§ 2.2-2486

Powers and duties of the Board

A. The Board shall have the power and duty to:

1. Designate regions for the purpose of administering this article;

2. Certify qualifying regions and regional councils, including developing and implementing guidelines or procedures for such certification;

3. Develop and implement guidelines and procedures for the application for and use of any moneys in the Fund;

4. Receive and assess applications for awards from the Fund submitted by regional councils and determine the distribution, duration, and termination of awards from the Fund for uses identified in such applications;

5. Advise the Governor on the allocation and prioritization of other funds available within the executive branch that may be used to promote economic and workforce development on a regional basis;

6. Advise the Governor on the provision of technical assistance regarding the organization and operation of regional councils, the preparation of applications for Fund awards, and the development, validation, and assessment of regional economic growth and diversification plans and regional activities that receive grants from the Fund;

7. Provide for the collection and dissemination of information concerning local, state, national, and other best practices related to collaborative regional economic and workforce development initiatives that focus on private-sector growth and opportunity;

8. Designate advisory committees with expertise in the industries or clusters around which grant requests are proposed to assist in carrying out the Board’s duties;

9. Seek independent analytical assistance from outside consultants, including post-grant assessments and reviews to evaluate the results and outcomes of grants awarded pursuant to this article;

10. Enter into contracts to provide services to regional councils to assist with prioritization, analysis, planning, and implementation of regional activities;

11. Submit to the Governor and the General Assembly an annual report for publication as a report document as provided in the procedures of the Division of Legislative Automated Systems for the processing of legislative documents and reports. The chairman shall submit to the Governor and the General Assembly an annual executive summary of the interim activity and work of the Board no later than December 1. The executive summary shall be submitted for publication as a report document as provided in the procedures of the Division of Legislative Automated Systems for the processing of legislative documents and reports and shall be posted on the General Assembly’s website; and

12. Perform such other activities and functions as the Governor and General Assembly may direct.

B. The development of guidelines and procedures to implement the provisions of this article shall be exempt from the provisions of the Administrative Process Act (§ 2.2-4000 et seq.).

History

2016, cc. 778, 779.

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