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Paul Ryan puts Janesville on the map


JANESVILLE (WKOW) -- The announcement of Paul Ryan as Mitt Romney's pick for vice president has put Janesville on the map.

The vice presidential nominee was a Craig High School graduate—born and raised in Janesville.

David Romstad lives across the street from him in a neighborhood he describes as, "very quiet, which is why we moved here. Very quiet and very comfortable."

But it hasn't been so quiet lately.

"Before I walked the dogs, I heard truck engines outside. So that's what I woke up to at about 5 a.m.," Romstad says.

"A lot more traffic on Main Street. A lot of news media," says Russ Allen. He works near Ryan's Janesville office.

"It is nice. Paul Ryan is a local boy, so whether you agree with his politics or not, everyone just kind of likes him."

While the city has the nation's attention, they're hoping it will mean good things for business.

"Last month, we kicked off a three-month campaign in Chicagoland with billboards, bus wraps, etc. We're meeting this week to consider phase two of that in light of this decision," says John Beckord. He is president of Forward Janesville, a group leading economic development in the area.

He says the national attention should help the city bounce back from its affiliation with the 2008 closure of the General Motors plant.

"We are known for having been the home of General Motors for all those years, but the fact is we have a diversified economy. Lots of quality companies call Janesville home."

Now, they're hoping more will do the same.

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