2022 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Hudson
Coalfield Community Development Program Managers

Item 115 #9h

Item 115 #9h

First Year - FY2023 Second Year - FY2024
Commerce and Trade
Department of Housing and Community Development FY2023 $218,000 FY2024 $218,000 GF
FY2023 2.00 FY2024 2.00 FTE

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"T.1. Out of this appropriation, $218,000 in the first year and $218,000 in the second year from the general fund is provided to establish two Coalfield Community Development Program Manager positions within the Division of Economic Development and Community Vitality at the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) to coordinate a cross-government approach ensuring effective implementation of current programs and future programs benefiting the coalfield region.

2. The program managers shall provide planning capacity and grant support for planning districts, local governments, industrial development authorities, and industrial facilities authorities within the commercial coal-producing counties of Southwest Virginia or within the counties of Southwest Virginia that have historically produced commercial coal to effectively maximize local applications for federal and state funding opportunities, especially for coal reclamation projects, and economic and community development programs. Support shall be limited to only applications, projects, and programs in localities as described in this paragraph.

3.a. The Department shall establish an Inter-agency Task Force chaired by the Secretary of Commerce and Trade (or a designee) and comprise of designees from Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP), Virginia Energy, Virginia Tourism (VTC), Department of Housing and Community Development (DHDC), Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS), Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), the Secretary of Labor, Coalfield Economic Development Authority (VCEDA), the Tobacco Commission (TRRC), and the Virginia Community College System. This Inter-agency Task Force will prioritize but not limit its work to the following four topics: (i.) A downtown revitalization matching fund for communities of less than 2,000 people. (ii.) Expansion of the Tobacco Commission's Talent Attraction Program. (iii) Support for the Southwest Virginia Energy Park, known as the “Energy Lab” project. and, (iv) Support for the innovative Energy Storage and Electrification Manufacturing (ESEM) project.

b. The Inter-agency Task Force must consult with impacted stakeholders including residents of the coalfield counties, employers in the coalfield counties, local government representatives, and representatives of regional nonprofit entities.

c. The Inter-agency Task Force must report on its findings to the General Assembly by June 1, 2023.

d. Staffing support will be provided by the two program managers funded in this paragraph, who in addition to the responsibilities outlined above will conduct regular stakeholder outreach and communications outreach with impacted communities and regional stakeholders to identify the programs, resources, and policy changes necessary to support transitioning workers and communities."


(This amendment provides $218,000 in each fiscal year from the general fund for two program managers to assist the coalfield region of the state, and creates an inter-agency taskforce.)