AB 1348, as introduced, Irwin. Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development.
The Economic Revitalization Act establishes the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development, also known as “GO-Biz,” to serve the Governor as the lead entity for economic strategy and the marketing of California on issues relating to business development, private sector investment, and economic growth.
This bill would make a nonsubstantive change to that provision.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.
The people of the State of California do enact as follows:
Section 12096.3 of the Government Code is
2amended to read:
The office shall serve the Governor as the lead entity
4for economic strategy and the marketing of California on issues
5relating to business development, private sector investment, and
6economic growth. In this capacity, the office may:
7(a) Recommend to the Governor and the Legislature new state
8policies, programs, and actions, or amendments to existing
P2 1programs, advance statewide economic goals and respond to
2emerging economic problems and opportunities, and ensure that
3all state policies and programs conform to the adopted state
4economic and business development goals.
5(b) Coordinate the development
of policies and criteria to ensure
6that federal grants administered or directly expended by state
7government advance statewide economic goals and objectives.
8(c) Market the business and investment opportunities available
9in California by working in partnership with local, regional, federal,
10and other state public and private institutions to encourage business
11development and investment in the state.
12(d) Provide, including, but not limited to, all of the following:
13(1) Economic and demographic data.
14(2) Financial information to help link businesses with state and
15local public and private programs.
16(3) Workforce information, including, but not limited to, labor
17availability, training, and education programs.
18(4) Transportation and infrastructure information.
19(5) Assistance in obtaining state and local permits.
20(6) Information on tax credits and other incentives.
21(7) Permitting, siting, and other regulatory information pertinent
22to business operations in the state.
23(e) Establish a well-advertised telephone number, an interactive
24Internet Web site, and an administrative structure that effectively
25supports the facilitation of business development and investment
26in the state.
27(f) Encourage collaboration among research institutions, startup
28companies, local governments, venture capitalists, and economic
29development agencies to promote innovation.
30(g) In cooperation with the federal government, foster
31relationships with overseas entities to improve the state’s image
32as a destination for business investment and expansion.
33(h) Conduct research on the state’s business climate, including,
34but not limited to, research on how the state can remain on the
35leading edge of innovation and emerging sectors.
36(i) Support small businesses by providing information about
37accessing capital, complying with regulations, and supporting state
38initiatives that support small business.