ROCKFORD - Earlier this year
It was another slap in the face when Forbes Magazine again
But that ranking associated
"The truth is every city has challenges, every
city has assists," said
If you log onto CLRsearch.com, a real estate resource
for people looking to move, and start comparing
"We're not happy with some of the statistics like crime statistics, our unemployment rates a little high," said Steve Bois, CEO of the Rockford Area Realtors. "But when you compare ourselves to others, we're similar."
On average people in
But again, compared to cities of similar size, their
problems aren't that different from
"For those who have never seen any other city, don't have a lot to compare ourselves with," said Morrissey.
"We know who those individuals are, especially if they've been arrested in the past," said Morrissey. "We really want to start intervening not just with those gang members, but their children, to make sure we can break a cycle."
A cycle that might have many people only focusing on
the negatives, but for Bois, sharing the cities positives is what he uses to
"A lot of people come here for opportunity,: said Bois. "And these people understand statistics, but they want to see the whole picture."
"If we're willing to believe in ourselves, take stock in what we have instead of worrying about what we don't have, build off our strengths, then I think anything is possible," said Morrissey.