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(Janesville, WI) Neil Johnson, Gazette

A group raising money for downtown revitalization linked to the city's ARISE plan announced Thursday it has curried a set of two $1 million donations.

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(Evansville, W) Ashley McCallum, Gazette

The city plan commission approved four projects this month that the community development director believes will add variety to the city's retail and residential options.

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(Janesville, WI) At this week’s Council meeting, the City approved a downtown Building Improvement District and a pair of Tax Increment  Finance District packages to facilitate two hotel projects: a downtown Cobblestone Hotel and a Marriott Town Place Suites Hotel, which will be located near the USH 14 & I-39/90 Interchange at the Menard’s redevelopment site.

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(Rock County, WI) – Businesses of all sizes, industry sectors and ownership structures are encouraged to participate in the 2017 Salary & Benefits Survey. The survey, which is a collaborative project between Rock County 5.0 and the Blackhawk Human Resource Association (BHRA), is a means to benchmark current pay rate information on a wide variety of jobs and the fringe benefit practices of employers throughout the greater Rock County area.

Astron Solutions, a full-service human resources consulting firm, will administer the survey through a web-based format; thereby, enabling participants the ability to complete the survey at their own pace. To comply with the Department of Justice Anti-Trust Guidelines, individual responses will remain confidential and only aggregate data will be reported. 

A cross-section of the County’s business community will receive an email this week, from Astron, encouraging them to participate in the 2017 Salary & Benefits Survey. For those firms that do not receive this correspondence, interested participants can access the survey directly by visiting this link.

The deadline for submitting information is November 3, 2017 and the survey’s results are scheduled to be released the following month. For technical support and/or other related survey questions, participants are encouraged to reach out directly to Brendan Williams at (800.520.3889 Ext. 8884).

Rock County 5.0 is a five-year public / private economic development initiative that is committed to repositioning and revitalizing Rock County’s economy. The initiative’s efforts are focused on the following five economic development strategies: Business Retention & Expansion, Business & Investment Attraction, Small Business & Entrepreneurship, Real Estate Positioning and Workforce Profiling. 

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(Janesville, WI) Catherine W. Idzerda, Gazette

On Friday, more than 600 students from eight local school districts participated in Manufacturing Day, a national event designed to introduce high-schoolers to the realities of what it means to work in a field that many job seekers have dismissed.

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(Beloit, WI) Hillary Gavan, Beloit Daily News

While hosting the TV show "Dirty Jobs," Mike Rowe said he was struck by the fact that success didn't look like what he thought it would. For example, the show profiled at least 50 millionaires.

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(Beloit, WI) Austin Montgomery, Beloit Daily News

Development in Beloit remained steady this year, with officials touting the upcoming opening and construction of major projects in the city as a strong sign of economic health.

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(Janesville, WI) City of Janesville

N1 Critical Technologies, Inc. is graduating from the Janesville Innovation Center (JIC) and relocating to downtown Janesville. To accommodate the company’s growth, N1 will be renovating the former Red Cross building and preparing space for the company’s expanding staffing levels, which are anticipated to increase to more than 30 jobs over the next few years.

In October 2015, N1 joined the JIC as a single-office tenant and then eventually grew to occupy five additional office and manufacturing suites, respectively. According to Nate Ellsworth, N1’s founder and President, “The JIC filled critical N1 needs. Its flexible space was important because we grew very quickly and needed additional offices, as well as a manufacturing suite. The business assistance and mentoring support has been extremely valuable, as it continues to guide our operations. The JIC has been great to work with.”

The JIC Board of Directors and staff are proud to be part of N1’s success story. “It is exciting to see N1 start with a solid business concept, launch it successfully and then grow it. They are a great example of what the JIC was created to do”, said Mike Mathews, JIC Operations Manager. “With N1 graduating, the JIC will be able to accommodate other emerging or existing businesses that will benefit from the JIC’s ecosystem.”

In addition to providing office and/or manufacturing space, the JIC offers a portfolio of consultative services, for both JIC and non-JIC tenants, ranging from evaluating business concepts to facilitating succession planning.

About Janesville Innovation Center:

To learn more about JIC, visit www.janesvilleinnovation.com or contact Mike Mathews at (608) 206-7121 or Mike@economicgrowthadvisors.com .

About N1 Critical Technologies, Inc.:

N1 Critical Technologies serves clients across the US with power supply systems design, purchasing, installation and maintenance needs. Clients include virtually every size and type of facility or enterprise that depends on an uninterruptible power supply system, such as: data centers, financial institutions, medical clinics, hospitals, office complexes, call centers, telecom centers, server rooms, server closets and more. For more N1 information, visit www.n1critical.com .


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(Janesville, WI) Neil Johnson, Gazette

The plastic sheet and roll stock manufacturer is doubling down on warehousing space, adding 40,000 square feet of warehousing space in an expansion it's launching just a few years after it built a new facility off Highway 14 on the north side.

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(Edgerton, WI) Jim Dayton, Gazette

The small plot of land tucked between Edgerton High School and Community Elementary School doesn't look like much now, but it soon will become a teeming ecosystem of fish and vegetables. The school district is in the early stages of building an aquaponics greenhouse.

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(Janesville, WI) Gary Kohn, Blackhawk Technical College

In celebration of Manufacturing Day, on Friday, October 6, Blackhawk Technical College (BTC), Rock County 5.0, the School District of Janesville and 26 different employers will host more than 600 area high school students as part of an effort to change perceptions about today’s manufacturing environment and draw attention to the outstanding opportunities that a career in manufacturing can provide.

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