|ROCKFORD, June 17, 2016 — 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.
BUSINESSFirst starts by making available a team of partners to any individual with a redevelopment project in the community. An individual can make an appointment to meet with the team for 30 minutes to discuss their project.
The team meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Regional Center for Planning & Design (315 N. Main, Rockford), beginning June 23. Having all of these partners in one place at one time, face to face with the customer, facilitates the most efficient and effective process for the customer.
“Winnebago County is happy to see this private/public partnership come together to provide a better customer service process for the Rockford Community,” said Winnebago County ￼Chairman Scott Christiansen. “We want to do everything we can to cut out the red tape in the redevelopment process to encourage entrepreneurs and investment.”
“By bringing together partners from the public and private sector — architects, general contractors, business owners, Realtors, developers, construction trades, business districts, the City and the County — we were able to determine best practices to improve our customer service for redevelopment projects in the community,” said Alderman Joe Chiarelli. “As Chairman of the Codes and Regulation committee, we want to see projects come to the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) and Liquor and Tobacco Advisory Board (LTAB) as prepared as possible so we can all help them through the process efficiently and effectively.”
“A key initiative of the Planning and Development Committee for 2015 was to coordinate the information provided and services provided to those wishing to enter into a redevelopment project,” said Alderman Tim Durkee. “We are glad to see all partners working together to provide a one-stop service to those interested in investing in our community.”
How does it work?
Rockford Community Partners hopes that this private/public initiative will encourage individuals to consider investing in redevelopment and entrepreneurship in our community.