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Connecting our Community to Make Lives Better

Community support is crucial for any public-private partnership to succeed, and it's the primary request from the Friends of the Woodman's Center group to Janesville residents, organizations, and businesses. A partnership of this scope will bring together government and private sector resources to create economic opportunities and improve our community.

Let's connect and build a thriving community space that benefits all. Yes we can!

“This Center would quickly become a staple in our community that I, among other business owners, would highlight as a major asset to attract associates to our state as well as retain the talented team represented here at our headquarters and distribution center for Blain’s Farm and Fleet and our hometown store.”
- Jane Blain Gilbertson, Farm & Fleet and Blain Supply CEO/ President/Owner

Woodman's Center Community Connectors and Supporters

Thank you to our growing list of community voices who have shared their support for the project.

  • Blackhawk Technical College, Dr. Tracy Pierner, President 

  • Blain Supply, Jane Blain Gilbertson, CEO/President/Owner

  • Bodacious Shops and Sky Carp, Quint Studer, Owner

  • Community Member, Jim Hessenhauer, Milton Hockey Head Coach 

  • Community Member, John Mauermann, retired Bluebirds Head Hockey Coach 

  • Community Member, Judi Wemstrom-Rubeck 

  • drafthouse, Matt Kealy, Owner

  • ECHO Inc, Jessica Locher, Executive Director 

  • Forward Janesville, Angela Pakes, President & CEO 

  • James Lima Planning + Development, James F. Lima, President 

  • Janesville Area Convention & Visitor's Bureau, Christine Rebout, Executive Director 

  • Janesville City Council / Paul Benson Law Firm, Paul Benson 

  • Janesville Foundation, Ron Ochs, President 

  • Janesville Jets, Bill McCoshen, President 

  • Janesville Youth Hockey, Ed Chady, Past President 

  • JP Cullen, George Cullen, Co-President

  • KANDU Industries, Kathy J. Hansen, Executive Director

  • Madison Region Economic Partnership, Jason Fields, President & CEO 

  • Mercyhealth, Ladd Udy, Vice President  

  • Rock County, Katrina Harwood, Health Officer/Director 

  • Rock Road Companies/Kennedy Family Foundation, Sean Kennedy, President 

  • RockStep Capital, Andy Weiner, President 

  • School District of Janesville, Mark Holzman, Superintendent 

  • School District of Milton, Jeff Spiwak, Director of Athletics and Activities 

  • SHINE Technologies, Cheryl Peterson, Community and Employee Engagement Manager 

  • Southwest Wisconsin Workforce Development Board, Rhonda Suda, CEO 

  • Special Olympics Wisconsin, Brook Trewyn, Region 7 Athletic Director 

  • State Representative, 43rd Assembly District, Don Vruwink 

  • State Representative, 45th Assembly District, Mark Spreitzer 

  • State Representative, 44th Assembly District, Sue Conley 

  • The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Ryan Callahan, Athletic Director

You can read a collection of letters of project support from community members in our weekly blog.

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