THE SENATE

S.B. NO.

1296

THIRTY-SECOND LEGISLATURE, 2023

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

 

RELATING TO DESIGNATED ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT.

 

 

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

 


SECTION 1. The legislature finds that being a U.S. Economic Development Administration-designated economic development district provides an opportunity to work comprehensively to achieve locally developed goals that leverage and build upon interrelated community assets, such as workforce, infrastructure, and housing. An economic development district develops a long-term established relationship with the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration that includes annual federal funding to support the development and implementation of the Hawaii comprehensive economic development strategy. A U.S. Economic Development Administration investment of federal funds is much more likely, on a per capita basis, to be located in an economic development district area than in an area that is not covered by an economic development district.

The legislature further finds that regional eligibility to be designated as an economic development district by the U.S. Economic Development Administration requires the region to have a U.S. Economic Development Administration-approved comprehensive economic development strategy that contains a specific program for intra-district cooperation, self-help, and public investment, is approved by the affected state and the U.S. Economic Development Administration Assistant Secretary, obtains commitments from a majority of counties within the proposed district, and forms a district organization that meets the economic development district requirements. A district organization may be organized as a public organization established under state-enabling legislation for the creation of a multi-jurisdictional area-wide planning organization.

To ensure that Hawaii is eligible for the substantial benefits of a U.S. Economic Development Administration-designated economic development district, the purposes of this Act are to:

(1) Establish the Hawaii economic development district planning organization and governing board that meet the requirements of the U.S. Economic Development Administration, as provided in Title 13 Code of Federal Regulations Section 304.2, by being broadly representative of the principal economic interests of the region, including private sector, public officials, community leaders, representatives of workforce development boards, institutions of higher learning, minority and labor groups, and private citizens; and

(2) Designate the office of planning and sustainable development to organize the district organization assisted by professional staff with economic development planning qualifications.

SECTION 2. Chapter 226, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding to part II a new section to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:

"226-A Hawaii economic development district planning organization. (a) There is established the Hawaii economic development district planning organization, which shall be the district organization to implement the U.S. Economic Development Administration-approved comprehensive economic development strategy. The Hawaii economic development district planning organization shall be placed within the department of business, economic development, and tourism and attached to the office of planning and sustainable development for administrative purposes.

(b) The Hawaii economic development district planning organization shall:

(1) Develop, manage, and support effective multi-level partnerships in order to promote intra-district cooperation, self-help, and public investment to restore and sustain economic resilience and prosperity;

(2) Support organizations within the economic development district to apply for funding;

(3) Implement the U.S. Economic Development Administration approved comprehensive economic development strategy; and

(4) Present to the governor and legislature any annual updates to the comprehensive economic development strategy.

(c) The Hawaii economic development district planning organization shall be headed by a board that shall be composed of fifteen members as follows:

(1) Director of the office of planning and sustainable development, or designated representative, who shall serve as chair;

(2) The mayor of each county, or designated representative;

(3) The executive director of each county economic development board, or designated representative;

(4) A representative of each county workforce development board to be designated by the chair of the respective board;

(5) The president of the University of Hawaii, or designated representative; and

(6) A representative of a labor organization to be appointed by the governor.

(d) The nongovernmental members of the Hawaii economic development district planning organization board shall serve for no more than two consecutive terms of four years and without compensation but shall be reimbursed for expenses, including travel expenses, necessary for the performance of their duties. Members shall not be subject to section 26-34(a).

(e) The Hawaii economic development district planning organization board shall hold public meetings, subject to chapter 92, at least twice a year."

SECTION 3. There are established two full-time temporary exempt economic development planning analyst positions to support the Hawaii economic development district planning organization to be paid out of the general revenues of the State of Hawaii.

SECTION 4. There is appropriated out of the general revenues of the State of Hawaii the sum of $200,000 or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2023-2024 and the same sum or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2024-2025 to carry out the purposes of this Act, including the hiring of necessary staff.

The sums appropriated shall be expended by the department of business, economic development, and tourism.

SECTION 5. In codifying the new section added by section 2 of this Act, the revisor of statutes shall substitute an appropriate section number for the letter used in designating the new section in this Act.

SECTION 6. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 7. This Act, upon its approval, shall take effect on July 1, 2023.

 

INTRODUCED BY:

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BY REQUEST


 


 

Report Title:

Hawaii Economic Development District Planning Organization; Office of Planning and Sustainable Development

 

Description:

Establishes the Hawaii Economic Development District Planning Organization and board. Designates the Office of Planning and Sustainable Development to organize the Hawaii Economic Development District Planning Organization. Establishes two full-time exempt positions. Makes an appropriation.

 

 

 

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