Amended in Assembly March 26, 2015

California Legislature—2015–16 Regular Session

Assembly BillNo. 1348


Introduced by Assembly Member Irwin

February 27, 2015


An act to amend Section 12096.3 of the Government Code, relating to state government.

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

AB 1348, as amended, 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.begin insert The act authorizes GO-Biz to perform numerous functions in this regard, including, among others, coordinating the development of policies and criteria to ensure that federal grants administered or directly expended by state government advance statewide economic goals and objectives.end insert

This bill wouldbegin delete make a nonsubstantive change to that provision.end deletebegin insert additionally authorize the office to establish a federal grant administrator who serves as a single point-of-contact for information on federal grants related to business development, private sector investment, economic growth, and local government, and provides coordinating functions to manage and maximize federal grant opportunities within the state, as provided. This bill would further authorize the office to maintain information on its Internet Web site relating to federal grants and other grant opportunities.end insert

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: begin deleteno end deletebegin insertyesend insert. State-mandated local program: no.

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:

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SECTION 1.  

Section 12096.3 of the Government Code is
2amended to read:

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12096.3.  

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 dobegin insert any ofend insert the
7following:

8(a) Recommend to the Governor and the Legislature new state
9policies, programs, and actions, or amendments to existing
10programs, advance statewide economic goals and respond to
11emerging economic problems and opportunities, and ensure that
12all state policies and programs conform to the adopted state
13economic and business development goals.

14(b) Coordinate the development of policies and criteria to ensure
15that federal grants administered or directly expended by state
16government advance statewide economic goals and objectives.

17(c) Market the business and investment opportunities available
18in California by working in partnership with local, regional, federal,
19and other state public and private institutions to encourage business
20development and investment in the state.

21(d) Provide, including, but not limited to, all of the following:

22(1) Economic and demographic data.

23(2) Financial information to help link businesses with state and
24local public and private programs.

25(3) Workforce information, including, but not limited to, labor
26availability, training, and education programs.

27(4) Transportation and infrastructure information.

28(5) Assistance in obtaining state and local permits.

29(6) Information on tax credits and other incentives.

30(7) Permitting, siting, and other regulatory information pertinent
31to business operations in the state.

32(e) Establish a well-advertised telephone number, an interactive
33Internet Web site, and an administrative structure that effectively
34supports the facilitation of business development and investment
35in the state.

P3    1(f) Encourage collaboration among research institutions, startup
2companies, local governments, venture capitalists, and economic
3development agencies to promote innovation.

4(g) In cooperation with the federal government, foster
5relationships with overseas entities to improve the state’s image
6as a destination for business investment and expansion.

7(h) Conduct research on the state’s business climate, including,
8but not limited to, research on how the state can remain on the
9leading edge of innovation and emerging sectors.

10(i) Support small businesses by providing information about
11accessing capital, complying with regulations, and supporting state
12initiatives that support small business.

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13(j) (1) Establish a federal grant administrator who serves as a
14single point-of-contact for information on federal grants related
15to business development, private sector investment, economic
16growth, and local government, and provides coordinating functions
17to manage and maximize federal grant opportunities. A federal
18grant administrator may do any of the following:

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19(A) Establish a statewide network of individuals who serve as
20a point-of-contact for federal grant opportunities in their respective
21state agencies and departments, local governments, institutions
22of higher education, and foundations.

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23(B) Provide in-person and online training for individuals who
24serve as a point-of-contact to encourage and improve the pursuit
25of federal grant opportunities.

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26(C) Identify employees within state government with expertise
27in federal grant management and knowledge of state government
28structure and responsibilities.

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29(D) On or before January 1, 2017, and annually thereafter,
30create and post on the office’s Internet Web site a report that tracks
31annual federal grant funding to the state that includes, but is not
32limited to, all of the following performance metrics:

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33(i) Number of federal grants awarded to the state.

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34(ii) Number of completed applications.

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35(iii) Total dollars received by the state.

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36(iv) Total dollars received in the state by schools and local
37governments.

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38(v) Number of training sessions hosted by the federal grant
39administrator and attendance at those events.

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P4    1(vi) The extent to which individuals in the statewide network
2who serve as a point-of-contact have met and coordinated efforts.

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3(2) Maintain information on the office’s Internet Web site
4relating to federal grant information, including, but not limited
5to, relevant information from the federal government,
6www.grants.gov, or a successor Internet Web site operated by the
7 federal government, subgrants, state grants, local grants, and
8foundation grants.

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