2022 Special Session I

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Conference Report)

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Federal Funding in Coal Communities

Item 115 #11c

Item 115 #11c

First Year - FY2023 Second Year - FY2024
Commerce and Trade
Department of Housing and Community Development FY2023 $200,000 FY2024 $200,000 GF

Page 97, line 53, strike "$138,480,442" and insert "$138,680,442".
Page 97, line 53, strike "$129,460,442" and insert "$129,660,442".

Page 103, after line 4, insert:

"T.1. Out of this appropriation, $200,000 the first year and $200,000 the second year from the general fund is provided for the Lenowisco Planning District Commission and the Cumberland Plateau Planning District Commission (PDC), in equal amounts, to identify, plan, and support economic development efforts within each PDC that align with federal funding opportunities, including Assistance to Coal Communities funding. In fulfilling the purposes of this paragraph, the PDCs may hire an additional position to help coordinate efforts and activities designed to maximize the receipt of federal funding by the region. These economic development initiatives may be coordinated Virginia Economic Development Partnership Authority and other regional economic development organizations as applicable. The PDCs shall provide quarterly reports to the department on the activities supported and federal investment secured as a result of the funding provided in this paragraph.

2. The department shall establish an Inter-Agency Task Force chaired by the Secretary of Commerce and Trade, or their designee, and comprised of designees from the Virginia Economic Development Partnership Authority, Virginia Energy, the Virginia Tourism Corporation, the Department of Housing and Community Development, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, the Secretary of Labor, the Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority, the Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission, and the Virginia Community College System. The purpose of the Inter-Agency Task Force is to review and make recommendations to support economic development in Southwest Virginia. The Inter-Agency Task Force shall initially review and make recommendations on its findings to the General Assembly by June 1, 2023 regarding (i) the establishment of 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 project. The Inter-Agency Task Force may include additional recommendations that will support economic development and job creation in the region in its June 2023 report to the General Assembly. In conducting its review, the department's Division of Economic Development and Community Vitality shall conduct regular stakeholder outreach with impacted communities and regional stakeholders to identify the necessary programs, resources, and policy changes required to support transitioning workers and communities. The Inter-Agency Task Force shall consult with impacted stakeholders including residents of the coalfield counties, employers in the coalfield counties, local government representatives, and representatives of regional nonprofit entities."


(This amendment provides additional support for the Lenowisco Planning District Commission and the Cumberland Plateau Planning District Commission to maximize federal programs and funding targeted to coal communities. It also establishes an Inter-Agency Task Force to make recommendations to the General Assembly on economic development opportunities in Southwest Virginia.)