Create Config
COVID-19 Resources


• Nick Zupan, Rock County Epidemiologist & Josh Smith, Rock County Administrator
Topic: The latest developments on the COVID-19 pandemic in Rock County and what it means going forward for Rock County businesses

• Steve Pophal, Janesville School District Superintendent
Topic: The Janesville School District's 2020 school referendums

• Tim Lindau, Forward Janesville Board Chair and member of Forward Foundation Board
Topic: The Forward Foundation's purchase of 100 West Milwaukee Street (The Chase Bank Building) and what to expect going forward

• Tracy Pierner, President, Blackhawk Technical College
Topic: Public Safety and Transportation Center Referendum


Forward Janesville Endorses 2020 School District & BTC Referendums

On October 6, we announced our endorsements of the School District of Janesville's 2020 Capital and Operational Referendums, and the Blackhawk Technical College Public Safety and Transportation Center Referendum.

Click here to read our endorsement of the SDOJ Capital Referendum.
Click here to read our SDOJ Operational Referendum endorsement memo. 
Click here to read our endorsement of the BTC Public Safety and Transportation Center Referendum.

Election Information

Election day is just three weeks from today!  Here’s what you need to know:

Click here to view the League of Women Voters / FJI 44th Assembly District forum featuring candidate Sue Conley and DuWayne Severson.  

In-person early voting: In-person early voting is a great solution for those who are concerned about using an absentee ballot and those who are wary about going to the polls on Election Day.  The City of Janesville will offer in-person early voting at City Hall from Tuesday, October 20 until Friday, October 30.  Click here to learn more about in-person early voting. 

My Vote Wisconsin is a one-stop shop for everything you need to know about voting. 

The US Chamber of Commerce has a new election toolkit that will allow you to see your candidates, check your registration status, and more. 

We’re All In Grant Program – Phase 2

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation’s (WEDC’s) We’re All In Small Business Grant Program provided much-needed financial assistance to thousands of Wisconsin small businesses affected by COVID-19.  WEDC is opening up a second phase of We’re All In small business grants, making available more than $50 million of additional CARES Act funding to Wisconsin businesses hard hit by the pandemic.  Click here for more information.  

WEDC “We’re All Innovating” Contest

WEDC has launched a We’re All Innovating (COVID response and recovery) contest that will provide grant funding to businesses with 50 employees or less.  WI businesses may enter one of the following innovation categories for a chance to win more than $60,000 in grant funding to offset COVID-related costs: technology innovation to address COVID-19 impacts on health; technology innovation to address COVID-19 impacts on businesses; or service and business operation innovations to respond to COVID-19 disruption.

Applications are due on October 18th. For additional information or to apply, visit this link.


A Dose of Optimism, as the Pandemic Rages On

Mental health benefits become the new job perks

Nearly one-fourth of American households facing layoffs or pay cuts: Census Bureau

WSJ Survey: 43% of Economists Don’t See U.S. Gaining Back Lost Jobs Until 2023 (Wall Street Journal subscription required)

A Disrupted Thanksgiving Leaves the Turkey Business Guessing (New York Times subscription required)


Local businesses, business leaders feel caught off guard by Evers' latest crowd ban|

Several Rock County coronavirus data points reach record highs

Janesville host coronavirus testing site October 12-16

Rock County hospitals tighten visitor policies as coronavirus increases


Evers announces $109 million in grants for Wisconsin small businesses hurt by the pandemic, including hotels, music venues, movie theaters