I think the conversation has started but lacks the attention needed to reform the opinion of Beloit. The Beloit I've called home for some time has historically maintained a negative reputation for crime and poverty. These are concerns for any city here in both the United States and the world.
This letter was generated to raise awareness to the substantive growth Beloit has seen over the past 3 years. I have seen gentrification before in key cities, and see it happening again.
An article published (News Coverage, 2015) states that Janesville-Beloit MSA Ranked No. 1 in U.S. for Job growth.
With over 10 key projects, either recently completed this year or underway, I think that this is real news as the city is bursting at the seams with the Township looking to make a name for itself as the area is witnessing substantive business investment. Arguably, Rock County is witnessing considerable growth in Beloit, out-pacing communities like Janesville and other larger cities relatively speaking.
I moved to this area to enjoy the low cost of living and quaint restaurants like Clara Bo, Lucy's, Zen, the list goes on. Most would cough as to describe amenities in Beloit as quaint. I enjoy hearing the cough as I would like to keep this town to myself.
The Hendricks footprint and their wonderful developments, the world-class Northpointe Spa, biking distance outside of town, the Beloit Club. The Beloit Symphony with its world-class conductor. Finally, the cost of living is beyond approach.
I teach at a graduate school in Chicago. The economics work perfectly, bigger city salary in a smaller town. Once again, I reluctantly wrote this article, Beloit was to remain my secret.
Dr. Bill Mathis