Monday, June 15, 2009

Urgent work for Rock County economic development

JANESVILLE — They typically fly well below the radar, working the phones and Internet, quietly meeting with prospects or handing out information at trade shows.

Doug Venable and James Otterstein are selling Janesville and Rock County as a prime location for companies to expand, relocate or start up.

With a local economy devastated by plant closings and job losses, their work has a sense of urgency.

As employment evaporates, the citizenry wants to know what its government—federal, state and local—is doing to bring relief.

The answer, at least at the local level, is as much as it can, said Venable, Janesville’s director of economic development, and Otterstein, Rock County’s economic development director.

“People get frustrated because of the loss of jobs, but James and Doug are out there every day,” said Rock County Administrator Craig Knutson. More here.

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