Beloit's city manager picnics with Gov. Doyle
Arft says the Monday afternoon gathering was very casual and was under a tent on the lawn of the Governor's mansion. The food offered was very much what you would find at a family picnic, brats, burgers, baked beans, and potato salad.
Arft says Governor Doyle apparently enjoys this type of gathering as a way to get to know city, town, and county officials from all over the state.
Arft says he talked briefly with the governor on a number of issues including the high unemployment rate in Beloit and Rock County. He also mentioned how much of Beloit's industry is feeling the pinch of the economy. He says the exception appears to be the food industry, which is humming right along. Arft also mentioned the "high speed" rail initiative that Doyle is pushing, and promoted Janesville as being in an excellent position to handle the manufacturing aspects of that industry.