7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill modifies economic development programs under the Governor's Office of
10 Economic Development (GOED) by amending the Utah Business Resource Centers
12 Highlighted Provisions:
13 This bill:
14 ▸ repeals the Utah Business Assistance Advisory Board;
15 ▸ allows GOED to convene an advisory group as needed to make recommendations
16 for business resource center improvements;
17 ▸ provides certain rulemaking authority to GOED; and
18 ▸ makes technical changes.
19 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
21 Other Special Clauses:
23 Utah Code Sections Affected:
25 63N-3-304, as renumbered and amended by Laws of Utah 2015, Chapter 283
26 63N-3-305, as renumbered and amended by Laws of Utah 2015, Chapter 283
27 63N-3-306, as renumbered and amended by Laws of Utah 2015, Chapter 283
28 63N-3-307, as renumbered and amended by Laws of Utah 2015, Chapter 283
30 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
31 Section 1. Section 63N-3-304 is amended to read:
32 63N-3-304. Establishment and administration of business resource centers --
34 (1) The office shall establish business resource centers in at least four different
35 geographical regions of the state where host institutions are located and the host institutions
36 agree to enter into a business resource center partnership with the office.
37 (2) The office, in partnership with a host institution, shall provide methodology and
38 oversight for a business resource center.
39 (3) A host institution shall contribute 50% of a business resource center's operating
40 costs through cash or in-kind contributions, unless otherwise provided under Subsection
42 (4) The office shall [
44 provide operational oversight and coordination of the business resource centers established
45 under this part.
46 (5) (a) A business resource center shall work with state agencies in creating methods to
47 coordinate functions and measure the impact of the efforts provided by the state agencies and
48 the center.
49 (b) The host institution, state, local and federal governmental entities,
50 quasi-governmental entities, and private entities may:
51 (i) participate in the activities offered by or through a business resource center; and
52 (ii) provide personnel or other appropriate links to the center.
53 (c) (i) Other entities that are not initially involved in the establishment of a business
54 resource center and that are capable of providing supportive services to Utah businesses may
55 apply to the center to become a provider of services at the center.
56 (ii) Entities identified in Subsections (5)(a) and (b) shall provide the [
57 with a service plan, to include funding, which would be made available or supplied to cover the
58 expenses of their services offered at a business resource center.
62 (6) A business resource center may:
63 (a) partner with the office, other host institutions, and other entities to develop and
64 establish web-based access to virtual business resource center services over the Internet to
65 assist in establishing and growing businesses in the state, particularly in those situations where
66 traveling to a business resource center site is not practical;
67 (b) develop a data base and software for:
68 (i) tracking clients and their progress; and
69 (ii) tracking responses and services provided by state agencies and evaluating their
70 effectiveness; and
71 (c) develop outreach programs and services targeted to business clients in rural areas of
72 the state.
73 (7) The office shall include in the annual written report described in Section
74 63N-1-301, a report on measured performance of economic development programs offered by
75 or through established business resource centers.
76 Section 2. Section 63N-3-305 is amended to read:
77 63N-3-305. Duties and responsibilities of a business resource center.
78 (1) A business resource center shall:
79 (a) have a director;
80 (b) be the organization responsible for identifying, tracking, coordinating, and
81 measuring output of assisted business clients in its region;
82 (c) develop programs to aid business clients in finding [
84 (d) recruit state-funded agencies to locate and establish their programs in the business
85 center's region;
86 (e) initiate and encourage business education programs, including programs in
87 collaboration with public, private, and governmental and educational institutions; and
88 (f) work with the host institution in providing academic resources, including faculty
89 and student assistance.
90 (2) A business resource center shall collaborate with the host institution and state
91 agencies to:
92 (a) provide research, development, or training programs for new or existing businesses,
93 industries, or high technology business located in its region;
94 (b) assist in providing needs assessment relating to new or existing businesses,
95 industries, or high technology business in conjunction with other public or private economic
96 development programs or initiatives;
97 (c) assist in providing business incubator space or services, or both, if considered
98 feasible and practical, to clients based on criteria established by the office [
100 (d) work with local business leaders and government officials to help them formulate
101 and implement sound, coordinated, and measurable economic development programs for their
102 communities; and
103 (e) work with local government and other entities in its region in developing and
104 certifying non-state funded satellite business resource centers.
105 Section 3. Section 63N-3-306 is amended to read:
106 63N-3-306. Advisory group.
142 The office may convene an advisory group, as needed, to make recommendations
144 (1) improvements to a business resource center;
145 (2) the selection of a business-service provider; or
146 (3) the general status of a business resource center's duties as described in Section
148 Section 4. Section 63N-3-307 is amended to read:
149 63N-3-307. Office duties.
150 The [
151 (1) [
152 provide operational oversight, coordination, and performance review [
153 to improve the effectiveness of state-funded business assistance programs throughout the state
170 (2) create a competitive budget allocation process regarding the operation and staffing
171 of business resource centers established under this part; and
173 Rulemaking Act, make rules establishing:
174 (a) matching fund exceptions under Subsection 63N-3-304(3);
177 (b) criteria for the approval, creation, and oversight of each business resource center
178 and its staff, including a non-state funded satellite business resource center;
180 in each region serviced by a business resource center[
181 (d) criteria for approving and overseeing business plans.