Information is now available for the annual Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) for eligible residents in Winnebago and Boone Counties. LIHEAP pays a benefit directly to energy companies on behalf of eligible households or directly to eligible renters if all energy costs are included in their rent.
There are many area sites that will be scheduling appointments during the LIHEAP season. Appointments are made by phone only. Handouts with site lists, program information, eligibility criteria and call-in schedules are available at the City of Rockford Human Services Department, 555 N. Court St., Suite 301 in Rockford, and at the Belvidere City Hall, 401 Whitney Blvd. and Boone County United Way, 220 W. Locust St. in Belvidere. You must have this information before you call to make an appointment.
The Homebuyer’s Property Tax Refund Program is a new initiative to encourage investment in Rockford neighborhoods by rebating property taxes for three years on residential properties.
The program would offer purchasers of foreclosed or short-sale homes, as well as newly-built homes in the City of Rockford, a property tax refund for three years. The refund, issued at the end of each tax year in a lump sum, would cover up to 100 percent of the owner’s property tax bill, if all taxing bodies approve the program. Homebuyers must be under contract by December 31, 2016.
How does it work? Visit www.homebuyerstaxrefund.org for program guidelines and more detailed information.
The City of Rockford, in collaboration with the Northern Illinois Workforce Alliance, Rockford Area Association of Realtors, Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, Rockford Area Economic Development Council, and Rockford Metropolitan Agency for Planning began its Regional Quarterly Economic Development Report and Review starting Summer 2016. The meetings include presentations from the aforementioned partners, detailing historical and quarterly metrics, and discussing ways in which place-based economic development strategies can be aligned with shared measurable.
These meetings are a part of a regional effort to advance the collective impact model for economic development, coordinating and aligning regional economic development efforts using the model of Collective Impact. The Collective Impact Model includes five key components: a common agenda, shared measurement systems, mutually reinforcing activities, continuous communication, and a backbone organization.
Regional Economic Development Report and Review - June 2016
Regional Economic Development Report and Review - August 2016
In the wake of the Emerald Ash Borer crisis, the City of Rockford is pleased to announce that a tree replacement program is available to all property owners within the corporate limits of the city. It is important to note however that these trees must be planted on the parkway (generally, the grass area between the City sidewalk and the curb) adjacent to your home and are not intended for planting on your private property.
Please click the link for more information about the program, including criteria and guidelines: /public-works/street-division/forestry/terrace-tree-replacement-program.aspx.
Tree Replacement Program PSA