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District Vision Education and Innovation District D


Spanning the Rock River, the Education and Innovation District contains several large, abandoned industrial sites. Te buildings, both grand in scale and located on beautiful riverfront land in the City Center, are prime locations for large corporate and institutional tenants moving to Rockford. Te shared post-secondary education campus located in the Ingersoll Building focuses on research and development and environmental best practices. Te entrepreneur incubation center in the adjacent Watch Factory brings the best from industry together with ambitious Rockford residents to commercialize nascent technologies and help local small businesses grow. Across the River, the Amerock and Tapco sites have become the new American On-Shoring Institute. Tis state of the art facility brings together a cluster of medium-sized firms practicing advanced manufacturing, construction, and design processes.


Tousands of workers, students, and faculty flood the City Center with activity. Te recreation district is the location of choice for grabbing a quick lunch time workout. Students flock to East State and Main Streets for a bite between classes, or drinks with friends when the day is over. Te success of the American On-Shoring Institute has attracted national media attention as an example of a City reclaiming its industrial heritage.


Education and Innovation


Potential Commercial Experiences


●● Shared post-secondary campus ●● Te American On-Shoring Institute ●● Business incubation center


The business incubation center will provide resources and mentoring for aspiring entrepreneurs


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District Planning


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