Top 25 of 2012: Rockford aerospace industry

Photo of a rocket launchAs 2012 draws to a close, NIU Today is offering a look back at 25 of the top stories from the year.

No. 14

A grant totaling $2.4 million was awarded to a collaborative made up of Northern Illinois University, Rock Valley College, the Rockford Area Economic Development Council and EIGERlab to accelerate job creation and innovation for small and medium-sized aerospace companies in the region.

The Workforce Investment Board, the Rockford Region Economic Development District and the Rockford Metropolitan Agency for Planning are also partners in the grant.

This project will enable the rapid acceleration of the Rockford Area Aerospace Network (RAAN) to develop the Rockford area workforce capacity and the collaboration infrastructure necessary to meet more quickly the dramatic aerospace growth anticipated for the next two decades.

The complete story is available online.

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