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Progress Report C


Inventory and Analysis of Local Commercial Operators Bringing thriving retail, entertainment, and dining concepts in Rockford together in a vibrant, mixed-use setting, is a cornerstone of the broader revitalization strategy. Trough extensive on-the-ground research, LWLP canvassed Rockford and the surrounding region for thriving local operators, and compiled the results into a database of the ‘best of the best’ small commercial businesses.


Rockford has many high-quality small businesses


Stage 1 Revitalization Areas Evaluation Criteria Weighting


Project Financial / Economic Impact Total Capital Investment Annual Investment Tax Revenue Job Creation Evidence of Need Project Viability City Center Redevelopment Impact Catalyst for Redevelopment Timing Pedestrian / Customer Traffic Project Concept


Project Support/Consensus Community Impact Community Reach / Quality of Life Accretive Offering Population Density


An evaluation tool for public funding applications was created


East State St Corridor/


Market District


Riverfront Recreation District


State & Main


Museum District


Education & Innovation


Arts District Public Funding Application Tool


Developed in collaboration with members of the RRDP Board, this clear scoring process provides a clear and objective method for evaluating public funding opportunities. A series of criteria and a weighting methodology was developed to ensure that funding applications were achieving the many stated goals of the City of Rockford, the RRDP and the funding agencies.


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