Tannery Closure/Rate Implications Addressed

February 19, 2009 // 0 Comments

by MICHAEL YOUNG, Rockford City Manager Since Wolverine World Wide’s (WWW) recent announcement that it is closing its downtown tannery facility, the City of Rockford has been working to identify all of the issues related to this decision and its ultimate impact on our residents and ratepayers. As you can imagine, the issues are numerous and complex and include [...]

Think Outside the Box

February 19, 2009 // 0 Comments

Dear Editor, Many thanks to Mike McIntosh for his words of wisdom in the Rockford Squire regarding changes near the downtown area of Rockford with the closing of the tannery and possible rezoning of a portion of north Main Street. The Rockford Planning Commission certainly has many tough decisions to make as it shapes the future of our fair city. My husband and I have [...]

Rockford Tannery Demise

February 19, 2009 // 0 Comments

Dear Mr. Young, Following your comments on January 29, 2009, in the Rockford Squire Newspaper (http://www.rockfordsquire.com), I write to express my condolences on the demise of the Rockford Tannery. While the closure of the tannery most directly impacts your community, it also has consequences for local economies beyond the borders of the United States. Born and raised [...]

An Open Letter to the City of Rockford from City Manager Michael F. Young

January 29, 2009 // 0 Comments

On Thursday, January 8, 2009, Wolverine World Wide (WWW) announced the pending closing of their downtown tannery facility. Since that time, I have been working with WWW to identify the many issues that will be facing our community as the tannery operations are phased out. Initially, the closing of the tannery will reduce the City’s revenue within the sewer fund by [...]

WWW 125th party to give $25,000 to winners

October 2, 2008 // 0 Comments

Rockford’s anniversary event will be held at the Rockford Footwear Depot, 235 N. Main, Rockford from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will include free hotdogs and popcorn, a live radio remote from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and registration for prizes. Sweepstakes prizes include 50-inch plasma HDTVs, Garmin GPS systems, Shimano baitcasting rod and reel combos, Carson Falcon binoculars, [...]
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