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                       Rockford, Illinois MSA

 The Rockford MSA (Metropolitan Statistical Area) includes Boone
 and Winnebago counties of northern Illinois. Rockford is 65 miles
 northwest of Chicago's O'Hare International Airport and 90 miles
 east of the Mississippi River. Its location allows for easy access to
 regional, national and international markets.




The Rockford Area Economic Development Council is a nonprofit
economic development organization whose mission is to retain and
recruit employers to grow quality jobs in the Rock River Valley re-
gion of Boone, Ogle, Stephenson, and Winnebago counties in north-
ern Illinois.



                                                       Last updated 5/27/05



        Rockford Area Economic Development Council
                                     Rockford is home to the second largest air hub in the UPS system.

Population Characteristics                                                        Income Characteristics
Population Trends (1990-2003)                                                     (2003)

                              2003 est. 2002 est.            2000         1990    Median Family Income. ................................... $55,826
Rockford MSA                     383,375           379,376 371,236 329,676        Mean Household Income ............................... $54,483
City of Rockford                 151,725           150,651 150,115 141,787        Per capita Personal Income .......................... $27,075
Winnebago Co                     284,313           282,627 278,418 252,913        Source: US Census Bureau 2003 ACS Profile; Bureau of Economic Analysis




By County (2003 est.)                                                             Household Income by Income Group (2003)
Winnebago County .......................................... 284,313
Ogle County ....................................................... 52,858                                            Number                Percent
Boone County .................................................... 46,477          Total Households ................. 145,679 ............... 100.0
Source: U.S. Census Bureau                                                        Less than $10,000 ................. 10,151 .................... 7.0
                                                                                  $10,000 - $14,999 .................... 8,496 .................... 5.8
                                                                                  $15,000 - $24,999 .................. 18,459 .................. 12.7
                                                                                  $25,000 - $34,999 .................. 12,571 .................... 8.6
Race/Ethnicity (2003 est)                          Number       Percent           $35,000 - $49,999 .................. 28,670 .................. 20.0
White ......................................... 320,377      ........... 84.8     $50,000 - $74,999 .................. 33,721 .................. 23.1
                                                                                  $75,000 and over .................... 33,611 .................. 23.1
Black ............................................ 30,329    ............. 8.0
Amer. Indian, Eskimo, Aleut .............. 760               ............ 0.2     Source: U.S. Census Bureau,
Asian .............................................. 5,949   ............. 1.6
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander .......... 0                ................ 0
Some other race .......................... 13,764            ............. 3.6
2 or more races ............................. 6,406          ............. 1.7    Selected Calculations                                         1990-2000
Hispanic Origin* .......................... 35,046           ............. 9.3
Total Population ......................... 377,585 ......... 100.0                Population Change (thousands) ........................ +41.5
* Persons of Hispanic Origin may be of any race.
                                                                                  Employment Change (thousands) ..................... +24.5
Source: U.S. Census Bureau ACS Profile                                            Population Growth Rate (annual) .............. ......+1.26%
                                                                                  Employment Growth Rate (annual) ................. +1.45%




                                                                                  Land Area........................................1,560.0 square miles
                                                                                  Density..............................245.9 persons per square mile
                                                                                  Persons per Household..............................................2.64
                                                                                  Source: U. S. Census Bureau 2004



Gender (2003)                                         Number Percent
Male ................................................ 186,252 ........ 49.3
Female ........................................... 191,333 ........ 50.7
Total Population .............................. 377,585 ...... 100.0



Age Structure (2003)                               Number         Percent
0-14 years ...................................... 83,659 ............ 22.2
15-19 years .................................... 25,577 .............. 6.8
20-24 years .................................... 24,768 .............. 6.6
25-34 years ................................... 48,941 ............ 13.0
35-54 years .................................. 111,629 ............ 29.6
55-64 years .................................... 39,786 ............ 10.5
65 years and over .......................... 44,225 ............ 11.7
Source: U.S. Census Bureau




                                                     Rockford Area Economic Development Council                                                            Page 2
                      Rockford ranks 4th among cities in the Great Lakes region for high-tech jobs.
                                                                                      CorpTech, 2000



Education                                                                                      Major Private Employers
Attainment - 2003 est.                                 Number               Percent             Firm Name                                               Employment
Persons 25 years and older                    243,581       100.0                               Rockford Health System .................................... 4,400
- Less than 9th grade ....................... 9,731 ........... 4.0                             Product/Service .......................................... Health care
- 9th to 12th grade, no diploma ...... 29,423 ......... 12.1
                                                                                                Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation ..................... 3,000
- High school graduate/GED .......... 78,346 ......... 32.2
                                                                                                Product/Service ..................... Aerospace components
- Some college, no degree ............. 62,822 ......... 25.8
- Associate degree .......................... 17,366 ........... 7.1                            SwedishAmerican Health System ..................... 2,625
- Bachelor's degree ........................ 25,955 ......... 10.6                              Product/Service .......................................... Health care
- Graduate/professional degree ..... 19,938 ........... 8.2
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2004                                                                OSF St. Anthony Medical Center ......................... 1,950
                                                                                                Product/Service .......................................... Health care

                                                                                                United Parcel Service ......................................... 1,700
K - 12 School Enrollment (2003-2004)                                                            Product/Service .............................. Parcel sorting hub
                       City of Rockford              Rockford MSA
                                                                                                Rochelle Foods, Incorporated ........................... 1,200
                        No.              %          No.          %
                                                                                                Product/Service ................................. Pork processing
Total Enrollment .. 35,326 ...... 100.0 .......... 73,120 ... 100.0
Total Public .......... 27,330 ........ 77.4 .......... 63,918 ..... 87.4                       DaimlerChrysler Corporation ............................. 1,000
Total Private ........... 7,996 ........ 22.6 ............ 9,202 ..... 12.6                     Product/Service ........................................ Automobiles
Source: National Public School Locator, Illinois State Board of Education

                                                                                                Wal-Mart Stores ..................................................... 970
                                                                                                Product/Service ............................ Retail merchandise
Institutions of Higher Learning                                                                 Rockford Products ................................................. 960
within Commuting Distance                                                    Enrollment         Product/Service .................. Cold formed components
4-year:
Beloit College (Beloit, WI) ........................................ 1,281                      Woodward ............................................................. 900
Northern Illinois University - DeKalb ...................... 25,260                             Product/Service ....... Governors & auxiliary equipment
Northern Illinois University - Rockford campus .......... 379
Rockford College ...................................................... 1,557                   ComEd .................................................................. 750
St. Anthony College of Nursing ....................................... 71                       Product/Service ..................................... Electric power
Community:
Highland Community College - Freeport ................. 2,462                                   Cadbury Adams ..................................................... 650
                                                                                                Product/Service ..................................... Chewing gum
Kishwaukee College - Malta .................................... 4,076
Rock Valley College .................................................. 9,298
                                                                                                Ice Craft/Carrier ..................................................... 627
Other:                                                                                          Product/Service ......... Ice cream manufacturing equip.
Rockford Business College ........................................ 318
U of I - College of Medicine at Rockford ..................... 156                              R&D Theil/Carpenter Components ...................... 600
                                                                                                Product/Service ....................... Structural Components

                                                                                                Invensys Building Systems ................................... 550
                                                                                                Product/Service ....................... Environmental controls

                                                                                                Pillsburgy/Green Giant .......................................... 550
                                                                                                Product/Service ...................................... Frozen Foods

                                                                                                Eclipse, Inc. ........................................................... 520
                                                                                                Product/Service ................ Industrial Blowers, burners

                                                                                                Danaher Motion ..................................................... 500
                                                                                                Product/Service ............................. Electric Generators

                                                                                                MCI ......................................................................... 500
                                                                                                Product/Service ..................................... Telemarketing

                                  Rockford Area Economic Development Council                                                                                    Page 3
                                                    Rockford ranks 76th out of 315 U.S. metropolitan areas for manufacturing.
                                                                                                                   Industry Week, 2001


        Labor Market Characteristics                                                                                       Commercial/Industrial Services
        Rockford MSA Labor Force Summary (2003)                                                                            Machineshops ............................................................. 187
        Labor Force ........................................................ 195,501                                       Tool & die shops......................................................... ........ .89
          Total Employment ........................................... 179,015                                             Automobile manufacturers, parts/assembly ................. 26
          Number Unemployed ....................................... 16,486                                                 General waste disposal services? .............................. yes
          Percent Unemployed ........................................... 8.4%                                              Hazardous waste disposal services? ......................... yes

                                                                                                                           State-designated Enterprise Zones located in:
        Percent Unemployed (2003)
                                                                                                                           Rockford, Belvidere/Boone County, and Rockton/South
        City of Rockford ........................................................ 8.4%
                                                                                                                           Beloit.
        Illinois ...................................................................... 6.7%
                                                                                                                           Tax Increment Financing districts located in:
        U.S. .......................................................................... 6.0%
                                                                                                                           Rockford (7), Belvidere, Machesney Park, and South
                                                                                                                           Beloit.
                                                                                                                           Industrial Development Revenue Bond and Revolving
        Employment by Industry (March 2005)
        Non-Agricultural Wage & Salary Workers ...... 151,700                                                              Loan Fund programs available in most areas.
        Services ................................................................ 58,500
        Manufacturing ....................................................... 32,200
        Retail Trade .......................................................... 16,600                                      Commuting Characteristics
        Government .......................................................... 16,300
        Transportation, Communications, Utilities ............ 7,800                                                       Highways serving area:
        Wholesale Trade .................................................... 5,900                                         •Interstate: I-90, I-88, I-39
        Construction & Mining ............................................ 6,800                                           • Federal: US Route 20, US Route 51/251
        Finance, Insurance, Real Estate ............................ 7,600
                                                                                                                           •State: 9 state highways--IL 2, 26, 38, 64, 70, 72, 75, 76, 173
                                       Employment By Industry Sector 2004

                                                                                                                            Means of Transportation                          Number              Percent
                58,600
                                                                                                                            Workers 16 years and older ...... 170,415 ......... 100.0
60000
                                                                                                                            - Private vehicle .......................... 161,008 ............ 94.5
50000                                                                                                                       - Public transportation (Bus) ......... 1,148 .............. 0.7
40000
                              32,300
                                                                                                                            - Walked ............................................ 973 .............. 0.6
                                                                                                                            - Other means ............................... 2,531 .............. 1.5
30000
                                             16,300          17,100                                                         - Work at home .............................. 4,755 .............. 2.8
20000                                                                                        9,800                          Mean travel time to work ..................................22.4 min.
                                                                              5,700                        6,000
                                                                                                                            Source: U.S. Census Bureau 2003
10000


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           Services   Manufacturing    Government     Retail Trade      Transp,       FIRE           Wholesale
                                                                      Warehousing,                    Trade                 Public Transportation
                                                                        Utilities
                                                                                                                             Rockford Mass Transit District (RMTD)


        Average Weekly Wages by Industry                                                                                     •15    routes
        (3rd Qtr., 2004
                                                                                                                             •37    vehicles
        Transportation & Warehousing .......................... $1,416
        Finance, Insurance .............................................. $1,089                                             •Hourly stops from 5:00 a.m. to 11:45 p.m.
        Manufacturing ......................................................... $965
        Wholesale Trade .................................................... $789
        Construction ........................................................... $780
        Public Administration .............................................. $728                                          Shuttle Services
        Health Care & Social Assistance ........................... $859                                                   •Van Galder Bus Company
        Information ............................................................. $617                                     •Daily service to and from O'Hare includes 31 trips
        Educational Services .............................................. $556                                            from 4 a.m. to midnight.
        Retail Trade ............................................................ $465                                     •Daily service to Downtown Chicago and Union Station
        Real Estate, & Rental and Leasing ....................... $434
         Source: Illinois Department of Employment Security




                                                                                         Rockford Area Economic Development Council                                                                   Page 4
                                  Between 1994 and 1998, the Greater Rockford Airport was
                                    the fastest growing cargo airport in the U.S. FAA Statistics

Access to Markets
Air Service
  Greater Rockford Airport (RFD)
    Among the nation's fastest growing cargo airports
    UPS regional air hub
                                                                                            R    ockford's UPS Air Hub was constructed at
                                                                                                 the Greater Rockford Airport in 1994 as a key
                                                                                            component in the global UPS network. As the
    10,000 and 8,200 feet of Hard Surface Runway                                            largest regional air hub in the country, Rockford is
    Narrow and Wide Body Capable                                                            the only facility of its type that handles cargo go-
    Category I/III Instrument Landing System                                                ing coast to coast. Around the clock operations
    VOR                                                                                     are permitted.
    Non-Directional Beacon
                                                                                             With earlier delivery and later drop-off times, the
    Centerline and Touchdown Zone Lighting
                                                                                            hub provides local businesses greater flexibility
                                                                                            and a strategic advantage for serving their cus-
                                                                                            tomers. For an advanced logistics analysis on
                                                                                            how a Rockford location can improve your opera-
                                                                                            tions, call the Council of 100 at 815-987-8118.



                                                                                           Transit Time
                                                                                            Distance and travel time from the Rockford Area to:
                                                                                                          Highway      Highway     Days by   Days by
                                                                                           City           Miles       Kilometers     Rail      Truck

Air Freight/Air Cargo firms                                                                Atlanta           761        1,218         5            2
Airborne Express, United Parcel Service, BAX Global, Emery                                 Chicago            90          141         1            1
Worldwide Air Charter                                                                      Cleveland         422          675         4            1
Total Landed Cargo Wt., 2003 (lbs.) .......1,250,700,384                                   Dallas            830        1,328         3            3
                                                                                           Denver            909        1,454         4            3
Other services: .....................U.S. Customs Port of Entry,
Foreign Trade Zone #176, public warehousing                                                Detroit           373          597         4            1
                                                                                           Kansas City       412          659         2            1
                                                                                           Los Angeles     1,967        3,147         6            4
Motor Freight Services
Number of carriers............................................................60           Milwaukee          90          141         1            1
Number of Terminals.........................................................37             Minneapolis       353          565         3            1
                                                                                           New Orleans       999        1,598         5            3
                                                                                           New York          889        1,422         5            3
Rail Service                                                                               St. Louis         297          479         2            1
 Rail Carriers serving area:
 ➟Burlington Northern-Santa Fe (BNSF)
 ➟Union Pacific
 ➟Canadian National
 ➟Iowa, Chicago and Eastern Railroad
 ➟Illinois RailNet

Parcel Distribution Services
   UPS Air Hub
   Emery Worldwide Air Charter
   Landstar Inway
   Airborne Express
   BAX Global
   FedEx




                                                                               Rockford Area Economic Development                              Page 5
                  Council
                                Rockford serves as the telecommunications hub for the Top of Illinois.


Retail Trade                                                                      Telecommunications
Sales by Store Group (2004)                                                       Telecommunications: Intra-LATA (Local) carriers
Total Retail Sales ............................. ~$2,388,691,342
- General Merchandise Stores ..................... ......13.6%                    SBC
- Food Stores ....................................................... 6.8%        •Service Territory within MSA: Rockford, Loves                          Park,
- Eating & Drinking Places .................................. 9.8%                 Machesney Park, South Beloit
- Apparel & Accessories ...................................... 1.5%
- Furniture & Household Goods .......................... 6.3%                     Choice One Communications
- Building Materials & Hardware ......................... 9.9%                    •Service territory within MSA: Rockford, Loves Park,
- Auto Dealers & Gasoline Service Stations ...... 25.5%                            Machesney Park
- Drug Stores & Miscellaneous Retail ................. 9.1%
                                                                                  McLeod USA
Estimated Retail Sales per Household ......... $16,397                            •Service Territory within MSA: Rockford, Loves Park,
Number of Retail Establishments ..................... 9,094                        Machesney Park, Belvidere and surrounding areas
Retail Sales Tax:
- State ................................................................. 5.00%    TDS METROCOM
- County .............................................................. 1.25%     •Service Territory within MSA: Rockford, Loves Park,
- Municipal ......................................................... 1.00%         Machesney Park, Belvidere and surrounding areas

Source: Illinois Department of Revenue.
                                                                                  Verizon
                                                                                  •Service Territory within MSA: Boone, Ogle and Winnebago
                                                                                   counties (except Rockford, Loves Park, Machesney Park,
                                                                                   South Beloit, Leaf River)

                                                                                  Note: Independent telephone exchanges exist in Leaf River and the Bergen and Sharon
                                                                                  areas of northern Boone county.




Utilities                                                                         Telecommunications: Inter-LATA (Long Dis-
Electric
                                                                                  tance)
 Alliant Energy (Investor-owned)
                                                                                  carriers
                                                                                  AT&T Communications                                   McLeod USA
•Service Territory within MSA: northern portion of
                                                                                  Choice One Communications                             Sprint
  Winnebago and Boone counties
                                                                                  MCI                                                   Qwest
 ComEd (Investor-owned)
•Service Territory within MSA: Boone, Ogle, and                                   Telecommunications: Broadband Suppliers and
Winnebago(except northern) counties                                               Services
•Tax: State=5%, Franchise Fee=0-5%, Municipal=0-5%                                SBC                                                   McLeod USA
                                                                                  Choice One Communications                             TDS METROCOM
 Rochelle Electric Utilities (City-owned)
•Service Territory within MSA: City of Rochelle
                                                                                   Redundant Networks of Fiber Optic Rings
Natural Gas                                                                        Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM)
NiCor Gas Co. (Investor-owned)                                                     Digital Subscriber Line Service ( DSL)
•Service Territory within MSA: Boone, Ogle and Winnebago                           OC3 - OC48 Fiber Cables
  counties (except City of South Beloit, Village of Rockton)                       Virtual Private Networks (VPN)
 •Tax: State=5%                                                                    Virtual Internet Service (VIS)
                                                                                   T1 Lines
 South Beloit Water, Gas & Electric (Investor-owned;
  subsidiary of Wisconsin Power & Light Co.)                                      Insight Communications
•Service Territory within MSA: City of South Beloit                                 Digital/Cable Modems


                                                  Rockford Area Economic Development Council                                                                            Page 6
                                       Rockford ranks first among medium-sized cities for golf.
                                                                                Golf Digest, 2000



Cost of Living                                                                           Quality of Life
ACCRA Cost-of-Living Index (1st Qtr., 2002)                                              Public Parks ................................................................. 185
                                                                                         Parkland acres ........................................................ >7,000
Boston, MA .......................................................... 140.0              Public Swimming Pools ................................................... 6
Washington, DC-MD-VA-WV ............................... 132.3                            Health Clubs .................................................................... 9
San Diego, CA .................................................... 129.8                 Public Golf Courses ....................................................... 21
                                                                                         Country Clubs ................................................................... 6
Philadelphia, PA-NJ ............................................ 117.6
                                                                                         Public Libraries ................................................................ 9
Minneapolis, MN ................................................. 108.2                  Museums ........................................................................ 10
Denver, CO ......................................................... 106.5               Art Galleries .................................................................... 12
Grand Rapids, MI ................................................ 105.2                  Symphony Orchestra ........................................................ 1
                                                                                         Community Theatres ........................................................ 4
Cleveland, OH .................................................... 104.8
                                                                                         Indoor Ice Arenas .............................................................. 2
Portland-Vancouver, OR-WA ............................... 102.8                          Indoor Sports Centers ...................................................... 1
Dallas, TX ........................................................... 100.6             Water Parks ...................................................................... 1
Phoenix, AZ ........................................................... 98.8             Sports: ...... Rockford Icehogs UHL hockey team, Rockford
                                                                                          ........... Lightning CBA basketball team, Rockford Raptors
Green Bay, WI ....................................................... 98.7
                                                                                          ............ Premier NISL soccer team, Rockford Riverhawks
Rockford, IL .......................................................... 98.4              ........... minor league baseball team, Rockford Speedway,
Norfolk-Virginia Beach-Newport News (VA-NC) .. 98.0                                       .................................................................... Byron Dragway
Tampa, FL ............................................................. 97.0             Protestant Churches* ................................................... 402
                                                                                         Catholic Churches ......................................................... 19
Appleton-Oshkosh-Neenah, WI ........................... 93.8
                                                                                         Jewish Synagogues ......................................................... 2
San Antonio, TX ..................................................... 88.9               Islamic Mosque ................................................................ 1
Source: ACCRA
                                                                                         * 56 denominations represented.



Climate
Average Winter Temp ......... 22.120 F .................... -5.460 C
Average Summer Temp ..... 71.020 F ................... 21.680 C                                 Festival of Lights
Average Annual Rainfall ..... 36.28 in ................. 92.15 cm
Average Annual Snowfall .... 35.20 in ................. 89.41 cm
Ave. Annual Days Below Freezing ............................... 144
Heating Degree Days ............................................... 3,186
                                                                                                                                                Coronado Theatre
Cooling Degree Days .................................................. 714

Location
Mean Elevation (above sea level) ......................... 715 feet
Latitude .......................................................... N 420 16' 07"
Longitude ...................................................... W 890 05' 48"
                                                                                         Health Care
                                                                                         Hospitals                                                         No. of Beds
                                                                                         Rockford Health Systems (Rockford)                                             339
                                                                                         SwedishAmerican Hospital (Rockford)                                            296
                                                                                         OSF St. Anthony Medical Center (Rockford)                                      201
                                                                                         Freeport Memorial Hospital (Freeport)                                          179
                                                                                         Rochelle Community Hospital (Rochelle)                                          34
                                                                                         Northwest Suburban Community Hosp.(Belvidere)                                  307

                                                                                         Number of Physicians (M.D.)                                                    849
                                                                                         Number of Dentists (D.D.S.)                                                    202

                                                          Rockford Area Economic Development Council                                                                   Page 7
                                      Rockford MSA ranks 1st in housing affordability in the U.S.
                                                          National Association of Home Builders, Fourth Quarter, 2001


Housing Affordability



                                                         Median Sale Price - Existing Single Family Home (2003)




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Source: National Association of Realtors, Illinois Association of Realtors




 Community Services                                                                             For More Information

  Motels/Hotels: .......................................................... 60                  Rockford Area Economic Development Council
  - Number of rooms: ............................................ 3,527
                                                                                                515 North Court Street
  Restaurants: .......................................................... 575
                                                                                                Rockford, Illinois 61103
  -Capacity of largest banquet room: .................... 1,200                                 Phone: (815) 987-8118
  Civic Center/auditorium: .......... Rockford Metro Centre                                     Fax: (815) 987-8129
  - Seating capacity: ............................................ 10,000
  Number of Banks: ................................................... 35                       website: www.rockfordil.com
  Number of Savings and Loans: ................................ 6                               e-mail: info@rockfordil.com
  Number of Credit Unions: ....................................... 36
  Local newspapers
  - Daily: ....................................................................... .3           Economic Development Partners:
  - Weekly: ................................................................... .8
  Local radio stations: ............................................... 13                      •Growth Dimensions of Belvidere and Boone County
  TV channels received: .............................................. .6                       •Greater Rochelle Economic Development Corporation
  Cable TV system....................................................... ... yes
                                                                                                •Freeport Area Economic Development Corporation
  Public Bus Transportation........................................ yes
  Fire Insurance Rating:                City of Rockford. .............. 2
                                                                                                •Rockford Local Development Corporation
                                     WinnebagoCounty............ 5




                                                                                      e-mail : info@rockfordil.com                                             Page 8

				
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