Despite continued, big-ticket public and private investment in revitalization of Janesville's downtown riverfront, the revival hasn’t brought an overall decrease in vacancies in some stretches of the downtown’s west side—at least not yet.

The Rock County housing market continues to experience tighter-than-average inventories, and dips earlier this year in federal interest rates and recent stock market gyrations have begun to light the market's fuse, sources say.

Blackhawk Community Credit Union has closed on purchase of the former Chase Bank property at 100 W. Milwaukee St. in downtown Janesville. The credit union plans this fall to begin work to restore the bank to its original 1913 look, and it plans to use the inside as the site of its Legacy Center, a museum-like space that will showcase artifacts from Janesville's former General Motors assembly plant.

Janesville plastics producer GOEX plans to build a second plant in Utah under an expansion that aims to help the company crack into the West Coast and Mexico markets.