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Grow Rockford Together Association makes town improvements


ROCKFORD, IOWA – The Grow Rockford Together Association is a group of volunteers working to continually improve their community. Most recently, the group has been working on a project to upgrade the look and safety of Rockford’s downtown.

In 2013, Rockford remodeled the town’s bridge. Part of the upgrade included installing decorative streetlights.

“The new streetlights give a face lift to the town, which is great, but they also have more efficient lighting, which cuts down on electric costs and provides safety at night to our community,” said Angie Johnson, committee member of Grow Rockford Together Association.

With these positive impacts in mind, the Grow Rockford Together Association decided to use the streetlights to improve the look of the entire downtown area.

“We wanted to connect downtown and the bridge with the new lights, but we knew we needed help to make it happen,” said Johnson.

The Grow Rockford Together Association offered individual donors the opportunity to dedicate a streetlight with a plaque to the person(s) of their choice. Along with grants from local companies, they were able to cover a three block area. However, the Association needed additional funding to complete the project.

“The Floyd County Community Foundation really made it possible to continue. The grant helped jump start the last phase and is giving us the push we need to finish strong,” said Johnson.

Johnson and the Grow Rockford Together Association project is hopeful that the new, decorative streetlights will revitalize Rockford and let the community know that the town is cared for and loved.

“We are grateful for the Community Foundation. They make a lot of good possible for small communities like ours. We can trust them to help catalyze projects that can have a huge effect on people’s attitudes and lives.”

The Floyd County Community Foundation’s 2018 grant cycle begins on August 15, 2018. The deadline to submit applications is 11:59 p.m. September 30, 2018. Grants are awarded to projects in the following areas: art and culture, community betterment, education, environment, health, historic preservation and human service.

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