February 13, 2023
ROCKFORD CHAMBER ENDORSES CANDIDATES FOR RPS 205 SCHOOL BOARD
Pearson, Bennett, and Haley receive endorsements from business community
Rockford, IL (February 13, 2023) - After hearing presentations and reviewing completed questionnaires from contested RPS 205 School Board candidates, the Rockford Chamber of Commerce voted to endorse the following candidates: Denise Pearson (Sub Dist. A), Nicole Bennett (Sub Dist. D), and Kimberly Haley (Sub Dist. F). The Rockford Chamber supports candidates that reflect our Chamber’s fervently held belief that a viable, healthy community requires a healthy and vibrant business community. The largest educating body in our community, Rockford Public Schools, District 205, is an important part of the equation for a healthy and vibrant business community as they educate today’s youth and tomorrow’s workforce.
Jean Crosby, Chair of the Rockford Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors commented, “With over 27,000 students and 4,000 employees, the Rockford Public School District impacts our community on a multitude of levels. A community with a robust and thriving school system attracts talent, increases home values, and drives economic development with a guarantee for future workforce. The Rockford Chamber is committed to working those elected to the Rockford School Board to ensure a connection to and support from the business community. The candidates endorsed by the Rockford Chamber are candidates that will help to strengthen that bond, hold the District accountable, and keep them moving forward in its mission to be a First Choice for ALL Families.”
The Rockford Chamber of Commerce has an active Government Affairs Council focused on advocating for a strong and healthy business environment by influencing legislative, economic and social policy. All members of the Rockford Chamber are welcome to join the council to represent the business community’s interest to encourage business growth, promote a strong local economy and foster a favorable business climate in the Rockford region.
About the Rockford Chamber of Commerce
The Rockford Chamber of Commerce is the region’s leading advocate for business growth. The Rockford Chamber works to benefit our community by leading in the promotion of economic growth, advocating for the interests of businesses, and providing service and educational opportunities that help our 1,000 members, representing 60,000+ employees, grow (rockfordchamber.com). The Rockford Chamber of Commerce is a partner in the Greater Rockford Growth Partnership.