The program provides financial assistance, tax benefits, or direct services to specific industries, businesses, local governments, or organizations.
The department, in consultation with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, shall do all of the following for each economic development program administered by the department:
Establish clear and measurable goals for the program that are tied to statutory policy objectives.
Establish at least one quantifiable benchmark for each program goal described in subd. 1.
Require that each recipient of a grant or loan under the program submit a report to the department. Each contract with a recipient of a grant or loan under the program shall specify the frequency and format of the report to be submitted to the department and the performance measures to be included in the report.
Establish a method for evaluating the projected results of the program with actual outcomes as determined by evaluating the information described in subds. 1.
Annually and independently verify, from a sample of grants and loans, the accuracy of the information required to be reported under subd. 3.
Establish by rule a requirement that the recipient of a grant or loan under the program of at least $100,000 submit to the department a verified statement signed by both an independent certified public accountant licensed or certified under ch. 442
and the director or principal officer of the recipient to attest to the accuracy of the verified statement, and make available for inspection the documents supporting the verified statement. The department shall include the requirement established by rule under this subdivision in the contract entered into by a grant or loan recipient.
Establish by rule policies and procedures permitting the department to do all of the following if a recipient of a grant or loan or tax benefits under the program submits false or misleading information to the department or fails to comply with the terms of a contract entered into with the department under the program and fails to provide to the satisfaction of the department an explanation for the noncompliance:
(1r) Economic development assistance coordination and reporting. 41.11(1r)(a)(a)
The department shall coordinate any economic development assistance with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.
Annually, no later than October 1, the department shall submit to the joint legislative audit committee and to the appropriate standing committees of the legislature under s. 13.172 (3)
a comprehensive report assessing economic development programs, as defined in sub. (1g) (a)
, administered by the department. The report shall include all of the information required under s. 238.07 (2)
. The department shall collaborate with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation to make readily accessible to the public on an Internet-based system the information required under this subsection.
The secretary shall annually formulate, in consultation with the 5 members of the council on tourism selected under s. 41.12
, a statewide marketing strategy, which is a plan for marketing and promotion of the facilities and attractions of the state for the ensuing year. The department shall implement the plan. The department shall cooperate with the commercial recreation industry to assure coordination with private plans and programs, and may assist in the development and marketing of combined recreational opportunities such as package tours, convention and trade show facilities and special transportation arrangements.
The department shall assist the consumers and the suppliers of recreational opportunities in the state. The department may:
Collect and disseminate information as to the facilities, advantages and attractions of the state, including historic, scenic and other points of interest.
Provide timely information regarding weather, transportation facilities, hunting, fishing, boating, motoring, snowmobiling and skiing conditions and other subjects of interest to those seeking recreational opportunities in the state.
Establish, manage and operate permanent or temporary tourist information centers along major highways into the state.
Provide advice and service to persons or groups engaged in the recreation industry.
Conduct research into the status and needs of the recreation industry.
Operate a reservations service for recreational facilities in the state.
Provide planning and coordinating assistance to tour operators, convention and trade show managers.
The department shall plan and conduct a program of advertising and promotion designed to attract interested persons to this state and to stimulate the enjoyment of its recreational opportunities by residents and nonresidents alike. Any contracts engaging a private agency to conduct an advertising or promotion program under this subsection shall reserve to the department the right to terminate the contract if the service is unsatisfactory to the department. The department shall encourage and coordinate the efforts of public and private organizations to publicize the facilities and attractions of the state for the purpose of stimulating their enjoyment by residents and tourists.
(4m) Access to customer information; fees. 41.11(4m)(a)(a)
Notwithstanding s. 19.35
, the department may refuse to reveal names, addresses and related demographic information maintained on any list that the department has compiled of persons who have requested information about travel opportunities in the state. The department may not refuse to reveal such information to representatives of the news media.
Notwithstanding s. 19.71
, if the department provides information from a list of persons requesting travel information, the department may charge the person requesting the information a fee to recover the department's actual costs of compiling and providing the information. The department may reduce or waive the fee under this subsection if the department determines that the reduction or waiver is in the public interest.
The department shall distribute cheese that was donated, or purchased from donations received under par. (c)
, free of charge to the public each year from the 2nd to last Monday in May to the first Monday in September at each tourist information center operated by the department in this state except the tourist information center located in Madison.
Cheese distributed under par. (a)
shall be in packages of one ounce or less and shall be manufactured in Wisconsin.
The department shall accept cheese, and refrigeration equipment and gifts, grants, bequests and devises, for the purpose of implementing this subsection. If there is an insufficient amount of cheese available to implement this subsection, the department shall contact potential donors for donations. The department shall return any surplus cheese to the donor.
(6) Certain expenditures required.
From the appropriation under s. 20.380 (1) (b)
, or (w)
, the department shall expend the following amounts for the following purposes:
In each fiscal year, not less than $125,000 to conduct or contract for marketing activities related to sporting activities and events.
In each fiscal year, at least $25,000 for state sponsorship of, and advertising during, media broadcasts of the Milwaukee symphony.
In each biennium, at least $50,000 to conduct or contract for marketing to promote multicultural events taking place in Wisconsin.
In each biennium, at least $200,000 for grants to the Milwaukee Public Museum to promote exhibits and activities at the Milwaukee Public Museum.
In each fiscal year, at least $200,000 for grants to Native American Tourism of Wisconsin.
Council on tourism. 41.12(1)(1)
The council on tourism shall advise the secretary on matters relating to tourism. Five members of the council on tourism shall assist the secretary in formulating a statewide marketing strategy. The 5 members shall be selected by a vote of the council on tourism from among the members, other than ex officio members, of the council on tourism.
The council on tourism shall develop a plan to assist and encourage private companies located in this state to promote this state in their advertisements. Upon the adoption of a plan by the council on tourism, the secretary shall consider implementing the plan.
The council on tourism shall consider the use of famous residents and former residents of this state in the tourism marketing strategies.
History: 1987 a. 1
; 1995 a. 27
; Stats. 1995 s. 41.12.
The department may establish tourism offices, within or without the state, as necessary to carry out its duties. Wisconsin residency may not be required of classified employees staffing tourism offices located outside the state.
History: 1975 c. 39
; 1995 a. 27
; Stats. 1995 s. 41.14.
Film promotion. 41.15(1)(1)
In this section, "film" means any product created using any technology for the recording, storage and reproduction of audiovisual material.
The department shall encourage persons to produce films which will enhance the image of this state and its communities and countryside. To carry out this purpose, it shall:
Prepare and distribute promotional and informational materials identifying factors which make it desirable to produce films in this state and describing the services available from local and state governmental units and from the private sector in this state.
Help persons secure licenses and permits, and provide other appropriate services, related to film production.
Help persons obtain cooperation from local, state and federal governmental units and from the private sector in order to produce films.
Coordinate its activities with the activities of similar bodies created by local governmental units in this state.
It may apply for, receive and spend grants and donations to fund its operations.
History: 1987 a. 27
; 1995 a. 27
; Stats. 1995 s. 41.15.
Film production tax credits. 41.155(1)
The department shall implement a program to accredit productions for purposes of ss. 71.07 (5f)
, 71.28 (5f)
, and 71.47 (5f)
. Application for accreditation shall be made to the department in each taxable year for which accreditation is desired.
If the department accredits a production under sub. (1)
, the department shall determine the amount of the production's production expenditures, as defined in s. 71.07 (5f) (a) 3.
The department shall notify the department of revenue of every production accredited under sub. (1)
and the amount of the production's production expenditures.
The department of tourism, in consultation with the department of revenue, shall promulgate rules to administer this section.
History: 2005 a. 483
; 2011 a. 32
; Stats. 2011 s. 41.155.
Grants to municipalities and organizations for regional tourist information centers. 41.16(1)
In this section:
"Applicant" means any of the following and any combination of any of the following:
A nonprofit organization, as defined in s. 106.13 (4) (a) 1r.
, whose purposes include tourism to or within the state or a particular region in the state.
An organization, including an elected governing body, of a federally recognized American Indian tribe or band in this state.
"Region" means 2 or more counties in this state.
(2) Grant eligibility.
From the appropriation under s. 20.380 (1) (km)
, the department may award a grant under this section to an applicant to reimburse the applicant for up to 50 percent of eligible costs incurred by the applicant to operate a regional tourist information center. The tourist information center must provide informational and promotional materials on cultural or recreational attractions in the region and must be located in a place at which a tourist to the state or region would be reasonably assumed to stop while traveling to or from a recreational or cultural destination. Eligible costs under this subsection include costs to staff the regional tourist information center and to acquire promotional materials and standard display equipment for the tourist information center.
(3) Application and written agreement. 41.16(3)(a)(a)
An applicant shall apply for a grant under this section on a form prepared by the department.
The department shall enter into a written agreement with each grant recipient.
The department shall promulgate rules to administer the grants under this section, including the preparation of an application form.
History: 2009 a. 28
See also ch. Tour 3
, Wis. adm. code.
Joint effort marketing. 41.17(2)
Any public or private organization not organized or incorporated for profit, including a tribal organization of a federally recognized American Indian tribe or band in this state, and any elected governing body of a federally recognized American Indian tribe or band in this state may apply to the department for joint effort marketing funds under this section. Prior to applying for such funds, each prospective applicant shall have submitted, at the time and in the manner provided by departmental rule, a plan and budget specifying the media to be used, the market to be approached, the facilities and attractions to be promoted and the applicant's estimated expenditures and receipts for the various projects within the plan. If such plan is coordinated with the statewide marketing strategy, the department shall approve it and the submitting organization or governing body shall be eligible to apply for joint effort marketing funds under this section.
(3) Written agreements.
Each joint effort marketing project shall be implemented by a written agreement between the department and the applicant organization or governing body. The agreement shall specify at a minimum:
The name, address and contact person for the applicant and its advertising agency, if any.
A description of the project, including the media to be used, the date or inclusive dates and the geographic market to be reached.
An itemized statement of the estimated total costs of the project.
An itemized statement of the revenues accruing to the applicant from the project through advertising, contributions and other sources.
The conditions for the release of the joint effort marketing funds under this section.
No state funds may be released for a project that is not included within an advertising plan and budget submitted by an eligible organization or governing body and approved by the department.
No funds may be released except in accordance with the agreement concluded under sub. (3)
Funds released in any given project may not exceed 50% of the total project costs, less that portion of the amounts recovered by the applicant through the sale of advertising or other promotional considerations in connection with the project which exceeds 50% of the total project costs.
No funds may be used to compensate any officer or employee of the applicant for salaries or expenses.
No name or picture of any living state or local public official or candidate for public office may be used in any project for which state funds are received under this section.