Stephanie Jones, Rockford Area Economic Development Council
Winnebago County is booming with opportunities for your business. With 10% lower utilities costs the Rockford Region is an affordable place for businesses and employees. The reuse/redevelopment of buildings downtown is facilitating the creation of mixed-use buildings in addition to Embassy Suites, and the future casino located in the City of Rockford. Loves Park is thriving with the Mercyhealth Hospital, the expansion of Meridian and Siffron, as well as Costco. Further North in Machesney Park the consolidation of Quantum Design into one location has allowed the company to add additional jobs. The work of the RAEDC is focused on growth and attraction of Data Centers with the new tax credits being an incentive, which allows us to be competitive with neighboring states. These efforts also include the continued growth of advanced manufacturing and aerospace clusters in addition to expanding into medical manufacturing. The Rockford Region is ripe with opportunities for businesses to grow and flourish.