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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
There are plenty of land and building options to invest your business and be part of the 2nd largest central city in Illinois.  Rockford has high performing world class industry clusters in aerospace, automotive, logistics and advanced manufacturing.  Rockford is also a growing regional center for health care.  You will find plenty of trendy options to live, work and play in our urban center.


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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 at Rockford Chamber of Commerce:  E-mail Harold "Bo" Boger at 

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