Amended in Assembly January 14, 2016

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 tobegin delete amend Section 12096.3 ofend deletebegin insert add Section 65040.11.5 toend insert the Government Code, relating to state government.

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

AB 1348, as amended, Irwin. begin deleteGovernor’s Office of Business and Economic Development. end deletebegin insertState Clearinghouse.end insert

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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. 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.

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Existing law establishes the State Clearinghouse as the office designated by the Governor as the clearinghouse for information from the federal Office of Management and Budget in accordance with federal law.

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This bill wouldbegin delete additionally authorize the office toend delete establish a federal grantbegin delete administratorend deletebegin insert administrator, within the State Clearinghouse,end insert whobegin delete servesend deletebegin insert is designated by the Governor and authorized to serveend insert as abegin delete single point-of-contactend deletebegin insert primary point of contactend insert for information on federal grants related tobegin delete business development, private sector investment, economic growth, and local government,end deletebegin insert community, economic, and local development,end insert andbegin delete provides coordinating functionsend deletebegin insert serve as a coordinatorend insert to manage and maximize federal grant opportunities within the state, as provided.begin delete Thisend deletebegin insert Theend insert bill would further authorize thebegin delete officeend deletebegin insert federal grant administratorend insert to maintain information onbegin delete itsend deletebegin insert theend insertbegin insert Office of Planning and Research’send insert Internet Web site relating to federalbegin delete grants and other grant opportunities.end deletebegin insert grants. The bill would require the federal grant administrator to, on or before January 1, 2018, and annually thereafter, to prepare a summary of federal grant funding to the state that includes, among other performance metrics, the total federal dollars received by the state through federal grants during the report year.end insert

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

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

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(a) There is in state government, within the State
4Clearinghouse, the federal grant administrator who is an individual
5designated by the Governor to serve as the state’s primary point
6of contact for information on federal grants related to community,
7economic, and local development.

8(b) The federal grant administrator may to do any of the
9following:

10(1) Work with representatives from state and local government,
11nonprofit organizations, foundations, institutions of higher
12learning, and other interested parties on applying for and
13managing federal grants.

14(2) Identify employees within state government with expertise
15in federal grant management.

16(3) Support the establishment of a statewide network of
17individuals who serve as point of contact for federal grant
18opportunities, including, but not limited to, individuals in local
19governments, special districts, institutions of higher education,
20nonprofit organizations, and foundations.

P3    1(4) Provide or facilitate the provision of in-person and online
2training to encourage and improve the ability to pursue and
3manage federal grants.

4(5) Develop and maintain information on the Office of Planning
5and Research’s Internet Web Site related to new federal grant
6opportunities, grant management best practices, and other
7resources to support the ability of state and local governments
8and nonprofit organizations to apply and manage federal grants.

9(c) On or before January 1, 2018, and annually thereafter, the
10federal grant administrator shall prepare a summary of federal
11grant funding to the state that includes, but is not limited to, all of
12the following performance metrics:

13(1) Number of federal grants awarded to the state during the
14three years prior to the establishment of the federal grant
15administrator and during the report year.

16(2) Number of completed federal grant applications submitted
17by the state during the report year.

18(3) Total federal dollars received by the state through federal
19grants during the report year.

20(4) Total federal grant dollars expended by the state during the
21report year.

22(5) Total federal grant dollars received in the state by school
23districts and local governments during the report year.

24(6) Number of training sessions hosted by the federal grant
25administrator and attendance at those events during the report
26year.

27(7) Other relevant information regarding federal grant activities
28within the state during the report year, as determined by the federal
29 grant administrator.

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SECTION 1.  

Section 12096.3 of the Government Code is
31amended to read:

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12096.3.  

The office shall serve the Governor as the lead entity
33for economic strategy and the marketing of California on issues
34relating to business development, private sector investment, and
35economic growth. In this capacity, the office may do any of the
36following:

37(a) Recommend to the Governor and the Legislature new state
38policies, programs, and actions, or amendments to existing
39programs, advance statewide economic goals and respond to
40emerging economic problems and opportunities, and ensure that
P4    1all state policies and programs conform to the adopted state
2economic and business development goals.

3(b) Coordinate the development of policies and criteria to ensure
4that federal grants administered or directly expended by state
5government advance statewide economic goals and objectives.

6(c) Market the business and investment opportunities available
7in California by working in partnership with local, regional, federal,
8and other state public and private institutions to encourage business
9development and investment in the state.

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

11(1) Economic and demographic data.

12(2) Financial information to help link businesses with state and
13local public and private programs.

14(3) Workforce information, including, but not limited to, labor
15availability, training, and education programs.

16(4) Transportation and infrastructure information.

17(5) Assistance in obtaining state and local permits.

18(6) Information on tax credits and other incentives.

19(7) Permitting, siting, and other regulatory information pertinent
20to business operations in the state.

21(e) Establish a well-advertised telephone number, an interactive
22Internet Web site, and an administrative structure that effectively
23supports the facilitation of business development and investment
24in the state.

25(f) Encourage collaboration among research institutions, startup
26companies, local governments, venture capitalists, and economic
27development agencies to promote innovation.

28(g) In cooperation with the federal government, foster
29relationships with overseas entities to improve the state’s image
30as a destination for business investment and expansion.

31(h) Conduct research on the state’s business climate, including,
32but not limited to, research on how the state can remain on the
33leading edge of innovation and emerging sectors.

34(i) Support small businesses by providing information about
35accessing capital, complying with regulations, and supporting state
36initiatives that support small business.

37(j) (1) Establish a federal grant administrator who serves as a
38single point-of-contact for information on federal grants related
39to business development, private sector investment, economic
40growth, and local government, and provides coordinating functions
P5    1to manage and maximize federal grant opportunities. A federal
2grant administrator may do any of the following:

3(A) Establish a statewide network of individuals who serve as
4a point-of-contact for federal grant opportunities in their respective
5state agencies and departments, local governments, institutions of
6higher education, and foundations.

7(B) Provide in-person and online training for individuals who
8serve as a point-of-contact to encourage and improve the pursuit
9of federal grant opportunities.

10(C) Identify employees within state government with expertise
11in federal grant management and knowledge of state government
12structure and responsibilities.

13(D) On or before January 1, 2017, and annually thereafter, create
14and post on the office’s Internet Web site a report that tracks annual
15federal grant funding to the state that includes, but is not limited
16to, all of the following performance metrics:

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

18(ii) Number of completed applications.

19(iii) Total dollars received by the state.

20(iv) Total dollars received in the state by schools and local
21governments.

22(v) Number of training sessions hosted by the federal grant
23administrator and attendance at those events.

24(vi) The extent to which individuals in the statewide network
25who serve as a point-of-contact have met and coordinated efforts.

26(2) Maintain information on the office’s Internet Web site
27relating to federal grant information, including, but not limited to,
28relevant information from the federal government, www.grants.gov,
29or a successor Internet Web site operated by the federal
30government, subgrants, state grants, local grants, and foundation
31grants.

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