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 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.
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.
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.
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.
The corporation shall expend at least $250,000 annually on the state main street program.
Brownfields grant program. 238.13(1)(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.
“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.
“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.
“Person" means an individual, partnership, limited liability company, corporation, nonprofit organization, city, village, town, county, or trustee, including a trustee in bankruptcy.
The corporation may make a grant to a person if all of the following apply:
The recipient uses the grant proceeds for brownfields redevelopment or associated environmental remediation activities.
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.
All of the following are unknown, cannot be located, or are financially unable to pay the cost of environmental remediation activities:
The party that caused the portion of the environmental contamination that is the basis for the grant request.
Any person who possessed or controlled the environmental contaminant that is the basis for the grant request before the contaminant was released.
The recipient contributes to the cost of the project as provided in par. (b)
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.
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.
The corporation may consider the following criteria in making awards under this section:
The potential of the project to promote economic development in the area.
The level of financial commitment by the applicant to the project.
The extent and degree of soil and groundwater contamination at the project site.
The adequacy and completeness of the site investigation and remediation plan.
Any other factors considered by the corporation to be relevant to assessing the viability and feasibility of the project.
Before the corporation awards a grant under this section, the corporation shall consider the recommendations of the department of natural resources.
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.
Brownfield site assessment grants. 238.133(1)(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.
“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.
“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.
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)
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.
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.
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)
(3) Eligible activities.
The corporation may award grants to local governmental units to cover the costs of the following activities:
The investigation of environmental contamination on an eligible site or facility for the purposes of reducing or eliminating environmental contamination.
The demolition of any structures, buildings or other improvements located on an eligible site or facility.
The removal of abandoned containers, as defined in s. 292.41 (1)
, from an eligible site or facility.
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.
The removal of underground hazardous substance storage tank systems.
The removal of underground petroleum product storage tank systems.
(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.
(5) Grant criteria.
The corporation shall consider the following criteria when determining whether to award a grant:
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.
The degree to which the project will have a positive impact on public health and the environment.
Other criteria that the corporation finds necessary to calculate the amount of a grant.
(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.
(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.
History: 1999 a. 9
; 2001 a. 16
; 2011 a. 32
; Stats. 2011 s. 238.133; 2013 a. 20
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.
History: 2011 a. 32
St. Croix Valley Business Incubator.
From the appropriation under s. 20.192 (1) (a)
, the corporation shall make a grant of $250,000 to the River Falls Economic Development Corporation to construct the St. Croix Valley Business Incubator. The corporation may award the grant under this section only if federal moneys are secured for the same purpose.
History: 2015 a. 55
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:
At least 51 percent of the employees employed by the business are employed in this state.
It has the potential for increasing jobs in this state, increasing capital investment in this state, or both, and any of the following apply:
It is engaged in, or has committed to engage in, innovation in any of the following:
Manufacturing, biotechnology, nanotechnology, communications, agriculture, or clean energy creation or storage technology.
Processing or assembling products, including medical devices, pharmaceuticals, computer software, computer hardware, semiconductors, any other innovative technology products, or other products that are produced using manufacturing methods that are enabled by applying differentiating technology.
Services that are enabled by applying differentiating technology.
It is undertaking pre-commercialization activity related to differentiating technology that includes conducting research, developing a new product or business process, or developing a service that is principally reliant on applying differentiating technology.
It is not primarily engaged in real estate development, insurance, banking, lending, lobbying, political consulting, professional services provided by attorneys, accountants, business consultants, physicians, or health care consultants, wholesale or retail trade, leisure, hospitality, transportation, or construction, except construction of power production plants that derive energy from a renewable resource, as defined in s. 196.378 (1) (h)
At the time it is initially certified under this subsection, it has less than 100 employees.
At the time it is initially certified under this subsection, it has been in operation in this state for not more than 10 consecutive years.
For taxable years beginning before January 1, 2008, it has not received more than $1,000,000 in investments that have qualified for tax credits under s. 71.07 (5d)
It has not received aggregate private equity investment in cash of more than $10,000,000 before it is initially certified under this subsection.
It agrees that it will not relocate outside of this state during the 3 years after it receives an investment for which a person may claim a tax credit under s. 71.07 (5d)
and agrees to pay the corporation a penalty, in an amount determined under subd. 2.
, if the business relocates outside of this state during that 3-year period. For the purposes of this paragraph, except as provided in policies and procedures under sub. (3) (dm)
, a business relocates outside of this state when the business locates more than 51 percent of any of the following outside of this state: