(a) The commissioner of employment and economic development shall lead a public-private project with science and technology experts from public, academic, and private sectors to advise state agency collaboration to design, coordinate, and administer a strategic science and technology program for the state designed to promote the welfare of the people of the state, maximize the economic growth of the state, and create and retain jobs in the state's industrial base through enhancement of Minnesota's:
(1) high technology research and development capabilities;
(2) product and process innovation and commercialization;
(3) high technology manufacturing capabilities;
(4) science and technology business environment; and
(5) science and technology workforce preparation.
(b) Project membership shall consist of science and technology experts from public, academic, and private sectors. A member must have a background in science or technology in order to serve on the project. The project members shall consist of at least 13 members as follows:
(1) a representative of the University of Minnesota;
(2) a representative of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities;
(3) the chief executive officer of Mayo Clinic or a designee; and
(4) six chief executive officers or designees from science- or technology-oriented companies and four representatives from science- and technology-oriented trade organizations.
(c) The commissioner of employment and economic development must report by January 15, 2010, to the legislative committees having jurisdiction over science and technology and economic development policy and finance on the activities of the project and must recommend changes or additions to its organization, including specific recommendations for necessary legislation.