Chapter 5B. Economic Development Act Of 1985


Published: 2015

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WVC 5B-

CHAPTER 5B. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ACT OF 1985.

WVC 5 B- 3 -

ARTICLE 3. WEST VIRGINIA ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY: A VISION

SHARED.







WVC 5 B- 3 - 1

§5B-3-1. Legislative intent.

(a) West Virginia: A shared vision statement. -- West

Virginia's strong commitment to future generations has created a

vibrant and diverse economy balancing quality jobs and the state's

irreplaceable natural beauty. West Virginia has a highly skilled

and educated workforce, is a leader in innovation and offers an

excellent quality of life for all residents.

(b) "West Virginia: A vision shared" vision statement is

meant to be used as a touchstone to ensure that actions being

undertaken are in line and on course.

(c) It is the intent of the Legislature to set economic

development goals for the state and that the joint commission on

economic development, created in this article, use the goals in

bringing all agencies performing economic development and workforce

investment activities together to improve the economic situation in

this state.

(d) Furthermore, it is the intent of the Legislature that the

state work toward accomplishing three overall goals:

(1) The development of a comprehensive statewide economic

development strategy;

(2) The effective statewide coordination of economic

development programs; and

(3) The development of meaningful agency and program

benchmarks and performance-based evaluations.







WVC 5 B- 3 - 2

§5B-3-2. Creation of the joint commission on economic development.

(a) The joint commission on economic development is hereby

established. The commission shall be composed of not more than

twenty-four members as follows:

(1) The chairs of the Senate and House of Delegates finance

committees;

(2) The chairs of the Senate and House of Delegates judiciary

committees;

(3) The chairs of the Senate and House of Delegates education

committees;

(4) Not more than nine additional members of the Senate

appointed by the president of the Senate, with at least one member

representing health; and

(5) Not more than nine additional members of the House of

Delegates appointed by the speaker of the House of Delegates, with

at least one member representing health.

(b) Any vacancies occurring in the membership of the

commission shall be filled in the same manner as the original

appointment for the position being vacated. The vacancy shall not

affect the power of the remaining members to perform the duties of

the commission.

(c) The commission may explore how West Virginia can:

(1) Invest in systems that build workforce skills and promote

lifelong learning to ensure a competitive workforce;

(2) Enhance the infrastructure, communications and transportation needed to support the knowledge-based industries and

electronic commerce;

(3) Reorganize government to deliver services more

efficiently, using technology, privatization and partnerships with

the private sector;

(4) Align state tax systems to meet the demands of the

twenty-first century economy;

(5) Develop more uniform regulatory and tax systems to reduce

complexity, eliminate market distortions and better protect

consumers;

(6) Support entrepreneurs by streamlining business

regulations, providing timely decisions and assisting firms in

their search for venture capital;

(7) Promote university policies that encourage research and

development and build intellectual infrastructure;

(8) Address quality-of-life concerns to attract new businesses

and workers; and

(9) Accomplish the goals set forth in this article and any

other goal related to economic development or workforce investment

that the commission considers important.

(d) The commission may propose legislation necessary to

accomplish its goals.







WVC 5 B- 3 - 3

§5B-3-3. Reexamination of vision and goals.

Every fourth year after the first day of January, two thousand

one, the joint commission on economic development, established

pursuant to this article, shall conduct a thorough examination of

the vision and goals set forth in this article and may recommend

legislation relating to the vision and goals to the Legislature.







WVC 5 B- 3 - 4

§5B-3-4. Commission review of procedural rules, interpretive rules

and existing legislative rules.

(a) The Joint Commission on Economic Development may review

any procedural rule, interpretive rule or existing legislative rule

and make recommendations concerning the rules to the Legislature.

(b) The Development Office and the Tourism Commission

established pursuant to article two of this chapter, the Economic

Development Authority established pursuant to article fifteen,

chapter thirty-one of this code, the Bureau of Employment Programs

established pursuant to article four, chapter twenty-one-a of this

code, the Workers' Compensation Commission established pursuant to

article one, chapter twenty-three of this code, the Workforce

Investment Commission established pursuant to article two-c of this

chapter, West Virginia Jobs Investment Trust, regional planning and

development councils, West Virginia Rural Development Council,

Office of Technology and West Virginia Clearinghouse for Workforce

Education shall each file a copy of its legislative rules with the

Commission as provided for in this section. Each agency that

proposes legislative rules in accordance to the provisions of

article three, three-a or three-b, chapter twenty-nine-a of this

code relating to economic development or workforce development

shall file the rules with the Joint Commission at the time the

rules are filed with the Secretary of State prior to the public

comment period or public hearing required in said chapter.







WVC 5 B- 3 - 5

§5B-3-5. Joint Commission on Economic Development Studies.

(a) The Joint Commission on Economic Development shall study

the following:

(1) The feasibility of establishing common regional

configurations for local workforce investment areas, regional

educational service agencies and for all other purposes the

Commission considers feasible. The study should review the

existing levels of cooperation between state and local economic

developers, complete an analysis of possible regional

configurations and outline examples of other successful regional

systems or networks found throughout the world. If the study

determines that the common regional configurations are feasible,

the Commission shall recommend legislation establishing common

regional designations for all feasible purposes. In making the

designation of regional areas, the study shall take into

consideration, but not be limited to, the following:

(A) Geographic areas served by local educational agencies and

intermediate educational agencies;

(B) Geographic areas served by post-secondary educational

institutions and area vocational education schools;

(C) The extent to which the local areas are consistent with

labor market areas;

(D) The distance that individuals will need to travel to

receive services provided in the local areas; and

(E) The resources of the local areas that are available to effectively administer the activities or programs;

(2) The effectiveness and fiscal impact of incentives for

attracting and growing businesses, especially technology-intensive

companies; and

(3) A comprehensive review of West Virginia's existing

economic and community development resources and the recommendation

of an organizational structure, including, but not limited to, the

reorganization of the Department of Commerce and the Development

Office that would allow the state to successfully compete in the

new global economy.

(b) In order to effectuate in the most cost-effective and

efficient manner the studies required in this article, it is

necessary for the Joint Commission to assemble and compile a

tremendous amount of information. The Development Office will

assist the Joint Commission in the collection and analysis of this

information. The Tourism Commission established pursuant to

article two of this chapter, the Economic Development Authority

established pursuant to article fifteen, chapter thirty-one of this

code, the Bureau of Employment Programs established pursuant to

article four, chapter twenty-one-a of this code, the Workers'

Compensation Commission established pursuant to article one,

chapter twenty-three of this code, the Workforce Investment

Commission established pursuant to article two-c of this chapter,

West Virginia Jobs Investment Trust, Regional Planning and

Development Councils, West Virginia Rural Development Council, Office of Technology and West Virginia Clearinghouse for Workforce

Education shall provide a copy of their annual reports as submitted

to the Governor in accordance with the requirements set forth in

section twenty, article one, chapter five of this code to the West

Virginia Development Office. The Development Office shall review,

analyze and summarize the data contained in the reports, including

its own annual report, and annually submit its findings to the

Joint Commission on or before the thirty-first day of December.

(c) The Legislative Auditor shall provide to the Joint

Commission a copy of any and all reports on agencies listed in

subsection (b) of this section, which are required under article

ten, chapter four of this code.

(d) The Joint Commission shall complete the studies set forth

in this section and any other studies the Joint Commission

determines to undertake prior to the first day of December of each

year and may make recommendations, including recommended

legislation for introduction during the regular session of the

Legislature.





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