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About the GRGP

The Greater Rockford Growth Partnership (GRGP) oversees and aligns the goals of the Rockford Area Economic Development Council and Rockford Chamber of Commerce in taking bold action to create the most vibrant, innovative, thriving economy of any mid-sized region in the nation.

GRGP Vision
With a united vision and bold action, we will be the most vibrant, innovative, thriving economy and mid-sized region in the nation.

GRGP Mission
The Partnership is the catalyst for economic prosperity and well-being by cohesively leveraging our strengths to accelerate business growth, innovation, and entrepreneurs within the region.

Currently, the two organizations are the Rockford Area Economic Development Council (RAEDC) and the Rockford Chamber of Commerce (Chamber).

The GRGP (or umbrella organization) drives the shared vision and future strategies. The contributing organizations (RAEDC and Chamber) remain focused on their individual missions. The Partnership assures alignment of their respective strategies to achieve their missions while assuring alignment with the overall vision and mission.

GRGP Organizational Chart & Overview Document
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Download the GRGP overview document

About Our Economic Development Partners

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Rockford Area Economic Development Council markets the region to attract new capital investment while assisting existing businesses with resources for sustainable growth. It works with partners to improve the competitiveness of the region in the daily work of economic development and serves as the area’s data collection agency on capital investment, new and retained jobs, and new or renovated space.

Mission: The Rockford Area Economic Development Council cultivates opportunities for primary job growth that increase the economic well-being of our region.

Vision: The Rockford Area Economic Development Council propels the region to top 25 status, as the model for impactful economic development in partnership with regional organizations.

RockfordIL.com
Information@RockfordIL.com
815.987.8118

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Rockford Chamber of Commerce delivers benefits to the community by leading in the promotion of economic growth, advocating for the interests of business, and providing service and educational opportunities that help its members grow.

Mission: Leading Business Growth. The Rockford Chamber of Commerce delivers benefits to the community by leading in the promotion of economic growth, advocating for the interests of business, and providing service and educational opportunities that help our members grow.

RockfordChamber.com
Info@RockfordChamber.com
815-987-8100

THE PEOPLE

EInar Forsman, CEO, GRGP
Caitlin Pusateri, President, Rockford Chamber and Sr. Vice President, GRGP
Therese Thill, President, RAEDC and Sr. Vice President, GRGP

GRGP Board of Directors

Board Chair
Jeff Hultman
Illinois Bank & Trust

Vice Board Chair
Terry Voskuil
Woodward, Inc.

Brent Bernardi
Alpha Controls & Services LLC

Mike Broski
Entre Computer Solutions

Paula Carynski
OSF HealthCare Saint Anthony Medical Center

Bridgett Coleman
Coleman CPA & Consulting, Inc

Jean Crosby
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Crosby Starck Real Estate

Eric Cunningham
Collins Aerospace

Earl Dotson Jr.
Rockford Public Schools, District #205

Mike Dunn Jr.
Region One Planning Council

Einar Forsman
Greater Rockford Growth Partnership

Justin Franklin
Kadon Precision Machining

Dietmar Goellner
Advanced Machine & Engineering

Pam Maher
KMK Media Group

Michele Petrie
Wintrust Commercial Banking & Mortgage

John Phelps
Rockford Local Development Corporation

Dan Ross
Community Foundation of Northern Illinois

James Rozinsky
Spectrum Insurance Agency, Inc.

Daniel Saavedra
Saavedra Group Architects

Patrick Shaw
RSM US LLP

Frank Wehrstein
Dickerson & Nieman Realtors

GRGP Staff

Einar Forsman
CEO

Melissa Adams
Executive Assistant to the CEO
MAdams@RockfordIL.com

Doug Rand
Accounting Manager/Controller
DRand@RockfordChamber.com

Erin Marshall
Marketing & Communications Director
EMarshall@RockfordIL.com

308 West State Street, Suite 350
Rockford, IL 61101

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