth. Thanks to regional collaboration, we are proud to report that recent projects will result in:

  • $40 million MRO (Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul) AAR opening Summer 2016 at the Chicago Rockford International Airport (RFD)
  • $20 million terminal expansion at the Chicago Rockford International Airport
  • $32 million investment by OSF Healthcare in a 4 year nursing degree program partnership with Rock Valley College
  • $812 million is currently being invested in the Healthcare Industry making the Rockford Region a healthcare powerhouse
  • Earn a 4 year bachelor’s degree in ME or EE through the Northern Illinois University/Rock Valley College partnership
  • Rockford Public Schools District 205 named the 3rd Ford Next Generation Model Community in the nation
  • 450,000 sq. ft. of additional facility built by Woodward, Inc. in Loves Park
  • 185,000 sq. ft. facility for FedEx
  • 2nd largest air hub for UPS in the nation is located at the Chicago Rockford International Airport

TOTAL ROUNDING $2 BILLION… AND WE’RE JUST GETTING STARTED!