Transform Rockford group undergoes leadership change

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Transform Rockford announced a change in leadership on Tuesday, as the movement strives to hit its goal to make Rockford a Top 25 city by 2025.

Transform Rockford was created in November of 2013 with the notion of transforming the Rockford community through planning and community feedback sessions, volunteer work, and community projects.

To date, according to the organization, over 4,000 people have worked over 65,000 hours toward the goal, with 45 of 130 planned projects underway, including community initiatives in workforce development and domestic violence.

Transform Rockford helped launch the NIU at RVC Engineering program and the Great Neighborhoods initiative.

Mike Schablaske will step down as Executive Director effective May 31st, and David Sidney will assume the position.

Mike Schablaske stated, “I am deeply grateful for the engagement and support of every community member in this movement.  Your belief in the potential of this region and its residents provides great energy, and I look forward to remaining a part of this effort.” 

Prior to joining Transform Rockford as a staff member, David worked in urban planning, first with Gary W. Anderson Architects (2008-2013) and later with the City of Rockford (2013-2015).  He is a Rockford native, graduating from Auburn High School. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Urban & Regional Planning from the University of Illinois, a Master of Urban Planning from the University of Illinois, and a Master of Arts in Christian Ministry from Northern Seminary.  
 
“I’m excited to serve as Transform Rockford’s next Executive Director” said Mr. Sidney. “I was drawn to the movement in 2013 because I believe in our community’s vision to be top 25.  I’m looking forward to the work ahead with Transform’s Steering Committee and staff, our volunteer teams, and the broader community to continue the momentum of transformation.” 

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