OUR GOAL IS TO REHABILITATE THE AREA BY ATTRACTING BUSINESSES
"It is the mission of RockFast Ltd. to invest and invigorate neighborhood development in economically depressed areas of Rockford, Illinois, by providing a business incubator center that includes an employment center and training facility integrated into one west-side neighborhood site. This mission represents efforts to combat the burdens of unemployment and economically depressed neighborhoods in Rockford, Illinois."
Rockford’s high unemployment rate and economically depressed neighborhoods are among the city’s biggest burdens. To address these issues, RockFast Ltd., an Illinois nonprofit corporation, is investing in and invigorating one of Rockford’s most underserved and economically depressed neighborhoods.
RockFast is in the process of reclaiming at least four city blocks of the Ellis Heights Neighborhood to create a Manufacturing Incubator Center with a training and employment center at 1310 Preston St. and its surrounding neighborhoood areas
to serve as an anchor for its redevelopment. This concept was included as part of the Ellis Heights Choice Neighborhood Plan, and this particular component of the plan received positive feedback from the City of Rockford.
The Center’s goals are to develop a locally trained neighborhood workforce, provide business opportunities to entrepreneurs, promote the site, and serve as an economic anchor to this westside community.
Commonly known as the Twin Disc Plant, the 1310 Preston St. facility consists of approximately 8.5 acres of fenced property available for expansion and 260,000 square feet of buildings with a mix of office, warehouse and manufacturing space. The facility is located in a TIF district within walking distance of traditional
downtown Rockford and two blocks from the Winnebago County Jail’s work release program.
The Center will provide the City and County with additional jobs, serve as an economic incubator for future sustained growth, and ultimately become one of Rockford’s showplaces for economic redevelopment, manufacturing employment, and a model for other communities to emulate as a best practice for redeveloping abandoned real estate and neighborhoods.