The department may assign one or more full-time equivalent positions to the functions of coordinating the development and scheduling of training programs for local government officials by the University of Wisconsin-Extension, technical college system, department of revenue, government accountability board, and other state agencies in order to assure the effective delivery of training programs and to prevent duplication of effort and of coordinating requests for management or personnel consultative services from government units other than the state and directing those requests to the appropriate division of the department of administration.
See also ch. Comm 108
, Wis. adm. code.
Community development block grant administration. 560.045(1)(1)
To the extent allowed under federal law or regulation, the department shall give priority in the awarding of grants under housing programs to grants for projects related to the redevelopment of brownfields, as defined in s. 560.13 (1) (a)
The department shall expand the blight elimination and brownfield redevelopment program under subch. V
of ch. Comm 108
, Wis. Adm. Code, to fund redevelopment planning and projects that will result in end uses with taxable value.
See also ch. Comm 108
, Wis. adm. code.
Additional powers to provide facilities. 560.05(1)
As used in this section unless the context requires otherwise:
The term "corporation" in relation to any conveyance, lease or sublease made under sub. (2)
means a nonstock corporation organized under ch. 181
that is a nonprofit corporation, as defined in s. 181.0103 (17)
"Existing building" in relation to any conveyance, lease or sublease made under sub. (2)
means all administrative buildings, all storage facilities and garages, all buildings used for exhibition or promotional events for agricultural, industrial, educational, recreational or athletic purposes and such other buildings, structures, facilities and permanent improvements as in the judgment of the department are needed or useful and all equipment therefor and all improvements and additions thereto which were erected, constructed or installed prior to the making of such conveyance, lease or sublease.
"New building" in relation to any conveyance, lease or sublease made under sub. (2)
means all administrative buildings, all storage facilities and garages, all buildings used for exhibition or promotional events for agricultural, industrial, educational, recreational or athletic purposes and such other buildings, structures, facilities and permanent improvements as in the judgment of the department are needed or useful and all equipment therefor and all improvements and additions thereto which are erected, constructed or installed after the making of such conveyance, lease or sublease.
In order to provide new buildings and to enable the construction and financing thereof, to refinance indebtedness hereafter created by a corporation for the purpose of providing new buildings or additions or improvements thereto which are located on land owned by or owned by the state and held for the department or by a corporation or for any one or more of said purposes but for no other purpose unless authorized by law, the department has the following powers and duties:
Without limitation by reason of any other provisions of the statutes, the power to sell and to convey title in fee simple to a corporation any land and any existing buildings thereon owned by or owned by the state and held for the department for such consideration and upon such terms and conditions as in the judgment of the department are in the public interest.
The power to lease to a corporation for terms not exceeding 50 years each any land and any existing buildings thereon owned by or owned by the state and held for the department upon such terms and conditions as in the judgment of the department are in the public interest.
The power to lease or sublease from a corporation and to make available for public use any such land and existing buildings conveyed or leased to such corporation under pars. (a)
and any new buildings erected on such land or on any other land owned by such corporation, upon such terms, conditions and rentals, subject to available appropriations, as in the judgment of the department are in the public interest.
The duty to submit the plans and specifications for all such new buildings and all conveyances, leases and subleases made under this section to the department of administration and the governor for written approval before they are finally adopted, executed and delivered.
The power to pledge and assign all or any part of the revenues derived from the operation of such new buildings as security for the payment of rentals due and to become due under any lease or sublease of such new buildings under par. (c)
The power to covenant and agree in any lease or sublease of such new buildings made under par. (c)
to impose fees, rentals or other charges for the use and occupancy or other operation of such new buildings in an amount calculated to produce net rentals sufficient to pay the rentals due and to become due under such lease or sublease.
The power to covenant and agree in any lease or sublease made under par. (c)
to impose fees, rentals or other charges for the use and occupancy or other operation of existing buildings in an amount calculated to produce net rentals sufficient to pay the rentals due and to become due under such lease or sublease.
The power and duty, upon receipt of notice of any assignment by a corporation of any lease or sublease made under par. (c)
, or of any of its rights under any such sublease, to recognize and give effect to such assignment, and to pay to the assignee thereof rentals or other payments then due or which may become due under any such lease or sublease which has been so assigned by such corporation.
The state shall be liable for accrued rentals and for any other default under any lease or sublease made under sub. (2) (c)
and may be sued therefor on contract as in other contract actions under ch. 775
, except that it shall not be necessary for the lessor under any such lease or sublease or any assignee of such lessor or any person or other legal entity proceeding on behalf of such lessor to file any claim with the legislature prior to the commencement of any such action.
Nothing in this section empowers the department to incur any state debt.
All conveyances, leases and subleases made pursuant to this section shall be made, executed and delivered in the name of the department and shall be signed by the secretary.
All laws conflicting with this section are, insofar as they conflict with this section and no further, superseded by this section.
The department may not convey or lease under sub. (2) (a)
on or after September 1, 1980.
History: 1979 c. 32
s. 92 (5)
; 1979 c. 361
; Stats. 1979 s. 560.05; 1983 a. 189
; 1997 a. 79
Memorandum of understanding on use of allocated moneys for providing assistance to a nonprofit organization. 560.06(1)(1)
The department may provide assistance to a nonprofit organization that provides assistance to organizations and individuals in urban areas. No later than December 30, 1997, the department of commerce shall enter into a memorandum of understanding with the department of administration that specifies how the department of commerce may use the moneys allocated under s. 20.143 (1) (c)
for providing assistance under this subsection.
In each fiscal year, the department shall provide $100,000 from the appropriations under s. 20.143 (1) (c)
in assistance to the nonprofit organization specified in sub. (1)
that provides assistance to organizations and individuals in urban areas. Notwithstanding sub. (1)
, the department shall use the moneys authorized under this subsection in accordance with the memorandum of understanding under sub. (1)
and shall ensure that the nonprofit organization provides assistance to organizations and individuals in an area that includes the city of Beloit.
History: 1997 a. 27
; 1999 a. 9
; 2001 a. 16
The department shall provide coordinating services to aid state and local groups in the promotion of economic enterprises and shall conduct such publicity and promotional activities as are desirable to stimulate all facets of the economy and to this end it shall specifically:
Collect and disseminate information regarding the advantages of developing business and industrial enterprises in this state.
Stimulate and foster the development of the private industry of this state.
In cooperation with the University of Wisconsin Small Business Development Center, the University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives, the technical college system board and the University of Wisconsin-Extension, collect and disseminate information regarding employee-owned businesses and promote the appropriate establishment of employee-owned businesses.
For the purpose of attracting persons interested in locating new enterprises in this state:
Serve as the state's official liaison agency between persons interested in locating new economic enterprises in Wisconsin, and state and local groups seeking new enterprises. In this respect the department shall aid communities in organizing for and obtaining new business or expanding existing business and shall respond to requests that reflect interest in locating economic enterprises in the state. When the secretary considers appropriate, the department shall refer requests for economic development assistance to Forward Wisconsin, Inc., and shall attempt to prevent duplication of efforts between the department and Forward Wisconsin, Inc.
Whenever appropriate, submit to the secretary of administration a report setting forth the amount of private contributions received by Forward Wisconsin, Inc., since the time the department last submitted such a report.
Collect and disseminate information regarding the ports of the state and promote the advantages of developing new business for the ports of the state.
Study, promote and implement means of expanding foreign and domestic markets for products of this state.
The secretary shall annually meet with the secretary of agriculture, trade and consumer protection to mutually agree on any joint program efforts.
Encourage public and private agencies or bodies to publicize the facilities and attractions of the state.
Contract with Forward Wisconsin, Inc., if the secretary determines it appropriate, to pay Forward Wisconsin, Inc., an amount not to exceed the amount appropriated under s. 20.143 (1) (bm)
, to establish and implement a nationwide business development promotion campaign to attract persons interested in locating new enterprises in this state, and to encourage the retention and expansion of businesses and jobs in this state. Funds may be expended to carry out the contract only as provided in s. 16.501
. The department shall establish all of the following for the nationwide business development promotion campaign:
Clear and measurable goals tied to statutory policy objectives.
At least one quantifiable performance measure for each goal described in par. (a)
A method for evaluating the projected results with actual outcomes as determined by evaluating the information described in pars. (a)
Include in the report required under s. 560.01 (2) (am)
an assessment of the nationwide business development promotion activities conducted by Forward Wisconsin, Inc., with the funds provided to Forward Wisconsin, Inc., under s. 20.143 (1) (bm)
. The assessment shall address the goals and performance measures established pursuant to sub. (3) (b)
NOTE: The correct cross-reference is shown in brackets. Corrective legislation is pending.
Repayment of grants, loans, and tax benefits. 560.075(1)(1)
In this section, "tax benefits" means the credits under ss. 71.07 (2dd)
, and (3t)
, 71.28 (1dd)
, and (3t)
, 71.47 (1dd)
, and (3t)
, and 76.636
The department may not award a grant or loan under this chapter to a person or certify a person to receive tax benefits unless the department enters into an agreement with the person that requires the person to repay the grant, loan, or tax benefits if, within 5 years after receiving the grant or loan or being certified to receive tax benefits, the person ceases to conduct in this state the economic activity for which the person received the grant or loan or for which the person was certified to receive tax benefits and commences substantially the same economic activity outside this state.
History: 2005 a. 25
Economic and community development planning and research. 560.08(1)(1)
The legislature determines that the proper development of the state as an attractive place to live and work will be enhanced through the development and expansion of comprehensive economic and community development planning programs and research programs undertaken by the department in order to accomplish the stated purposes of this chapter.
Study the impact of the St. Lawrence Seaway on the economy of the state, conduct research on port development and new businesses for port communities, communicate the results of such studies to appropriate port, public and business agencies and formulate, coordinate and direct a program of port development for the state. The department shall serve as a liaison agency between local port authorities, state and federal agencies and individuals or private agencies who need or request information relative to the ports of the state. The department shall appear before federal, state and local agencies, whenever it deems such action advisable, in the matter of the welfare of the ports of the state.
Assemble and correlate information relating to all facets of the state's economic resources, including without limitation, the labor supply, markets for Wisconsin products, power development, highways, watersheds, waterways, waterfront and harbor developments, water freight rates, tariffs, demurrage charges and state and federal regulations affecting ports, river basins, flood prevention, parks, reservations, river valleys, forests, wildlife refuges, aviation facilities, drainage and sanitary systems, waste disposal, waterworks, soil conservation, railroad rights-of-way, power transmission facilities, urban development, food, housing and water systems, and factors which influence the development of new economic enterprises such as taxes and the regulation of industry.
Assess the economic resources of each area of the state, including its human resources, natural resources, and economic strengths and problems and advance proposals to develop its strengths and solve its problems.
Identify gaps in government services as they relate to economic and community development in each area of the state and recommend specific actions to the local and state agencies concerned.
Coordinate its comprehensive economic development plans with local and regional economic planning and economic development agencies, both governmental and nongovernmental, and assist these agencies to implement agreed upon economic development plans.
Carry out continuing studies and analyses of the economic and community development problems faced by Milwaukee and other urban areas within the state and develop such recommendations as appear necessary. In carrying out such studies and analyses, particular attention should be paid to the development of financing methods and programs which will effectively supplement local effort.
Carry out continuing studies and analyses of the problems faced by local governments within the state and develop such recommendations for administrative or legislative action as appear necessary.
Study existing legal provisions that affect the structure and financing of local government and those state activities which involve significant relations with local government units; recommend such changes in these provisions and activities as appear necessary to strengthen local government, encourage economic and community development and facilitate closer state-local relations.
Encourage, assist and advise regional, county and local agencies or bodies responsible for planning and zoning in the programs they administer or may wish to initiate.
Assist planning for metropolitan or regional areas, or areas where rapid urbanization or decline has resulted or is expected to result, including areas extending into adjoining states.
No later than September 30 of each even-numbered year, submit to the investment board a report describing the types of investments in businesses in this state which will have the greatest likelihood of enhancing economic development in this state.
State main street program. 560.081(1)(a)
"Business area" means a commercial area existing at the time services under the state main street program are requested and having historic significance.
"Revitalization" means the process of engaging in activities to increase economic activity, while preserving and building upon a location's historically significant characteristics.
The department shall establish and administer a state main street program to coordinate state and local participation in programs offered by the national main street center, created by the national trust for historic preservation, to assist municipalities in planning, managing and implementing programs for the revitalization of business areas. The department shall do all of the following:
Enter into contracts to obtain business area revitalization services provided by the national main street center.
Employ, in the state classified service, staff for the state main street program.
With help from the council on main street programs and from interested individuals and organizations, develop a plan describing the objectives of the state main street program and the methods by which the department shall:
Coordinate the activities of that program with private and public sector revitalization of business areas.
Solicit and use private sector funding for revitalization of business areas.
Help municipalities engage in revitalization of business areas.
Coordinate with other state and local public and private entities which provide services to municipalities undertaking projects for the revitalization of business areas.
Annually select, upon application, up to 5 municipalities to participate in the state main street program. The program for each municipality shall conclude after 3 years, except that the program for each municipality selected after July 29, 1995, shall conclude after 5 years. The department shall select program participants representing various geographical regions and populations. A municipality may apply to participate, and the department may select a municipality for participation, more than one time. In selecting a municipality, however, the department may give priority to those municipalities that have not previously participated.
For use in selecting the participants in the state main street program under par. (e)
, develop objective criteria relating to at least the following issues:
Private and public sector interest in and commitment to revitalization of a business area selected by the municipality.
Potential private sector investment in a business area selected by the municipality.
Local organizational and financial commitment to employ a program manager for not less than 3 years, or not less than 5 years for participants selected after July 29, 1995.
Local assistance in paying for the services of a design consultant recommended by the council on main street programs.
Local commitment to assist in training persons to direct activities related to business areas in municipalities that do not participate in the state main street program.