Rockforward Key Economic Indicators Progress

The current Rockforward strategy began January 1, 2016 and will now continue through December 31, 2022.

The RAEDC remains committed to collaboration and sustainable growth. We are proactive in cultivating opportunities that increase the economic well-being of our region.

The daily work of economic development is critical to attracting and retaining jobs while ensuring our community remains a place people want to live and conduct business.

From January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2021 the region has reported the following figures towards the progress of the Rockforward goals. We have exceeded the Capital Investment goal and are closing in on the other two goals.

Capital Investment
Current Total: $1,333,641,056
Percentage Towards Goal:144%
Goal: 925,000,000

New & Retained Jobs
Current Total: 8,320
Percentage Towards Goal: 79%
Goal: 10,500

New & Renovated Space
Current Total: 6,388,440 sq.ft.
Percentage Towards Goal: 80%
Goal: 8,000,000 square feet

The creation of the Greater Rockford Growth Partnership, the unification initiative, means our region has an aligned vision to reach these three key economic indicators as part of the Rockforward strategic plan.

The successes of our region’s economic development is made possible through the support of our investors and is a critical component of creating a business and lifestyle-friendly region that is competitive with our Midwestern neighbors.