Economic Development Administration Funding will support job training center and commercial, industrial development
WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) announced a $2,216,435 federal investment in the city of Rockford. This Economic Development Administration investment funds the redevelopment of the 22-acre former Barber-Colman Factory Campus. The project will open up industrial and commercial development in the area as well and support the addition of a new Rock Valley Technical Training Institute. The job training program will teach skills for careers in cold-form manufacturing, welding, and other ready-to-hire job opportunities in the Rockford area.
The funds will be used to improve the site’s infrastructure with better roads, plumbing, landscaping, and lighting. This is the first step in a larger plan to redevelop the site into a complex that includes commercial and residential buildings.
“Rockford is a great city and I’m proud to help announce this federal investment to support economic development and job training for the region,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. “It’s part of our commitment to creating better skills, better jobs, and better wages for Illinois. The hardworking families of Rockford deserve to know that we’re standing up and fighting to get real results for them. By returning federal dollars to our community, we’re helping ensure a brighter economic future for the men and women who have made Rockford a great place to live, work, start a business and raise a family.”
Originally constructed in 1902, the Barber-Colman Factory Campus has been vacant since 2001, and was acquired by the city of Rockford in 2002. The campus was recognized by the National Park Service with a listing on the National Register of Historic Places in 2006.