Don Daniels Named Interim RAEDC President

The RAEDC is pleased to announce the addition of Don Daniels as the Interim President of the Rockford Area Economic Development Council (RAEDC).

Don Daniels, Interim RAEDC President against a grey backdrop
Don Daniels, Interim President, RAEDC

In this role as Interim President, Don will use his operational skillset to help the RAEDC accomplish the goals established as a component of the Rockforward strategic plan. He will also work on connecting the dots between our business community’s needs and solutions that will ensure sustainable growth.

Prior to joining the RAEDC Don was the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at SwedishAmerican Health Systems (a Division of UW Health).

“We are excited to welcome Don to the RAEDC team. His extensive leadership background will assist the organization through core initiatives and building and strengthening connections with our community,” says Einar Forsman, CEO of the Greater Rockford Growth Partnership.

Eric Cunningham, RAEDC Board Chair stated, “Don will be a valued addition to the organization and is eager to engage. His experience in leading a regional healthcare institution puts him in a position to understand the needs of a larger organization as well as an industry that is critical to the success of our region.”

The RAEDC continues the daily work of economic development. The role of President is critical to ensuring the region continues to be an opportunity region for businesses located here and companies that are considering a relocation into the region.

Don moved into the region in 1995 and is committed to the success of the region. When not working Don is a huge sports fan and while he may not be great at it loves to play golf. He is also a history buff, especially American History.

Welcome Don Daniels to the RAEDC team, as he begins his journey with the organization by emailing him at