Transform Rockford welcomes NIU researcher March 25

Staff Report

Transform Rockford, a regional long-term planning initiative aimed at improving the social and economic condition of the Rockford region, will continue its Community Learning Series with Northern Illinois University (NIU) researcher Norman Walzer at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 25, at Fisher Chapel on the Rockford University campus, 5050 E. State St.

Walzer will lead discussions regarding common elements of successful community change activities in Midwestern communities, based on his research of best practices.

A panel of Transform Rockford process team leads, including Scott Anderson and Angel Contreras, will discuss how local visioning sessions and other activities relate to the overall process.

Walzer is senior research scholar in the Center for Governmental Studies at NIU, where he studies local economic development practices, successful community change approaches and innovative measurement programs. His most recently published books include Community Visioning Practices (Routledge Press, 2012) and Entrepreneurship and Local Development (Lexington Books, 2007). He recently edited a special issue of Community Development on Innovative Community Changes and one on Measuring Community Development Outcomes containing best practices.

Members of the community are asked to register for the event at Learn more at

From the March 19-25, 2014, issue

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