Rockford Area Economic Development Council names Vice President Janyce Fadden as interim president

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The Rockford Area Economic Development Council named Janyce Fadden as interim president effective April 22 to replace Bob Levin who resigned. Fadden joined the council as the vice president of business expansion in the fall of 2004, when it was known as the Council of 100.

“We are extremely fortunate that Janyce accepted the position. Her intimate knowledge of manufacturing and her excellent management and planning skills will be very beneficial. She is so exceptionally capable and will help lead this organization through this important transitional period,” said RAEDC board chairman Pamela S. Fox. Fox is a partner with Hinshaw & Culbertson.

Fadden was formerly the general manager of the local Danaher plant and prior to that an executive with Honeywell in Freeport. She received her bachelor of science in engineering and management from Clarkson University, Potsdam, N.Y. and her master’s in business administration from Northern Illinois University.

“We have put the search process for a new president on hold while we continue to meet with Mayor-Elect Larry Morrissey and have good, fruitful discussions about the nature of our future relationship with the City of Rockford. Both organizations want a strong, vibrant and diverse economy for Rockford and the entire region. We understand that the two are intertwined, so we are confident that our meetings will lead us to do what is best for the community at large,” said Fox.

Fadden said she was eager to continue the momentum established under Bob Levin. “The Council has a new mission of retaining and recruiting employers to grow quality jobs, specifically by helping to add 5,000 new quality jobs by 2007 by focusing on primary jobs, where goods or services are exported outside the region, such as in manufacturing. To that end, we are executing a number of important strategies. We are very excited about their impact on making the Rockford area a more competitive place to do business.”

She continued, “One example is completing the ‘Voice-of-the-Customer’ Analysis contract with the City of Rockford. This valuable primary research identified six areas of improvements based on extensive interviews with business owners in the Rockford Global Trade Park. The areas identified are Workforce; Leadership; Planning; Schools and Education; Legislation; and Local Services. We look forward to working with the new city administration and other stakeholders to address the 51 identified opportunities for improvement.”

Fadden cited as another example the Continuous Improvement Training for small manufacturing companies. In cooperation with five partners (Abilities Center, Dept. of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Illinois Manufacturing Center, Northern Illinois University, and Rock Valley College), RAEDC is offering its third continuous improvement series. It offers the same quality of training that large companies enjoy. “One person who took the class, Steve Yagle, president of Reliable Machine, said, ‘We would not have had the opportunity for a multi-million order from a tier one Japanese automaker if we had not taken this class,’” added Fox. The 50-employee company is at 1327 10th Ave., Rockford.

Levin resigned April 7 for an economic development job with the City of Tacoma, Wash. He is a native of Seattle. Fadden said: “I really enjoyed working with Bob. He has left the Council in great shape with a wonderful professional staff. We wish him all the best.”

The Rockford Area Economic Development Council is the public-private partnership dedicated solely to business attraction, retention and expansion for

Winnebago, Boone and Ogle counties. Its mission is to retain and recruit employers to grow quality jobs. Its goal is to help add 5,000 new jobs in the three counties by 2007 by focusing on job retention, expansion and trade development; new business recruitment; and improved business climate services.

For more information, contact: Pamela Fox, Board Chairman Rockford Area Economic Development Council,

(815) 490-4913.

Janyce Fadden, Interim President,

Rockford Area Economic Development Council, (815) 987-8118, extension 114,

CELL (815) 222-8934.

Rockford Area Economic Development Council, 515 N. Court St., Rockford, 61103. phone (815) 987-8118 fax (815) 987-8129

From the May 11-17, 2005, issue

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