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INNOVATION 2014

In this special report, The Gazette takes a look at some of the most innovative people and organizations in Rock and Walworth counties. Sponsored by the Beloit Health System UW Cancer Center: Providing nationally-recognized cancer care at the local level.

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FROM THE EDITOR
No matter where you look, innovation is all around us

Has innovation ever been more important than it is in southern Wisconsin right now? Rock County, in particular, has been working hard to battle back from the loss of the General Motors plant in Janesville in 2008. Walworth County didn't suffer a single blow of that magnitude, but its economy also took a significant hit during the recession of the past few years. Read more...

THE ARTS
JPAC initiative looks to boost economy, quality of life in Janesville

The Janesville Performing Arts Center is launching an initiative that brings together artists, cultural nonprofits and creative businesses to generate jobs, revenue and quality of life. Read more...

CAREER GUIDANCE
Program, website help students choose their paths early

A new online software platform is transforming how local middle and high school students plan for their futures on the job. Read more...

ECOLOGY
Avon's Applied Ecological Services adds high-resolution aircraft imaging

Applied Ecological has come a long way, branching out to six states and leaving a footprint of ecological restoration projects on four continents. Read more...

EDUCATION
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...

 
Janesville students exercise minds, backs with stability balls

What if a teacher could do something to prevent the outbursts, the slouching and the kicking of chairs? Some teachers in the Janesville School District believe they may have found the key: Stability balls. Read more...

 
At Delavan-Darien School District, tech ed getting a rebuild

Technical education is making a powerful comeback. Nowhere is the change more evident than in the Delavan-Darien School District. Read more...

 
Parkview goes digital to teach technology, save money

While school districts slash budgets and cut costs, Parkview School District was able to save $13,000 without losing curriculum. Read more...

ENERGY
Utility processes waste, generates electricity and makes money—all at the same time

Janesville's wastewater utility does it all, even as it is fulfilling its primary goal of treating the city's waste. Read more...

HEALTH CARE
Hospitals taking notice of St. Mary's patient-care tracking system

The idea seemed simple enough. Find an easy way for nurses to make sure they're checking in regularly with patients. Read more...

 
In quest to improve radiation therapy, Mercy hires a physicist

The addition of a physicist and an experienced radiation oncologist last year at the Mercy Regional Cancer Center is opening the door to state-of-the-art radiation treatment. Read more...

HOSPICE
Janesville Agrace unit to offer end-of-life care in homelike setting

The $6.5 million Agrace Hospice & Palliative Care building at Wright Road and Sandhill Drive in Janesville will be ready this summer. The center is set to offer local end-of-life care in a homelike setting. Read more...

MANUFACTURING
Tougher than steel: Edgerton gear maker finds niche in nylon-steel products

Edgerton Gear has developed a new way to manufacture gears that makes them last longer and run cleaner. The approach is changing the way a lot of companies are able to do business. Read more...

PET CARE
Clinic offers quality care for pets, quality of life for vets

Emergency Veterinary Services clinic, Janesville, serves two sets of customers: People and their pets and veterinarians and their staff. Read more...

PROBLEM SOLVING
UW-W professor joins "unreasonable" effort to meet world's challenges

Ann Garvin finds herself drawn to big ideas. Ideas that others might call crazy, such as turning calories into a commodity to save lives or revolutionizing an industry with a single business model. Read more...

SMALL BUSINESS
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...

 
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...

TECHNOLOGY
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...

 
3-D printing holds potential to reshape many industries

Though 3D printers have been around for decades, the machines are just now becoming practical for industry and personal use. Read more...

WATER MANAGEMENT
Stormwater systems help control runoff, replenish aquifers and conserve energy

Roof and rain gardens. Impervious pavement. Underground bioretention devices. All are stormwater management systems becoming more common in the Janesville area. Read more...



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