Large Turnout For Annual Spring Reception

Large Turnout For Annual Spring Reception Main Photo

13 May 2016

More than 200 community and business leaders were in attendance for the annual Growth Dimensions spring reception, held April 28, at the Community Building Complex of Boone County.

The 2016 spring reception highlighted the past year’s accomplishment of Growth Dimensions, including the successes in job growth, capital investments and expansion projects by major employers in Boone County.

“It was a very successful evening,” says Jarid Funderburg, executive director of Growth Dimensions. “For the past three decades, Growth Dimensions has been a vital part of Boone County. We’re fortunate to be able to celebrate those accomplishments with the community. The turnout this year is another example of how our communities rally around economic development in our area.”

The keynote speaker was Jeff Fahrenwald, director of the Rockford University Master of Business Administration program.

Fahrenwald teaches in the areas of human relations, management, leadership and international studies in the MBA program. His practical work experience includes positions such as chief operating officer and director of quality and training. He continues to be an active organizational consultant and trainer focusing on strategic planning, organizational leadership, and management development. He’s also served on many nonprofit boards.

During his presentation, Fahrenwald talked about various aspects of successful partnerships. His message was highlighted by discussion of the book “The Dog Poop Initiative,” written by Kirk Weisler. Inspired by a true story, the book teaches the importance of service, teamwork, selflessness and initiative.

“We’re all pointers at some level and in some way,” Fahrenwald told the audience. “Pointers are the blamers. Scoopers are the problem solvers, the ones who make it happen.”

“Over the years, Jeff has been involved in many successful economic development projects,” Funderburg says. “Any worthwhile project takes teamwork, cooperation and initiative. There are many lessons that can be learned from this important message.”

The premier sponsor of the spring reception was OSF HealthCare. ComEd, Nicor Gas and Plote Construction were additional sponsors to the event as well, with dinner provided by Giovanni’s Restaurant & Convention Center, and refreshments by Pacemaker Foods.