Winnebago County promotes growth-oriented community investment to benefit Winnebago County citizens and improve economic well-being and quality of life in the County.
Economic development is advanced through operational services, grant awards, and partnerships.
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Winnebago County is a proud Host Fee sponsor of a numerous of initiatives, programs, and projects since 2005. The major multi-year projects are featured below.
Project: Construction of Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens
Partner: Rockford Park District Foundation
Grant: $800,000 (over 8 years)
Purpose: To encourage tourism by attracting visitors for unique garden, interactive, and exhibit experiences
Awarded: August 11, 2011 (2011-CR-96)
Project: Renovation of the BMO Harris Centre
Partner: City of Rockford
Grant: $8,990,000 (over 20 years)
Purpose: To encourage tourism by attracting entertainment talent and visitors
Awarded: January 25, 2007 (2007-CR-6)
Project: Expansion of Rock Valley College Aviation Maintenance Technology Program
Partner: Rock Valley College
Grant: $1,000,000 (over 20 years)
Purpose: To meet the demand for skilled aerospace workforce by building and equipping an aviation maintenance training facility and program
Awarded: February 27, 2014 (2014-CO-026)
Partners: City of Rockford and Rock Valley College
Purpose: For site improvements to support the redevelopment of the Barber-Colman property including the Rock Valley College Technical Career Training Institute
Awarded: September 7, 2017 (2017-CR-113)
Partner: Rockford Park District
Grant: $7,000,000 (over 20 years)
Purpose: To promote tourism, competitiveness, job growth, and general health and well-being of the citizens of Winnebago County, and specifically for investment in regional sports, arts, and other entertainment or tourism facilities or programs
Awarded: February 27, 2014 (2014-CO-025)
Project: Construction of a Maintenance Repair and Operations (MRO) Facility
Partner: Greater Rockford Airport Authority
Grant: $8,000,000 (over 20 years)
Purpose: To promote and sustain the regional position as a premier aerospace location through capital development and job creation
Awarded: November 13, 2015 (2015-CR-121)
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