Community & Economic Development

Karl F. Franzen

Community & Economic Development

Provide leadership, foster partnerships and promote balanced growth to enhance the quality of life in all neighborhoods.

Community & Economic Development handles a wide variety of services under various divisions:

Construction & Development Services provides building, mechanical, and electrical inspections for all existing and new construction.

Neighborhood Standards, also known as Code Enforcement, offers citizens a single point of contact for all neighborhood environmental issues and complaints.

Neighborhood Development administers housing rehabilitation and home ownership programs as well as provides assistance to neighborhood and community service organizations.  Grant reports are available by clicking here.

Economic Development is responsible for administering a variety of economic development programs such as the City’s state-certified Enterprise and River Edge Redevelopment Zones, Tax Increment Financing (TIF) and CDBG Rehabilitation & Development and Facade programs.

Planning & Zoning administers land use planning, zoning policies, and historic preservation.  Planning guides and encourages growth and development within the City, while preserving neighborhood character and preventing undesired or incompatible uses of land.  Planning accomplishes these tasks with the assistance of the Public Works Capital Improvement Program (CIP) and Regional 1 Planning Council (R1PC).

You can view various plans, studies and reports from Community & Economic Development here.

Technical Assistance Scholarship

The City of Rockford has released a report on its blight reduction efforts from the Center for Community Progress (Community Progress), a national nonprofit.  Community Progress helped Rockford review its efforts to address property vacancy, abandonment and tax delinquency through a Technical Assistance Scholarship (TASP) awarded to Rockford in March 2016.  A copy of the report is available below.

Rockford Final TASP Report

Business First

Rockford Community Partners is proud to announce “BUSINESSFirst“, a joint venture with the City of Rockford, Winnebago County, Winnebago County Health Department, Small Business Development Center and Rock River Water Reclamation District to assist individuals in redeveloping an existing property or open a new business in an existing property.

Key Documents:

Framing the Next 5 Years

View and provide feedback on two City of Rockford planning efforts.

Consolidated & Annual Action Plans

2015 – 2019 Consolidated Plan & 2015 Annual Action Plan Press Release

2015 – 2019 Consolidated Plan & 2015 Annual Action Plan Update

International Partnerships

Industrial Partnership with City of Lidköping and County of Skaraborg, Sweden

Meet Linnea Bengtsson, from our Industrial Partnership City of Lidköping and County of Skaraborg, Sweden who works at our City Hall

Ms. Linnea Bengtsson works as an International Business Developer for the City of Lidköping and County of Skaraborg, Sweden. Ms. Bengtsson has an office on the 2nd floor of City Hall in Rockford where

she is representing the City of Lidköping and County of Skaraborg. Bengtsson is alternating her time between Rockford and her home town Lidköping, where she also has an office at City Hall.

Ms. Bengtsson works with creating a platform that offers companies and organizations from Sweden, primarily Lidköping and Skaraborg, contacts in the United States, primarily in the Rockford Region.

Bengtsson is instrumental in fostering and maintaining international collaborations with a focus on Education, Economic & Community Development and Sustainability.

In 2006 the City of Rockford signed an Industrial Partnership Agreement with the City of Lidköping, with the overall purpose to generate economic growth for respective cities and regions. The agreement has been updated and expanded. The mission of the partnership (which is different from Rockford´s sister city relationship signed in 2002, with Swedish city Borgholm on the Island of Öland), is to serve as an economic development tool and to help each region to grow locally by working globally

Follow the work at: http://glocal.lidkoping.se

You can also contact Ms. Bengtsson at linnea.bengtsson@lidkoping.se

Sister City Partnerships