Janesville, WI. Economic Development StrategyWelcome to the City of Janesville's economic development website. Our goal is to provide outside interests, existing companies and start-ups access to local and state data that will assist them in making locational decisions. We are committed to assisting business growth by using the time a business needs to interact with us as efficiently as possible, in other words, aid their “Speed to Market.” Fully improved, industrial, built-to-suit, “shovel ready” certified sites are available to companies looking to begin construction as soon as possible. Summary plans are also available for "Virtual Build-To-Suit" buildings which provide ideas and cost estimates for specific size industrial buildings. Expedited building permit time frames range from three to four weeks depending on the completeness of the plans and if they are brought to City staff in a timely manner. A "conceptual meeting" with city staff is recommended before architectural plans have been developed. This can be arranged through the economic development office. Although the City of Janesville adheres to the International Building Code, staff can often provide input and creative solutions to significantly speed up processing times.
Fully improved, industrial build-to-suit sites ranging from 3 to 72 acres, all within minutes of Interstates I-39/I-90 are available within Janesville's State Highway 11 Business Park. The Rock County Development Alliance Available Properties page provide a virtual tour of build-to-suit industrial buildings and available certified "shovel ready" industrial sites throughout Rock County.
An interactive searchable map of both public and privately held available commercial and industrial properties throughout Janesville is available on our Properties tab. Click here for instructions to optimize your search experience using the Location One Information System (LOIS).
Foreign Trade Zone #41 includes Dodge, Fond du Lac, Jefferson, Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Rock, Sheboygan, Walworth, Washington, and Waukesha Counties. A foreign trade zone is a geographical area located near, but outside a US Customs port of entry that allows certain types of goods to be imported into the zone without going through formal customs procedures. Import duties are incurred once the goods leave the zone for US consumption.
One-day semi delivery access to such destinations as the Twin Cities, Des Moines, Lansing, Indianapolis, Ft. Wayne and over 30 million people in the Midwest. Janesville is a transportation nexus between I/39 and I/90, US Highways 51 and 14, State Highways 11 and 26.
|Chicago, IL||110||SE||1 hr. 50 min.|
|Milwaukee, WI||75||NE||1 hr. 25 min.|
|Madison, WI||40||N||0 hr. 45 min.|
|Rockford, IL||30||S||0 hr. 40 min.|
|Minneapolis, MN||300||NW||4 hr. 50min.|
|Green Bay, WI||170||NE||3 hr. 10 min.|
|Detroit, MI||390||E||6 hr. 05 min.|
|Indianapolis, IN||290||SE||4 hr. 35 min.|
|St. Louis, MO||325||SW||5 hr. 05 min.|
|Des Moines, IA||315||W||5 hr 00 min.|
The labor shed for Janesville extends significantly beyond the borders of Rock County. Since Janesville's location is a congruence of Interstates I-39 and I-90, US Highways 14 and 51 and State Highways 11 and 26, our laborshed extends to Madison; south of Rockford, IL; west to almost the Iowa state line; and east to Waukesha, Racine and Kenosha. Although the statistics below are local in scope, a one hour commute time is defined by the above parameters. Primary industry participation of workforce is in manufacturing and distribution companies (35%). Links to various workforce data may be found here.
The Janesville and Milton School districts have a high school graduation rate +90%. Post-secondary educational opportunities include customized labor training at Blackhawk Technical College, associates degrees available at University of Wisconsin-Rock County, bachelors degrees at University of Wisconsin - Whitewater, and graduate degrees and certificates at University of Wisconsin-Madison and UW-Milwaukee.