as amended, Irwin.
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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.end delete
This bill would
begin delete additionally authorize the office toend delete establish a federal grant begin delete administratorend delete who begin delete servesend delete as a begin delete single point-of-contactend delete
for information on federal grants related to begin delete business development, private sector investment, economic growth, and local government,end delete and begin delete provides coordinating functionsend delete to manage and maximize federal grant opportunities within the state, as provided. begin delete Thisend delete bill would further authorize the begin delete officeend delete to maintain information on begin delete itsend delete Internet Web site relating to federal begin delete grants and other grant opportunities.end delete
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.
The people of the State of California do enact as follows:
Section 12096.3 of the Government Code is
31amended to read:
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
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
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