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469.154 DUTIES OF DEED.
    Subdivision 1. Generally. The Department of Employment and Economic Development
shall investigate, assist, and advise municipalities, and report to the governor and the legislature
concerning the operation of sections 469.152 to 469.165 and the projects undertaken under
those sections.
    Subd. 2. Local request for assistance. Any municipality or redevelopment agency
contemplating the exercise of the powers granted by sections 469.152 to 469.165 may apply to
the commissioner for information, advice, and assistance. The commissioner may handle such
preliminary information in a confidential manner, to the extent requested by the municipality.
    Subd. 3. Conditions; approval. No municipality or redevelopment agency shall undertake
any project authorized by sections 469.152 to 469.165, except a project referred to in section
469.153, subdivision 2, paragraph (g) or (j), unless its governing body finds that the project
furthers the purposes stated in section 469.152, nor until the commissioner has approved the
project, on the basis of preliminary information the commissioner requires, as tending to further
the purposes and policies of sections 469.152 to 469.165. The commissioner may not approve
any projects relating to health care facilities except as permitted under subdivision 6. Approval
shall not be deemed to be an approval by the commissioner or the state of the feasibility of the
project or the terms of the revenue agreement to be executed or the bonds to be issued therefor,
and the commissioner shall state this in communicating approval.
    Subd. 4. Hearing. Prior to submitting an application to the department requesting approval
of a project pursuant to subdivision 3, the governing body or a committee of the governing body
of the municipality or redevelopment agency shall conduct a public hearing on the proposal to
undertake and finance the project. Notice of the time and place of hearing, and stating the general
nature of the project and an estimate of the principal amount of bonds or other obligations to be
issued to finance the project, shall be published at least once not less than 14 days nor more
than 30 days prior to the date fixed for the hearing, in the official newspaper and a newspaper
of general circulation of the municipality or redevelopment agency. The notice shall state that
a draft copy of the proposed application to the department, together with all attachments and
exhibits, shall be available for public inspection following the publication of the notice and
shall specify the place and times where and when it will be so available. The governing body of
the municipality or the redevelopment agency shall give all parties who appear at the hearing
an opportunity to express their views with respect to the proposal to undertake and finance the
project. Following the completion of the public hearing, the governing body of the municipality
or redevelopment agency shall adopt a resolution determining whether or not to proceed with the
project and its financing; it may thereafter apply to the department for approval of the project.
    Subd. 5. Information to Employment and Economic Development Department. Each
municipality and redevelopment agency upon entering into a revenue agreement, except one
pertaining to a project referred to in section 469.153, subdivision 2, paragraph (g) or (j), shall
furnish the Employment and Economic Development Department on forms the department
prescribes the following information concerning the project: The name of the contracting party,
the nature of the enterprise, the location, approximate number of employees, the general terms
and nature of the revenue agreement, the amount of bonds or notes issued, and other information
the Employment and Economic Development Department deems advisable. The Employment
and Economic Development Department shall keep a record of the information which shall be
available to the public at times the department prescribes.
    Subd. 6.[Repealed, 1997 c 203 art 4 s 73]
    Subd. 7. Employment preference. Every municipality, redevelopment agency, or other
person undertaking a project financed wholly or in part under sections 469.152 to 469.165 or by
similar financing mechanisms is encouraged to target employment opportunities to qualified
individuals who are unemployed or economically disadvantaged as defined in the federal Job
Training Partnership Act of 1982, Statutes at Large, volume 96, page 1322. The intent of this
subdivision may be accomplished by mechanisms such as a first source agreement in which
the employer agrees to use a designated employment office as a first source for employment
recruitment, referral, and placement, and by other means.
Not later than July 1, 1987, every municipality, redevelopment agency, or other person who
undertakes a project financed wholly or in part by these financing mechanisms shall submit an
employment report to the energy and economic development authority. The report shall be on
forms provided by the Energy and Economic Development Authority and shall include, but need
not be limited to, the following information:
(1) the total number of jobs created by the project;
(2) the number of unemployed and economically disadvantaged persons hired; and
(3) the average wage level of the jobs created.
History: 1987 c 291 s 155; 1987 c 312 art 1 s 26 subd 2; 1989 c 355 s 6,7; 2002 c 379
art 1 s 95; 1Sp2003 c 4 s 1