I know Americans like rankings and somebody has to win and somebody lose...but, honestly? I remember the year that Madison was rated #1 and Rockford #300. When the media asked me how two towns so geographically close could be so different, I said, "hey? There IS a 301...and a 454...and a 525. They just stopped at 300. So stop it...Rockford is NOT that bad."
And, to paraphrase a recent post, I like Rockford. I like Rockford a lot. Their events and festivals have been favorites for years. I love their burgeoning culinary and bar scene. The Coronado Theatre is one of my favorite venues in the country to see Broadway-calibre shows and concerts. And, the "Ricks Picks" exhibit at the Burpee is a must see for any fan of Rock and Cheap Trick.
Yeah...I'd have no problem living in Rockford.
I also love their DMO...'cause they are ready for anything. When Wisconsin's Democratic Senators fled to Rockford to avoid voting on a budget bill two years ago, the Bureau nailed one of the truly coolest viral campaigns ever.
And, they've done it again...with their "Misery Loves Company" campaign. The video is absolutely inspired. The online messages on Facebook so cool.
John Groh, Jay Graham and the crew at the RACVB...you so rock your world. And, this industry.
And, oh yeah...Forbes? I got your misery right here, pal.