CEO of the Greater Rockford Growth Partnership to Retire

GRGP announces retirement of Einar Forsman

The board of the Greater Rockford Growth Partnership (GRGP) announces the retirement of Einar Forsman, effective at the end of this year. Forsman contributed to Rockford’s community on a personal and professional level for several decades, helping grow business success and workforce development in the region.
Forsman led the GRGP as its CEO, working with its board and staff over the last year to drive the GRGP’s mission to accelerate the region’s business growth, innovation, and entrepreneurs toward economic prosperity. The GRGP formed as an umbrella organization for the Rockford Chamber of Commerce, Rockford Area Economic Development Council (RAEDC) and future partner organizations align goals and initiatives centered around community image, attracting talent to the region and public policies affecting local businesses.
“Einar has been an incredible leader for decades through his work at the City of Rockford, Rock Valley College and the Rockford Chamber of Commerce,” said Tom McNamara, Mayor of Rockford. “His knowledge and experience have been critical in moving our community forward, and his presence in the business community will be truly missed. I wish him and his wife the best in their new adventure!”
Since 1986, Forsman helped develop and grow Rockford on many fronts. Prior to joining the GRGP, Forsman served for 14 years as the President/CEO of the Rockford Chamber of Commerce; served as Director of Economic and Business Outreach for Rock Valley College; and was the City Administrator for the City of Rockford.
“When I came to Rockford it was at the start of my professional career, and I expected to be here just few years. Now, here I am 36 years later with a community that embraced me personal and professionally,” Forsman said. “It has been my honor to support and advance the community in any way I was able to.”
Forsman also served on several volunteer non-profit boards including the Workforce Connection, Lifescape Services, Community Kitchen, Inc., Rockford Area Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, Rockford Health Council, Rockford Area Economic Development Corporation, and the YMCA of Rock River Valley.
Jeff Hultman, President and CEO of Illinois Bank and Trust and GRGP Board Chairman, said, “Einar’s contributions to the Chamber and GRGP have been significant and meaningful towards the development of Rockford. His extensive knowledge of the area, local leaders and community organizations helped move initiatives forward; he will be missed and I wish Einar and his wife well in retirement.”
The GRGP Board is beginning discussions regarding the search for a new leader.