Transform Rockford
5:59 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Lessons For Rockford In Federal Reserve's 'Industrial Cities Initiative'

Ten industrial cities in the Midwest share lessons in economic recovery in a new report from the Chicago Federal Reserve. 

Credit Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Although Rockford wasn’t part of the study, authors of “The Industrial Cities Initiative” will present their findings at the University of Illinois School of Medicine at Rockford Thursday evening. 

Credit Jacquilyn Stephens / WNIJ

WNIJ’s Susan Stephens spoke with economist and researcher Susan Longworth about the qualities that help old manufacturing communities reinvent themselves.

Expanded interview with Federal Reserve researcher Susan Longworth. 9:51
Interview with Susan Longworth, as aired on WNIJ 6/24/14. 3:38

Aurora and Joliet are the two Illinois cities profiled in the Federal Reserve study. 

Thursday's event with Longworth and other researchers begins at 6:00 and is sponsored by Transform Rockford and the Rockford Area Chamber of Commerce. Tickets are required, but they're free through Transform Rockford's website.