Together with our partner organizations, Downtown Janesville, Inc. (DJI) and Forward Janesville (FJI), we are exploring new ways to draw a consistent and sustainable critical mass of people to the downtown. For example, we are:
- Actively recruiting destination businesses and activities
- Completing comprehensive signage for downtown
- Considering gateway signage
- Adding cameras to various alleys and intersections to promote safety
In 2014, Janesville became a Connect Community. This program is offered through the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC). As a Connect Community, community members have access to Main Street training events, webinars and resources at WEDC. An annual report on the business and real estate activity occurring in the downtown over the previous year is required. As David Osborne and Ted Gaebler say in Reinventing Government, "What gets measured gets done." With the implementation of the ARISE plan, pre-demolition of the parking plaza, and adoption of the downtown TID, the following related business activity and related job numbers serve as a base line comparison as implementation of ARISE progresses.