Rockford's Chamber of Commerce hosts a special meeting for chamber committee members to get a better understanding of a 10 year long, multi-million dollar school district project.
Chamber Government Affairs Committee and Public Education Committee reps say they want to know more about District 205's plan, so they can explain it better to Rockford citizens and representatives of the business community.
"This will be a big decision for the community, an important decision for the community. It impacts all of us who live in District 205, and I want to make sure that I'm as aware as I can be." -says RAEDC President, Government Affairs, and Public Education Committee member Janyce Fadden.
Although the chamber itself has not officially taken a position on this $139 million bond referendum plan, committee members, like Fadden, express their own personal support.
"It will bring pride to our community, that our schools are well cared for, and it will be helpful to the economics of our community." -says Fadden.
"If we're going to make that commitment to grow local talent, and improve upon the academic performance, we have to have world-class facilities." -says Government Affairs Committee member Steve Ernst.
Chamber President and CEO Einar Forsman hopes to understand the district's vision better.
"We're hoping we'll see some forward thinking with developing facilities that are going to enhance the performance of our schools and develop our students for greater success, and hopefully that's the kind of investment we'll see today" -says Forsman.
After the meeting, he said that moving forward, the chamber will need to look at how the whole financing aspect comes together with the proposed improvements. The group will also look at the full schedule of investments and how they're going to be financed, before members decide on a "for" or "against" position for this project.
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