Rep. Paul Ryan, R-WI, 1st District, and the U.S. Commerce Department’s Economic Development Agency (EDA) today announced a $450,000 grant to Rock County and Forward Janesville, Inc. to assist in the transition and retraining of regionally displaced workers from the GM plant closure, as well as to assist redevelopment initiatives proposed by local leaders.
“The local leaders in Janesville and Rock County have put together a forward-looking economic development plan for the region, and this grant will go a long way in supporting these efforts,” said Ryan, a fifth-generation Janesville resident. “This has been a gut-wrenching summer for southern Wisconsin, and today’s announcement provides our community with much-needed support. I remain firmly optimistic that Janesville’s best days are ahead.”
Wisconsin's congressional delegation, and Gov. Jim Doyle have met with GM, and offered incentives to keep the plant open.