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116O.03 Corporation; board of directors; powers.

Subdivision 1. Establishment. Minnesota Technology, Inc. is established as a public corporation of the state and is not subject to the laws governing a state agency except as provided in this chapter. The business of the corporation must be conducted under the name "Minnesota Technology, Inc."

Subd. 1a. Purpose. The purpose of the corporation is to foster long-term economic growth and job creation by stimulating innovation and the development of new products, services, and production processes through energy conservation, technology transfer, applied research, and financial assistance. The corporation's purpose is not to create new programs or services but to build on the existing educational, business, and economic development infrastructure. The primary focus of the corporation's activities must be to benefit new or existing small and medium-sized businesses in greater Minnesota.

Subd. 2. Board of directors. The corporation is governed by a board of 15 directors. The membership terms, compensation, removal, and filling of vacancies of public members of the board are as provided in section 15.0575. Membership of the board consists of the following:

(1) a person from the private sector, appointed by the governor, who shall act as chair and serve as chief science advisor to the governor and the legislature;

(2) the dean of the institute of technology of the University of Minnesota;

(3) the dean of the graduate school of the University of Minnesota;

(4) the commissioner of the department of trade and economic development;

(5) the director of the office of technology;

(6) six members appointed by the governor, at least one of whom must be a person from a public post-secondary system other than the University of Minnesota; and

(7) one member who is not a member of the legislature appointed by each of the following: the speaker of the house of representatives, the house of representatives minority leader, the senate majority leader, and the senate minority leader.

At least 50 percent of the members described in clauses (6) and (7) must live outside the metropolitan area as defined in section 473.121, subdivision 2, and must have experience in manufacturing, the technology industry, or research and development.

Subd. 2a. Repealed, 1991 c 322 s 20

Subd. 3. Bylaws. The board of directors shall adopt bylaws necessary for the conduct of the business of the corporation, consistent with this chapter. The corporation must publish the bylaws and amendments to the bylaws in the State Register.

Subd. 4. Places of business. The board shall locate and maintain the corporation's places of business within the state.

Subd. 5. Meetings and actions of the board. The board shall meet at least twice a year and may hold additional meetings upon giving notice in accordance with the bylaws of the corporation. Board meetings are subject to section 471.705, except when data described in subdivision 7 is discussed.

Subd. 6. Closed meetings; recording. The board of directors may by a majority vote in a public meeting decide to hold a closed meeting authorized under subdivision 5. The time and place of the closed meeting must be announced at the public meeting. A written roll of members present at the closed meeting must be made available to the public after the closed meeting. The proceedings of a closed meeting must be tape recorded at the expense of the board and must be preserved by the board for two years. The data on the tape is nonpublic data under section 13.02, subdivision 9.

Subd. 7. Application and investigative data. The following data is classified as private data with regard to data on individuals under section 13.02, subdivision 12, or as nonpublic data with regard to data not on individuals under section 13.02, subdivision 9, whichever is applicable:

(1) financial data, statistics, and information furnished in connection with assistance or proposed assistance under section 116O.06, including credit reports, financial statements, statements of net worth, income tax returns, either personal or corporate, and any other business and personal financial records; or

(2) security information, trade secret information, or labor relations information, as defined in section 13.37, subdivision 1, disclosed to members of the corporation board or employees of the corporation under section 116O.06.

Subd. 8. Conflict of interest. A director, employee, or officer of the corporation may not participate in or vote on a decision of the board relating to an organization in which the director has either a direct or indirect financial interest.

Subd. 9. Contributions to public officials; disclosure. Each director shall file a statement with the campaign finance and public disclosure board disclosing the nature, amount, date, and recipient of any contribution made to a public official, political committee, political fund, or political party, as defined in chapter 10A, that:

(1) was made within the four years preceding appointment to the Minnesota Technology, Inc. board; and

(2) was subject to the reporting requirements of chapter 10A.

The statement must be updated annually during the director's term to reflect contributions made to public officials during the appointed director's tenure.

Subd. 10. Tort claims. The corporation is a state agency for purposes of section 3.736.

Subd. 11. Statements of economic interest. Directors and officers of the corporation are public officials for the purpose of section 10A.09, and must file statements of economic interest with the campaign finance and public disclosure board.

HIST: 1987 c 386 art 2 s 3; 1988 c 686 art 1 s 66; 1988 c 708 s 2; 1989 c 335 art 1 s 169,170,177; art 4 s 55,56; 1990 c 423 s 5; 1991 c 322 s 2,19; 1993 c 163 art 2 s 3; 1997 c 202 art 2 s 63; 1998 c 270 s 3

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