"Let's do this together let's figure out what we want to achieve and how to go about achieving it as a community."
That's the message Transform Rockford Executive Director, Mike Schablaske gave to a full room of realtors at Franchesco's Restaurant. He wants to enlist them as part of the next phase to fix the city.
"Realtors offer a unique perspective. They talk on a daily basis with people that are considering leaving this community or coming to this community and so those factors that people consider in making their decisions about where they want to live and where they want to raise a family they hear that on a daily basis," said Schablaske.
It's a point Rockford area realtors C-E-O Steve Bois agrees with.
"I think it's a chance for us as a community to call us together to make a big difference and it has a lot to do with real estate because successful well generating jobs safe neighborhoods and great schools create great real estate markets," said Bois.
While there is no concrete plan in place yet for the realtors' involvement in the Transform Rockford movement, Bois says he already has a few ideas in mind.
"We may have events, we may have awareness events with our citizens, we may need to lobby in Springfield with the power of the realtor party to say hey this is important for this community to help positive legislation come forward. There's many things we can do," said Bois.
They say if these two organizations work together it will be a win win situation for everyone.
"This is an opportunity for us to gather and change the demographics of our community as far as our crime statistics and different things along those lines. To improve our educational systems to improve overall quality of life which makes our communities more attractive for home ownership," said Bois.
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