Partners in Performance

Become an Investor in RAEDC  

The Rockford Area Economic Development Council is funded solely through investments by private sector companies, public sector municipalities, labor and trade unions, business organizations, quasi-governmental organizations, educational institutions, and nonprofit agencies.  
Investors pool resources together to sustain the work of the organization, as everyone benefits from having a stronger, more sustainable economy. Annual investments range from $2,500 per year up to $300,000 per year. 
Join our Partners in Performance investment campaign to become a part of growing our economy in the Rockford region.

Partners in Growth ($2,500 – $4,999 per year)

Confidential Services: The Rockford Area Economic Development Council (RAEDC) serves as a one-stop resource center for companies interested in remaining/expanding in – or relocating to – the Rockford area. The RAEDC partners with regional allies and coordinates the work of multiple agencies on behalf of clients. Specific services include: site selection; coordination of funding from local, state, and federal sources; workforce development; international assistance; and marketing and public relations. 

Leadership Opportunities: Partners in Growth investors have an opportunity to serve on the RAEDC Board of Directors and additional ad hoc committees as they are established. 

Website: Partners in Growth investors are promoted on the RAEDC Website, including a full-page, premier listing the searchable Investor Directory (logo, link, and description. 

Special Events: Partners in Growth investors are invited to attend all RAEDC events, including the Annual Meeting and Dinner. Investors also receive invitations to attend client and investor events, and open houses. 

Referrals: While assisting growing and relocating companies, the RAEDC is often able to refer company inquiries to Partners in Growth investors and provide direct introductions between investors for business development opportunities. 

E-Newsletter: Partners in Growth investors receive this monthly report, tracking results against performance measures, regional updates, business updates, and upcoming events. 

Partners in Progress ($5,000 or more per year)

In addition to the benefits described above, organizations investing at the Partners in Progress level will receive:

Annual Report: Partners in Progress receive special recognition in the RAEDC Annual Report, which is published in April.

Partners in Advancement ($10,000 or more per year)   

In addition to all of the benefits described above, organizations investing in the Partners in Excellence will receive: 

Special Events: Partners in Advancement investors are automatically recognized as being sponsors of every RAEDC event, including recognition on event invitations and program agendas. A complimentary corporate table for ten is also provided at the Annual Meeting & Dinner for investors at $25,000 or more per year (a $750 value).

Customized Research: The RAEDC is a clearinghouse of regional demographic data, research, and analysis. Investors can access the RAEDC’s research on labor statistics, demographics, and industry trends. Customized data includes real estate/site election, demographics, industry clusters, taxes, commuting characteristics, and utilities.

Partners in Excellence ($25,000 or more per year)   

In addition to all of the benefits described above, organizations investing in the Partners in Excellence will receive:

Professional Development: Partners in Excellence receive tuition for one employee to participate in the Rockford Chamber of Commerce Leadership Rockford Program ($1,100 value).

Partners in Excellence receive a complimentary corporate table for ten at the Annual Meeting & Dinner ($750 value).

Interested to find out more, please contact RAEDC Director of Investor Relations Matt Zarembski.