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Downtown, Firehouse Park, Spring, 2017Defined and united by its setting on both the east and west sides of the Rock River below the Centerway Dam, Janesville's downtown business district is an engaging, walkable commercial neighborhood with a strong mix of locally-owned specialty retailers, services, and dining and entertainment options. Downtown Janesville is readily accessible from I-90/39, with a full-service interchange just 1 1/2 miles directly east of downtown's southern gateway. 

Some of the tools in our tool box to assist the development or redevelopment of sites include tax increment financing for qualified projects, revolving loan funds, and historic tax credits.  As a member of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation's "Connect Communities" program, Janesville has direct access to a number of resources, programs, and methodologies for success at a statewide level.  Entrepreneurs seeking to establish a small- to mid-size retail, dining, or service presence will find surprisingly affordable lease rates and ownership options in Downtown Janesville as compared to other downtowns in the region. For more information on development incentives contact Gale Price, 608-755-3059 or

Partner Organizations

DDA logoDowntown Janesville, Inc. provides leadership and promotes of the district’s historical character and buildings as a friendly, entertaining, unique and vibrant place to be.   Our revitalization and economic development efforts to create a bustling and prosperous downtown district which serves as the community’s center for financial, office, government, retail, business service, entertainment, and cultural events includes communicating with and supporting when necessary, our partners in the areas adjacent and throughout the City of Janesville.  Local business and building owners can meet their neighbors and make their voices heard through Downtown Janesville,Inc.


Forward Janesville logoForward Janesville, Janesville's Chamber of Commerce, is an integral partner in Downtown Janesville's vitality and an important resource for downtown information.


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