A few years ago the people paid to build up Rockford's long-struggling economy took a hard look at the pieces they had to work with, one thing stood out. The town had far more aerospace-related companies than people seemed to realize. Eric Voyles is vice president of national business development at the Rockford Area Economic Development Council. He said the number of companies is close to 100. The town used that aerospace base to bid for a Boeing aircraft manufacturing site. And state and local officials say the company seemed impressed. Now city and state officials hope to use that feel-good moment to generate more opportunities for the area. They're planning to head to major air shows to pitch the town and its airport to other companies.
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