JANESVILLE

Downtown Janesville Inc. announced the two finalists for executive director of Janesville’s first downtown business improvement district.

Emily Arthur, manager of the Janesville Farmers Market, and Stacy Walsh, a former gymnastics coach, day-care provider and automobile service adviser, are competing for the part-time position.

The two finalists were chosen out of a pool of five, said Dave Marshick, member of the business improvement district board.

Representatives from Downtown Janesville will provide information on the finalists and a recommendation to the district board at its meeting Wednesday, said Marshick.

Arthur has served as head of the Janesville Farmers Market since March 2016.

As market manager, vendor numbers increased 28 percent and attendance doubled, according to the resume she provided Downtown Janesville. She has also served on the board of that organization.

Arthur has also worked as an event coordinator and manager.

Walsh’s most recent job was as an automotive service adviser for the Boucher Group in Janesville.

She has also been an in-home care provider, a certified gymnastics coach, and inside sales and customer service manager, according to the resume she provided to Downtown Janesville Inc.

The Janesville City Council approved the business improvement district in October.

This was the first time such a proposal passed unscathed through the cauldron of business interests, the city’s plan commission and the city council.

Downtown business owners will pay either $2.25, $1.50 or $1 per $1,000 of assessed valuation into the district. Those brackets are based on where the business is located.

The money raised will go toward beautification, extra snow removal, events and more to improve downtown.

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