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Like many cities in the Midwest, Janesville, Wisconsin, has a long and rich history of manufacturing. Janesville’s General Motors (GM) assembly plant was once the oldest in America and employed about 7,000 people at its peak in 1970. But industry trends and broader shifts in the U.S. economy forced the plant to close in 2008, leaving residents without an economic anchor and city officials without a clear path forward.

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Preliminary work has begun on a 230-foot pedestrian bridge that will span the Rock River between Court and Milwaukee streets and connect the downtown’s east and west sides.

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Janesville Town Square earns Award

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Janesville Theatre

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ARISEnow launches $1.5 million ‘community’ fundraising campaign

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Blackhawk Community Credit Union unveiled its intention to build a 130,000-square-foot, four-story development that would include a General Motors “legacy center” along a stretch of riverfront just north of Hedberg Public Library.

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The four-legged, stainless steel, 11-foot, 6-inch sculpture in the center of the “water feature” also doesn’t have a name.

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It's like a splash pad but without that toy-like, playground feel. The fountain gives artistic flair to downtown Janesville's new town square, especially the glistening silver arches at the fountain's center.

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At the corner of Milwaukee and Franklin streets, Bill Sodemann’s business, Phone Plus, sits in the heart of an area anticipating $42 million in public and private investment

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The city's long-planned strategy to revitalize Janesville's downtown, ARISE, is officially on the rise.

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