About Us

River District Association (RDA) is a private, 501(c)3 not-for-profit, membership-based organization and is supported through membership dues, donations, sponsorships, grants, and fundraisers. The mission is to establish nurturing meaningful relationships to gain influence and authority for the betterment of the River District community.

RDA’s focus is to unite, advocate, and promote efforts to create a thriving business and residential community in Rockford’s downtown neighborhood. The River District consists of business areas and residential neighborhoods east and west of the Rock River that encompass Rockford’s growing downtown.

The River District offers the area’s finest collection of arts, entertainment, sporting events, cultural venues and activities, unique dinning and shopping experiences, historic residential neighborhoods, attractive parks, grand churches and a rich architectural and historical legacy. The beautiful Rock River is a vital component of Rockford’s River District, drawing attractions along with resident and visiting boaters from around the region.

The District is also home to city, county, state and federal governments, the county court system, law offices, architectural firms, and many professional businesses. So whether you call downtown Rockford home, have business here, or just want to explore, Rockford’s River District is a great place to LiveWorkPlay and Develop.

Board of Directors