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(Beloit, WI) Sophie Harris, Beloit Daily News Beloit’s Fat Wallet plans to hire well over 100 people for this year’s holiday season, and many of these positions are expected to become permanent. According to Fat Wallet President Ryan Washatka, the company typically hires quite a few people for the holiday season. However, the company continues to grow and the need for more employees grows with the company. “We’re committed to growth, and we’re committed to Beloit,” Washatka said. “We want to know that we have room to grow.” Because he’s seen a need for growth, Washatka said there’s a possibility Fat Wallet could move to the Ironworks complex. Fat Wallet, originally from the Rockton area, is currently located at 100 E. Grand Ave. in downtown Beloit. Washatka said this season’s hiring will consist of customer service employees, content curators, online bargain hunters and more. “We increase by 25 percent each year because of the growth of all our brands,” Washatka said. “We need to increase staffing accordingly.” He said many of the seasonal workers stay and work permanently at the company. “Our employee mix is pretty unique,” Washatka said. “We have a customer care component, and we’ve got a core team of engineers.” With employees working in sales, engineering, social media, customer service, content curation and more, Washatka said he thinks the company is very well rounded. Although Fat Wallet’s sister company is located in San Francisco, Washatka said there are perks to being in the Midwest, like affordability. Fat Wallet’s hiring process is already underway, and the company is hiring employees for positions in a number of fields. The positions are both full-time and part-time, and Washatka said although pay varies per position, all wages are competitive. Applicants should have basic computer skills, since much of Fat Wallet’s business is conducted online. Washatka said he is looking for employees who like to shop and save money, because that’s what Fat Wallet helps their customers do. “We are a company that’s very customer focused,” Washatka said. “We like to help people save money and find deals, and we have fun here. It’s a great culture to work in.” In his opinion, having fun at work is a priority. “We bring our employees lunch every day,” Washatka said. “It supports surrounding businesses to have it catered, and it creates camaraderie to eat lunch together.” Employees have access to a full kitchen and snacks during their shift, and they can take short breaks with the foosball, darts, and games provided in the office. “It’s all about respect. People enjoy having those things around,” Washatka said. “It can help solve a mental block to take a 10-15 minute break. I’ve never really had an issue with people abusing that.” Washatka said he wants most of the hiring to be done in late September and early October, and he hopes to have the new staff trained by late October. To apply for all positions online, go to http://www.jobs.net/jobs/ebates/join.

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(Janesville, WI) By Frank Schultz, Gazette Janesville's newest grocery store is holding interviews for jobs this week at the Holiday Inn Express, 3100 Wellington Place. Festival Foods seeks to fill openings at the new Janesville store, which it plans to open Oct. 30 on the site of the former Kmart at the intersection of Highways 14 and Milton Avenue. “Part-time and full-time opportunities, as well as leadership positions, are available,” according to a news release, which did not say what the jobs pay. Open interviews are scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, Aug. 25-28, and from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 29. The store will be Festival Foods' 21st location in Wisconsin. The store will be open 24 hours a day and employ about 250 people, according to the news release. It will feature a community conference room and a Tot Spot, a supervised in-store child-care service. “Store Director Kevin Schnell is looking forward to helping build and lead the store's team of associates,” the release states. “Festival Foods is a culture-driven company committed to servant leadership, community involvement and building relationships with guests and associates,” the release states, inviting prospective employees to visit festfoods.com. To apply online or view more information about the company's hiring process and benefits, visit festfoods.com/careers. Festival Foods plans to open its 22nd store in Madison later this year.

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(Beloit, WI) By Nick Crow, Gazette Beloit College is welcoming its largest freshman class since 1974, thanks in part to better recruiting, a spokesman said. Some 437 students arrived on campus Monday. That's a jump of more than 32 percent over first-year students enrolled last year. The college prefers using the adjective "first-year" because it's more gender inclusive. "To me, the success this year shows that Beloit's popularity is growing and with good reason," said Robert Mirabile, vice president of enrollment at the college. "We are a great college and are in demand in the marketplace. When a college is in demand, it is able to attract students and have a diverse composition of students and an exciting learning environment." Mirabile, who was hired in March 2014, said the college's goal is to enroll between 350 and 400 first-year students. The total enrollment is 1,300 students. Over the past five years, the entering class at Beloit has ranged from 299 students in 2014-15 to 333 students in 2010-11. A healthy enrollment is critical for Beloit College because, like most colleges, the lion's share of Beloit's operating budget comes from net tuition revenue, Mirabile said. The college has been operating for 169 years. "It's absolutely critical that the revenue that we are generating from tuition covers operating costs of the college," he said. Mirabile attributes the growth to a sharper focus on connecting prospective students and their parents with current students, faculty, staff and alumni. The college also offered more individual and small-group campus visits, large open houses and off-site events such as student receptions held across the country. Coaches, students, staff and faculty members were on hand for many of these events, which occurred in such cities as San Francisco, Chicago, Miami and Portland, Oregon, Mirabile said. Alumni or current parents hosted them. "This speaks to this idea that when we connect the marketplace with Beloit, they want to be a part of Beloit," Mirabile said. Quality was not sacrificed with an increase in enrollment. This year's entering class had high school GPA and ACT scores that were nearly identical to those in recent years, he said. Mirabile said 94 percent of Beloit College graduates are employed, in graduate school or in volunteer service within six months of graduating. Other information about this freshman class: —Students come from 37 states. —Illinois contributed the most students at 103. Fifty-four students come from Wisconsin and 29 from California. —The class is the largest international class ever at the college with 39 students from 15 countries. "We are very proactive in reaching out to students from all walks of life and all areas of the country," Mirabile said. "Being proactive helps Beloit get on the radar screen. It's one thing to get on the radar screen, but what happens when they see you? When they see us, we are a diverse and welcoming community that values differences in people." "In a nutshell, we want students who are well-rounded people and academically talented who are going to contribute to the college but also want to be here."

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(Edgerton, WI) By Jake Magee, Gazette In 15 years, Edgerton has never seen a response like this. Work on downtown buildings is exploding this summer and will continue through the fall thanks to an incentive program that pays for more than half of the work. It's called Paint Edgerton, and downtown property owners are lined up to take advantage of it. The 15-year-old façade grant program normally pays 40 percent up to $5,000 of any work property owners want to do to the exterior of their historic buildings in downtown Edgerton. For the first time, the city decided to up that ante to 60 percent. The number of grant applicants multiplied tenfold. In the past, the city received two or three grant applicants per year. This year, more than 20 properties are set for or have completed work. “It's crazy,” City Administrator Ramona Flanigan said. “We were astounded and really happy.” “We were both ecstatic,” added Jim Kapellen, Edgerton Redevelopment Authority chairman. “People are taking advantage of it.” Many owners aren't afraid to spend $15,000 or more on building projects, knowing the city will only cover up to $5,000. Applications were due May 20. Any applications that came in after that were still eligible for the grant program, but only at the regular 40 percent city funding rate. The city originally encouraged work to be finished by July 4, but that quickly proved difficult. Very few property owners could get busy contractors hired and working by mid-summer, Flanigan said. Now, work has a soft deadline of Oct. 31, meaning by November, downtown Edgerton will be a sight to see. GROWTH The Paint Edgerton program came together shortly after the redevelopment authority formed. The authority is in charge of development in the downtown tax increment financing district, said Jim Kapellen, authority chairman. The authority set to work right away. “We were trying to talk about what we saw was wrong, what needed to be done downtown, and one of the things that came up was the buildings look a little shabby,” Kapellen said. The authority helped create the façade grant program, which is modeled after similar programs hundreds of other municipalities use, Flanigan said. The program originally started with a budget of about $10,000. In the program's first year, the city spent about $4,000, Kapellen said. This year, the city will pay more than $69,000 for downtown property projects. “Our balance sheet as far as cash flow is looking good,” Kapellen said of the TIF district. Typically, a façade refers to the side of the building facing a street. When the program began, the authority encouraged property owners to spruce up windows, doorsteps and entrances—things facing the street. Now, the city defines a façade as any exterior of a building or, sometimes, the interior as well. Typical work includes painting, tuckpointing, roofing, the installation of air conditioning and heating units and electrical work. The broad definition encourages more property owners to get their buildings into shape. “We've really expanded it to just about what they wanna do on their building, as long as it stays there,” Kapellen said. RESTRICTIONS Keeping the buildings standing is a priority for the city but so is maintaining their historical integrity, Kapellen said. For instance, property owners who want to touch up the paint on their buildings must adhere to a historical paint chart provided by the Edgerton Historical Preservation Commission, said Mark Wellnitz, commission chairman. Despite the name Paint Edgerton, the city encourages property owners to do work that isn't easy to see, such as masonry touch-ups. Without such maintenance, buildings deteriorate. “Our goal is to get people to fix things that will make the buildings stand for a long time,” Flanigan said. The commission must approve major architectural changes before work can be done, Wellnitz said, but such meetings haven't been necessary recently. Owners are prohibited from making improvements that take away a building's historic character. When new windows are installed, they must look similar to the original ones in size and shape. The city won't help fund work that won't last. For instance, the program won't pay for a property owner to add a new kitchen to their restaurant because the next property owner might change the building into something other than a restaurant, Kapellen said. “We fund projects that bring the building up to code or repair things that need to be done or make them more energy efficient because those things will be there whether the present owner is there or not,” he said. MAJOR WORK One business taking full advantage of the program is C&M Printing. The owners, Mike and Jeanette Londerville, poured nearly $20,000 into two of their three buildings at 102 and 104 W. Fulton St. The city will cover about $9,000 of that. Contractors painted the buildings' trim, replaced several windows, installed two new signs and did some tuckpointing. Last year, the Londervilles had a roof fixed up for $35,000 without going through Paint Edgerton, as they were unaware the program would help pay for it. “That was probably our mistake because we didn't check into it,” Jeanette said. Early this year, the Londervilles received a letter from the city explaining the jump in the Paint Edgerton program and applied for grants right away. “I was like, 'Wow, look at these people that applied,'” Jeanette said of the list of applicants. “It did jumpstart a lot of people, I think. An extra 20 percent makes a big difference.” The building at 102 W. Fulton St. originally was a tobacco exchange bank. The Londervilles purchased it in the late 1970s. The 104 W. Fulton St. building was an antique shop when the couple purchased it in 2005, but it started as a clothing store. Looking at them now, they maintain that same historical character. “It (the work) really improves the overall look. It's a lot more inviting when you walk down the street,” Jeanette said. Whether Edgerton offers the incentive next year is yet to be determined. “It's nice when you get a response like this and go, 'Wow we finally hit the right trigger,'” Kapellen said.

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(Janesville, WI) By Neil Johnson, Gazette A Janesville microbrewery has landed a home downtown for brewing, tapping and selling beer that three local craft brewers say will fly under the name Rock County Brewing. “We wanted it to be simple. No big gimmicks, no crazy, extreme names or product labels. The beer, and the location will do the talking. We'll teach people that like big-name, light beer that beer made with hops that has a little flavor and color isn't a bad thing,” said Janesville resident Andy Walker, one of the brewery's partners and brewers.  Walker along with Janesville resident John Rocco, who owns Janesville home-brewing retailer Farmhouse Brewing Supply, and Rockton, Illinois, resident Ed Sundstedt, an employee at Rocco's store, signed a lease this week at the former Carriage Works building at the northeast corner of Milwaukee Street and Parker Drive in downtown Janesville. The partners will have a three-barrel microbrewery and tasting room in the Carriage Works' northeast end along the east side of North Parker Drive. The space is a blank slate of off-white brick walls, high wood-and-steel beam ceilings and concrete floors. It needs full-scale electrical and water service as part of a lease and renovation deal. The three brewing partners, who are self-funding all the brewing equipment necessary, said they wouldn't discuss full details of the lease. Janesville brothers Shawn and Shannon Kennedy bought the three-story Carriage Works building earlier this year. The building, parts of which were built in the 1880s, now houses law offices and a yoga studio. The Kennedy brothers plan within months to renovate the building's spacious third floor to relocate their dozens of employees and corporate headquarters of SASid, a Janesville-based tech company they own. The Rock County Brewing partners say they'll submit plans within weeks for city review to wall off the back portion for fermenting and brewing operations and rework the storefront area as a relaxed, tavern-like tasting room where customers can try fresh-brewed beer on tap and buy it for carryout in large, gallon-sized glass growlers. Rocco said this week it'll be a four- to six-month process to get federal and state approval to run the microbrewery, and the brewery also needs approval of site and operating plans from the city's plan commission and the city council. If all goes well, Rocco said this week, Rock County Brewing could be producing and selling beer for walk-in customers and under distribution deals with a small number of downtown taverns by January or February. The council in May approved key zoning changes to allow microbreweries and brewpubs to operate in the city's downtown business district, setting limits for gallons of beer produced based on state law. Rock County Brewing for months has been trying to find a place to house a brewery, which would start on a small, local scale with 260 to 300 barrels of annual production. The microbrewery wouldn't run as a restaurant or brewpub but instead would have a tasting room set up with tables and a tap that would pull fresh-brewed beer straight from the tanks and through a cooler. Rock County Brewing plans to have anywhere from six to 10 varieties of beer on tap, with varieties ranging from light-colored ales to a spicy Saison, a Belgian-style farmhouse ale. The brewers, who each have between 10 and 15 years experience brewing craft beer, said they want to brew a slew of varieties each month. Rocco said he and his partners don't have a flagship variety they'd try to market under Rock County Brewing. “We all like a lot of styles and varieties. We've all got a lot of different ideas and tastes and have to see what people will like,” he said. Sundstedt plans to man Rock County Brewing full-time, but he said hours of the brewery's tasting room will be more limited to start, probably from 3 to 9 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. Brewing partner Andy Walker also is a major partner in Foremost Media, another Janesville tech company that plans to relocate its offices to a former tobacco warehouse just west of downtown under a lease deal. He said the Carriage Works building size, its heavy concrete floor and how it's situated in the larger building works well for a microbrewery. While they were negotiating lease deals, he said, it emerged among several properties downtown as the best, most readily available fit. The Kennedys have said they'd like to bring a restaurant into the Carriage Works next to the microbrewery that could market Rock County Brewing beer and share an open space out back that could become a courtyard. Barry Badertscher, a local real estate broker, runs his office out of the Carriage Works. Badertscher helped Kennedys reach a deal on the Carriage Works this year, and then brokered a lease deal with Rock County Brewing. He calls the microbrewery a “progressive” step as the downtown enters a riverfront revitalization that would in part revamp the area as a hub for adult entertainment. “This is how I think re-development will happen here. It'll be engineered one step at a time. You can build a distinctive flavor and a destination for people,” Badertscher said. A trickier philosophical hurdle, Badertscher said, is to erase a local notion he believes is pervasive, yet false: that only a small number of Janesville residents are open to trying something new, such as a downtown microbrewery. Badertscher pointed out several sushi shops and Japanese-style Hibachi restaurants that have opened and taken root along Milton Avenue. He said they're not supported mainly by trend seekers and foodies but rather by customers whose tastes are casual. “I don't believe there's a lack of open-minded people in Janesville who'll embrace something new and different,” Badertscher said. “I think there's just a shortage of people who want to be open-minded that we've got open-mindedness here.”

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(Beloit, WI) Sophie Harris, Beloit Daily News Plans for the Stateline Family YMCA’s move to the Ironworks complex are officially underway. YMCA Executive Director Doug Britt said the architect heading the project is Zimmerman Studios, and the contractor is Corporate Contractors Inc. of Beloit. Britt said the goal is to open the new facility no later than Feb. 15, 2017. “Zimmerman Studios have done a lot of YMCAs,” Britt said. “They’ve done a lot of work reclaiming space.” Britt said the move has been planned for quite some time, but more specific planning will begin in the next two weeks. Stateline Family YMCA officials looked at renovating the current site at 1865 S. Riverside Drive, but decided it would be too costly. The Ironworks location is about 80,000 square feet. Britt said the complex isn’t too much bigger, but it has more usable space. “It’s going to be more efficient,” Britt said. “The current space has a lot of hallways and staircases, and this will be more open and inviting.” Britt said there’s no multipurpose space in the current facility, which is a limiting factor. “At the new building, there are at least five rooms that are multipurpose,” Britt said. “We are going to have a new youth space where we can do programming that is interactive.” Britt said the new facility also will feature an aerobics studio, a yoga studio, a basketball court, and a large life center. Childcare amenities will improve, too. “The daycare space will increase because the rooms will be bigger. We can have more age groups here,” Britt said. Britt said he thinks the the YMCA is ready to move on to “Phase 2” of fundraising efforts. According to Britt, initial funds were raised through campaigns with key donors in the community. “The second phase will kick off around September,” Britt said. “We have a two million dollar goal. This is the right spot for us to move forward with this project.”

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(Milton, WI) Nick Crow, Gazette Beloit resident Kelvin Haley Jr. almost didn't participate in the welding boot camp at Blackhawk Technical College's Advanced Manufacturing Center in Milton. He was the last one admitted into the seven-week class that ended Friday. Now he thinks it might make a big difference in his life. “I don't know what the future holds, but I feel like I have my foot in the door,” Haley said. BTC offered the welding boot camp with help from the Southwest Wisconsin Workforce Development Board and employers in Rock and Green counties. The camp was designed to teach unskilled workers a trade they could use to get good jobs. Haley, 32, has had his share of troubles, legal and otherwise. But he said programs such BTC's camp help lead people to places they never thought they'd go. “This is a very beneficial program for someone who's been through things and doesn't know what they want to do,” Haley said. “You learn a lot. I'm truly amazed. I didn't know anything about welding. I knew how to use a tape measure and a ruler, but now I truly understand the basics of welding.” Haley said the program has given him and his classmates a new skill, safety certification and leads on potential jobs. “Basically, this class is 'no one left behind,'” Haley said. “It's about getting us a job and getting us a trade. One thing about this program, we had employers come in and talk to us, and next week we are going out and putting in applications with companies and going from there.” “It's a blessing,” he said. “I never thought about welding but realized it's important to have a trade behind you.” Haley's experience shows how organizations such as the Southwest Wisconsin Workforce Development Board can help provide valuable training to people who need it, said welding instructor Jack Reinhart. “These groups came together with BTC to provide the boot camp,” Reinhart said. “We are taking students with various backgrounds, unskilled, and training them on the essentials.” Gail Graham, business services coordinator for the workforce development board, said the boot camp was paid for with federal money that trickled down through various state programs. The $47,000 agreement between the group and BTC not only trains people and puts them to work, but also creates a pipeline for people who haven't considered continuing their education. "What they've learned is that they can," Graham said. "One of them has already signed up for school in the fall. That would not have happened had he not attended this boot camp." Graham said the boot camp helps shrink the skills gap. “What's interesting about this program is that several potential employers in Rock and Green counties are involved with the development of the class and what they need from welders from this program,” Reinhart said. In addition to welding skills, Reinhart also taught soft skills such as working with others, coming to work on time and understanding the structure of a company. “I treat this boot camp as though I'm the employer and these students are the employees,” Reinhart said. “Ten students started, and 10 students are finishing. They are learning a trade and getting a personal identity.” Also Friday, SSI Technologies employee Carlos Garcia finished up a five-day computerized numerical control (CNC) boot camp, where he practiced programming on a machine with classmates and co-workers. Unlike the welding boot camp at the same site, the CNC boot camp helped people who were already employed learn additional skills that could be useful in their jobs. “They want us to learn the fundamentals of these machines,” Garcia said. “It'll help us in the processes at the CNC shop." Garcia, who has worked at SSI for almost a year, and his co-workers were paid to attend the training. It is good for employees to learn additional skills and use the newest equipment, Garcia said. Tom Pleuger, CNC instructor, said he sees a chronic shortage of skilled machinists, and boot camps like this are part of the solution. Employees participating in the weeklong boot camp can get credit through BTC. However, the camps can't replace real class time, Pleuger said. He hopes those who finish the boot camp come back and take additional classes. “It's a tool to help them,” Pleuger said. “Carlos started at SSI semi-skilled but not a machinist. He's knowledgeable, but this course is designed to take semi-skilled workers and fast track them. Conceivably, when Carlos gets back to work, he can get right on a machine and apply what he's learned.” The boot camp is designed to fill specific needs requested by employers, Pleuger said. Garcia, for one, plans to attend additional classes, he said. “There is such a lack of skilled candidates for many of these jobs,” Pleuger said. “It's great whenever we can get them up and running and can help fill that gap.” “I think they really enjoyed it and found value in it,” he said.

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(Rock County, WI)  According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), the percent change in real personal income growth in the Janesville-Beloit MSA from 2012-2013  - at 4.6% - was the second highest in the U.S. The only location in the U.S. recording a higher figure was the Sioux City metro area (4.8%). In terms of its Wisconsin counterparts, the Madison MSA posted gains of 2.4%. Meanwhile, the next closest metro area was Duluth MN-WI at 1.6%. The percent change for the Milwaukee MSA was 0.1%. From a regional MSA comparison, the Rockford and Chicago metro area figures were nearly identical: 0.4% and 0.3%, respectively. The Dubuque IA metro area experienced a -0.7 percent decline, while the Des Moines and Iowa City metro areas recorded figures of 0.8 and 1.0, respectively.  Coupled with the locally produced and released dashboard reports, these BEA income statistics provide further validation regarding the continual growth and strength of the Rock County economy.  

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(Beloit, WI) Whitney Helm Beloit Daily News A little more than six months into her Town of Beloit Fire Department internship, Pauline Schork said she’s already experienced her first fire call and her first code blue in the same week. Last week the department responded to a car crash. “It was a really difficult call,” Schork said. “I learned a lot on that call. It was interesting seeing the way everyone interacted from the scene to the hospital.” The new internship program began in January and is a partnership between Milton, Edgerton and Clinton fire departments as well as the Town of Beloit Fire Department. Schork and other interns get to experience everything that a full-time firefighter would, including fire calls and ambulance runs. “They do everything from scrubbing the toilets in the morning to the fire calls,” said Town of Beloit Fire Chief Gene Wright. “They’re also getting mentoring and learning those soft skills that you don’t learn in a textbook.” The four departments started with a pool of 10 interns. The program was initially slated to only accept students enrolled in technical colleges, like Blackhawk Technical College, but Wright said the decision was made to widen the scope to former students. Each intern is staying with their sponsoring department for a year and then rotating to a different department. There were four slated at the Town of Beloit department, however, the department is now down to two interns. Wright said the decrease is a good thing. “We had some really good people that after being here decided that this wasn’t the job for them,” Wright said. “I think that’s just as an important of a lesson as finding what you want to do.” The program has also inspired a regional hiring process, where an applicant could complete applications for several departments in the area. Wright said that application process should be available in the fall. The next round of interns will be able to apply for the program in August.

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(Janesville, WI) By Elliott Hughes, Gazette A new building housing a metal fabrication company that promises to bring 90 jobs to Janesville will be finished by the end of the year, now that the city council has approved tax increment financing agreements with two companies. The deals approved Monday, worth about $2.5 million in tax incentives, will relocate the company, A.M. Castle, to Janesville as it closes operations in the Chicago and Twin Cities areas. “I think this is a really exciting endeavor, especially when we can take business from Illinois,” council member Sam Liebert said. “I look forward to watching that building go up fast.” The council approved the deals unanimously, with Liebert and President Douglas Marklein stating they were happy to see that future employees would be paid about $15 per hour. The 208,000-square-foot facility will be owned by 3800 Enterprise, Inc., a local, recently formed development company. The company is named for the space where the building will be located, 3800 Enterprise Drive. The space will be leased to A.M. Castle, a publicly traded company that has experienced financial trouble in recent years. It's headquartered in Oak Brook, Illinois, and has operations throughout North America, Europe and Asia. The deal for 3800 Enterprise includes: —The city handing over 22.7 acres of land valued at $502,200 to build a 208,000-square-foot manufacturing facility. With the facility, the property's value would increase to $10.5 million. —The city providing a $1.7 million forgivable loan for the construction of the facility. —An annual property tax payment of $250,700 by 3800 Enterprise for the 22.7 acres in question after the building is constructed. The deal for A.M. Castle includes: —Creating 90 jobs over the first two years of operation and maintaining them for 10 years. —A pay-as-you-go incentive from the city totaling $337,000. The money would be paid annually over 10 years. If A.M. Castle prematurely closed its operations, the annual payments would stop. If the company failed to produce 90 jobs within that time frame, it would receive $370 less for every job short of 90. Gale Price, Janesville's economic development director, said his office recommended the pay-as-you-go approach with A.M. Castle because of recent turbulence within the company. According to news releases, the company has shuffled leadership positions since spring, with new faces taking over at the CEO and board of directors levels. The company also formed a finance committee and restructured its executive management. A.M. Castle plans to consolidate up to 10 of its facilities by early 2016, according to a news release. The company reported net sales of $979.8 million in 2014, down from $1.05 billion in 2013, according to a news release. Its credit rating was also downgraded by Moody's Investors Service each of the last two years due to market share loss, inconsistent demand for its products and other factors. "We do believe they'll be successful in their reorganization, but the city has a responsibility to protect its citizens," Price said, referring to the pay-as-you-go incentive structure. Several members of the board acknowledged A.M. Castle's recent trouble. But Price said he told them that if the company vacated the building, the facility would be attractive enough to lure in another tenant within six to eight months. “It's a higher, more-substantially built building,” Price said. “It's thicker floors; it's designed to carry heavier loads, have overhead cranes. When you think about reuse of the building, this is an optimal size.” Preliminary work on the building's construction was already underway before the council convened Monday. Price said that risk was taken on by 3800 Enterprise. “We're moving full-steam ahead,” said Allisen Lasse, a minority partner with the company. “We have few loose ends to tie up.” Price said 3800 Enterprise comprises three main investors: Tom Lasse, Norman Weitzel and Todd Bogner. They formed the company earlier this year, he said.

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(Janesville, WI) By Marcia Nelesen, Gazette Duane Snow was in an Arizona airport and wearing his Rock Aqua Jays shirt when somebody said: “You're from Janesville. We've been to your show.” Because of Janesville's reputation, “If you mention the Rock Aqua Jays, and you're in the water ski world, they will know who you are and where you come from,” Snow said. “You can go just about everywhere.” The club's home in Traxler Park on the Rock River is also part of that reputation, and the premiere venue is well known for its calm waters and choice views. The Aqua Jays consistently score among—if not at the top of—the best, and other clubs aspire to be as good, one water show ski expert noted. Locals who take in the occasional water ski show likely have no clue of the team's world prowess. The Aqua Jays formed in 1961, one of many show ski teams in the state. Wisconsin has 26 teams, more than any other state, and is its own region under the umbrella of the National Show Ski Association. Teams from up north, such as in Rhinelander, were formed by vacationers, usually from Illinois, Snow said. Most Aqua Jays live within 30 miles of the club. A strong core of members who train all year helps Janesville consistently achieve top scores in tournaments. “It is not only the board of directors, but many of the adults that are committed to the team itself,” Snow said. “Without a question, we have enjoyed this core group of people, like Gerry and Cathy Luiting, for instance,” Snow said. “And they're the pinnacle, the cornerstone, of our water show team.” Gerry Luiting has been show director many times and has skied all over the world. He, his wife, Cathy, and son, Aragorn, currently ski for the Tommy Bartlett Show in Wisconsin Dells. “So many people over the years have made the club what it is today,” Snow said. Entire families join the Aqua Jays, to the club's benefit, he added. Family members get to watch one another progress and become outstanding skiers, Snow said. They help out with tournaments and events. “We want them to join so the whole family experiences the fun of ski shows,” Snow said. “We've enjoyed that family aspect. That's what makes us very strong. I would say that we have a stronger family core group than many teams have because a lot of the northern teams travel back and forth to Chicago.” Snow, who was an active member from 1972 to 1990, recalled when club members set a goal to win tournaments rather than simply put on shows. Snow went on to organize the national tournaments in the mid-1970s. Later, he organized the world tournaments. The first four national tournaments—from 1975 through 1978—were in Janesville. The Aqua Jays won their first national tournament in 1979 in DuQuoin, Illinois. “Our reputation and abilities and skiing quality had progressed from that date,” Snow said. “And, of course, it's all due to the talent in the club and the ability to attract good skiers.” From then on, “We've never been lower than fourth,” Snow said. “Never. “Ever. “Ever. “We've won 19 national titles,” Snow added. “We've won 10 or 11 Triple Crowns, and I forget how many Wisconsin State Tournament Championships we have right offhand.” The club hosted the 2012 and 2014 world championships, pumping millions into the local economy. The 2014 world tournament was so popular that it ranked in the top three live sporting events streamed online the weekend it was held in Janesville. Snow figures the club has sent about 40 skiers to the professional ranks. “There are a lot of very good water show ski clubs that send skiers to the professional ranks,” he said. “But we're recognized throughout the water show ski industry for having excellent talent. I would say from a single team, it's probably more than a lot of other teams.” The Aqua Jays' skiing venue in Traxler Park is one reason the club continues to attract tournaments, and not only for ski shows. The club will host the 2015 Pro Wakeboard Tour in August. The site's development is the result of a partnership between the club, its sponsors and the city of Janesville. The site is well sheltered from wind. “It has to be a very odd wind to produce wind that comes straight up the river,” Snow said. “We are really in a protected situation.” The shoreline has lots of grassy areas so people can spread out. Additional bleachers were just installed, and the venue can seat about 4,000 people. The club's goal is to seat 5,000 so it can host the X Games, an annual extreme sports event organized by ESPN. Snow figures a bleacher fund drive will be held soon. Scott Atkinson is director of communications for USA Water Ski, the governing body for the sport of water skiing in the United States. He also is editor and publisher of The Water Skier magazine. Atkinson said the Aqua Jays and Janesville are well-known in the world of water show skiing, especially since hosting the last two world championships. “Obviously, countries around the world that have show skiing and water skiing are quite familiar with Janesville and the Rock Aqua Jays based on the coverage and the social media,” he said. The Aqua Jays do a wonderful job of developing show skiers, including hosting clinics, which results in the solid team it has had for years, Atkinson said. He noted the club's community presence and the support the club receives in return. The Janesville ski club's worldwide reputation isn't something the occasional visitor to club's shows would ever guess, he said. The show ski shows are great community family nights out, Atkinson said. The shows are free and laid-back, although donations are encouraged. “You wouldn't think that you're watching a world-class show ski team,” Atkinson said. “The performances are entirely different than the competitive show team,” he added. History is proof of the quality of the skiers here, Atkinson said. The club has won more national titles than any other show ski team. “They're at the top of the sport,” Atkinson said. “Most show ski teams would want to aspire to the success that the Aqua Jays have had.” “They have proven that they're one of the very best, if not the very best.”

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(Rick County, WI) (Rock County, WI) The County's economy continued to demonstrate growth, as reported by today's release of the Q2 2015 Rock Ready Index. Highlights from the Q2 report include the following: Unemployment Rates, as measured by annual averages, continued to decline. To date, these figures represent the lowest annual average rates since 2007 - for the county, state and nation. Meanwhile, job postings – which have exceeded 20,000 for nine out the last 14 quarters – continued to signal an active employment market. Average sale prices and the number of residential sales throughout Rock County continued to track upward, as Q2 2015’s price points were the highest in seven years. Transactions were equally strong, posting the best quarterly numbers in eight years.  Sales Tax Collections for the County continued to rise, as Q2 2015 set a new record at $3 Million. Compared to the same time periods in 2014 and 2013, these collections were nearly 9% and over 23% higher, respectively.  Energy consumption, as measured by the number of electric meters and total kWh usage, remained strong. When comparing these figures to previous quarterly data, the impacts of weather or seasonality are evident. The Rock Ready Index (RRI) is a quarterly economic development dashboard compiled and distributed by the Rock County Development Alliance. The RRI covers four topical areas: Workforce (Job Postings and Unemployment Rates), Real Estate (Residential, Commercial or Industrial) Trends, Sales (Tax Collection) Activities and Energy Consumption (Meters & Usage). Each Index also includes a Project Profile section, which highlights project specific news during a given quarter. For additional information, visit www.RockCountyAlliance.com . 

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(Whitewater, WI) By Nick Crow, Gazette Regardless of your feelings towards Taylor Swift, her music does serve a purpose, Janesville teacher Melissa Baier de Garcia proved Wednesday. Baier de Garcia played a music video for Swift's latest single "Bad Blood" to a mixture of Chinese and Janesville School District students in Whitewater. She then had them practice reading the first verse using several emotional tones. "'Cause, baby, now we got bad blood. You know it used to be mad love. So take a look what you've done. 'Cause, baby, now we got bad blood." The students were paired to practice reading the verse angrily, happily, with sadness, as someone's mother, as a rapper and as if they were tired. "Not only are they practicing pronunciation, but it's making them think about how they would interpret a native English speaker," Baier de Garcia said. "Mandarin (Chinese) is a very tonal language, but not to the extent that English is. In English, you can tell if someone is happy. They speak in up tones, and it's important for the Chinese students to be able to interpret that." As part of the district's third international summer institute, the Chinese students are taking classes at UW-Whitewater in cross-cultural communication, iVideo, English language and ACT prep on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. They take classes in chemistry, robotics and computer coding at Craig High School on Tuesdays and Thursdays. "I think it's been great so far," said Candace Chenoweth, director of the Center for Global Education at UW-Whitewater. "The Chinese students seem very open, I think, and the American students dove right in and interacted with them and started to make friends. So I think having the American students participation is so key because it really gives the Chinese students an opportunity to talk with people they want to talk with." The 18 Chinese students are staying in dorms at UW-Whitewater from now until they leave on Aug. 3. Ten Janesville students are joining them in the classes. "The education systems (in China and the United States) are very, very different," Chenoweth said. "The U.S. class system demands more participation, more teamwork and more self-directed thought. Being here this summer will allow them (the Chinese students) to start to reflect on the changes they'll need to make in order to be more successful here." "I think the first time you go to a country it can be so overwhelming, but the second time you go everyone has more confidence, is less anxious and can start to integrate into the culture more easily," she said. This is the first year the Janesville district has partnered with UW-Whitewater for its summer institute. Attendance to this year's institute was limited to only foreign high school students because of the logistics of busing and housing younger students at UW-Whitewater. Last year, 27 elementary students and 77 middle school students attended classes at Kennedy Elementary School in Janesville. Craig hosted the 21 high school students for the summer institute. The foreign students stayed with host families or in hotels. Two years ago, 27 international students in grades 4 through 12 attended the institute. A memo from superintendent Karen Schulte to school board members in June noted that the summer institute would have fewer students from last year because of "a conflict in schedules." "We decided to continue the partnership with UW-Whitewater because it is a valuable partnership to our own students and to the SDJ," she wrote. Foreign students attending the summer institute are being targeted to attend school in Janesville full-time for the 2016-17 school year. Each international student is paying $2,500 to attend the institute. Chaperones are paying $700 to attend. Chenoweth said she is hopeful students attending high school in Janesville will then consider attending college in Whitewater. "Our goal is to more than double the number of international students here," Chenoweth said. "We'd like to have about 600 students. Right now we have about 200. We have our work cut out for us." UW-Whitewater has about 30 students from China, Chenoweth said. Ding Yitan said he came to the summer institute to make American friends. "It can give me a lot of experience attending summer camp in the USA," he said. Qian Jinmeng said she has learned that Americans are more outgoing than she expected. "I was curious about how Americans take class," she said. "It's different than taking Chinese class." Janesville teacher Bob Getka said he enjoys seeing the interaction between the two groups of students. "The kids have become fast friends," Getka said. "It's been neat for me to see the kids from China pushing our kids." Chenoweth said the partnership between UW-Whitewater and the Janesville district has been important because it gives both the American and Chinese students the ability to reflect on their own cultures and the cultures of others around the world. "Right now, these American students are having a global experience," Chenoweth said. "It's not the same as going to China, but for two weeks they can learn a lot about themselves and about Chinese culture." "As they begin to reflect, they'll start to be able to manage the emotions that go along with interacting with a new culture," she said. "We're trying to give them that kind of a framework."

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(Beloit, WI) Excerpts Courtesy of the Beloit Daily News More Beloit Turner High School students are taking AP tests, earning a 3 or higher and earning AP Scholar recognition. During the 2014-2015 school year, 105 students completed an AP course at Turner High School. It marked the fourth consecutive year where the number of students completing AP exams at Turner High School increased. As a school, 22.9 percent of Turner’s total student body completed an AP exam during the 2014-2015 school year, exceeding the state average by 7.2 percent. Turner High School also experienced an increase in the number of AP tests administered to students. This is the sixth consecutive year where the number of AP exams administered to Turner High School has increased. While the number of students participating in AP courses has increased, the percentage of Turner High School students earning a 3 or higher has consistently exceeded 60 percent over the past two years. According to the 2014-2015 AP results, 61 percent of Turner High School students earned a 3 or higher on their AP exam. Sixteen students have been recognized individually by the College Board. The AP Scholar Awards recognize individual students for their exceptional achievement on AP Exams. The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on students’ performance on AP Exams. Turner High School continues to experience significant growth related to the performance of their AP students and number of courses being offered. During the 2014-2015 school year, Turner High School students completed exams in nine different courses. The classes included: AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Psychology, AP Government and Politics, AP Statistics and AP U.S. History. Students also have access to 11 additional AP courses being offered through the Beloit Turner Virtual School. These classes include: AP Art History, AP Computer Science, AP English Language & Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP European History, AP French, AP Macroeconomics, AP Microeconomics, AP Physics, AP Spanish and AP World History. The district is also scoring well with regards to its music program, as the Board of Education recently approved a $60,000 per year plan to purchase new band equipment. The school was looking to reduce fees for students and families, said Superintendent Dennis McCarthy at the meeting. The district has five bands between the middle school and high school levels. Ultimately the plan would allow students to bypass additional costs and rent through the school. Beloit Turner High School Band Director Will Brown said the plan was a wise investment.

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(Janesville, WI) By Nick Crow, Gazette Ahtziri Sanchez had never experienced robotics or coding at her home school in Guadalajara, Mexico. "I think it's a new experience, and at the time I wasn't 100 percent sure to come," Sanchez said. "But I'm so glad I did. I've learned many different things because, in my school, I haven't taken robotics or coding." "It's new, and I like it," she said. Sanchez was one of nine Mexican students who joined 10 Janesville high-schoolers at Craig High School's summer offering: 21st-Century Thinking Skills for a Global World. "This is one of the first times we've offered an academic enrichment like this," said teacher Melissa Baier de Garcia. "I think it has been beneficial for both sides. They (Mexican students) have gotten to see a lot of our community. Janesville is quite different, but they are finding it to be enjoyable." According to data from the United Nations, Guadalajara has a population of 1.5 million people. Its metropolitan area is home to 4.3 million people, making it the second most populated area in Mexico after the Mexico City metropolitan area. This summer course was a first for Craig. Students spent two weeks splitting their time between courses in robotics, coding and global studies. In the robotics course, Parker teacher Bob Getka taught them about designing and programming a robot and the basics of coding. "The students are learning the skills they need," Getka said. "So many jobs now need these types of skills." "There are so many places they can carry over, to things they may not have thought of before," he said. Parker junior Jeff Waite, a member of Parker's Rock 'n' Robots team, volunteered his time to help the exchange students with their robots. "I felt like it would be a good experience to deal with international students," Waite said. "They've picked it up pretty quick." Getka said his goal is to help teach kids skills in robotics and coding they might not have learned. "The Mexican students seem very excited to do something they've never done at their school," Getka said. "Each robot looked the same on day one. Over the last two weeks, the robots have picked up the personality of the students, and each looks different." In the global studies portion of the program, students produced public service announcements about water scarcity. They also discussed water distribution in countries such as Nepal, Kenya and Ethiopia. "The PSAs are designed to call attention to water crises all over the world," Baier de Garcia said. The students created the announcements on computers with voice-overs, music and photos. The project was designed to create interaction between the American and Mexican students, while helping Janesville students practice Spanish and the Mexican students practice English. "It's always interesting for them to make these connections," Baier de Garcia said. ""You're a teenager here. I'm a teenager there. But we're not that different. They work together and build friendships because of this program."

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(Rock County, WI) Excerpts Courtesy of NewGeography According to the 2015 Best Cities for Job Growth, which is an index released by NewGeography.com, the Janesville-Beloit Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) was ranked #1 in the U.S. – in the small cities category – for Information Sector Jobs.  This index, which measures and calculates industry sector employment data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics per their North American Industry Classification System (NAICS), provides a snapshot of a MSA’s present and prospective employment outlook. MSA employment data was measured and weighted according to the following mathematical computation to 1) recent growth trend: the current and prior year’s employment growth rates, with the current year emphasized (two points); 2) mid-term growth: the average annual 2009-2014 growth rate (two points); 3) long-term momentum: the sum of the 2009-2014and 2003-2008 employment growth rates multiplied by the ratio of the 2003-2008 growth rate over the 2009-2014 growth rate (one point); 4) current year growth (one point); and 5) the average of each year’s growth rate, normalized annually, for the last 10 years (two points). The weighted index score for the Janesville-Beloit MSA was 99.3. Meanwhile, Rochester (MN) was ranked #2 with a total weighted score of 94.3 Of the Top 20 MSA locations in this specific industry sector ranking, four were from Wisconsin. In the Medium Cities category, the Madison MSA was ranked #6. In terms of overall employment growth, according to all NAICS groupings in the small cities category, the Janesville-Beloit MSA was #71 out of 258. This was an improvement from its 2014 index ranking of #94. These rankings follow a pattern of consistent, upward trending economic indicators for Rock County, WI. For example, the area’s unemployment and industrial vacancy rates continue to fall pre-Great Recession levels. Sales Tax collections remain very strong and tracking along a yet projected year of record-setting collection figures. Residential price points and transaction activities have returned to their pre-Recession levels, respectively. Meanwhile, the number of bankruptcy and foreclosure filings for the area are declining. Growth and usage, as reported by Alliant Energy’s electric meter data, continue to climb upward. Lastly, the number and scope/scale of the commercial and industrial projects announced throughout Rock County is extremely steady. This data, as well as other relevant marketplace information, can be found online by visiting www.RockCountyAlliance.com . NewGeography.com is devoted to analyzing and discussing economic development, metropolitan demographics, and community leadership. It is a joint venture of Joel Kotkin and the Praxis Strategy Group .

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Beloit, WI) Excerpts Courtesy of the Beloit Daily News and the WI Department of Public Instruction The School District of Beloit has been selected to be part of an Academic and Career Planning (ACP) pilot project during the 2015-2016 school year, along with 24 other Wisconsin school districts. The districts were picked out of 61 that applied, coming from all corners of the state in the three types of settings, urban, suburban and rural. Academic and Career Planning (ACP) will provide students, in grades 6 through 12 and their families the information and tools needed to make choices for their future, be it higher education, training, military, etc. State law requires every school board to provide ACP services by the 2017-18 school year. ACPs are a part of the state superintendent’s Agenda 2017, which is focused on having all Wisconsin students graduate from high school college and career ready. Since October 2013, Beloit and its district counterparts throughout Rock County have been actively ramping-up their ACP activities – compliments of the Inspire Rock County initiative. Inspire Rock County provides web-based career and readiness platform, infused with career development tools, social media elements and workforce data. Driven by Career Cruising, which a licensed software package, Inspire Rock County provides a seamless information gathering and sharing – as well as a communication and engagement – tool to connect and engage job creators, students, educators and parents. Specifically, this platform is designed to: Improve the alignment of career readiness and preparation applications to match the needs of the local or regional business community. Scale successful business and education programming to reach a wider or targeted audience. Reduce the communication and engagement cycle time by removing participation barriers. Nurture future employees by connecting and mentoring with them early in their career development phases. ACP related progress, as well other related career readiness and preparation activities, are highlighted in the Spring 2015 Inspire Rock County Report. For additional information, visit www.inspirererockcounty.org . 

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(Milton, WI) By Jake Magee, Gazette, When it comes to technology in the classroom, the Milton School District isn't experiencing so much of a cultural change as a natural shift. After a year of assigning either an iPad or MacBook to every student for use in the classroom, teachers and students are embracing a new educational lifestyle. Assigned lab time is a thing of a past. Poster board projects are no longer necessary. Grading and testing are streamlined. The district is preparing students to succeed through the use of electronics, technology supervisor Ed Snow said. “We're preparing students for a world that doesn't even exist, yet,” he said. “Just like we all own a car, we're all going to use technology in the future.” CHOICE AND VOICE When a project is assigned to students, they're no longer beholden to a single format. In the past, it wasn't uncommon for teachers to assign a presentation with criteria, tech integrators Deb Dean and Sean Harvatine said. With technology, students now have options to demonstrate what they know. They can create iMovies, make a picture collage or explain what they've learned out loud through technology. Oftentimes, teachers have to put a hard stop on projects or students would just keep going, Harvatine said. “The kids are very creative,” he said. “This has allowed them to flourish.” The tech makes it easy to test understanding. Device assessments give tutorials and feed questions students answered incorrectly back to them until they understand the concepts. Students who grasp the material can zoom ahead. As teachers continue to warm up to technology, the culture continues to shift. When the 1:1 initiative began this past school year, seventh- through 12-graders could take their devices home to work on assignments and projects outside the classroom. That changed almost immediately as sixth-grade teachers began asking for the same opportunity for their students, Dean and Harvatine said. Soon after, fifth-grade teachers began asking, too. By Thanksgiving of the coming school year, fifth-graders will be able to take their devices home. Harvatine said he wouldn't be surprised if the trend continued to third-graders and beyond. At home, students can use their devices to continue studying and working on assignments, collaborate with classmates on homework, seek feedback from teachers or access additional resources, wrote Heather Slosarek, director of curriculum and instruction, in an email to The Gazette. Besides using technology at home and in class, students can troubleshoot issues with peers and teachers. The district started an iCadet program that allows students to use study hall time to work in the tech department. The iCadets are the first to help users with their device problems. When problems are too complicated, iCadets hand devices off to department staff. “They (students) have fixed hundreds of problems over the course of the last year,” Snow said. “It (the iCadet program) is more than just vital; it's teaching what we're doing at the same time. It just makes good sense.” TEACHING TEACHERS As tech integrators, Dean and Harvatine bridge the gap between technology and the classroom. Their job is to work with teachers and students and demonstrate how useful technology can be in education. Some teachers still aren't aware of technology's almost infinite possibilities. Others weren't keen on giving ownership of devices they didn't fully understand to students who grasped the tech right away, Dean said. To further teachers' understanding, Dean and Harvatine will share with teachers information they've learned at Apple Foundation conferences about how to use applications and programs to further student progression in the classroom. Teachers will bring class units with them to training classes in August. Dean and Harvatine will show them how to use apps and programs to enhance their lesson plans, they said. “The pressure level on a teacher goes way down once they see that … it's not from scratch. We're taking what they have and just twisting and turning it in a different direction for them, and hopefully through this training in August, this will spark some more changes or additions to their curriculum,” Harvatine said. Not everyone immediately embraced technology in the classroom, but now that it's been part of the district's daily regimen, many teachers and students have grown to love it. Plenty of teachers and staff are still learning. In the initiative's first year, teachers determined comfort levels with the tech, created new opportunities not possible before, Slosarek wrote. “Teachers used the first year to explore resources and opportunities to integrate technology into specific lesson plans,” she wrote. “We will continue to provide professional development to help teachers narrow those technology tools to ones that are extremely rich and appropriate for helping students meet the desired learning outcome of the lesson.” EXCITING AVENUES Devices in the first year of the initiative sustained little damage, Snow said. “The funniest thing we've discovered is that cats like power cords,” he said with a laugh. “We didn't see that one coming.” Technology opens new opportunities for student engagement, collaboration and communication, Slosarek wrote. “Our current students have grown up using technology, which some have stated is their 'true natural environment,'” she wrote. “This constantly changing environment allows teachers and students the ability to evolve and adapt to new expectations and opportunities.” Some parents thought students would be sitting in front of a device all day and teachers' jobs would become obsolete. “That's just not the case,” Harvatine said. “Good teaching's good teaching, and it happens with or without a device.” Using technology teaches students not only book smarts but how to communicate and behave as digital citizens. “Working within an ever-evolving environment … students will be more comfortable adapting to the real world that is constantly changing,” Slosarek wrote.

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(Janesville, WI) Excerpts Courtesy of the Gazette The Janesville School District’s high schools, Craig and Parker, were recognized nationally in U.S. News & World Report's 2015 high school rankings. Craig and Parker High Schools, which are ranked in the Top 50 out of Wisconsin’s 466 high schools, were awarded the publication’s Silver Medal designation. Nationally, the magazine rated 21,150 high schools and 142 Wisconsin high schools made the rankings. The magazine’s ratings are based on each high schools' overall state test scores in math and reading, including the test performance of economically disadvantaged and minority students. Also considered were the number of students taking Advanced Placement or other college-readiness tests. ACT scores, however, were not factored into the ratings.

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(Janesville, WI) By Nick Crow Roosevelt Elementary School fourth-grader George Patzold knows about trial and error even if he doesn't know the term. "Dang it," he said as he talked to classmates Boston Falk Kluge and Lilly Barrier about how to perfect their project. "What should we do next?" George and his classmates were working on creating a three dimensional maze using recycled materials. The object was to make different levels that keep a marble running through the maze for more than two minutes. George and his classmates were working on slowing the marble at a particular point because it kept running off the course. "It's really fun because you can create whatever you want with it," George said. "It goes on whatever route we want it to." The project is one of six classes at Roosevelt teaching second- through fifth-grade students science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) as part of the school's summer program. "This is an example of how we're being innovative," said head teacher Lynn Little. "Here, the kids are using higher-level thinking to overcome the obstacles."

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(Beloit, WI) Hillary Gavan, Beloit Daily News Beloit Senior Living, to be located in a vacant lot at 2250 W. Hart Road, will break ground in July on a 42-unit residential care apartment complex. There is a tentative completion date of late summer 2016, according to Meghan Giese, president of Great Lakes Senior Living, the umbrella company for Beloit Senior Living LLC. Once the facility is up and running at capacity it will bring 20 full-time jobs to Beloit. Beloit Senior Living could add up to 30 more residential care apartments and up to 40 community based residential apartments for those needing a higher level of care. In an earlier interview, Scott Schadel, managing partner for Beloit Senior Living, LLC, said he and other developers also run assisted living facilities in Milton and Waterford, Wisconsin. Giese said Beloit Senior Living has been looking at expanding in the area. She said Riverside Terrace is the only other comparable assisted living apartment complex in the area. The lot at 2250 W. Hart Road is vacant, but was approved for family apartment complex consisting of 14 four-unit buildings about a decade ago. Beloit’s Planning and Building Services Director Drew Pennington said Beloit Senior Living’s design team submitted site and architectural plans last week, so the review is underway. The city is also negotiating a development agreement, which stipulates the details for relocating the public water and sewer mains that cross the site and conflict with the building location. Pennington said the typical review time for a project of this size is four to six weeks. Giese said the complex will be a single-story facility. There will be 41 one-bedroom units and one 2-bedroom unit. There will be common areas including a kitchen and dining room area, offices and an outdoor courtyard. The facility will be staffed 24 hours a day and provide up to 28 hours of individualized care per person per week. Staff can assist residents, can tailor services to each resident and can offer medication management, assisting with personal care, housekeeping and more. “Our goal is to help people remain independent as long as they can,” Giese said. Typically the senior living age range is between 70 and 100 years old. Giese said Milton Senior Living has been in business for 14 years, and Waterford Senior Living has been in business for nine years. The facility will offer lots of activities and outings for residents to keep them heavily involved in the community.

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(Janesville, WI) Excerpts Courtesy of the Gazette Over the last four years, Roosevelt Elementary School has successfully combined gardening, academics and student lunches into a single offering. The idea started with a group of teachers who built the four raised beds and allowed anyone who planted food to take it home. Now, it's folded into the curriculum at the school. This year, the garden was the responsibility of the kindergarten classes and UW Extension agents visited the school to assist with delivering the farming / food educational programming. Jim Degan, manager of food services for the district, said schools such as Roosevelt and Jackson elementary schools, which also have gardens, connect students to the food they eat. Degan said that Roosevelt students consume more than 2,000 meals each week. It's important for them to take ownership and get involved, he said. According to Roosevelt Elementary School teacher Christina Campbell, serving at school the food grown by students was a goal from the beginning. "It's just a good age to get them started and to get them interested," Campbell said. "It gets them talking about healthier foods."

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(Rock County, WI)  A report highlighting the use of the County’s web-based career preparation and readiness platform, which is powered by Career Cruising, was released today. The Spring 2015 Inspire Rock County Report provides a snapshot of the activity, engagement and trends generated from this workforce development tool. A brief summary of the report’s finding is provided below. The number of students actively exploring career options continues to increase, as over 141,000 career pages have been viewed. Schools with pacesetting career exploration activities, as defined by representing 50% or more of their entire district’s total career page views, include: Aldrich Middle School, FJ Turner H.S., Edgerton H.S., Evansville H.S. and Milton Middle School. Considering that only the high schools are participating from the Clinton and Parkview districts, their page view activities were strong, as well. The number of identified careers, as well as higher education choices, recorded within student portfolios have dramatically increased. This year’s totals are 50% (or more) higher than last year’s benchmarks. The career engagement features, which are anchored by the Inspire Rock County elements, are gaining steam too. To date, over 1,000 message board posts between students and career coaches have been recorded. Considering there are 106 career coaches, ample capacity exists for students to access this career expertise and experience throughout the entire calendar year.  With a total of 208 work-based learning activities, divided into 12 distinct categories, a diverse school-to-career environment exists. Whether looking for a local employer to offer an internship, a job shadow experience, participate in a company tour and more, students - as well as instructors - are strongly encouraged to use the Inspire Rock County elements to research and/or secure their work-based learning activities. As the summer break begins this week and preparations for the fall academic period are just around the corner, this Report serves as a reminder regarding the usefulness of this career preparation and readiness platform. As districts continually explore ways to hardwire Career Cruising into their programming, these career exploration and engagement metrics are expected to move forward, accordingly. Inspire Rock County is a collaborative talent pipeline development and employment initiative between Rock County 5.0, the Southwest Workforce Development Board, the K-16 education system and the County’s business community. By integrating career development tools, social media elements and workforce data into a seamless system, job creators, students, educators and parents can connect and engage. For more information, visit www.inspirerockcounty.org .

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(Janesville, WI) By Neil Johnson, Gazette Brothers Shannon Kennedy and Shawn Kennedy have plans to bring their insurance service company's relaxed, white-collar culture—and its 35 employees—to a industrial building downtown that dates to the early years of Janesville. As early as October, SASid Insurance Development, known locally as SAS, plans to move its company from the office space corridor on the city's east side to the former Carriage Works building at 10 N. Parker Drive in the heart of downtown Janesville. SAS's move is part of a trend that's begun to spark in and around downtown Janesville: white-collar professional companies moving their operations into vacant or underused former industrial properties in the city's downtown core.   Earlier this year, local property developer Mark Robinson announced he plans to turn a circa 1890s former tobacco warehouse at 207 N. Academy St. into an office/retail property that Robinson says will house on one of its floors the Janesville-based website development firm Foremost Media. SAS, the Janesville-native Kennedy brothers say, has outgrown its days as a late 1990s dot-com upstart, and the 6,000-square-foot office it owns at 462 Midland Road. They say they're trying to expand employment in the next few years to as many as 60 workers who'd handle facets of insurance product marketing, design and technical services. The company's plan includes converting the vacant, 10,000-square-foot third floor of the late-1800s Carriage Works building to an open-space office that would keep intact the former carriage manufacturing facility's Spartan, brick-and-beam industrial character, but add touches of flare. The company plans a slide—that's right, a slide—that would allow workers to quickly and playfully scoot from the third floor to offices planned on the second floor. “We're in insurance, right? So we're well covered for something like this,” Shannon Kennedy said during a tour of the space that will house the company in a few months. A TRENDY TREND The idea of a slide, Shannon said, came from designs for a San Francisco tech firm's industrial-modern warehouse reboot. “The space we're looking at here, it's a little bit of Chicago, San Fran and Milwaukee, and we've got it right here in Janesville,” he said Foremost Media, like SAS, ran out of room to expand in its current office space on the east side, and opted to lease space the former warehouse the Robinson is now calling The Gray Goose. The city granted a $500,000 tax increment financing deal earlier this year to Robinson and Foremost Media to push forward the $2.5 million renovation, and Robinson is working on approval from the state for historical tax credits. The Kennedys bought the Parker Drive property in January 2015 for $525,000, according to Rock County Register of Deeds records. Shawn Kennedy said the company plans to keep its current office space and potentially lease it. They're in the middle of getting state historical society approval on designs and floor plans for the upstairs renovations at the Carriage Works, a part of negotiating tax credits for the work. Between the SAS and Foremost Media, their future locations would immediately transplant 60 professional workers who will spend their days downtown, the owners said. As the two companies grow, the number of workers the two firms could employ downtown could climb to 100. Darrin Wasniewski, Downtown Development Program manager for the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, said he's been seeing the trend in medium-sized cities statewide. For service-based or niche companies, it can be unaffordable or unfeasible to build new offices. Small companies looking to expand are turning to use of vacant space in downtown areas. The shift, Wasniewski said, also is a response for companies' need to attract and retain younger talent. One way to do that is to offer a work location where younger workers could prefer to be. “What companies are finding is the millennial generation workers, and some of Generation X, they're wanting to be connected to the pulse of something. They don't want to be work out in an office park. They want to eat, drink,and walk around a downtown,” Wasniewski said. A HOMETOWN FIT For the 40-something Kennedys, who both were born and raised in Janesville, and are both Craig High School graduates Janesville's downtown is a natural fit. “We could have moved our company anywhere. Chicago—Pensacola, Florida, I don't know. But we wanted to be here,” Shawn Kennedy said. “We love Janesville.” Both Shawn and Shannon say their main reason for relocating to the third floor of the Carriage Works is not its cavernous space, which they plan to break up with clusters of desks, comfy couches, ping pong tables and a glass partition to separate a board room area with a southwest-looking view of downtown Janesville. Well, the space is part of the reason. The other is the location--being downtown. “We told our employees we were thinking of moving. And then we surprised them with this location. They've come here, looked around and they're thrilled,” Shannon Kennedy said. “But you know what they're most thrilled about? A walk to get coffee. A walk to get lunch. That's where we see employee growth opportunity for us. It's the byproduct of enjoying what you do but also where you are doing it.” On the building's finished second floor, which houses law offices and a yoga studio, SAS has set up sort of a test space for a few employees. The office overlooks Wiggy's Saloon, a bar and grill across the street on North Parker Drive. Chris McLay, an SAS employee who works in the office, pointed out the window at Wiggy's. “That's our board room over there,” McLay said. McLay wasn't kidding. “We actually do take clients in there. A lot,” Shannon Kennedy said. A WORKING CATALYST For downtown Janesville, which is in the middle of a cycle of street makeovers and a riverfront revitalization that public officials and private developers hope will redefine downtown as an entertainment-based area, relocation of firms such as SAS and Foremost Media comes at the right time and in the right form. SAS develops, administers and markets insurance products for outside insurance vendors. In the last three years, the group has posted revenue growth of more than 200 percent and has landed on lists of the nation's fastest-growing companies. The company is in a sweet spot that lies in technical, professional service and insurance fields—all of which are among the most rapidly-growing industries in the country. Locally, about 10 percent of jobs are linked to those fields, and those jobs range in pay from $45,000 to $70,000 annually, according to the latest U.S. Census Bureau data. Wasniewski said public initiatives for revitalizing downtowns can follow a few tracks, including plans for adjacent housing developments, creation of public amenities and a shift to a specific commercial sector, such as creating an entertainment district. But an insurgence of professional employment in a downtown, an influx of above-average wage-earning workers who spend money downtown, can help push overall revitalization forward. “Depending on the community, you need to start developing a critical mass of entrepreneurs of commerce coming back in to work. Then, retail and support service will spring up along side of it. They'll grow and expand together,” Wasniewski said.  The Kennedys are eying the possibility of developing a restaurant on the building's first level. The restaurant, they said, could make use of a long-forgotten grass lot on the backside of the building that's hemmed in by the building and the retaining wall of a raised parking lot. For now, the brothers say they're thinking mainly of the influx of their own workforce. “It's nice to know we'll be responsible for bringing 60 people or more into downtown every day. I think the time is getting ripe for this downtown,” Shawn Kennedy said. “There's enough people to support it. We just need to make it cool, and that's what we're working on.”

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(Edgerton, WI) By Jake Magee, Gazette A Med Flight helicopter landed in an Edgerton Middle School parking lot Friday afternoon. Fortunately, it was responding to a mock accident, not a real one. Students playing dead and injured victims of a crash, were cut from a vehicle by Edgerton and Orfordville firefighters and paramedics. The spectacle ended a day of hands-on learning for eighth graders about firefighting and emergency medicine. Six stations inside and outside the school let students experience what it means to be a firefighter or emergency medical technician. In one room, students tried on firefighter gear and used a thermal imaging camera to find hidden peers. At another station, kids tipped over traffic cones with powerful streams of water from fire hoses. Students also operated fire extinguishers, learned how to perform CPR and toured ambulances and fire trucks. Eighth-grader Zoe Thompson's favorite part was learning about being an EMT. “I think that was really interesting because I'm pretty interested in a medical career. I have a lot of things I'd like to pursue,” she said with a laugh. In its sixth year, the event is a great way to teach kids as they're gearing up for summer, said Ryan Beckwith, deputy chief of the Edgerton Fire Protection District. The district meets with second-graders to teach them fire safety at a young age. The middle school event is the last time the district meets with students before they graduate, he said. “The idea behind today is, now that they're a little older, we can talk about how you can be a little more safe, learning to use a fire extinguisher—just things that are more applicable to the age group now,” Beckwith said. “We wanna give them lessons they can apply.” The mock crash is an important reminder that fatal accidents can happen, even during the carefree bliss of summer. “Hopefully it's a safe message ... reminding them it's summer, you're a high schooler now, but you still gotta be careful,” Beckwith said. Teacher and event coordinator John Schuster pointed out that the event isn't just educational; it also connects students to important people within their hometown. “For me, as a teacher, it's about community,” he said. “It's tremendously successful.” The event is definitely more engaging and entertaining than sitting in a classroom and listening to a lecture or even watching a video, Beckwith said. “It's a lot easier to remember things when it's more interactive,” Thompson agreed. “Hands-on learning teaches a lot better than sitting a classroom all day.” Thompson was the simulated crash victim firefighters loaded into the helicopter. “This is a day where everyone is on the same level. Everyone's learning, young and old, and they're all just having fun,” Beckwith said. “It's a fun way to wrap up the end of the year.”

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(Janesville, WI) Construction activities began this week at 4298 Capital Circle, in preparation for a 150,000 SF industrial / warehousing building. Located in the City's Eastside Business Park, this speculative building will have the ability to serve a single user or multiple tenants, as the space will be divisible by 25,000 SF sections. The building is expected to be ready for occupancy fall 2015. A summary of the property's features include: concrete tilt-up construction, 40'x50' bays, 30' ceilings, 6" concrete floors, high-efficiency HVAC / lighting systems and ample three-phase power. Provisions exist for finished office space (per 25,000 SF section), with additional flexibilities to amortize tenant related improvements on a case-by-case basis. Gilbank Construction, Inc. is providing construction services for the project, while Angus Young Associates is performing the architectural, design and engineering services. Bill Mears, Coldwell Banker Commercial McGuire Mears & Associates, is providing brokerage services. Capital Circle I, which is represented by area developers Tom Lasse and Terry McGuire, will own the building.  To facilitate this project, the City of Janesville provided a Tax Increment Financing package. According to James Otterstein, Rock County Economic Development Manager, "This project will provide a timely boost to the Class A inventory of industrial / warehousing space throughout the Janesville-Beloit MSA ."

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(Janesville, WI) Gary Kohn, BTC The Blackhawk Technical College Faculty Federation has donated $30,000 to the BTC Foundation to endow scholarships for BTC students, bringing the Federation’s commitment to BTC scholarships to $50,000 over the past two years. The Federation, which donated $20,000 to the BTC Foundation in 2013, will add the new donation to the previous fund and use interest on the fund to provide scholarships to second-year students in Associate Degree programs. Orinda Conway, the president of the Federation who is an Information Technology Network Specialist instructor, said the Federation has had minimal expenses over the years and wanted to use its funds to support BTC students. The money comes from dues paid by past and current members of the Faculty Federation, which was founded in 1972, Conway said. “Faculty members have seen increased financial pressures on our students and wanted to help on an ongoing basis,’’ Conway explained. “The Faculty Federation membership agreed that giving a large sum to establish an endowment enables the gift to continue for years to come.’’ Elizabeth Horvath, the BTC Director of Advancement and Community Relations which oversees the Foundation, said the “generous donation from the BTC Faculty Federation is indicative of the faculty’s commitment to our students.   “Blackhawk Technical College and the Foundation are proud to have faculty that continue to care for students’ financial needs and well-being. An endowed scholarship fund provides long-term financial support for students wishing to provide better lives for their families.’’ BTC scholarship applications are due by October 1 and May 1 annually.  For more information about BTC scholarships or the BTC Foundation, go to blackhawk.edu or contact Elizabeth Horvath at ehorvath@blackhawk.edu, 608-757-7704.

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(Beloit, WI) Beloit Daily News Staff An historic former women’s dormitory is returning to Beloit College as a residence hall in 2016, thanks to the generosity of two local donors. “Thanks to the generosity of Beloiters Jim and Nancy Packard, Beloit College owns Emerson Hall again,” said Beloit College President Scott Bierman during commencement ceremonies Sunday. “For the first time in 34 years, the dormitory will be open for students.” Jim Packard is a long-time trustee on the college board, and former chairman of the Regal-Beloit Corporation. The college intends to begin raising additional funds to begin renovation of the building this fall. The building is expected to re-open in the fall of next year and house about 60 students. The building’s name honored Beloit College Professor Joseph Emerson who laid the cornerstone on Nov. 19, 1897. Emerson Hall originally was a women’s dormitory and housed 50 students. The building continued to serve as a women’s dormitory until the 1960s when it became co-ed. The last Beloit College students lived in Emerson Hall in 1977. The college transferred temporary ownership of the building to Emerson Hall Associates, which ran it as an apartment building until a September 2013 fire that caused extensive damage. It has been unoccupied since the fire. The college reached agreement with the temporary owners to take back title to Emerson Hall on May 13. Plans call for renovations to ready the dorm for use by fall of 2016. All renovation costs are expected to be covered by donations, principally those provided by the Packards. Emerson Hall is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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(Janesville, WI) Gazette Editorial Around Janesville, dust flies from crews and machinery at work. On Milton Avenue's busy commercial corridor, work...

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(Janesville, WI) Gary Kohn, BTC The Blackhawk Technical College Faculty Federation has donated $30,000 to the BTC Foundation to endow scholarships fo...

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(Janesville, WI) Gallina USA, a polycarbonate sheet and glazing systems manufacturer, announced that it will be expanding its footprint in Janesv...

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(Rock County, WI) The County's economy continued to demonstrate growth, as reported by today's release of the Q1 2015 Rock Ready Index. Highlights fro...

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(Janesville, WI) Nick Crow, Gazette Foreign students in the Janesville School District International Summer Institute will live and attend some class...

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(Janesville, WI) Neil Johnson, Gazette Data Dimensions part owner Mark Bush remembers the night his father, Wally, walked into his bedroom, flipped o...

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(Orfordville, WI) Excerpt Courtesy of the Gazette Parkview High School was the recipient of a $1,000 grant from the Wisconsin Restaurant Education As...

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(Janesville, WI) Anna Marie Lux, Gazette Chris Blakeney and Joshua Rosburg hope to be in the field Sunday betting on the future of broccoli. The men...

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(Newville, WI) Jake Magee, Gazette Eight months after the Anchor Inn burned, the owners are building a new restaurant and bar that will be twice...

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(Janesville, WI) Excerpts Courtesy of the Gazette and Festival Foods The former Kmart property, located at 2233 Humes Road, will be redeveloped this ...

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(Newville, WI) Rebecca Kanable, Milton Courier With the opening of Rosati’s Sports Pub in Newville, four experienced restaurant franchise ow...

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(Rock County, WI) Excerpts Courtesy of Blackhawk Technical College and the Gazette        Several area businesses...

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(Janesville, WI) Excerpt Courtesy of the Gazette. This week, the Janesville City Council gave a big boost to two separate property development deals ...

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(Edgerton, WI) Jake Magee, Gazette Edgerton Hospital and Health Services has added left ventricular assist device care to its rehabilitation program,...

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(Beloit, WI) Hillary Gavan, Beloit Daily News Homes with European-style architecture and situated in the rolling hills along Riverside Drive are comi...

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(Beloit, WI) Excerpt Courtesy of Midwest Real Estate News The Gateway Business Park, located at the I-39/90 and I-43 junction, welcomed another ...

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(Janesville, WI) R+L Carriers, Inc. announced the opening of its Janesville Service Center, located at 212 East Conde Street. Located within minutes o...

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(Janesville, WI) Excerpts Courtesy of the Gazette Store managers in the Janesville Mall were excited to hear details Thursday about a new tenant, as ...

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(Janesville, WI) Neil Johnson, Gazette The Janesville City Council approved a public-private development deal with two Janesville-based plastics indu...

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(Janesville, WI) Catherine Idzerda, Gazette The phrase “airport food” usually evokes images of a $7 muffin or a $3 bottle of soda. ...

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(Rock County, WI) The County's economy continued to demonstrate growth, as reported by today's release of the Q4 2014 Rock Ready Index. Highlights fro...

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(Janesville, WI) By Nick Crow, Gazette For students who might not be interested in sports or other school activities, St. William Catholic School's r...

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(Beloit, WI) Hillary Gavan, Beloit Daily News Graduation rates at high schools in the Beloit area remain strong, showing more than 80 percent of Belo...

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(Janesville-Beloit MSA) By Jennifer Alten, Excerpts Courtesy of Trade & Industry Development  Janesville, in southern Wisconsin on the Illin...

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(Beloit, WI) Beloit Daily News Staff Upon hearing about three Beloit Memorial High School educators joining two other district teachers to earn prest...

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(Edgerton, WI) Excerpts Courtesy of WEDC Release With a $489,000 WI Economic Development Corp. grant to Rinehart Properties, a third Edgerton tobacco...

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(Beloit, WI) Erica Pennington, Beloit Daily News The Stateline Family YMCA is nearly ready to take the major step of approving the floor plan for a n...

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(Beloit, WI) By Shaun Zinck, Beloit Daily News Rob Gerbtiz, chief operating officer of Hendricks Commercial Properties, said a new restaurant called ...

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(Orfordville, WI) By Gina Duwe, Gazette Assistant librarian Diane Shoemaker joked that she lived long enough to see a new library in Orfordville. &l...

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(Beloit, WI) Pratt  Industries, America's leading 100 percent recycled paper-packaging company, announced that it has selected Beloit’...

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(Beloit, WI) Chicago Fittings Corporation, a specialty fitting manufacturer that designs and services a number of industrial markets, announced that i...

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GazetteXtra | Print (Janesville, WI) By Nick Crow, Gazette JANESVILLE-- Roosevelt Elementary School Principal Deanne Edlefsen said Friday she wa...

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(Janesville, WI) By Jim Leute, Gazette A $1.6 million advertising campaign touting Wisconsin as the place for business expansion or relocation is exp...

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(Janesville, WI) Andrea Behling, Gazette The rumors are true—soon Voigt Music Center will close both stores in Janesville and Beloit, but it's ...

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(Janesville, WI) By Jim Leute, Gazette NOTE: Provided below are excerpts from the full article that was published by the Gazette. Community vibran...

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(Beloit, WI) Whitney Helm, Beloit Daily News Students at Beloit Memorial High School are not only building their first house, but gaining skills they...

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(Beloit, WI) By Shaun Zinck, Beloit Daily News     It is an innovative and somewhat unprecedented vision. The Powerhouse Project...

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(Janesville, WI) By Jim Leute, Gazette Leaders of Rockford Health System said Janesville-based Mercy Health System is the perfect partner to lead the...

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(Rock County, WI) The County's economy continued to demonstrate growth, as reported by today's release of the Q3 2014 Rock Ready Index. Highlights fro...

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(Janesville, WI) By Jim Leute, Gazette The value of goods and services produced in Rock County in 2013 increased at a rate bettered only by a few oth...

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(Janesville, WI) As the result of a grant received by the Janesville Innovation Center (JIC) from the George Parker Foundation, the JIC has ...

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(Orfordville, WI) By Gina Duwe, Gazette “I never thought this day would come.” Those words echoed through Orfordville on Tuesday morning...

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(Beloit, WI) - State Collection Service, Inc., a full-service accounts receivable management solutions provider, announced that it's adding ...

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(Janesville, WI) By Jim Leute, Gazette SHINE Medical Technologies has signed a massive debt and equity financing deal that company officials sai...

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(Janesville, WI) By Jim Leute, Gazette A southside Janesville landmark for decades is no more, soon to be replaced by John Deere products and semitra...

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(Beloit, WI) Hillary Gaven, Beloit Daily News There were more students than ever at the Second Annual Career and Technical Education Fair and Wiscons...

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(RockCounty, WI) By Ian Gronau, Stateline News For the past several months, and for the next few to come, the partnership between AmeriCorps, the R...

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(Janesville, WI) Nick Crow, Gazette Roosevelt Elementary School was named a national Blue Ribbon School on Tuesday, only the second time a Janesville...

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(Beloit, WI) By Jim Leute, Gazette Diane Hendricks' purchase of the troubled Country Club of Beloit is no gimme to the community she cares so much ab...

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(Janesville, WI) By Nick Crow, Gazette Officials in the Janesville School District are encouraged by the district's latest state report card results,...

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(Janesville, WI) By Jim Leute, Gazette A Janesville manufacturer's acquisition of a New York company is expected to strengthen the local operation as...

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(Beloit, WI) By Hillary Gavan, Beloit Daily News According to the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) data, the School District of Beloit Turner h...

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(Beloit, WI) By Beloit Daily News Patch Products, the Beloit toy and entertainment company with national reach, has been sold. Topspin Partners, a p...

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(Beloit, WI) By Hillary Gavan, Beloit Daily News Students at Beloit Memorial High School (BMHS) will have the opportunity to get real-world experienc...

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(Milton, WI) Nick Crow, Gazette Jacob Rudnitzki sat quietly in Mark Prosser's welding class Monday listening to the instructor discuss the class syll...

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IPM Foods leases vacant JRT Building - Beloit Daily News: Illinois News (Beloit, WI), By Shawn Zinck, Beloit Daily News IPM Foods has leased the ...

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(Janesville, WI) Nick Crow, Gazette  Starting Monday, Blackhawk Technical College will offer a new system-wide bus route for students. "It ca...

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(Janesville, WI) - Andrea Anderson, Gazette Show skiers for the Rock Aqua Jays hooted and hollered and pushed their teammates into the Rock River Sun...

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City, College share grant - Beloit Daily News: News (Beloit, WI) Shaun Zinck, Beloit Daily News The City of Beloit and Beloit College were awarde...

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(Edgerton, WI) By Andrea Behling, Gazette   Jan Dunn is among those who rushed to rent in a post-recession housing market that has left Edgerto...

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Report Shows Continued Growth: Q2 Rock Ready Index > Rock County Development Alliance ...

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(Janesville, WI) Gazette Editorial In Wisconsin's volatile political climate, Democrats and Republicans alike glom onto the latest grim or good eco...

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(Beloit, WI) - NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes, LLC broke ground today on its 32-acre corporate campus in Beloit's Gateway Business Park. To...

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(Janesville & Milton, WI) Several commercial / retail projects were announced this week, representing new investments in Janesville and Milton. I...

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(Beloit, WI) Hillary Gavan, Beloit Daily News Located adjacent to CCI’s limestone quarry on the corner of Gateway Boulevard and Town Hall Road,...

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(Janesville, WI) By Marcia Neleson, Gazette The charitable arm of Forward Janesville is leading an effort to build a riverfront amphitheater that bac...

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(Beloit, WI) By Hillary Gavan, Beloit Daily News A web-based career preparation and readiness platform in Rock County, powered by Career Cruising, sh...

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(Janesville, WI) By Jim Leute, Gazette A web-based career preparation and readiness platform is picking up steam in Rock County, according to a repor...

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(Rock County, WI) – A report highlighting the use of the County’s web-based career preparation and readiness platform, which is powered by...

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(Milton, WI) - Charter NEX Films announced that it will be expanding its Milton, WI operation. The company intends to increase its foot...

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(Beloit, WI) Courtesy of State Collection Service Press Release State Collection Service, which is a tenant in the Ironworks Campus (Beloit, WI)...

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(Janesville, WI) By Jim Leute, Gazette When Steve Yeko Sr. first got into the jewelry business, the real estate mantra of “location, location, ...

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(Beloit, WI) By Hillary Gavan, Beloit Daily News Beloit College’s proposed Powerhouse project will help tie the campus to the river, and its po...

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(Beloit, WI) By Hillary Gavan, Beloit Daily News The School District of Beloit Board of Education approved a Work Today Pilot Project which would all...

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(Beloit, WI) By Hillary Gaven, Beloit Daily News The School District of Beloit Board of Education voted to allow summer externships for its teachers ...

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(Beloit, WI) Erica Pennington, Beloit Daily News Computer gurus, recording artists, bakers, clothing designers and artists are seeing grandiose dream...

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(Beloit, WI) Beloit Daily News Staff For the eighth time, building products distributor ABC Supply Co., Inc., has been named a recipient of the Gallu...

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(Janesville, WI) By Jim Leute, Gazette A wildly popular country act at the Rock County 4-H Fair combined with other new events to help increase touri...

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Rock County, WI) The County's economy continued to demonstrate positive gains, as reported in this week's release of the Q1 2014 Rock Ready Index. Hig...

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Pregl’s Janesville location will have higher quality and larger office and production spaces than it has had in the past, as well as provide new opportunities to engage with the local business community. Pregl Services has plans for communications and promotional activities in connection with the opening of its new facility.

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(Janesville, WI) Pregl Services, Inc. (Pregl), providers of comprehensive aftermarket support to the thermal processing industry, announced it has r...

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(Janesville, WI) By Nick Crow, Gazette Craig and Parker seniors working on this year's student home build are being groomed for potential careers, bu...

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(Janesville, WI) Courtesy of BTC Blackhawk Technical College is taking the next step into the future of advanced manufacturing with a new two-ye...

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(Milton, WI) Jim Leute, Gazette Andy Svedin and Ryan Petitt hadn't even been to Blackhawk Technical College's central campus south of Janesville on W...

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(Janesville, WI) Scott Angus, Gazette Has innovation ever been more important than it is in southern Wisconsin right now? Rock County, in particular...

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(Janesville, WI) By Jim Leute, Gazette Tom Eckert heard the same message from employers as president of a technical college in Washington state that ...

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(Janesville, WI) By Jim Leute, Gazette The company that plans to build a medical isotope production plant in Janesville said Thursday it has signed a...

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(Janesville, WI) By Jim Leute, Gazette Citing Wisconsin's fiscal stability and business climate as advantages over Illinois, Gov. Scott Walker said h...

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(Janesville, WI) By Jim Leute, Gazette  Commercial construction—both new buildings and additions—continues to be the driver of the l...

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(Beloit, WI) By Shaun Zinck, Beloit Daily News The Ironworks building has special meaning for Richard Spanton Jr. His grandfather worked at Beloit Cor...

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(Orfordville, WI) By Gina Duwe, Gazette An expanding feed and supply business will become the sixth business in Orfordville's industrial/business park...

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(Janesville, WI) - By Jim Leute, Gazette Brian Rubash is different from many entrepreneurs. He's willing to accept advice. Rubash, one of the newest t...

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(Beloit, WI) - AccuLynx announced that it is relocating its software development company to the Ironworks Campus, which is located in downtown Be...

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(Beloit, WI) By Gazette Staff The movement of Illinois software company and its 30 employees to Beloit could be a precursor to even more growth. AccuL...

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(Rock County, WI) – In response to an increasing demand from entrepreneurial and small businesses within the area, Rock County 5.0 has announced a for...

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(Janesville, WI) By Jim Leute, Gazette For nearly five years, Rock County 5.0 has been aggressively targeting potential employers with the benefits of...

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(Rock County, WI) Rock County 5.0 kicked-off the first part of a multifaceted talent recruitment campaign, by releasing its Consider Rock County publi...

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(Beloit, WI) By Shaun Zinck, Beloit Daily News A former lumberyard near the Interstate 39/90 - Interstate 43 interchange in Beloit has been sold. Last...

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(Evansville, WI) By Gina Duwe, Gazette Companies must be lean to bounce back from the Great Recession and overcome increasing competition from China, ...

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(Rock County, WI) The County's economy continued to demonstrate positive gains, as reported in this week's release of the Q4 2013 Rock Ready Index. Hi...

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(Janesville, WI) By Jim Leute, Gazette Local real estate sales in 2013 reached levels not seen in several years and are reflective of what brokers cal...

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(Beloit, WI) By Jim Leute, Gazette Rod Gottfredsen vividly recalls the day in 1986 when he and seven other people met in his one-chair barbershop in d...

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(MIlton, WI) By Neil Johnson, Gazette --“Development Mania” might be an overstatement, but Milton City Administrator Jerry Schuetz said he's seen a re...

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(Beloit, WI) Shaun Zinck, Beloit Daily News The City of Beloit now owns a majority of the vacant land in the Gateway Boulevard business district. City...

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(Janesville, WI) By Jim Leute, Gazette Television commercials touting a warmer business climate in Wisconsin are expected to complement local marketin...

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(Janesville, WI) By Jim Leute, Gazette A Janesville developer plans to use the proceeds from the sale of one of the city's largest commercial building...

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(Janesville, WI) Marcia Nelesen, Gazette The fledgling Janesville Innovation Center is almost half filled less than a year after it opened, and offici...

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(Janesville, WI) By Jim Leute, Gazette Rock County's retailers are about to close out a record year, further evidence that the local economy continues...

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(Beloit, WI) By Shawn Zinck, Beloit Daily News The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation announced Friday it had awarded a $1 million grant to ai...

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(Janesville, WI) Gazette Editorial Five years after General Motors steered out of Janesville, two things are evident: Much has been accomplished, and ...

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(Janesville, WI) Gazette Staff Contributions The Gazette kicked-off an in-depth, two-part feature looking back at the community; the economy; and the ...

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(Janesville, WI) By Frank Schultz, Gazette         For the second year in a row, a Janesville school will receive thousands of d...

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(Janesville, WI) By Frank Schultz, Gazette
 
For the second year in a row, a Janesville school will receive thousands of dollars in a U.S. Cellular contest.

The company announced Tuesday that Van Buren Elementary School has won $25,000 in the Calling All Communities contest.

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(Janesville, WI) By Marcia Nelesen, Gazette In two business-friendly votes Monday, the Janesville City Council agreed to buy property to help SHINE Me...

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(Janesville, WI) By Marcia Nelesen, Gazette

In two business-friendly votes Monday, the Janesville City Council agreed to buy property to help SHINE Medical Technologies build a proposed medical isotope plant, and to extend Todd Drive to increase rail service to industrial land.

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(Beloit, WI) By Hillary Gavan, Beloit Daily News The School District of Beloit Turner is the only district in the Stateline Area to be named to the Co...

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(Beloit, WI) By Hillary Gavan, Beloit Daily News The School District of Beloit Turner is the only district in the Stateline Area to be named to the C...

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(Janesville, WI) - United Alloy, Inc. (UAI) announced a 112,500 SF expansion, as well as a series of investments that will enhance the company’s ...

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(Janesville, WI) - United Alloy, Inc. (UAI) announced a 112,500 SF expansion, as well as a series of investments that will enhance the company&rs...

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(Janesville, WI) By Frank Schultz, Gazette J.P. Cullen & Sons has established a scholarship fund for students at Blackhawk Technical College. The ...

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(Janesville, WI) By Frank Schultz, Gazette J.P. Cullen & Sons has established a scholarship fund for students at Blackhawk Technical College. Th...

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(Beloit, WI) Beloit Daily News Staff NorthStar Medical Technologies, LLC, which is planning to build a facility in Beloit, has been awarded a $21.8 mi...

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(Beloit, WI) Beloit Daily News Staff NorthStar Medical Technologies, LLC, which is planning to build a facility in Beloit, has been awarded a $21.8 m...

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(Janesville, WI) By Frank Schultz, Gazette It's another day in the tech-ed hall at Craig High School. Senior Ryan Black and Junior Lexi Hendrikson are...

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(Janesville, WI) By Frank Schultz, Gazette It's another day in the tech-ed hall at Craig High School. Senior Ryan Black and Junior Lexi Hendrikson a...

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(Rock County, WI) By WI State Journal Editorial Board Janesville, Beloit and the rest of Rock County have moved past the painful loss of the giant aut...

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(Janesville, WI) By Jim Leute, Gazette A Janesville company that specializes in document conversion has been recognized as the 34th largest job creato...

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(Rock County, WI) By Dan Rafter, Midwest Real Estate & News Want to attract new businesses and construction projects to your county? A strong econ...

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(Janesville, WI) By Jim Leute, Gazette A Janesville company that specializes in document conversion has been recognized as the 34th largest job creat...

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(Rock County, WI) By Dan Rafter, Midwest Real Estate & News Want to attract new businesses and construction projects to your county? A strong eco...

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(Janesville, WI) By Gazette Editorial If you're still not convinced that Rock County's economy is improving, consider The Gazette's latest quarterly e...

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(Janesville, WI) By Gazette Editorial If you're still not convinced that Rock County's economy is improving, consider The Gazette's latest quarterly ...

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(Janesville, WI) - By Jim Leute, Gazette An upcoming bond issue to pay for capital projects in Rock County will carry favorable ratings, an indication...

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(Janesville, WI) - By Jim Leute, Gazette A year ago, Rock County closed the book on its best economic quarter in more than two years. Fast-forward to ...

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(Janesville, WI) - By Jim Leute, Gazette An upcoming bond issue to pay for capital projects in Rock County will carry favorable ratings, an indicatio...

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(Beloit, WI) By Hillary Gaven, Beloit Daily News Rock County has received solid credit ratings from Standard & Poor (S&P) and Moody’s. S&P...

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(Beloit, WI) By Hillary Gaven, Beloit Daily News Rock County has received solid credit ratings from Standard & Poor (S&P) and Moody’s. ...

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(Rock County, WI) By James Otterstein, Media Contact Rock County 5.0 released an Inspire Rock County promotional video during today’s Regional Bu...

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(Beloit, WI) By Hillary Gavan, Beloit Daily News Rock County 5.0 released an Inspire Rock County promotional video during today’s Regional Business Ex...

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(Beloit, WI) By Hillary Gavan, Beloit Daily News Rock County 5.0 released an Inspire Rock County promotional video during today’s Regional Busi...

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(Rock County, WI) By James Otterstein, Media Contact Rock County 5.0 released an Inspire Rock County promotional video during today’s Regi...

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(Janesville, WI) - By Jim Leute, Gazette Mary Willmer and Diane Hendricks believe they had a pretty good read on Rock County in the summer of 2009. ...

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(Janesville, WI) By Gazette Editorial Board No one would argue Rock County's economy is where we want it to be. Much work remains before the county ...

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(Janesville, WI) - By Jim Leute, Gazette Mary Willmer and Diane Hendricks believe they had a pretty good read on Rock County in the summer of 2009. Th...

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(Janesville, WI) By Gazette Editorial Board No one would argue Rock County's economy is where we want it to be. Much work remains before the county re...

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(Beloit, WI) By Beloit College The Board of Trustees of Beloit College has selected 2013 National Design Award winner Studio Gang Architects to lead i...

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(Rock County, WI) – Rock County 5.0 announced today that Milton’s Crossroads Business Park has earned the Austin Consulting shovel-ready s...

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(Rock County, WI) – Rock County 5.0 announced today that Milton’s Crossroads Business Park has earned the Austin Consulting shovel-ready site designat...

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(Janesville, WI) By Gazette Staff, Janesville Gazette A Janesville manufacturer has received a $25 million contract for integration, production and te...

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(Janesville, WI) By Gazette Staff, Janesville Gazette A Janesville manufacturer has received a $25 million contract for integration, production and t...

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(Beloit, WI) By Shawn Zinck, Beloit Daily News About 18 construction projects currently are under way in the city of Beloit, which officials say is mo...

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(Beloit, WI) By Shawn Zinck, Beloit Daily News About 18 construction projects currently are under way in the city of Beloit, which officials say is m...

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(Janesville) By Shelly Birkelo, Gazette An anonymous donation of $2 million will allow Agrace hospice care to break ground Tuesday on a $6.5 million f...

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(Janesville) By Shelly Birkelo, Gazette An anonymous donation of $2 million will allow Agrace hospice care to break ground Tuesday on a $6.5 million ...

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(Beloit, WI) By Hillary Gavan. Beloit Daily News There are plenty of reasons to do business in Rock County, according to speakers at the Real Estate B...

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(Beloit, WI) By Hillary Gavan. Beloit Daily News There are plenty of reasons to do business in Rock County, according to speakers at the Real Estate ...

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(Beloit, WI) By Jim Leute, Gazette Real estate brokers with regional and national affiliations are expected Wednesday in Beloit, where they will hear ...

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(Beloit, WI) By Jim Leute, Gazette Real estate brokers with regional and national affiliations are expected Wednesday in Beloit, where they will hear...

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(Janesville, WI) Gazette Editorial Good economic news keeps surfacing in and around Janesville and Rock County. It’s good, that is, if you consider th...

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(Janesville, WI) Gazette Editorial Good economic news keeps surfacing in and around Janesville and Rock County. It’s good, that is, if you cons...

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(Beloit, WI) By BDN Staff Universal Acoustic & Emission Technologies — a global designer and manufacturer of acoustic and emissions products for t...

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(Beloit) By Jim Leute, Gazette A long-term lease with a Stoughton manufacturer who wants to expand is the catalyst for a $40 million renovation of the...

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(Beloit, WI) By BDN Staff Universal Acoustic & Emission Technologies — a global designer and manufacturer of acoustic and emissions product...

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(Beloit) By Jim Leute, Gazette A long-term lease with a Stoughton manufacturer who wants to expand is the catalyst for a $40 million renovation of th...

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(Janesville, WI) – Kenco Logistic Services, which provides integrated logistics solutions, recently committed to a long-term lease 131...

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(Janesville, WI) – Kenco Logistic Services, which provides integrated logistics solutions, recently committed to a long-term lease 1317 Barb...

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(Janesville, WI) By Jim Leute, Gazette As a developer, landlord and builder, Jeff Helgesen knows a thing or two about keeping tenants happy. More oft...

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(Janesville, WI) By Jim Leute, Gazette As a developer, landlord and builder, Jeff Helgesen knows a thing or two about keeping tenants happy. More ofte...

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(Beloit, WI) By Shaun Zinck, Beloit Daily News  Three and a half years after its formation was announced, Rock County 5.0 is well into the final ...

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(Beloit, WI) By Shaun Zinck, Beloit Daily News  Three and a half years after its formation was announced, Rock County 5.0 is well into the final...

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(Beloit, WI) By Hillary Gavan, Beloit Daily News  Beloit Memorial High School’s (BMHS) Technical Education Programming Space in the school’s lowe...

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(Beloit, WI) By Hillary Gavan, Beloit Daily News  Beloit Memorial High School’s (BMHS) Technical Education Programming Space in the school...

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(Janesville, WI)  By Jim Leute, Gazette Janesville’s commercial real estate market is improving, driven in large part by a retail sector punctuat...

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(Janesville, WI)  By Jim Leute, Gazette Janesville’s commercial real estate market is improving, driven in large part by a retail sector p...

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(Beloit, WI) By Hillary Gavan, Beloit Daily News The former Alcoa building is finished and ready for business. After millions of dollars of investment...

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(Beloit, WI) By Hillary Gavan, Beloit Daily News The former Alcoa building is finished and ready for business. After millions of dollars of investme...

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(Town of Rock) - By Katherine Kruger, Gazette Blackhawk Technical College is rolling out a new program to train nuclear technicians for the upcoming ...

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(Town of Rock) - By Katherine Kruger, Gazette Blackhawk Technical College is rolling out a new program to train nuclear technicians for the upcoming f...

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(Janesville, WI) By Jim Leute, Gazette Prent Corporation, a global leader in custom thermoform packaging with facilities around the world, is expandi...

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(Janesville, WI) By Jim Leute, Gazette Prent Corporation, a global leader in custom thermoform packaging with facilities around the world, is expandin...

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(Janesville, WI) – Seneca Foods Corporation, the world's largest producer of canned vegetables and the leading processor of fruits in the U.S., recent...

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(Janesville, WI) – Seneca Foods Corporation, the world's largest producer of canned vegetables and the leading processor of fruits in the U.S., ...

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(Beloit, WI) Geoff Bruce, Beloit Daily News Beloit will be the pilot for a potentially paradigm-changing process when it comes to the unemployment pro...

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(Beloit, WI) Geoff Bruce, Beloit Daily News Beloit will be the pilot for a potentially paradigm-changing process when it comes to the unemployment pr...

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(Janesville, WI) Greg Peck, Gazette Editorial Ask a child in middle school about career possibilities, and he or she might mention firefighting, heal...

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(Janesville, WI) Greg Peck, Gazette Editorial Ask a child in middle school about career possibilities, and he or she might mention firefighting, he...

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(Janesville, WI) - Jim Leute, Gazette Connecting local students and employers is the goal of a web-based program that could debut this fall in middle...

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(Rock County) Media Contact James Otterstein, 608.757.5598 Rock County 5.0 announced the launch of a new business and education engagement strategy a...

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(Beloit, WI) - By Hillary Gavan, Beloit Daily News Students will have the chance to ask area business people what they make, what hours they work and...

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(Beloit, WI) - By Hillary Gavan, Beloit Daily News Students will have the chance to ask area business people what they make, what hours they work and ...

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(Rock County) Media Contact James Otterstein, 608.757.5598 Rock County 5.0 announced the launch of a new business and education engagement strategy at...

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(Janesville, WI) By Frank Schultz, Gazette Both Craig and Parker high schools were recognized nationally Tuesday when U.S. News & World Report rel...

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(Janesville, WI) By Frank Schultz, Gazette Both Craig and Parker high schools were recognized nationally Tuesday when U.S. News & World Report re...

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(Rock County, WI) - By Brian Wasag, RE Journals For businesses considering relocation, Rock County, Wis., certainly offers its fair share of advantag...

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(Rock County, WI) - By Brian Wasag, RE Journals For businesses considering relocation, Rock County, Wis., certainly offers its fair share of advantage...

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(Janesville, WI) - By Jim Leute, Gazette A Janesville manufacturer that plans to build a new plant on the city’s north side hopes to add positi...

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(Janesville, WI) - By Jim Leute, Gazette A Janesville manufacturer that plans to build a new plant on the city’s north side hopes to add positions, bu...

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(Janesville, WI) — By Jim Leute, Gazette Scott Acker visited Janesville last year with an idea of what he would find. He expected a nearl...

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(Janesville, WI) — By Jim Leute, Gazette Scott Acker visited Janesville last year with an idea of what he would find. He expected a nearly destit...

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(Janesville, WI) By Maria Nelesen, Gazette One tenant already has moved into the city’s new business incubator, and two more are working to fin...

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(Janesville, WI) By Maria Nelesen, Gazette One tenant already has moved into the city’s new business incubator, and two more are working to finalize a...

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(Janesville) - By Jim Leute, Gazette A Janesville manufacturer has received a $64.5 million contract extension that will keep its plant humming for y...

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(Janesville) - By Jim Leute, Gazette A Janesville manufacturer has received a $64.5 million contract extension that will keep its plant humming for ye...

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(Janesville, WI) – GOEX Corporation, a manufacturer of extruded plastic sheet products, announced that it intends to expand and relocate its Jane...

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(Janesville, WI) – GOEX Corporation, a manufacturer of extruded plastic sheet products, announced that it intends to expand and relocate it...

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(Janesville, WI) By Frank Schultz, Gazette UW-Rock County plans to offer a new, four-year degree this fall, appealing especially to local adults who c...

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<p><span class="dateline">(Janesville, WI) By Frank Schultz, Gazette</span></p> <p>UW-Rock County plans to offer a new, ...

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(Edgerton, WI) - Neil Johnson, Gazette Edgerton High School’s Pipeline to Employment, the district’s new intern partnership with area man...

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(Edgerton, WI) - Neil Johnson, Gazette Edgerton High School’s Pipeline to Employment, the district’s new intern partnership with area manufacturers, m...

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(Janesville, WI) Gary Kohn, BTC The first step in creating a world class advanced manufacturing region starts with creating a large talent pipeline. O...

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(Janesville, WI) Gary Kohn, BTC The first step in creating a world class advanced manufacturing region starts with creating a large talent pipeline. ...

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(Janesville, WI) Gazette Editorial The industrial turnaround in Janesville and Rock County has been impressive. Sure, there’s that 4.1-million...

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(Janesville, WI) Gazette Editorial The industrial turnaround in Janesville and Rock County has been impressive. Sure, there’s that 4.1-million-square-...

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(Janesville, WI) By Jim Leute, jleute@gazettextra.com Not quite four years ago, one of every four square feet of industrial space in Rock County was ...

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(Janesville, WI) By Jim Leute, jleute@gazettextra.com Not quite four years ago, one of every four square feet of industrial space in Rock County was v...

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(Janesville, WI) By Frank Schultz, fschultz@gazetteextra.com Chris Smith was an unemployed carpenter for about two years before he started getting wo...

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(Janesville, WI) By Frank Schultz, fschultz@gazetteextra.com Chris Smith was an unemployed carpenter for about two years before he started getting wor...

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(Janesville) By Gazette Staff Rock and Walworth counties are now part of a federal trade program that offers significant benefits to existing and new...

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(Milton) By Jim Leute, jleute@gazettextra.com A vacant manufacturing facility in Milton tops the list of potential sites for Blackhawk Technical Coll...

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(Janesville) By Gazette Staff Rock and Walworth counties are now part of a federal trade program that offers significant benefits to existing and new ...

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(Milton) By Jim Leute, jleute@gazettextra.com A vacant manufacturing facility in Milton tops the list of potential sites for Blackhawk Technical Colle...

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(Beloit) By Shaun Zinck, szinck@beloitdailynews.com Two development sites in Beloit’s Gateway Business Park have been certified as “shovel ready” by t...

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(Beloit) By Shaun Zinck, szinck@beloitdailynews.com Two development sites in Beloit’s Gateway Business Park have been certified as “shove...

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(Janesville) By Jim Leute, jleute@gazettextra.com Wisconsin economic development officials are expected in Rock County today to do what local econom...

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(Janesville) By Jim Leute, jleute@gazettextra.com Wisconsin economic development officials are expected in Rock County today to do what local economi...

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(Janesville) Catherine Idzerda, Gazette The three R’s of education traditionally have referred to reading, writing and arithmetic. For a ...

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(Janesville) By Hillary Gavan, hgavan@beloitdailynews.com Representatives from business and education discussed how to better prepare students for th...

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(Janesville) By Hillary Gavan, hgavan@beloitdailynews.com Representatives from business and education discussed how to better prepare students for the...

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(Janesville) Catherine Idzerda, Gazette The three R’s of education traditionally have referred to reading, writing and arithmetic. For a changing...

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(Janesville) By Marcia Nelesen, mnelesen@gazettextra.com  Biotech company Virent, now thriving in a 72,000-square-foot facility, got its st...

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(Janesville) By Marcia Nelesen, mnelesen@gazettextra.com  Biotech company Virent, now thriving in a 72,000-square-foot facility, got its sta...

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(Janesville) by Jim Leute, jleute@gazettextra.com Rock County companies are contributing to what could shape up as a record year for exports from Wi...

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(Janesville) by Jim Leute, jleute@gazettextra.com   Rock County companies are contributing to what could shape up as a record year for exports from W...

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(Janesville) By Jim Leute, jleute@gazettextra.com Rock County's official unemployment rate reached a four-year low in October, but whether that's ca...

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(Janesville) By Jim Leute, jleute@gazettextra.com   Rock County's official unemployment rate reached a four-year low in October, but whether that's ca...

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Media Contact: James Otterstein (Rock County, WI) If you're looking for a quick way to gauge the health of the local economy, check out the Rock Read...

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Media Contact: James Otterstein (Rock County, WI) If you're looking for a quick way to gauge the health of the local economy, check out the Rock Ready...

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(Beloit) By Hillary Gavan hgavan@beloitdailynews.com In Rock County hourly wages have increased in 2012 with nearly all companies surveyed providing ...

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(Beloit) By Hillary Gavan hgavan@beloitdailynews.com In Rock County hourly wages have increased in 2012 with nearly all companies surveyed providing h...

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Media Contact: James Otterstein   (Rock County, WI) – Rock County 5.0, in conjunction with the Blackhawk Human Resource Association...

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Media Contact: James Otterstein   (Rock County, WI) – Rock County 5.0, in conjunction with the Blackhawk Human Resource Association (BHRA),...

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(Janesville) By Jim Leute  jleute@gazettextra.com When recruiting new businesses or helping existing companies expand, economic development o...

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(Janesville) By Jim Leute  jleute@gazettextra.com   When recruiting new businesses or helping existing companies expand, economic development of...

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(Janesville, WI)  By Jim Leute jleute@gazettextra.com An upcoming bond issue to pay for several projects in Rock County will carry favorable ra...

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(Janesville, WI)  By Jim Leute jleute@gazettextra.com   An upcoming bond issue to pay for several projects in Rock County will carry favorable ra...

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(Janesville, WI) By Neil Johnson, njohnson@gazettextra.com It’s a calculated risk anytime you rip out a guitar solo in front of potential inves...

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By Erica Pennington epennington@beloitdailynews.com From high-rising ceiling drills to a website for international students, local entrepreneurs hopi...

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By Erica Pennington epennington@beloitdailynews.com From high-rising ceiling drills to a website for international students, local entrepreneurs hopin...

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(Janesville, WI) By Neil Johnson, njohnson@gazettextra.com It’s a calculated risk anytime you rip out a guitar solo in front of potential investors, b...

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  Media Contact: James Otterstein (Rock County, WI) – Businesses of all sizes, industry sectors and ownership structures are encoura...

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  Media Contact: James Otterstein (Rock County, WI) – Businesses of all sizes, industry sectors and ownership structures are encouraged to p...

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  Media Contact: James Otterstein   (Rock County, WI) – Rock County 5.0 announced today that Edgerton’s Business Park has ear...

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  Media Contact: James Otterstein   (Rock County, WI) – Rock County 5.0 announced today that Edgerton’s Business Park has earned the Ady-Aus...

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By Rick Romell of the Journal Sentinel (Janesville, WI) - It's been a hard road in Rock County. Now the area - Exhibit A in the recession's impa...

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By Rick Romell of the Journal Sentinel (Janesville, WI) - It's been a hard road in Rock County. Now the area - Exhibit A in the recession's impac...

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By Tom Still, WI Technology Council (Janesville, WI ) – Jeff Helgesen, one of Rock County’s largest developers, doesn’t parse ...

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By Tom Still, WI Technology Council (Janesville, WI ) – Jeff Helgesen, one of Rock County’s largest developers, doesn’t parse words when he’s ask...

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  By JUDY NEWMAN | Wisconsin State Journal Rock County is strutting into Chicago, trying to persuade businesses to move north, to Wisconsin. ...

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By JUDY NEWMAN | Wisconsin State Journal Rock County is strutting into Chicago, trying to persuade businesses to move north, to Wisconsin. Billboards...

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By Shaun Zinck szinck@beloitdailynews.com   City council members from the city of Beloit and Janesville got together to discuss ways to furthe...

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  By Marcia Nelesen (Contact ) (Janesville, WI) — When readers picked up their July 2 copy of Crain's, a noted Chicago business maga...

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Media Contact: James Otterstein   (Rock County, WI) – Rock County 5.0 released the details of its current media and public relations camp...

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Media Contact: James Otterstein Phone: 608.757.5598 (Rock County, WI) – Rock County 5.0, in collaboration with various regional economic and w...

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By Erica Pennington epennington@beloitdailynews.com   (Beloit, WI) Whether interested in showing off the first prototype of the next big thing...

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    By JIM LEUTE (Contact )   Click here to learn more about the Rock/Walworth FastPitch Competition. JANESVILLE — Loca...

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Media Contact: James Otterstein Phone: 608.757.5598 (Rock County, WI) – Rock County 5.0, in collaboration with various regional economic and workforce...

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  By JIM LEUTE (Contact ) Click here to learn more about the Rock/Walworth FastPitch Competition. JANESVILLE — Local entrepreneurs enthralled ...

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GazetteXtra.com By JIM LEUTE (Contact ) Click here to participate in the survey, which takes about 10 minutes to complete. JANESVILLE — When ...

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By Hillary Gavan hgavan@beloitdailynews.com   JANESVILLE — While every community wants to land that economic development big fish, the m...

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By JIM LEUTE (Contact ) JANESVILLE — Anticipation of new products, increasing market share and a relative lack of global production all are fac...

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ROCK COUNTY 5.0 ONE VISION | ONE VOICE Media Contact: James Otterstein Date Phone: 608.757.5598 (Rock County, WI) – Rock County 5.0 released...

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By Hillary Gavan hgavan@beloitailynews.com High school students in Rock County are being called upon to take an online survey to help provide bette...

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Media Contact: James Otterstein Phone: 608.757.5598   (Rock County, WI) – Rock County 5.0, in collaboration with a subcommittee of the L...

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  By JIM LEUTE (Contact )     Photos by Dan Lassiter JANESVILLE — Buffeted by strong economic headwinds and a sharp desc...

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Southern WI Regional Airport Video Released Media Contact:  James Otterstein Phone:  608.757.5598 (Rock County, WI) – Rock County 5...

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Summits Provide Forum to Address Employer Needs Media Contact:James Otterstein Phone:608.757.5598   (Rock County, WI) – To address toda...

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By JIM LEUTE (Contact ) JANESVILLE — The judges in the "Accelerate Your Business Plan" contest liked the cops last year. They loved them this ...

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By Hillary Gavan hgavan@beloitailynews.com Learning Spanish may be one of the best things Janesville Police Officer Chad Sullivan has ever done. Su...

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Media Contact: James Otterstein Phone: 608.757.5598 (Rock County, WI) – Representatives from Rock County 5.0, as well as the Contest’s T...

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By Hillary Gavan hgavan@beloitailynews.com   Rock County has received excellent credit ratings from Standard & Poor (S&P) and Moody's....

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  By JIM LEUTE (Contact ) JANESVILLE — Two top bond-rating firms have put their stamp of approval on a $4.5 million borrowing plan for Ro...

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  By JIM LEUTE (Contact ) Web traffic is up, and the phone is ringing. Now all local economic development officials need is for one or two of t...

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