Rockford, IL Volunteers to Serve as Border Summit Host: Negotiations Could be Difficult, but Coming to Rockford is Easy

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The City of Rockford, Ill. and its mayor, Lawrence J. Morrissey, have volunteered to come to the aid of Wisconsin senators and Governor Scott Walker, no longer as the perfect ‘hideaway,’ but as the location for the much-anticipated “Border Summit” negotiations.

“If they want a successful outcome to their negotiations, Rockford is the perfect place to find common ground,” said John Groh, president/CEO of the Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.

The City of Rockford, Ill. and its mayor, Lawrence J. Morrissey, have volunteered to come to the aid of Wisconsin senators and Governor Scott Walker, no longer as the perfect ‘hideaway,’ but as the location for the much-anticipated “Border Summit” negotiations.

Rockford’s location between Madison and Chicago makes it the perfect ‘middle ground,’ something that has eluded Wisconsin lawmakers of late.

“While we have lots of hotspots to hideaway in, what Governor Walker and the Democrats appear to need is the ideal setting for a meeting of the minds,” said John Groh, president/CEO of the Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. “If they want a successful outcome to their negotiations, Rockford is the perfect place to find common ground.”

Groh is encouraging that the two sides reach an enlightened state by meeting at Rockford’s world-renowned Anderson Japanese Gardens. With grace, elegance, and gentle awareness, the garden exemplifies the Japanese cultural heritage of respectful humility in service to people of all cultures—and political affiliations.

“A little mindful reflection might be just what the arbitrator ordered,” said Morrissey, who has also volunteered to host the Border Summit. “As an independent, I know there is always a third option to be explored.”

And what happens if negotiations get tough? The gardens – and other hideaway hotspots in Rockford – are said to provide a soothing experience for guests. To conclude the Border Summit, Republican and Democratic members of Rockford’s City Council have offered to host a Caucus Cocktail Hour featuring wines, beer, cheeses and meats from Wisconsin and Illinois.

Where do you hideout in Rockford and Illinois? Log on to http://www.hideawayinrockford.com to learn more about Rockford’s great deals and to post about your favorite hotspot.

Folks have been hiding away in Rockford, Illinois’ third largest city, for decades. Located about 15 minutes south of the Wisconsin border & 60 minutes west of Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, Rockford is an easy place to getaway to.

The Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau is a private, non-profit champion that seeks to grow the economy by encouraging folks to spend their money in the Rockford region and leave with great memories. http://www.gorockford.com.

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