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Administration of Network
Our primary function as administrator is to make available discounted bulk rate electronic storage space in a CRM platform customized for economic development professional use and ensure the system remains operational.
WEDC is not the custodian of information stored by partners. Each licensed organization storing data on the Network is the custodian of its information. WEDC is not the custodian of the information entered, uploaded, or stored by partners. Unless the information is shared with WEDC by a partner, we will not have access to it.
WEDC is subject to Wisconsin’s public records law and may receive public records requests for information related to projects on the WEDC Salesforce system. In the event a request is received for records related to a pending project, WEDC, pursuant to Wis. Stat. § 238.08, may withhold records from public disclosure when they are related to pending economic development projects, that in the opinion of WEDC, must remain confidential. Information shared with us on the IFN will be reviewed and treated with the same legal standards and level of care as information WEDC receives directly from a business, state agency, economic development entity, or any other source.
As a partner, it is important to understand that WEDC is not the custodian of any information in the network that has not been directly shared with us. It is the responsibility of the partners, as the custodian of the data, to comply with any rules, regulations, and laws that govern their own data.
Open records requests pertaining to partner data on the IN Force Network, will be referred to the owner of that data. Partners should consult their legal counsel on how their organization is to respond to a request for records.
Collaboration and Costs
Licenses for the IN Force Network are free until June 30, 2017. (the current fiscal year), at which time licenses will be no more than $500 annually per licensed user. July 1 will be the annual payment renewal cycle for licenses.
Each user is required to sign a Pledge of Cooperation and participate in training on the demand-driven model of economic and workforce development.
IN Force Network users are expected to use the network, and data it contains, to provide services to businesses, create business profiles, support business retention and layoff aversion efforts, identify skills training needs and help businesses find skilled workers. IN Force Network users also work collaboratively with other organizations to coordinate outreach to businesses, share information, communicate effectively and refer job seekers.