The department shall promote this state's science and technology assets in cooperation with Forward Wisconsin, Inc., and the department of agriculture, trade and consumer protection.
The department shall establish a program to recognize all of the following:
Entrepreneurs in this state who have established successful technically oriented businesses.
Outstanding researchers in basic and applied sciences in this state.
History: 1989 a. 31
; 2001 a. 103
Statewide advanced technology. 560.93(1)
The department shall monitor potential opportunities for federal and private sector funding of significant technology development and transfer programs. The department may create an advisory committee of persons likely to be aware of these funding opportunities to assist in the monitoring of such opportunities.
Upon identifying a potential funding opportunity under sub. (1)
, the department may create a team composed of appropriate government, educational and private sector representatives to review and pursue the funding opportunity. A team may do any of the following:
Conduct an evaluation of whether one or more organizations located in this state should compete for the funds.
Help one or more organizations located in this state in developing a specific application for the funds and any subsequent proposal or documentation.
Present to persons providing funding, or coordinate the presentation of, an application for funds; and show to persons providing funding the facility or site where the technology development or transfer program is proposed to be conducted.
History: 1989 a. 31
Technology zones. 560.96(1)(1)
In this section, "tax credit" means a credit under s. 71.07 (2di)
, or (3g)
, 71.28 (1di)
, or (3g)
, or 71.47 (1di)
, or (3g)
Except as provided in par. (c)
, the department may designate up to 8 areas in the state as technology zones. A business that is located in a technology zone and that is certified by the department under sub. (3)
is eligible for a tax credit as provided in sub. (3)
The designation of an area as a technology zone shall be in effect for 10 years from the time that the department first designates the area. Not more than $5,000,000 in tax credits may be claimed in a technology zone, except that the department may allocate the amount of unallocated airport development zone tax credits, as provided under s. 560.7995 (3) (b)
, to technology zones for which the $5,000,000 maximum allocation is insufficient. The department may change the boundaries of a technology zone during the time that its designation is in effect. A change in the boundaries of a technology zone does not affect the duration of the designation of the area or the maximum tax credit amount that may be claimed in the technology zone.
No area may be designated as a technology zone under this subsection on or after March 6, 2009.
Except as provided in par. (e)
, the department may certify for tax credits in a technology zone a business that satisfies all of the following requirements:
In determining whether to certify a business under this subsection, the department shall consider all of the following:
The extent and nature of the high technology used by the business.
The likelihood that the business will attract related enterprises.
The amount of capital investment that the business is likely to make in the state.
When the department certifies a business under this subsection, the department shall establish a limit on the amount of tax credits that the business may claim. Unless its certification is revoked, and subject to the limit on the tax credit amount established by the department under this paragraph, a business that is certified may claim a tax credit for 3 years, except that a business that experiences growth, as determined for that business by the department under par. (d)
and sub. (5) (e)
, may claim a tax credit for up to 5 years.
The department shall enter into an agreement with a business that is certified under this subsection. The agreement shall specify the limit on the amount of tax credits that the business may claim, the extent and type of growth, which shall be specific to the business, that the business must experience to extend its eligibility for a tax credit, the business' baseline against which that growth will be measured, any other conditions that the business must satisfy to extend its eligibility for a tax credit, and reporting requirements with which the business must comply.
No business may be certified under this subsection on or after March 6, 2009.
The department of commerce shall notify the department of revenue of all the following:
A business's certification and the limit on the amount of tax credits that the business may claim.
The extension or revocation of a business's certification.
The department shall annually verify information submitted to the department under ss. 71.07 (2di)
, and (3g)
, 71.28 (1di)
, and (3g)
, and 71.47 (1di)
, and (3g)
The department shall promulgate rules for the operation of this section, including rules related to all the following:
Criteria for designating an area as a technology zone.
A business's eligibility for certification, including definitions for all of the following:
Standards for establishing the limit on the amount of tax credits that a business may claim.
Standards for extending a business's certification, including what measures, in addition to job creation, the department will use to determine the growth of a specific business and how the department will establish baselines against which to measure growth.
Reporting requirements for certified businesses.
The exchange of information between the department of commerce and the department of revenue.
Reasons for revoking a business's certification.
Standards for changing the boundaries of a technology zone.
In this subchapter:
"Community-based organization" means an organization operating in a specific geographic area that is organized primarily to provide housing opportunities for persons or families of low or moderate income, and that is one of the following:
A federally recognized American Indian tribe or band in this state or an entity established by a federally recognized American Indian tribe or band.
"Housing authority" means any of the following:
A housing authority organized by the elected governing body of a federally recognized American Indian tribe or band in this state.
"Housing costs" means whichever of the following applies:
For housing occupied by the owner, any of the following:
The principal and interest on a mortgage loan that finances the purchase of the housing.
Closing costs and other costs associated with a mortgage loan.
If the housing is owned and occupied by members of a cooperative or an unincorporated cooperative association, fees paid to a person for managing the housing.
"Utility-related costs" means costs related to power, heat, gas, light, water and sewerage.
See also ch. Comm 153
, Wis. adm. code.
State housing strategy plan. 560.9802(1)(a)(a)
The department shall prepare a comprehensive 5-year state housing strategy plan. The department shall submit the plan to the federal department of housing and urban development.
In preparing the plan, the department may obtain input from housing authorities, community-based organizations, the private housing industry and others interested in housing assistance and development.
The state housing strategy plan shall include all of the following:
A statement of housing policies and recommendations.
An evaluation and summary of housing conditions and trends in this state, including housing stock and housing cost analyses, general population and household composition demographic analyses and housing and demographic forecasts.
An evaluation of housing assistance needs, based in part on the evaluation under par. (b)
A discussion of major housing issues, including housing production, housing and neighborhood conservation, housing for persons with special needs, fair housing and accessibility and housing affordability.
Housing policies that set the general framework for this state's housing efforts.
Strategies for utilizing federal funding and for coordinating federal and state housing efforts.
Specific recommendations for public and private action that contribute to the attainment of housing policies under the plan.