One local organization is moving along with its long-term sustainability plan for Winnebago and Boone counties.
The Rockford Metropolitan Agency for Planning (RMAP) first received a HUD Sustainability Grant back in 2011. Since then its Steering Committee has been collecting data on the best practices and building goals from that information for a 20-year goal. RMAP's Executive Director Steve Ernst says it's all part of the process for a stronger community.
"Communities that have gone through this process and have a plan in place are in the pipeline so to speak of getting some of those federal grants. [Those] come back to help us achieve a sustainable region," said Ernst.
The Steering Committee will move to the next phase of the project in early 2013.
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