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Five years since opening its doors to entrepreneurs in 2013, the Janesville Innovation Center will be self-sufficient this year after the city stopped subsidizing it in 2017, the center's operations manager told the Janesville City Council on Monday.

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NorthStar officials and investors dug shovels into the snowy ground Tuesday to toast construction of a new 20,000-square-foot facility, where NorthStar plans to dissolve radioactive moly-99 targets and fill insulated vessels with moly-99 to ship to customers—hopefully by this summer.

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The walls of the former General Motors assembly plant in Janesville started to come down Monday as the property’s new owner began to demolish the defunct 4.8 million-square-foot plant.

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The areas surrounding the former General Motors plant in Janesville, most of Janesville’s downtown and a south-side industrial park could get a boost from an economic development tool created under the American Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.

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Bombastic trade threats between the United States and China might be nothing more than posturing. But in the fields of Rock County, a potentially damaged relationship with a major agricultural trading partner has some farmers worried.

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The owner of the former Janesville General Motors assembly plant plans to make bricks from the plant available to residents as keepsakes to remember the plant after it's torn down.

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Local real estate listings show Janesville's former GM plant site and the nearby former JATCO site are for sale for a combined $15.72 million. Both are owned by brownfield redevelopment specialist Commercial Development Company, and they're part of what's now called the "General Motors Redevelopment Campus."

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The city of Janesville wants to spend $500,000 to buy the former Mercy Options residential care facility, 20 E. Court St., which would then be torn down to make way for a planned river walk and future housing, according to a city memo.

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The True Value Hardware store on Janesville’s south side has displayed signs advertising a liquidation sale over the last few weeks. The store, a retail staple on the south side for more than five decades, is closing—likely by May, owner Tami Larson said.

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The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection is now accepting applications for industrial hemp licenses, as the crop enters its first legal growing season here in decades.

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Organizers have set the race course for Janesville Town Square Gran Prix, Janesville’s leg a major, sanctioned bicycle race slated June 26. The race runs in circle through the heart of the city's downtown, and will mean closure to traffic on some streets during race day.

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Interior designer Anne Rosa is opening shop in one of the oldest homes in downtown Janesville: the former Chester Alden House at 211 S. Main St. Rosa bought the house at auction last year. and her design shop, Interiors gives the old home new life and certain future.

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Signs locally are that 2018 will bring an increase in new homes being built in Janesville. Housing starts on the books this year in Janesville have doubled compared to last year, and local builders say a shortage in local homes on the market is a driver.