Report Title:

Education; Technology Development; Private Sector Involvement

 

Description:

Creates informal public-private technology development working group to develop an approach to increase greater private sector involvement in future initiatives to expand technology development in Hawaii. Report to governor/legislature by 2003 regular session. Repealed 6/30/2003.

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

H.B. NO.

1873

TWENTY-FIRST LEGISLATURE, 2002

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 


 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

relating to technology.

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

SECTION 1. The legislature finds that the American Electronics Association has ranked Hawaii forty-eighth in the number of technology-related jobs and forty-first in the amount of technology research and development spending per capita. Worldwide spending on information technology services is projected to double to $1,400,000,000,000 by 2005, led by the Asia-Pacific region. However, Hawaii has had an average of fewer than three hundred annual job openings in the information technology sector between 1996 and 2001.

Recent technology-related layoffs on the mainland have contributed to a growing skilled labor pool available for expanding the technology-related industries in Hawaii. The State already has a $1,800,000,000 technology core based at the University of Hawaii, the Maui supercomputing center, and at Mauna Kea. The arrival of technology sector businesses from the mainland will stimulate further in-state technology development. However, tax incentives recently passed by the legislature must be supplemented by a reversal of Hawaii's business image as lacking in skilled labor and venture capital. This can be achieved through more intensive and improved advertising by Hawaii's high-tech business leaders.

The purpose of this Act is to provide a concrete platform upon which to generate greater private sector involvement in future initiatives to expand technology development in the State and thus increase the number of technology-related jobs in Hawaii.

SECTION 2. (a) The department of business, economic development, and tourism shall provide administrative support and participate in an informal public-private technology development working group composed of members of:

(1) The department of business, economic development, and tourism;

(2) The Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii;

(3) The Hawaii Technology Trade Association; and

(4) The economic development boards of the respective counties.

The working group shall select a chairperson from among the members; provided that no representative from the department of business, economic development, and tourism shall act as chairperson.

(b) The working group shall develop a collaborative public-private approach to increase greater private sector involvement in future initiatives to expand technology development in the State, including the relocation of technology firms to the State, and thus increase the number of technology-related jobs in Hawaii.

(c) The department of business, economic development, and tourism shall report the progress of the working group to the governor and to the legislature at least twenty days prior to the convening of regular session of 2003.

SECTION 3. This Act shall take effect upon its approval and shall be repealed on June 30, 2003.

INTRODUCED BY:

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