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With Gazette Opinion Editor Greg Peck

Why you should be optimistic about Janesville

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Greg Peck
January 24, 2013

The closing of Janesville’s GM plant and its local suppliers several years ago left many people negative about our community. Many residents still feel that way. Progress, however, has occurred.

For several years, Forward Janesville has urged members to serve as “ambassadors of optimism.” In keeping with that theme, the economic development organization’s new winter report lists “33 reasons to be optimistic about Janesville, Rock County & Wisconsin.” (The organization assures me the full story will be posted online Friday morning).

Decision-makers, as the article suggests, “often get a sense of the community by reading the local paper, taking the pulse of the community online or talking to people they meet here. It is important to put our best foot forward.”

Many of the “33 reasons to be optimistic” relate to data that indicate Wisconsin’s business climate is improving. Others zero in on specifics to Rock County and Janesville. What are they?

We’ll provide an inside look in our editorial Friday.

Greg Peck can be reached at (608) 755-8278 or gpeck@gazettextra.com. Or follow him on Twitter or Facebook

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