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WATCH-LISTEN: Seeking Solutions for Economic Growth - Rockford

Forum organizers on stage for photo
Lizzie Roehrs
NPR Illinois 91.9 UIS
(L-R) Sean Crawford, Rosanna Marquez (AARP Illinois), Staci Hoste (Northern Public Radio), Lisa Bly, Rena Cotsones, Brian Harger, Randy Eccles (NPR Illinois), and Andre Jordan (AARP Illinois)

Panelists in Rockford discuss the challenges faced by small businesses - including economic growth and workforce needs. 

The panel moderated by NPR Illinois' Sean Crawford  includes:

  • Lisa M. Bly - Executive Director - The Workforce Connection is our third panelist.
  • Rena Cotsones -Ph.D. Associate Vice President, Outreach, Engagement and Regional Development Northern Illinois University
  • Brian Harger - Research Associate' Economic Development / Center for Governmental Studies- Northern Illinois University

This forum series is sponsored by AARP. 

Nice earned her B.A in Communications from UIS. She has been creating measurable results in managing corporate communications, fundraising, advertising, external affairs, community relations, government relations, marketing and media for over 15 years.
Beatrice is the Community Voices Editor for NPR Illinois. Reach Bea at communityvoices@nprillinois.org.
Lizzie Roehrs is a graduate of the University of Illinois in Springfield. Her work is featured in the Community Voices program for NPR Illinois. Her passion is human interest stories. In addition to producing Community Voices, Lizzie also worked in development for NPR Illinois as a graphic designer and social media expert.
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