7 LONG TITLE
8 Committee Note:
9 The Economic Development and Workforce Services Interim Committee recommended
10 this bill.
11 General Description:
12 This bill modifies economic development programs under the Governor's Office of
13 Economic Development (GOED) by amending the Utah Business Resource Centers
15 Highlighted Provisions:
16 This bill:
17 ▸ repeals the Utah Business Assistance Advisory Board;
18 ▸ allows GOED to convene an advisory group as needed to make recommendations
19 for business resource center improvements;
20 ▸ provides certain rulemaking authority to GOED; and
21 ▸ makes technical changes.
22 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
24 Other Special Clauses:
26 Utah Code Sections Affected:
28 63N-3-304, as renumbered and amended by Laws of Utah 2015, Chapter 283
29 63N-3-305, as renumbered and amended by Laws of Utah 2015, Chapter 283
30 63N-3-306, as renumbered and amended by Laws of Utah 2015, Chapter 283
31 63N-3-307, as renumbered and amended by Laws of Utah 2015, Chapter 283
33 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
34 Section 1. Section 63N-3-304 is amended to read:
35 63N-3-304. Establishment and administration of business resource centers --
37 (1) The office shall establish business resource centers in at least four different
38 geographical regions of the state where host institutions are located and the host institutions
39 agree to enter into a business resource center partnership with the office.
40 (2) The office, in partnership with a host institution, shall provide methodology and
41 oversight for a business resource center.
42 (3) A host institution shall contribute 50% of a business resource center's operating
43 costs through cash or in-kind contributions, unless otherwise provided under Subsection
45 (4) The office shall [
47 provide operational oversight and coordination of the business resource centers established
48 under this part.
49 (5) (a) A business resource center shall work with state agencies in creating methods to
50 coordinate functions and measure the impact of the efforts provided by the state agencies and
51 the center.
52 (b) The host institution, state, local and federal governmental entities,
53 quasi-governmental entities, and private entities may:
54 (i) participate in the activities offered by or through a business resource center; and
55 (ii) provide personnel or other appropriate links to the center.
56 (c) (i) Other entities that are not initially involved in the establishment of a business
57 resource center and that are capable of providing supportive services to Utah businesses may
58 apply to the center to become a provider of services at the center.
59 (ii) Entities identified in Subsections (5)(a) and (b) shall provide the [
60 with a service plan, to include funding, which would be made available or supplied to cover the
61 expenses of their services offered at a business resource center.
65 (6) A business resource center may:
66 (a) partner with the office, other host institutions, and other entities to develop and
67 establish web-based access to virtual business resource center services over the Internet to
68 assist in establishing and growing businesses in the state, particularly in those situations where
69 traveling to a business resource center site is not practical;
70 (b) develop a data base and software for:
71 (i) tracking clients and their progress; and
72 (ii) tracking responses and services provided by state agencies and evaluating their
73 effectiveness; and
74 (c) develop outreach programs and services targeted to business clients in rural areas of
75 the state.
76 (7) The office shall include in the annual written report described in Section
77 63N-1-301, a report on measured performance of economic development programs offered by
78 or through established business resource centers.
79 Section 2. Section 63N-3-305 is amended to read:
80 63N-3-305. Duties and responsibilities of a Business Resource Center.
81 (1) A business resource center shall:
82 (a) have a director;
83 (b) be the organization responsible for identifying, tracking, coordinating, and
84 measuring output of assisted business clients in its region;
85 (c) develop programs to aid business clients in finding [
87 (d) recruit state-funded agencies to locate and establish their programs in the business
88 center's region;
89 (e) initiate and encourage business education programs, including programs in
90 collaboration with public, private, and governmental and educational institutions; and
91 (f) work with the host institution in providing academic resources, including faculty
92 and student assistance.
93 (2) A business resource center shall collaborate with the host institution and state
94 agencies to:
95 (a) provide research, development, or training programs for new or existing businesses,
96 industries, or high technology business located in its region;
97 (b) assist in providing needs assessment relating to new or existing businesses,
98 industries, or high technology business in conjunction with other public or private economic
99 development programs or initiatives;
100 (c) assist in providing business incubator space or services, or both, if considered
101 feasible and practical, to clients based on criteria established by the office [
103 (d) work with local business leaders and government officials to help them formulate
104 and implement sound, coordinated, and measurable economic development programs for their
105 communities; and
106 (e) work with local government and other entities in its region in developing and
107 certifying non-state funded satellite business resource centers.
108 Section 3. Section 63N-3-306 is amended to read:
109 63N-3-306. Advisory group.
145 The office may convene an advisory group, as needed, to make recommendations
147 (1) improvements to a Business Resource Center;
148 (2) the selection of a business-service provider; or
149 (3) the general status of a Business Resource Center's duties as described in Section
151 Section 4. Section 63N-3-307 is amended to read:
152 63N-3-307. Duties.
153 The [
154 (1) [
155 provide operational oversight, coordination, and performance review [
156 to improve the effectiveness of state-funded business assistance programs throughout the state
173 (2) create a competitive budget allocation process regarding the operation and staffing
174 of business resource centers established under this part; and
176 Rulemaking Act, make rules establishing:
177 (a) matching fund exceptions under Subsection 63N-3-304(3);
180 (b) criteria for the approval, creation, and oversight of each business resource center
181 and its staff, including a non-state funded satellite business resource center;
183 in each region serviced by a business resource center[
184 (d) criteria for approving and overseeing business plans.
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