238.124(1)(1)The corporation may not originate any loan that is forgivable in whole or in part upon the loan recipient's achievement of one or more conditions or goals.
238.124(2) (2)Each new lending program the corporation implements or administers shall adhere as closely as practicable to commonly accepted commercial lending practices. The corporation shall adopt policies and procedures implementing this subsection.
238.124 History History: 2017 a. 59.
238.125 238.125 Notification of position openings; compliance. The corporation shall monitor compliance with the position-opening notification requirements under ss. 66.1103 (6m) and 106.16.
238.125 History History: 1987 a. 27; 1995 a. 27; 1999 a. 150 s. 672; 2011 a. 32 s. 3333; Stats. 2011 s. 238.125.
238.127 238.127 State main street program.
238.127(1)(1)In this section:
238.127(1)(a) (a) “Business area" means a commercial area existing at the time services under the state main street program are requested and having historic significance.
238.127(1)(b) (b) “Municipality" means a city, village or town.
238.127(1)(c) (c) “Revitalization" means the process of engaging in activities to increase economic activity, while preserving and building upon a location's historically significant characteristics.
238.127(2) (2)The corporation 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 corporation shall do all of the following:
238.127(2)(a) (a) Enter into contracts to obtain business area revitalization services provided by the national main street center.
238.127(2)(c) (c) With help from interested individuals and organizations, develop a plan describing the objectives of the state main street program and the methods by which the corporation shall:
238.127(2)(c)1. 1. Coordinate the activities of that program with private and public sector revitalization of business areas.
238.127(2)(c)2. 2. Solicit and use private sector funding for revitalization of business areas.
238.127(2)(c)3. 3. Help municipalities engage in revitalization of business areas.
238.127(2)(d) (d) Coordinate with other state and local public and private entities which provide services to municipalities undertaking projects for the revitalization of business areas.
238.127(2)(e) (e) 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 corporation shall select program participants representing various geographical regions and populations. A municipality may apply to participate, and the corporation may select a municipality for participation, more than one time. In selecting a municipality, however, the corporation may give priority to those municipalities that have not previously participated.
238.127(2)(f) (f) 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:
238.127(2)(f)1. 1. Private and public sector interest in and commitment to revitalization of a business area selected by the municipality.
238.127(2)(f)2. 2. Potential private sector investment in a business area selected by the municipality.
238.127(2)(f)3. 3. 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.
238.127(2)(f)4. 4. Local assistance in paying for the services of a design consultant.
238.127(2)(f)5. 5. 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.
238.127(2)(h) (h) Provide training, technical assistance and information on the revitalization of business areas to municipalities which do not participate in the state main street program. The corporation may charge reasonable fees for the services and information provided under this paragraph.
238.127(2)(j) (j) The corporation shall expend at least $250,000 annually on the state main street program.
238.127 History History: 1987 a. 109; 1993 a. 16; 1995 a. 27; 1999 a. 9; 2011 a. 32 ss. 2860m, 3330c to 3330s; Stats. 2011 s. 238.127; 2013 a. 166 s. 76.
238.13 238.13 Brownfields grant program.
238.13(1)(1)In this section:
238.13(1)(a) (a) “Brownfields" means abandoned, idle or underused industrial or commercial facilities or sites, the expansion or redevelopment of which is adversely affected by actual or perceived environmental contamination.
238.13(1)(b) (b) “Brownfields redevelopment" means any work or undertaking by a person to acquire a brownfields facility or site and to raze, demolish, remove, reconstruct, renovate, or rehabilitate the facility or existing buildings, structures, or other improvements at the site for the purpose of promoting the use of the facility or site for commercial, industrial, or other purposes. “Brownfields redevelopment" does not include construction of new facilities on the site for any purpose other than environmental remediation activities.
238.13(1)(d) (d) “Environmental remediation activities" means investigation, analysis and monitoring of a brownfields facility or site to determine the existence and extent of actual or potential environmental pollution; abating, removing or containing environmental pollution at a brownfields facility or site; or restoring soil or groundwater at a brownfields facility or site.
238.13(1)(g) (g) “Person" means an individual, partnership, limited liability company, corporation, nonprofit organization, city, village, town, county, or trustee, including a trustee in bankruptcy.
238.13(2) (2)
238.13(2)(a)(a) The corporation may make a grant to a person if all of the following apply:
238.13(2)(a)1. 1. The recipient uses the grant proceeds for brownfields redevelopment or associated environmental remediation activities.
238.13(2)(a)1m. 1m. The recipient does not use the grant proceeds to pay lien claims of the department of natural resources or the federal environmental protection agency based on investigation or remediation activities of the department of natural resources or the federal environmental protection agency or to pay delinquent real estate taxes or interest or penalties that relate to those taxes.
238.13(2)(a)2. 2. All of the following are unknown, cannot be located, or are financially unable to pay the cost of environmental remediation activities:
238.13(2)(a)2.a. a. The party that caused the portion of the environmental contamination that is the basis for the grant request.
238.13(2)(a)2.b. b. Any person who possessed or controlled the environmental contaminant that is the basis for the grant request before the contaminant was released.
238.13(2)(a)3. 3. The recipient contributes to the cost of the project as provided in par. (b).
238.13(2)(b)1.1. The contribution required under par. (a) 3. may be in cash or in-kind. Cash contributions may be of private or public funds. In-kind contributions shall be limited to actual remediation services.
238.13(2)(b)3. 3. The recipient of a grant under this section shall contribute to the project an amount that is equal to at least 50 percent of the amount of the grant.
238.13(3) (3)The corporation may consider the following criteria in making awards under this section:
238.13(3)(a) (a) The potential of the project to promote economic development in the area.
238.13(3)(c) (c) The level of financial commitment by the applicant to the project.
238.13(3)(d) (d) The extent and degree of soil and groundwater contamination at the project site.
238.13(3)(e) (e) The adequacy and completeness of the site investigation and remediation plan.
238.13(3)(f) (f) Any other factors considered by the corporation to be relevant to assessing the viability and feasibility of the project.
238.13(5) (5)Before the corporation awards a grant under this section, the corporation shall consider the recommendations of the department of natural resources.
238.13(6m) (6m)Receipt of a grant under this section shall not render the recipient ineligible for a loan or any other grant awarded by the state, unless under the eligibility criteria of the loan or other grant the recipient is excluded by virtue of having received the grant.
238.13 History History: 1997 a. 27; 1999 a. 9; 2001 a. 16; 2007 a. 20, 125; 2009 a. 28; 2011 a. 32 ss. 3341 to 3343; Stats. 2011 s. 238.13; 2013 a. 166 s. 76; 2015 a. 55.
238.133 238.133 Brownfield site assessment grants.
238.133(1)(1)Definitions. In this section:
238.133(1)(a) (a) “Eligible site or facility" means one or more contiguous industrial or commercial facilities or sites with common or multiple ownership that are abandoned, idle, or underused, the expansion or redevelopment of which is adversely affected by actual or perceived environmental contamination.
238.133(1)(b) (b) “Local governmental unit" means a city, village, town, county, redevelopment authority created under s. 66.1333, community development authority created under s. 66.1335, or housing authority.
238.133(1)(c) (c) “Petroleum product" has the meaning given in s. 292.63 (1) (f).
238.133(1)(d) (d) “Underground hazardous substance storage tank system" means an underground storage tank used for storing a hazardous substance other than a petroleum product together with any on-site integral piping or dispensing system with at least 10 percent of its total volume below the surface of the ground.
238.133(1)(e) (e) “Underground petroleum product storage tank" has the meaning given in s. 292.63 (1) (i).
238.133(2) (2)Duties of the corporation.
238.133(2)(a) (a) The corporation shall administer a program to award brownfield site assessment grants from the appropriation under s. 20.192 (1) (s) to local governmental units for the purposes of conducting any of the eligible activities under sub. (3).
238.133(2)(b) (b) The corporation may not award a grant to a local governmental unit under this section if that local governmental unit caused the environmental contamination that is the basis for the grant request.
238.133(2)(c) (c) The corporation may only award grants under this section if the person that caused the environmental contamination that is the basis for the grant request is unknown, cannot be located or is financially unable to pay the cost of the eligible activities.
238.133(2)(d) (d) The corporation shall establish criteria as necessary to administer the program. The corporation may limit the total amount of funds that may be used to cover the costs of each category of eligible activity described in sub. (3).
238.133(3) (3)Eligible activities. The corporation may award grants to local governmental units to cover the costs of the following activities:
238.133(3)(a) (a) The investigation of environmental contamination on an eligible site or facility for the purposes of reducing or eliminating environmental contamination.
238.133(3)(b) (b) The demolition of any structures, buildings or other improvements located on an eligible site or facility.
238.133(3)(c) (c) The removal of abandoned containers, as defined in s. 292.41 (1), from an eligible site or facility.
238.133(3)(d) (d) Asbestos abatement activities, as defined in s. 254.11 (2), conducted as part of activities described in par. (b) on an eligible site or facility.
238.133(3)(e) (e) The removal of underground hazardous substance storage tank systems.
238.133(3)(f) (f) The removal of underground petroleum product storage tank systems.
238.133(4) (4)Application for grant. The applicant shall submit an application on a form prescribed by the corporation and shall include any information that the corporation finds necessary to calculate the amount of a grant.
238.133(5) (5)Grant criteria. The corporation shall consider the following criteria when determining whether to award a grant:
238.133(5)(a) (a) The local governmental unit's demonstrated commitment to performing and completing necessary environmental remediation activities on the eligible site, including the local governmental unit's financial commitment.
238.133(5)(b) (b) The degree to which the project will have a positive impact on public health and the environment.
238.133(5)(c) (c) Other criteria that the corporation finds necessary to calculate the amount of a grant.
238.133(6) (6)Limitation of grant. The total amount of all grants awarded to a local governmental unit in a fiscal year under this section shall be limited to an amount equal to 15 percent of the available funds appropriated under s. 20.192 (1) (s) for the fiscal year.
238.133(7) (7)Matching funds. The corporation may not distribute a grant unless the applicant contributes matching funds equal to 20 percent of the grant. Matching funds may be in the form of cash or in-kind contribution or both.
238.133 History History: 1999 a. 9; 2001 a. 16, 30; 2011 a. 32 s. 2990r; Stats. 2011 s. 238.133; 2013 a. 20.
238.135 238.135 Grants to regional economic development organizations. The corporation shall award annual grants to regional economic development organizations to fund marketing activities. The amount of each grant may not exceed $100,000 or the amount of matching funds the organization obtains from sources other than the corporation or the state, whichever is less.
238.135 History History: 2011 a. 32.
238.15 238.15 Early stage business investment program.
238.15(1)(1)Angel investment tax credits. The corporation shall implement a program to certify businesses for purposes of s. 71.07 (5d). A business desiring certification shall submit an application to the corporation in each taxable year for which the business desires certification. The business shall specify in its application the investment amount it wishes to raise and the corporation may certify the business and determine the amount that qualifies for purposes of s. 71.07 (5d). The corporation may certify or recertify a business for purposes of s. 71.07 (5d) only if the business satisfies all of the following conditions:
238.15(1)(a) (a) It has its headquarters in this state.
238.15(1)(b) (b) At least 51 percent of the employees employed by the business are employed in this state, except that if a business fails to satisfy this paragraph in any year due to a business merger or acquisition, the corporation may grant the business a waiver that allows the business to remain eligible for certification or recertification under this subsection if all of the following apply:
238.15(1)(b)1. 1. The business maintains its headquarters in this state.
238.15(1)(b)2. 2. After the merger or acquisition, the business increases the number of employees the business employs in this state.
238.15(1)(b)3. 3. The corporation determines that the merger or acquisition was not for the purpose of relocating the business's operations or employees from this state to another state or for the purpose of ceasing the business's efforts to further grow and expand in this state.
2021-22 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2023 Wis. Act 93 and through all Supreme Court and Controlled Substances Board Orders filed before and in effect on April 4, 2024. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after April 4, 2024, are designated by NOTES. (Published 4-4-24)