Business Improvement District

About the Downtown Janesville BID

In October of 2017, the Janesville City Council approved the formation of the Downtown Janesville Business Improvement District, commonly referred to as BID.

BID is funded through an assessment system that levies a special assessment against property owners within the Business Improvement District. The assessment funds received fuel the development of properties and businesses within the BID.

The Downtown Janesville BID area is split into 3 zones with zone 1 property owners paying the highest assessment, followed by zone 2 and then zone 3. The BID is truly downtown property owners supporting downtown Janesville.

The BID has made great strides in these short years. In a recent survey, 88% of downtown property and business owners rated the BID at 4.3 stars out of a 5-star rating.

Downtown business areas we’ve focused heavily on:

  • Improve accessibility through snow removal
  • Partner with Downtown Janesville Inc. to support activation and beautification of the downtown
  • Foster building improvements downtown through Facade, Recruitment, and Retention Grants.
  • Sponsor and support large signature events in our downtown
  • Communication, marketing, and support to property owners
  • Support during street construction
  • Build a sense of engagement and collaboration for downtown property and business owners
Great Downtown Eats, Stephen Pickering
Reflecting: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow, Matthew Vahala

Upcoming Events

Board of Directors

To accomplish and build on the growth in downtown Janesville, requires a strong BID Board. The nine-member BID board is composed of eight property or business owners from zones 1-3 and one community at large representative.

  • Matt Kealy, Chair, Business Owner
  • Bekki Kennedy, Immediate Past Chair, Property and Business Owner
  • Claire Gray, Vice-Chair, Community at Large
  • Paul Murphy, Treasurer, Property and Business Owner
  • Dave Reimer, Secretary, Property and Business Owner
  • Jim Graft, Property and Business Owner
  • Jeni Lindstrom, Property and Business Owner
  • Richard Neeno, Property and Business Owner
  • Lindsey Kennedy, Property and Business Owner
  • Brady Schultz, Property and Business Owner (non-voting alternate)
  • Ben Thompson, Property and Business Owner (non-voting alternate)

Contact BID

As a current or prospective property and/or business owner, we are here to support you. Please contact us with questions or thoughts.

Downtown Janesville BID
20 S. Main St. Suite 11
Janesville, WI 53545
[email protected]


2023 BID Meeting Calendar

Grant Programs

Planning Your Visit

Use these links to plan your next visit to Downtown Janesville.

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Destination Downtown Janesville is a joint project of Downtown Janesville, Inc., a volunteer-run non-profit dedicated to the activation and beautification of downtown; the Downtown Janesville Business Improvement District (BID), a public-private partnership that supports downtown economic vitality, and ARISE Now, a public-private partnership that strengthens the implementation of the City’s ARISE plan.


Downtown Janesville, Inc.
P.O. Box 8081
Janesville, WI 53547
[email protected]

Learn more about DJI

Downtown Janesville BID
20 S. Main St. Suite 11
Janesville, WI 53545
[email protected]

Learn more about BID