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Mike Schablaske stepping down as director of Transform Rockford

By Jim Hagerty

ROCKFORD — Mike Schablaske, the executive director of Transform Rockford since its inception almost five years ago will step down from his position at the end of the month, the organization announced Tuesday.

Schablaske was introduced as director in November 2013 at Transform’s first community meeting at the Coronado Theatre. Project Director David Sidney will take over for Schablaske June 1. 

“I’m 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,” Schablaske said. 

Sidney also worked for Gary W. Anderson Architects and the City of Rockford. He’s been Transform’s project director since 2016. He started with the organization as a volunteer in 2013.

“I was drawn to the movement in 2013 because I believe in our community’s vision,” Sidney said of Transform Rockford’s goal of becoming aTop 25 community by 2025. “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.”  

Transform Rockford is a charitable foundation that implements strategic planning processes to improve the region’s economic and social conditions. R.

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