Economic Development

Karl Franzen
Director, Community & Economic Development

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Economic Development

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.

Community Quick Reference Guide

Reference Links

Rockford Area Economic Development Council

Rockford Local Development Corporation

Rockford Chamber of Commerce

The WorkForce Connection

Illinois Small Business Development Center

Business Innovation-Collaboration-Entrepreneurship Support Services

Rockford Maker Network