Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation Open Records Request

WISCONSIN’S PUBLIC RECORDS LAW

Wisconsin has a long, proud tradition of open government. This tradition is embodied in our State’s public records law, Wisconsin Statutes §§ 19.31-39, which states that “it is declared to be the public policy of this state that all persons are entitled to the greatest possible information regarding the affairs of government and the official acts of those officers and employees who represent them.” The purpose of the law is to provide broad, practical access to the State government. To that end, the public has a right to inspect or receive a copy of certain records maintained by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC).

DESCRIPTION OF WEDC

WEDC is a public body corporate and politic created by state law. WEDC exists under the authority of Wis. Stat. chapter 238. WEDC’s custodian of records is Chief Legal Officer Hannah Renfro.

PROCEDURE FOR REQUESTING RECORDS FROM WEDC

The most efficient means of requesting records from WEDC is to complete our Online Public Records Request. That form is below.

If you are unable to access the online form, you may submit a written request to:

Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
Attn: Chief Legal Officer
201 W. Washington Ave., 6th Floor
P.O. Box 1687
Madison, WI 53701

Or by email to hannah.renfro@wedc.org.

You may also contact WEDC’s Chief Legal Officer Hannah Renfro, at 608.210.6705, who can assist you with making a request or with any questions.

FEES

WEDC may charge the actual, necessary and direct cost to produce a record (Wis. Stat. § 19.35(3)(a)). When the request calls for a copy of the record and the record can be photocopied, a standard fee of $0.25 per printed page may be assessed. If the requested record exists in an electronic format and an electronic copy is provided, no photocopying charges will be assessed. However, if the record is not in a readily comprehensible form, WEDC may assess the actual cost of created a readily comprehensible copy (WIREdata, Inc. v. Village of Sussex, 2008 WI 69, 310 Wis. 2d 397, 751 N.W.2d 736). WEDC may charge the actual, necessary, and direct transcription cost (Wis. Stat. § 19.35(3)(a)). WEDC will not charge for the cost of reviewing a record for possible redaction.

WEDC may charge the actual, necessary, and direct cost to locate a record if that cost exceeds $50 (Wis. Stat. § 19.35(3)(c)). Any staff time necessary for locating a record will be assessed based on the hourly rate of the salary and benefits for the lowest-paid employee capable of performing the task. If the record is mailed to the requestor, WEDC may charge the actual, necessary, and direct shipping costs (Wis. Stat. § 19.35(3)(d)).

The above fees apply except where a different fee is authorized by law.

Pre-payment of fees may be required if the total costs are greater than $5 (Wis. Stat. § 19.35(3)(f)). Fees totaling less than $5 may be waived at the discretion of WEDC.

TIMING

WEDC provides requested records “as soon as practicable and without delay” (Wis. Stat. § 19.35(4)).

INSPECTING RECORDS

WEDC records are available for inspection during normal business hours in our Madison office. Except for official state holidays, the normal hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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The Open Records law limits disclosure of certain records when the requesting person is incarcerated or committed to a mental health facility. The requestor identified above is:
    
Description of Open Records Requested:  Describe the records requested. The request must be reasonably specific as to subject matter and length of time involved. Continuing requests are not permitted.
The request is related to (check all that apply):      
I am requesting the records be provided:      
Fee Authorization:  I authorize WEDC to collect and provide copies of the records described above, to the extent that they are subject to disclosure, so long as the fees associated with the request do not exceed the amount indicated below.
$ When the estimated cost of collecting and producing the records exceeds this amount, WEDC will notify the requestor prior to incurring any collection costs.