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Laws of Minnesota 1990 CHAPTER 423-S.F.No. 2360 An act relating to economic development; clarifying the appointing authority for the board of the Minnesota Project Outreach Corporation; requiring duties of the Minnesota Project Outreach Corporation; requiring notification under the capital access program; removing the requirement that employees of the Greater Minnesota Corporation file statements of economic interest; changing the procedure for adopting a neighborhood revitalization program; amending Minnesota Statutes 1989 Supplement, sections 116J.691, subdivisions 1, 2, and 4; 116J.8766, by adding a subdivision; 116O.03, subdivision 11; and 469.203, subdivision 4; repealing Minnesota Statutes 1989 Supplement, section 469.203, subdivision 5. BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: 2, Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 1989 Supplement, section 116J.691, subdivision 1, is amended to read: Subdivision 1. [ESTABLISHMENT; PURPOSE.] The Minnesota Project Outreach Corporation is established as a nonprofit public corporation under chapter 317 and is subject to the provisions of that chapter. The corporation is not a state agency. The purpose of the corporation is to (i) facilitate the transfer of technology and scientific advice from the University of Minnesota and other institutions to businesses in the state that may make economic use of the information; and (ii) to assist small and medium-sized businesses in finding technical and financial assistance providers that meet their needs. Sec. 2. Minnesota Statutes 1989 Supplement, section 116J.691, subdivision 2, is amended to read: Subd. 2. [BOARD OF DIRECTORS; EMPLOYEES.] The Minnesota Project Outreach Corporation shall be governed by a nine-member board of directors consisting of the president of the University of Minnesota or the president's designee, the
deputycommissioner of trade and economic development for community developmentor the commissioner's designee, the chair of the Greater Minnesota Corporation board of directors or the chair's designee, the president of the Minnesota Project Outreach Corporation, a member of the state senate appointed by the subcommittee on committees of the senate rules and administration committee, a member of the house of representatives appointed by the speaker, a representative ofperson who has experience with small manufacturing firms located outside the metropolitan area, a representative ofperson who has experience with medium-sized manufacturing firms located in the metropolitan area, one of which must be actively engaged in manufacturing, and a private sector person representing the general public. The governor shall appoint the representatives of the manufacturing firms and the general public. Vacancies on the board for the members who are representatives of the manufacturing firms and the general publicappointed by the governor shall be filled by the board until the respective term expires. The president of the Minnesota Project Outreach Corporation shall be appointed by at least a two-thirds majority of the other members of the board. The terms of the directors appointed by the governor shall be three years. The directors appointed by the governor shall serve until their successors are appointed and qualify. The board may elect a chair and form committees of the board. The officers and any employees of the corporation are not state employees. Sec. 3. Minnesota Statutes 1989 Supplement, section 116J.691, subdivision 4, is amended to read: Subd. 4. [DUTIES.] The Minnesota Project Outreach Corporation shall: (1) establish a technology assistance system to assist business, specifically new and other small and medium-sized businesses across the state, in gaining access to technical information, including but not limited to technologies developed by the University of Minnesota and other higher education systems and their personnel; and in gaining access to technology-related federal programs .; (2) establish and maintain a data base or data bases that provide information for the technology assistance system under clause (1) that may include information on (i) science and technology experts, (ii) technical research projects underway at public higher education institutions in the state, (iii) licensable technology available at public higher education institutions in the state, (iv) access to federal technology and technical information, and (v) access to technical and business education; (3) provide literature search and document retrieval services through the technology assistance system under clause (1); (4) establish and continually update a business assistance referral system which includes a data base of economic development related technical assistance and financial assistance providers or programs sponsored by federal agencies, state agencies, educational institutions, chambers of commerce, civic organizations, community development groups, local governments, private industry associations, and other organizations and individuals that provide assistance; (3)(5) establish and maintain or contract for the establishment of a toll-free telephone number operated by trained staff familiar with the business assistance referral system and data base; (4)(6) maintain a marketing and outreach program informing persons interested in starting, operating, or expanding small business and assistance providers of the technology assistance system and the business assistance referral system; (5)(7) establish, where possible, regional bases and referral systems for the business assistance referral system; and (6)(8) make available the data base of the business assistance referral system to the legislature, the department of trade and economic development, and other state agencies for evaluating the effectiveness and efficiency of the provision of economic development-related technical and financial assistance in the state. Sec. 4. Minnesota Statutes 1989 Supplement, section 116J.8766, is amended by adding a subdivision to read: Subd. 4. [TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE.] When a borrower becomes 60 days delinquent in the payments of an enrolled loan or before a lender files a claim with the commissioner, the lender must notify the commissioner of the delinquency. The commissioner, after notification, shall inform the borrower of the technical assistance providers in the borrower's area that may assist in solving any business or management problems experienced by the borrower. Sec. 5. Minnesota Statutes 1989 Supplement, section 116O.03, subdivision 11, is amended to read: Subd. 11. [STATEMENTS OF ECONOMIC INTEREST.] Directors ,and officers , and employeesof the corporation are public officials for the purpose of section 10A.09, and must file statements of economic interest with the ethical practices board. Sec. 6. Minnesota Statutes 1989 Supplement, section 469.203, subdivision 4, is amended to read: Subd. 4. [CITY APPROVAL OF PROGRAM.] (a) For the purposes of this subdivision, "city" means the cities of Minneapolis and Duluth. (b)Before adoption of a revitalization program under paragraph (c)(b), the city must submit a preliminary program to the commissioner, the state planning agency, and the Minnesota housing finance agency for their comments. The city may not adopt the revitalization program until comments have been received from the state agencies or 30 days have elapsed without response after the program was sent to them. Comments received by the city from the state agencies within the 30-day period must be responded to in writing by the city before adoption of the program by the city. (c)(b) The city may adopt a revitalization program only after holding a public hearing after the program has been prepared. Notice of the hearing must be provided in a newspaper of general circulation in the city and in the most widely circulated community newspaper in the targeted neighborhoods not less than ten days nor more than 30 days before the date of the hearing. (d)(c) A certification by the city that a revitalization program has been approved by the city council for the targeted neighborhood must be provided to the commissioner together with a copy of the program. A copy of the program must also be provided to the Minnesota housing finance agency and the state planning agency. (e)(d) A revitalization program for the city may be modified at any time by the city council after a public hearing, notice of which is published in a newspaper of general circulation in the city and in the targeted neighborhood at least ten days nor more than 30 days before the date of the hearing. If the city council determines that the proposed modification is a significant modification to the program originally certified under paragraph (d)(c), the city council shall implement the revitalization program approval and certification process of this subdivision for the proposed modification. Sec. 7. [REPEALER.] Minnesota Statutes 1989 Supplement, section 469.203, subdivision 5, is repealed. Presented to the governor April 9, 1990 Signed by the governor April 12, 1990, 10:45 a.m.