City leaders are hoping to ring in the new year, by making headway on some big projects.
Big construction is under way that promises more jobs and growth in the region's manufacturing industry.
Two Meijer stores are set to open this spring and hire over 500 people.
Across town, AAR will hire 500 people to staff a $40 million MRO jet facility at Chicago Rockford International Airport, right next to Rock Valley College's facility for its aviation maintenance program.
Downtown, city leaders say they want to increase tourism.
Construction on the Ingersol project could get underway.
While the Amtrak station hopes to have a platform before the first train comes to town.