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2000 Session

Budget Bill - HB29 (Introduced)

Virginia Tourism Authority

Item 94.10

Item 94.10 (Not set out)

First Year - FY1999Second Year - FY2000
Tourist Promotion (53600)$0$18,096,929
Financial Assistance for Tourist Attractions and Promotions (53606)FY1999 $0FY2000 $125,000
Tourist Promotion Services (53607)FY1999 $0FY2000 $17,971,929
Fund Sources: 
GeneralFY1999 $0FY2000 $18,096,929

Authority: Discretionary Inclusion.


A. The Department of Transportation shall pay to the Virginia Tourism Authority $450,000 the second year for continued operation of the Welcome Centers. Additional revenues needed to operate the Welcome Centers in the second year shall be collected by the Authority from fees paid by businesses for display space. The Department of Transportation shall provide maintenance at each facility.


B. The Authority is authorized to spend $200,000 the second year from the general fund to support the "See Virginia First" cooperative advertising program operated by the Virginia Association of Broadcasters.


C. The Authority is authorized to spend $110,000 the second year from the general fund to support the "See Virginia First" cooperative advertising program operated by the Outdoor Advertising Association of Virginia.


D. Out of the amounts for Tourist Promotion shall be provided $5,750,000 the second year from the general fund for the Cooperative Advertising Program. In making disbursements to a qualified organization, the Authority shall develop guidelines to allow such organization a waiver to the minimum deposit requirement.


E. Upon authorization of the Governor, the Virginia Tourism Authority may transfer funds appropriated to it by this act to a nonstock corporation.


F.1. Before the beginning of each fiscal year, the Virginia Tourism Authority shall provide to the Chairmen of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees and the Director of the Department of Planning and Budget a report of its operating plan. Within two months after the end of the fiscal year, the Authority shall provide a detailed expenditure report for the concluded fiscal year.


2. Within two months after the end of the fiscal year, the Authority shall submit to the Governor and the Chairmen of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees a listing of the salaries and bonuses for all Authority employees for the concluded fiscal year.


3. The format for all three reports shall be developed with and approved by the Department of Planning and Budget.


G. The State Comptroller shall disburse the second year appropriation as follows: Twenty percent (20%) in the first month, fifteen percent (15%) in each of the second and third months, six percent (6%) in each of the fourth through the tenth months, and four percent (4%) in each of the last two months. The Director of the Department of Planning and Budget may authorize an increase in disbursements for any month, not to exceed the total appropriation for the fiscal year, if such an advance is necessary to meet payment obligations.


H. The Potomac Gateway Welcome Center shall provide a report to the Chairmen of the Senate Finance and House Appropriations Committees by November 5, 1999, on the status of its construction project, the numbers of tourists using the Center, and the estimated economic impact of the Center on the Northern Neck Peninsula.


I. Out of this Item, $50,000 the second year from the general fund shall be transferred to the Virginia Southwest Blue Ridge Highlands to assist with tourism and marketing of Southwest Virginia. The organization shall provide a report by November 4, 1999, on its current and future activities, finances, and accomplishments. The report shall be submitted to the Chairmen of the Senate Finance and House Appropriations Committees.


J. Out of the amounts in this Item shall be provided $135,000 the second year from the general fund to provide support to the Coalfield Tourism Authority. The Authority shall provide a report by November 4, 1999, on its current and future activities, finances, and accomplishments. The report shall be submitted to the Chairmen of the Senate Finance and House Appropriations Committees.


K. The Virginia Tourism Authority shall enter into a Memorandum of Agreement with the Virginia Economic Development Partnership for the Partnership to provide administrative and support services for the Authority until July 1, 2000, or until the Authority is able to provide such services.


L. The Virginia Tourism Authority shall prepare a plan to establish regional visitor centers. The plan shall include, but not be limited to, the number of such visitor centers to be established in the state; the size of each center in terms of square feet and the programs and services to be provided; the amount of operating and capital budgets for each center; the extent of state participation in funding the operating and capital budgets of such centers; the extent of local government and private sector participation needed before the state invests; and the relationship between the state welcome centers and regional visitor centers. The plan shall be submitted to the Secretary of Commerce and Trade and the Chairmen of the Senate Finance and House Appropriations Committees by November 3, 1999.


M. The Virginia Tourism Authority shall study the feasibility of establishing Virginia as a golfing destination through the development of a coordinated system of golf facilities throughout the Commonwealth.


N. The Virginia Tourism Authority shall conduct an audit of governmental regulations impacting the film industry in Virginia, and shall identify those regulations that are an obstacle to the film industry. The Authority shall complete this audit by January 1, 2000, and shall report this information to the Secretary of Commerce and Trade.


O. The Virginia Tourism Authority shall conduct a study of the labor requirements of the film industry and determine which educational institutions (vocational, community college, or university) are most appropriately positioned to establish and operate workforce training programs dedicated to creating a highly skilled workforce for the film industry. The Virginia Tourism Authority shall report the results of this study to the Secretaries of Education and Commerce and Trade by January 1, 2000.


P. Out of the amounts in this Item shall be provided $150,000 in the second year from the general fund to the Virginia Foundation for Humanities and Public Policy to establish the "African-American Heritage Trails in Virginia" program. Funds may be used to support two positions for research and for developing a database of African-American sites, as well as to promote and market the sites.


Q. Out of the amounts for Tourist Promotion shall be provided an additional $225,000 the second year from the general fund for the Centerstate-29 Welcome Center, located on Route 29 South at the North Carolina border.


R. Out of the amounts in this Item shall be provided $100,000 the second year from the general fund for a Regional Tourism Promotion Advertising Program. Funding from this program will be used on the basis of a 50 percent match by any group of at least three political jurisdictions for regional tourism promotion advertising campaigns.