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SF 2163

as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 03/08/2019 08:45am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to economic development; establishing an airport infrastructure renewal
(AIR) grant program; appropriating money for a grant program; proposing coding
for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 116J.

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

Section 1.

new text begin [116J.439] AIRPORT INFRASTRUCTURE RENEWAL (AIR) GRANT
PROGRAM.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Grant program established; purpose. new text end

new text begin (a) The commissioner shall make
grants to counties or cities to provide up to 50 percent of the capital costs of redevelopment
of an existing facility or construction of a new facility; and for public or private infrastructure
costs, including broadband infrastructure costs, necessary for an eligible airport infrastructure
renewal economic development project.
new text end

new text begin (b) The purpose of the grants made under this section is to keep or enhance jobs in the
area, increase the tax base, or expand or create new economic development.
new text end

new text begin (c) In awarding grants under this section, the commissioner must adhere to the criteria
under subdivision 5.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Definitions. new text end

new text begin (a) For purposes of this section, the following terms have the
meanings given.
new text end

new text begin (b) "City" means a statutory or home rule charter city located outside the metropolitan
area as defined in section 473.121, subdivision 2.
new text end

new text begin (c) "County" means a county located outside the metropolitan area as defined in section
473.121, subdivision 2.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Eligible projects. new text end

new text begin An economic development project for which a county or
city may be eligible to receive a grant under this section includes: (1) manufacturing; (2)
technology; (3) warehousing and distribution; or (4) research and development.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Ineligible projects. new text end

new text begin The following projects are not eligible for a grant under
this section: (1) retail development; or (2) office space development, except as incidental
to an eligible purpose.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Application. new text end

new text begin (a) The commissioner must develop forms and procedures for
soliciting and reviewing applications for grants under this section. At a minimum, a county
or city must include in its application a resolution of the governing body of the county or
city certifying that half of the cost of the project is committed from nonstate sources. The
commissioner must evaluate complete applications for eligible projects using the following
criteria:
new text end

new text begin (1) the project is an eligible project as defined under subdivision 3;
new text end

new text begin (2) the project is expected to result in or will attract substantial public and private capital
investment and provide substantial economic benefit to the county or city in which the
project would be located; and
new text end

new text begin (3) the project is expected to or will create or retain full-time jobs.
new text end

new text begin (b) The determination of whether to make a grant for a site is within the discretion of
the commissioner, subject to this section. The commissioner's decisions and application of
the criteria are not subject to judicial review except for abuse of discretion.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 6. new text end

new text begin Maximum grant amount. new text end

new text begin A county or city may receive no more than $250,000
in two years for one or more projects.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 7. new text end

new text begin Cancellation of grant; return of grant money. new text end

new text begin If after five years the
commissioner determines that a project has not proceeded in a timely manner and is unlikely
to be completed, the commissioner must cancel the grant and require the grantee to return
all grant money awarded for that project.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 8. new text end

new text begin Appropriation. new text end

new text begin Grant money returned to the commissioner is appropriated to
the commissioner to make additional grants under this section.
new text end

Sec. 2. new text beginAPPROPRIATION.
new text end

new text begin $1,000,000 in fiscal year 2020 is appropriated from the general fund to the commissioner
of employment and economic development for the airport infrastructure renewal (AIR)
grant program under Minnesota Statutes, section 116J.439.
new text end