Todd Cagnoni has more than 25 years of experience in various levels of administration, community planning, economic development and management at the municipal, county and regional level.
Since 2017, and under Mayor Thomas P. McNamara, Todd has been the City Administrator for the City of Rockford focusing the City’s efforts on Neighborhood Stabilization, Education, Public Safety and Economic Development.
Todd was the Community and Economic Development Department from 2013-2017, responsible for the City of Rockford’s development and re-development efforts including planning, neighborhood development, economic development, zoning and building. The Department is directly responsible for the City’s effort to revitalize downtown including oversight and programming of the City’s Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Districts, Enterprise Zone and River Edge Zone, all cost reduction tools for investment in the City. In 2016, the City received Illinois Charter Award from the Congress of New Urbanism Illinois (CNU-IL) for the Downtown Strategic Action Plan. The Charter Award is the highest honor granted each year by CNU-IL, recognizing projects that exemplify quality urban design and best practices in walkability
Todd recognizes that many times, there are no individual accomplishments in government; it takes a dedicated group of people and organizations to advance positive change.
Throughout his career, Todd has been the lead facilitator and negotiator on behalf of the City in a number of annexations agreements, development, re-developments and initiatives within the City. Notably, Todd was instrumental in the Host Community Agreement between the City and Hard Rock Casino and the Rockford NIU Promise partnership with Rockford Promise, Northern Illinois University, School District 205 and City of Rockford.
Todd was a key member in obtaining and leading the technical assistance grant from the Center of Community Progress, a national recognized not-for-profit focused on neighborhood revitalization, resulting in the published report “Laying the Foundation: Developing and Improved Approach to Problem Properties in Rockford”. The report and identified tasks, is guiding the Communities efforts in blight removal.
Todd also serves on the Board of Directors for the Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, Rockford Local Development Corporation, Rockford Community Investment Fund, Northern Illinois Land Bank, I Fiber and Workforce Connection.
He is a member the American Planning Association, American Institute of Certified Planners, Congress of New Urbanism, International Economic Development Council, U.S. Green Building Council, Natural Land Institute and Ride Illinois.