- Associated Press - Saturday, January 2, 2016

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) - Several companies will open in Rockford this year along with new development experts say could help jumpstart a region that’s seen some of the highest unemployment in Illinois.

The Rockford Register Star reports (https://bit.ly/1mvwWzI) AAR Corp. will begin repairing jets at Chicago Rockford International Airport in a $41 million hangar. The Sports Factory will open in the summer offering weekend events drawing thousands. A downtown commercial corridor will also see new development.

The newspaper reports the activity is the result of millions of public and private dollars flowing into projects. Some public projects have benefited from a 1 percent infrastructure sales tax raising $16 million annually for Rockford.

Bob Evans is associate professor of economics and political science at Rockford University. He says there should be “demonstrably positive effects.”

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Information from: Rockford Register Star, https://www.rrstar.com

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