Former RAEDC chairman named Excalibur finalist for 2014

Bill Roop

ROCKFORD, Dec. 3 — Bill Roop, president and CEO of Alpine Bank and 2010-12 board chairman of the Rockford Area Economic Development Council, was named a finalist today for a prestigious community service award.

The Rockford Register Star established the Excalibur Award in 1971 to honor an individual “whose outstanding service and commitment have made the Rock River Valley a better place to live, work and raise families.” The 2014 award will be presented Thursday night at an invitation-only reception.

In his profile, Roop referenced his service on the board in his optimism about the future of public schools: “As chairman of RAEDC (Rockford Area Economic Development Council), I was fortunate to be on the ground floor when we brought the Ford Foundation in to talk about the success of the academies. Now we are helping other school districts move in that direction.”

Read the full newspaper profile. Congratulations, Bill!


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