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Janesville Arise

The Arise Plan

ARISE is a bold vision for downtown Janesville’s long-term future, solidly grounded in community engagement and focused on feasible action steps. The ARISE plan is intended to position downtown Janesville as a vibrant neighborhood where commerce, culture, entertainment, and history intersect.

ARISE Goals:

  • Make the downtown the heart of the community and a fun, vibrant and healthy place to live, work and visit for a wide spectrum of the community
  • Preserve the historical character and authenticity of the downtown
  • Celebrate the Rock River as Janesville’s greatest asset
  • Facilitate new investment and redevelopment with a market driven and action oriented strategy

ARISE Now is a private-public partnership formed in 2016 that strengthens the implementation of the City’s ARISE plan as well as supports other key activities and organizations working to transform downtown Janesville.

ARISE Now Partners:

  • City of Janesville
  • Forward Janesville, Inc.
  • Downtown Janesville, Inc
  • Janesville Performing Arts Center
  • Rock County Historical Society
  • Janesville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Downtown Janesville BID

ARISE Now Goals:

  • Placemaking: Start with the Town Square
  • Activating public places: More than just about the buildings
  • Connecting areas and people: Ensure walkability and connectivity
  • Exploring other opportunities: Be an agent for change

ARISE Now Sponsored Projects

Town Square

  • Interactive Water Feature
  • Pedestrian Bridge
  • East Bank Pavilion
  • West Bank Pavilion & River Lawn
  • Festival Street Enhancements
  • Lighting for Court Street, Milwaukee Street & Pedestrian Bridge
  • Public Art

Walkways and Connectors

  • Court Street to JPAC Riverwalk
  • Milwaukee Street to Traxler Riverwalk
  • Information Kiosks

Janesville Performing Arts Center

  • Phase I: Youth Education Center, Rehearsal Space & Technology Upgrades
  • Phase II: Outdoor Amphitheater & Green Room Build-out

ARISE Now set a $10 million goal

ARISE Now’s public-private partnerships encourage engagement with the most significant long-term impact. Meeting our goal will ensure there are multi-faceted projects that strengthen ongoing public and private sector commitments. When you support ARISE Now, you are investing in a tax-deductible fund that is committed to the transformation of downtown.

ARISE Town Square - Construction Timeline

For more information about the plans for the development plant Click Here!

To download a PowerPoint Presentation highlighting the ARISE Now Plan Click Here!


For information about Festival Street Rental, click here