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2005 Session

Budget Bill - HB1500 (Introduced)

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Department of Business Assistance

Item 107

Item 107

First Year - FY2005Second Year - FY2006
Industrial Development Services (53400)$13,196,771$12,748,887
$13,547,587
Community and Business Assistance (53401)FY2005 $5,498,091FY2006 $5,050,207
$5,198,907
Industrial Employee Training (53403)FY2005 $7,698,680FY2006 $7,698,680
$8,198,680
Financial Assistance for Industrial Development (53410)FY2005 $0FY2006 $150,000
Fund Sources: 
GeneralFY2005 $10,865,726FY2006 $10,417,842
$11,216,542
SpecialFY2005 $350,253FY2006 $350,253
Commonwealth TransportationFY2005 $1,065,924FY2006 $1,065,924
Dedicated Special RevenueFY2005 $799,780FY2006 $799,780
Federal TrustFY2005 $115,088FY2006 $115,088

Authority: Title 2.2, Chapter 9; Chapter 22, Article 7; and Chapter 24, Article 7, Code of Virginia.


A. The Virginia Small Business Financing Authority is authorized to withdraw revenues of up to $50,000 the first year and $50,000 the second year from the accrued interest balances of the Virginia Small Business Growth Fund in order to cover the costs of administering the Virginia Capital Access Program.


B.1. Out of the amounts for Industrial Development Services shall be provided $148,700 the first year and $148,700 the second year from the general fund to the Virginia-Israel Advisory Board.


2. The Virginia-Israel Advisory Board shall report by January 15 of each year to the Chairmen of the Senate Finance and House Appropriations Committees on the Board's activities and expenditure of state funds.


C. Any monies remaining in the Industrial Employee Training Program at the end of fiscal years 2005 and 2006 shall not revert to the general fund of the state treasury but shall be deposited to the Workforce Retraining Fund and be available for allocation in the ensuing fiscal years.


D. To meet changing financing needs of small businesses, the Executive Director of the Virginia Small Business Financing Authority with the approval of the Director of the Department of Business Assistance may transfer moneys between funds managed by the Authority. These include the Virginia Small Business Growth Fund (§ 2.2-2310, Code of Virginia); the Virginia Export Fund (§ 2.2-2309, Code of Virginia); and the Insurance or Guarantee Fund (§ 2.2-2290, Code of Virginia). The Executive Director of the Virginia Small Business Financing Authority shall report, by fund, the transfers made by January 1 of each year to the Chairmen of the Senate Finance and House Appropriations Committees.


E. Out of the amounts provided for Industrial Development Services shall be provided $300,000 the first year from the general fund for the Virginia Capital Access Program. These funds shall be deposited to the Virginia Small Business Growth Fund.


F. To encourage equal opportunity in state procurement, the Department of Business Assistance shall recognize and fully implement the Governor's Executive Order 29 issued on July 2, 2002.


G.1. The Department of Business Assistance shall continue the study authorized under Item 125 of Chapter 1042 of the Acts of Assembly of 2003.


2. However, any monies held in an institutional fund outside of the state treasury for the purpose of carrying out the study shall be transferred to the state treasury. Such moneys shall be treated as special funds, and shall not be taken into consideration in, nor be used to reduce, state appropriations or payments, but such funds shall be used in accordance with the wishes of the donors to offset the costs of conducting analyses of the availability and utilization of minority business enterprises or otherwise strengthen the services rendered by the department to minority business enterprises in the Commonwealth. The Director, Department of Planning and Budget, is authorized to establish a nongeneral fund appropriation for the purpose of expending revenues that are received for this study.


H. The Department of Business Assistance is authorized to relocate from its present location to another less-expensive location more accessible to the public.


I. In developing the operating plan for the consolidated agency, the Department of Business Assistance shall seek input from representatives of affected client and industry groups. Upon completion of the operating plan, the Director, Department of Business Assistance, shall submit copies to the Chairmen of the Senate Finance and House Appropriations Committees for their review no later than October 1, 2004.


J. It is the intent of the General Assembly that proposed legislation in the 2005 Session to effectuate the merger shall ensure that the core operations of the Department of Minority Business Enterprise shall continue.


K.  Out of the amounts provided for Industrial Development Services shall be provided $150,000 the second year from the general fund for a statewide small business incubator program.  Grants shall be awarded on a competitive basis with preference given to applicants demonstrating significant local, private, or federal match money.  Cash contributions shall be afforded higher priority than "in-kind" matches.  The Department of Business Assistance shall monitor the progress of the grantees and report to the Chairmen of the Senate Finance and House Appropriations Committees and the Director of the Department of Planning and Budget by November 4, 2005.  The report shall include, but not be limited to, the number of grants awarded, the location and degree of local and private participation of each successful applicant, the number of businesses to be served at each site, the level of business investment at each site, the number of jobs created, and the applicant's expenses in managing the small business incubator.  Any unexpended balance in this program at the close of business on June 30, 2005 and June 30, 2006 shall not revert to the general fund, but shall be carried forward and reappropriated.