Rock County 5.0 is a public and private sector initiative anchored by the Rock County Development Alliance. The Alliance is a network of economic development professionals representing the collective interests from Beloit, Janesville, Rock County and Alliant Energy. Since 2001, these organizations have been collaboratively planning, as well as implementing, various complementary economic development related initiatives.
While a combined tenure of over 75 years, including experiences from various communities, regions and states the Alliance is an eclectic offering of seasoned professionals. Traditionally, the Alliance has relied upon shared in-kind staff support and highly leveraged resources to support their collective efforts. This lean arrangement has forced the Alliance to prioritize projects based on funding resources rather than need. Consequently, activity alignment, frequency and effectiveness have been severely limited.
To date, the lion's share of these efforts have been designed to reach externally-based audiences, including but not limited to: businesses, consultants, developers, investors, etc. The list below provides a snapshot of the work products and/or activities commonly associated with the Rock County Development Alliance:
- Economic Indicators - Analyzing job, growth, housing, income and other economic statistics supports sound investment and development decisions.
- Business Development Outreach & Exposure - Building positive brand equity via targeted messaging, delivered through various mediums, reaching millions.
- Economic Diversity & Investments - Repositioning and revitalization efforts fueled by different industries, which is strengthening and broadening the area's economic base.
- Enhanced Services & Tools - Creating and building a leading edge, economic development toolbox; thereby, providing more efficient, effective and proactive services to public and private sector constituents alike.