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Economic Development Division

The Economic Development Division of Community Development is responsible for administering a variety of economic development programs such as the City's state-certified Enterprise and Riveredge Zone, Tax Increment Financing, and the CDBG program.

Why Rockford, Illinois?

Rockford, Illinois is located in the burgeoning I-90 growth corridor and is part of the 3rd largest economic corridor in the U.S. /Close enough to Chicago to feel the breeze off lake Michigan, the Rockford region offers distinct business advantages that simply cannot be had in the "big" city.
  • Low cost of doing business
  • High quality of life
  • An abundance of available buildings and land
This is the last frontier of true midwestern opportunity, and we're expected to grow 22% by 2020.  Our City of Rockford Administration and its county-wide economic development partners have hung out the "welcome" sign.  The Rockford Region is truly open for business.  Come see for yourself!


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  • Division Head:
  • Mark Williams
Rockford Area Economic Development                      Council:
Rockford Local Development Corporation:
Rockford Chamber of Commerce:
The WorkForce Connection:
Illinois Small Business Development Center:

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