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Entries for February 2017

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(Beloit, WI) Ryan Silvola, Beloit Daily News

Approximately 100 films, covering topics as diverse as homelessness, race, illness and The Beatles, will be showcased during the 10 days of the Beloit International Film Festival (BIFF).

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(Milton, WI) Beth Earnest, Great People Great Stories Magazine

Amy Kenyon has seen firsthand the importance of career counseling in high school. The school-to-career/youth apprenticeship coordinator at Milton High School works with young people on all ends of the spectrum – excellent students, struggling students and everyone in between – who desperately need guidance about what they should do after graduation. Now that the state of Wisconsin has mandated that students need to have a full-fledged career plan by the time they leave school, she has found that Inspire Rock County is becoming an increasingly useful tool for teenagers who want to figure out who they should be.

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(Beloit, WI) Austin Montgomery, Beloit Daily News

As the Hendricks CareerTek youth workforce training facility opened its doors to the public for the first time Wednesday, officials welcomed Gov. Scott Walker on an early morning tour of the center, set to bring Beloit businesses closer with middle school and high school students.

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(Beloit, WI) Hillary Gavan, Beloit Daily News

Beloit Memorial High School Junior Ben Carlos and recent graduate Josh Lankford know what career path they are headed down thanks to youth apprenticeships between area business and the School District of Beloit. 

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(Janesville, WI) Catherine Idzerda, Gazette

On Thursday, Blackhawk Technical College hosted its first “Signing Day” for high school seniors.

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(Janesville, WI) Neil Johnson, Gazette

Janesville and Evansville will get a shared boost in visibility to potential tourists when a “Discover Wisconsin” television episode spotlighting both communities debuts this weekend.

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(Beloit, WI) Bill Mears, McGuire Mears & Associates

Coldwell Banker Commercial McGuire Mears & Associates is pleased to announce that the 422,700 square foot industrial building at 1 Reynolds Dr. in Beloit formerly occupied by Alcoa is one step closer to full occupancy. Staples will be joining current tenants TreeHouse Foods Inc, Axium Foods, and Serta Mattress Co.

Staples will move into 136,600 square feet in the easternmost part of the building. The company plans to relocate its larger bulk items to its new space, freeing up much-needed space at its distribution center in the Gateway Business Park.

Only 18,000 square feet remain vacant and available for lease.

“The transformation of this building has been remarkable,” says Bill Mears, Coldwell Banker Commercial McGuire Mears & Associates, listing broker for the property. It has been a thrill to see it be adaptively reborn into an industrial flex building. [Owner] Todd Kaiser truly had a vision.”

Mears represented the landlord and Chase Brieman of CBRE represented Staples in the transaction.

For more information contact Bill Mears at (608) 314-8251.  


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(Janesville, WI) Neil Johnson, Gazette

If upward trends in home prices continue, the $250,000 home is poised to become a new normal in the Janesville area.

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(Beloit, WI) Channel 15, WMTV

For years, Beloit has fought a tarnished reputation. Now, many in Beloit are ready to show off the changes their city has made to become safer and more attractive for those visiting or moving

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(Janesville, WI) Neil Johnson, Gazette

Rock County saw a boost in retail spending in the later months of 2016, according to a quarterly economic analysis by The Gazette.

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(Rock Count y, WI) 

According to the quarterly release of the 2016 Rock Ready Index, Rock County’s economy finished 2016 in a very strong position. Highlights from the Q4 report include the following:

Unemployment rates held steady during Q4, which translated into an average of 4.5% when combining the local, state and federal rates. Historically, these rates have not been this low since YR 2000. Meanwhile, job postings remained very active: over 30,000 regional openings were recorded during 2016's final quarter. Not surprising, Transportation & Material Moving and Healthcare related occupations dominated these postings. The aggressive nature of the area's job market was also evident by the volume of online applicant traffic recorded by www.JobsInRockCounty.com during the quarter, as well.

Rock County’s residential market remained robust, as new benchmarks were established for Q4 and year-end price points. While the affordability gap between Rock and its closest neighboring metropolitan area in Wisconsin (i.e. Dane County) is about $110,000, the availability factor with respect to specific types of single-family and multi-family offerings remains a hot topic throughout the Janesville-Beloit MSA. 

Speaking of hot, the County's Sales & Use Collections for Q4 ($3.5 MM) and the entire year ($13.2 MM) set another pair of records, respectively. Since 2014, these collections have pushed beyond the $3 Million benchmark nine out of 12 consecutive quarters. The stability of these collections, coupled with other key factors, are fueling retail and hospitality developments throughout the County. 

Quarterly energy consumption, as measured by meter and fuel usage, was reflective of both seasonal and operational issues - particularly as it applied to the area’s commercial, manufacturing / warehousing and residential developments.

Speaking of developments, Plastic Industries, Inc., a plastic packaging manufacturer headquartered on the East Coast that produces custom and stock bottles, is the featured Q4 2016 manufacturing project. When fully operational at 2929 Venture Drive, this company will have up to 30 full-time employees. Plastic Industries joins a growing list of blow-and-injection molding companies that have planted their flags throughout the County. 

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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