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Jim Leute

Growing contractors turn to apprentices
- Work that once was hard to come by now is more available, and construction companies are facing the revival with a shortage of skilled workers. Many are returning to the Wisconsin's apprenticeship program. Read more >>
Sheridan likely to seek Senate seat
- A former General Motors employee and president of United Auto Workers Local 95, Sheridan was elected to the Assembly in 2004 and ascended to the powerful position of Assembly speaker in 2009. Read more >>
Golf courses adopt new pricing system
- Driven by online bookings, the model moves prices lower when demand is low and higher for periods when more players are booking tee times. Read more >>
Shortfall could delay interstate expansion
- Department of Transportation Secretary Mark Gottlieb said the state is facing a transportation budget shortfall of between $600 million and $700 million for the next biennium, which runs July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2017. Read more >>
Homeowners urged to scrutinize pitch
- The bitterly cold winter of 2013-14 provided the opportunity, and sales pitches are now pouring in to homeowners in Janesville and other communities where frozen ground caused water line issues. Read more >>
Business is growing at Janesville Innovation Center—and so are businesses
- Four young companies recently have moved into the $2 million Janesville Innovation Center. By doing so, they more than doubled the number of companies that call the center home. Read more >>
BTC's Advanced Manufacturing Center helping construct new workforce
- Many companies that survived the Great Recession have done so because of newfound efficiencies and a conversion to what's known as advanced manufacturing. Read more >>
Data Dimensions helps businesses move files forward
- Since 1982, Data Dimensions has grown to become a leader in business process automation. The company's approach to freeing information trapped in old systems is at the heart of this success. Read more >>
Small businesses find room to grow in downtown Janesville
- Nine months ago, Scott Story renovated and opened a downtown Janesville office building as a community business and meeting center to help small businesses get off the ground. Read more >>
SHINE inks deal with first customer
- The company that plans to build a medical isotope production plant in Janesville said Thursday it has signed a deal to supply an isotope used in more than 40 million medical procedures each year. Read more >>
Gov. Walker signs bill at Forward Janesville
- The bill allows for up to $15 million of economic development tax credits to be re-assigned over a three-year period using a mechanism of pre-approvals and notifications authorized and guided by the state. Read more >>
Rock County turnout at 16 percent
- Rock County Clerk Lori Stottler was accurate in her pre-election prediction that Tuesday's voter turnout would be lower than typical spring elections. Read more >>
Big Foot voters pass referendum
- Voters in the Big Foot Union High School District said Tuesday they’re willing to commit $990,000 per year for five years to enhance programming, provide a safer environment and maintain and enhance facilities. Read more >>
Dave Thomas wins Edgerton City Council seat
- Dave Thomas defeated Patrick Lyons, 153-86, for the District 2 seat in Edgerton. Read more >>
Commercial building up in 2013
- Contractors pulled 27 commercial permits for new Janesville projects in 2013, a 59 percent increase over the previous year. They also took out 147 for either additions or remodels, which also was an increase over 2012. Read more >>
Janesville podcasters eye FM dial
- The Federal Communications Commission in January issued a license to the nonprofit United Arts Alliance for the station at 103.5 on the FM dial. Read more >>
Borremans to leave workforce board
- The board is responsible the planning and oversight of the workforce system in Rock, Green, Lafayette, Grant, Iowa and Richland counties. Read more >>
Andersen talks up Badger football
- Speaking at Forward Janesville's annual dinner Wednesday, Andersen said his move to Madison was made easier because he and the university share the same values. Read more >>
Aglio plans move to Speakeasy location
- Aglio plans to move from its current Main Street address to the Speakeasy, which Anita Karl opened 10 years ago after extensive renovations to the former Bennison & Lane building on High Street. Read more >>
Group reports progress in D.C.
- Armed with nearly a dozen talking points that ranged from Interstate funding to law enforcement grants, the group of 32 met with Wisconsin lawmakers and their staffs and a variety of federal agencies and organizations. Read more >>
Walker signs workforce bill at BTC
- A further reduction in waiting lists at BTC and the state's other 15 technical colleges is one goal of legislation. Read more >>
Wanted: Mentors for local entrepreneurs
- A Madison-based program could be just one piece of a mentorship program that economic development officials are trying to put together for entrepreneurs and fledgling companies in Rock County. Read more >>
Organizers eye airport for concert
- Representatives of WJJO, a Madison-based radio station, have approached county officials about the possibility of staging an event in a grassy area along the airport's eastern border with Highway 51. Read more >>
Campaign focuses on talent recruitment
- Rock County 5.0 on Wednesday unveiled a multifaceted talent recruitment campaign focused on quality of life issues that that weigh heavily on individuals and families considering relocation. Read more >>
Local phone scams abound
- A state official's best advice is to not answer a telephone call if caller ID shows an unfamiliar number. If the call is answered, quickly hang up on a recording or a message that just doesn't seem right. Read more >>
SHINE supplier wins contract
- Phoenix Nuclear Labs said it would build a neutron generation system for Ultra Electronics, a British defense, security, transport and energy company with strong ties to nuclear power generation. Read more >>
Tax credit bill awaits Walker's signature
- On unanimous votes, both the Assembly and Senate passed the bill that has it roots in a failed economic development project in Janesville. Read more >>
AirFest grounded for 2014
- Organizers put the annual air show on hiatus last year because it didn't have a major performer or significant corporate sponsorship to boost what had become a worsening bottom line. Read more >>
Officials weigh in on wage debate
- Democrats in Wisconsin unveiled a bill in January that would immediately raise the state's minimum wage. Local officials and business owners offered varied opinions on the plan. Read more >>