SB 154: "An Act relating to the economic development grant program; and providing for an effective date."

00 SENATE BILL NO. 154                                                                                                     
01 "An Act relating to the economic development grant program; and providing for                                           
02 an effective date."                                                                                                     
03 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:                                                                
04    * Section 1.  AS 29.60 is amended by adding new sections to read:                                                    
05 ARTICLE 9.  ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT GRANT PROGRAM.                                                                         
06  Sec. 29.60.670.  ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT GRANT FUND.  (a)  The                                                           
07 economic development grant fund consisting of appropriations to the fund is                                             
08 established in the Department of Commerce and Economic Development.  Except as                                          
09 otherwise provided in an appropriation act, money appropriated to the fund does not                                     
10 lapse but is retained in the fund.                                                                                      
11  (b)  The legislature may appropriate money from the fund for an economic                                              
12 development grant or for any other public purpose.                                                                      
13  Sec. 29.60.675.  ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT GRANTS.  (a)  A municipality                                                    
14 or a regional development organization may apply for an economic development grant                                      
01 for a fiscal year by submitting, before October 1 of the preceding fiscal year, a form                                  
02 prescribed by the commissioner of commerce and economic development.  The grant                                         
03 money may only be used for construction of a capital project that will be owned by                                      
04 the municipality or the organization and that will increase economic opportunity within                                 
05 the municipality or region that the organization represents.  The grant application must                                
06 include the following information:                                                                                      
07   (1)  the amount of money available to the municipality or the                                                        
08 organization from nonstate sources that the municipality or the organization proposes                                   
09 to use to match grant funds for the project;                                                                            
10   (2)  the amount of money available from private, nongovernmental                                                     
11 sources that has been committed to or as a result of investment in the project;                                         
12   (3)  an estimate of the number and duration of construction jobs within                                              
13 the municipality or region that will result from the project;                                                           
14   (4)  an estimate of the number of new permanent jobs within the                                                      
15 municipality or region that will result directly or indirectly from the project;                                        
16   (5)  an estimate of the amount of state and municipal taxes that will be                                             
17 generated as a result of the project during the 10 years following its completion; and                                  
18   (6)  a description of how the municipality or organization will pay for                                              
19 the operation and maintenance of the project after it is constructed.                                                   
20  (b)  The Department of Commerce and Economic Development shall evaluate                                               
21 all grant applications received for a fiscal year.  The department may request from a                                   
22 municipality or organization additional information needed to evaluate a proposed                                       
23 capital project.  By February 1 of each year, the department shall submit to the finance                                
24 committees of each house of the legislature a prioritized list of projects for which the                                
25 department recommends funding based on the degree to which each project has the                                         
26 potential to improve the economy of the state, and of the municipality that has applied                                 
27 for the grant or the region represented by the organization that has applied for the                                    
28 grant.                                                                                                                  
29  (c)  The legislature may appropriate from the economic development fund all                                           
30 or a portion of the money requested by a municipality or organization for a project                                     
31 identified by the department in its prioritized list.  Money appropriated shall be made                                 
01 available by the department to the municipality or organization as a grant for the                                      
02 project.                                                                                                                
03  Sec. 29.60.680.  GRANTS.  The Department of Commerce and Economic                                                     
04 Development shall by regulation establish requirements for economic development                                         
05 grants and shall administer the grants.  A grant may not be awarded by the department                                   
06 unless money for the project is appropriated under AS 29.60.675(c) and the                                              
07 municipality or organization meets or exceeds the amount of matching money                                              
08 identified in its grant application.                                                                                    
09  Sec. 29.60.685.  DEFINITIONS.  In AS 29.60.670 - 29.60.680, "regional                                                 
10 development organization" and "organization" have the meanings given in                                                 
11 AS 44.33.026(e).                                                                                                        
12    * Sec. 2.  This Act takes effect July 1, 1993.