CHAPTER 581
INNOVATION CAPITAL ACT OF 1989.
      CONNECTICUT INNOVATIONS, INCORPORATED

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Sec. 32-39. Corporate purpose; powers.

      Sec. 32-39. Corporate purpose; powers. The purposes of the corporation shall be to stimulate and encourage the research and development of new technologies, businesses and products, to encourage the creation and transfer of new technologies, to assist existing businesses in adopting current and innovative technological processes, to stimulate and provide services to industry that will advance the adoption and utilization of technology, to achieve improvements in the quality of products and services, to stimulate and encourage the development and operation of new and existing science parks and incubator facilities, and to promote science, engineering, mathematics and other disciplines that are essential to the development and application of technology within Connecticut by the infusion of financial aid for research, invention and innovation in situations in which such financial aid would not otherwise be reasonably available from commercial or other sources, and for these purposes the corporation shall have the following powers:

      (1) To have perpetual succession as a body corporate and to adopt bylaws, policies and procedures for the regulation of its affairs and conduct of its businesses as provided in section 32-36;

      (2) To enter into venture agreements with persons, upon such terms and on such conditions as are consistent with the purposes of this chapter, for the advancement of financial aid to such persons for the research, development and application of specific technologies, products, procedures, services and techniques, to be developed and produced in this state, and to condition such agreements upon contractual assurances that the benefits of increasing or maintaining employment and tax revenues shall remain in this state and shall accrue to it;

      (3) To solicit, receive and accept aid, grants or contributions from any source of money, property or labor or other things of value, to be held, used and applied to carry out the purposes of this chapter, subject to the conditions upon which such grants and contributions may be made, including but not limited to, gifts or grants from any department or agency of the United States or the state;

      (4) To invest in, acquire, lease, purchase, own, manage, hold and dispose of real property and lease, convey or deal in or enter into agreements with respect to such property on any terms necessary or incidental to the carrying out of these purposes; provided, however, that all such acquisitions of real property for the corporation's own use with amounts appropriated by the state to the corporation or with the proceeds of bonds supported by the full faith and credit of the state shall be subject to the approval of the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management and the provisions of section 4b-23;

      (5) To borrow money or to guarantee a return to the investors in or lenders to any capital initiative, to the extent permitted under this chapter;

      (6) To hold patents, copyrights, trademarks, marketing rights, licenses, or any other evidences of protection or exclusivity as to any products as defined herein, issued under the laws of the United States or any state or any nation;

      (7) To employ such assistants, agents and other employees as may be necessary or desirable, which employees shall be exempt from the classified service and shall not be employees, as defined in subsection (b) of section 5-270; establish all necessary or appropriate personnel practices and policies, including those relating to hiring, promotion, compensation, retirement and collective bargaining, which need not be in accordance with chapter 68, and the corporation shall not be an employer as defined in subsection (a) of section 5-270; and engage consultants, attorneys and appraisers as may be necessary or desirable to carry out its purposes in accordance with this chapter;

      (8) To make and enter into all contracts and agreements necessary or incidental to the performance of its duties and the execution of its powers under this chapter;

      (9) To sue and be sued, plead and be impleaded, adopt a seal and alter the same at pleasure;

      (10) With the approval of the State Treasurer, to invest any funds not needed for immediate use or disbursement, including any funds held in reserve, in obligations issued or guaranteed by the United States of America or the state of Connecticut and in other obligations which are legal investments for retirement funds in this state;

      (11) To procure insurance against any loss in connection with its property and other assets in such amounts and from such insurers as it deems desirable;

      (12) To the extent permitted under its contract with other persons, to consent to any termination, modification, forgiveness or other change of any term of any contractual right, payment, royalty, contract or agreement of any kind to which the corporation is a party;

      (13) To do anything necessary and convenient to render the bonds to be issued under section 32-41 more marketable;

      (14) To acquire, lease, purchase, own, manage, hold and dispose of personal property, and lease, convey or deal in or enter into agreements with respect to such property on any terms necessary or incidental to the carrying out of these purposes;

      (15) In connection with any application for assistance under this chapter, or commitments therefor, to make and collect such fees as the corporation shall determine to be reasonable;

      (16) To enter into venture agreements with persons, upon such terms and conditions as are consistent with the purposes of this chapter to provide financial aid to such persons for the marketing of new and innovative services based on the use of a specific technology, product, device, technique, service or process;

      (17) To enter into limited partnerships or other contractual arrangements with private and public sector entities as the corporation deems necessary to provide financial aid which shall be used to make investments of seed venture capital in companies based in or relocating to the state in a manner which shall foster additional capital investment, the establishment of new businesses, the creation of new jobs and additional commercially-oriented research and development activity. The repayment of such financial aid shall be structured in such manner as the corporation deems will best encourage private sector participation in such limited partnerships or other arrangements. The board of directors, executive director, officers and staff of the corporation may serve as members of any advisory or other board which may be established to carry out the purposes of this subdivision;

      (18) To account for and audit funds of the corporation and funds of any recipients of financial aid from the corporation;

      (19) To advise the Governor, the General Assembly, the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development and the Commissioner of Higher Education on matters relating to science, engineering and technology which may have an impact on state policies, programs, employers and residents, and on job creation and retention;

      (20) To promote technology-based development in the state;

      (21) To encourage and promote the establishment of and, within available resources, to provide financial aid to advanced technology centers;

      (22) To maintain an inventory of data and information concerning state and federal programs which are related to the purposes of this chapter and to serve as a clearinghouse and referral service for such data and information;

      (23) To conduct and encourage research and studies relating to technological development;

      (24) To provide technical or other assistance and, within available resources, to provide financial aid to the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering, Incorporated, in order to further the purposes of this chapter;

      (25) To recommend a science and technology agenda for the state that will promote the formation of public and private partnerships for the purpose of stimulating research, new business formation and growth and job creation;

      (26) To encourage and provide technical assistance and, within available resources, to provide financial aid to existing manufacturers and other businesses in the process of adopting innovative technology and new state-of-the-art processes and techniques;

      (27) To recommend state goals for technological development and to establish policies and strategies for developing and assisting technology-based companies and for attracting such companies to the state;

      (28) To promote and encourage and, within available resources, to provide financial aid for the establishment, maintenance and operation of incubator facilities;

      (29) To promote and encourage the coordination of public and private resources and activities within the state in order to assist technology-based entrepreneurs and business enterprises;

      (30) To provide services to industry that will stimulate and advance the adoption and utilization of technology and achieve improvements in the quality of products and services;

      (31) To promote science, engineering, mathematics and other disciplines that are essential to the development and application of technology;

      (32) To coordinate its efforts with existing business outreach centers, as described in section 32-9qq;

      (33) To do all acts and things necessary and convenient to carry out the purposes of this chapter;

      (34) To accept from the department: (A) Financial assistance, (B) revenues or the right to receive revenues with respect to any program under the supervision of the department, and (C) loan assets or equity interests in connection with any program under the supervision of the department; to make advances to and reimburse the department for any expenses incurred or to be incurred by it in the delivery of such assistance, revenues, rights, assets, or interests; to enter into agreements for the delivery of services by the corporation, in consultation with the department, the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority and the Connecticut Development Authority, to third parties which agreements may include provisions for payment by the department to the corporation for the delivery of such services; and to enter into agreements with the department or with the Connecticut Development Authority or Connecticut Housing Finance Authority for the sharing of assistants, agents and other consultants, professionals and employees, and facilities and other real and personal property used in the conduct of the corporation's affairs;

      (35) To transfer to the department: (A) Financial assistance, (B) revenues or the right to receive revenues with respect to any program under the supervision of the corporation, and (C) loan assets or equity interests in connection with any program under the supervision of the corporation, provided the transfer of such financial assistance, revenues, rights, assets or interests is determined by the corporation to be practicable, within the constraints and not inconsistent with the fiduciary obligations of the corporation imposed upon or established upon the corporation by any provision of the general statutes, the corporation's bond resolutions or any other agreement or contract of the corporation and to have no adverse effect on the tax-exempt status of any bonds of the state;

      (36) With respect to any capital initiative, to create, with one or more persons, one or more affiliates and to provide, directly or indirectly, for the contribution of capital to any such affiliate, each such affiliate being expressly authorized to exercise on such affiliate's own behalf all powers which the corporation may exercise under this section, in addition to such other powers provided to it by law;

      (37) To provide financial aid to enable biotechnology and other technology companies to lease, acquire, construct, maintain, repair, replace or otherwise obtain and maintain production, testing, research, development, manufacturing, laboratory and related and other facilities, improvements and equipment;

      (38) To provide financial aid to persons developing smart buildings, as defined in section 32-23d, incubator facilities or other information technology intensive office and laboratory space;

      (39) To administer the Renewable Energy Investment Fund established pursuant to section 16-245n;

      (40) To provide financial aid to persons developing or constructing the basic buildings, facilities or installations needed for the functioning of the media and motion picture industry in this state.

      (1972, P.A. 248, S. 8; P.A. 75-425, S. 55, 57; P.A. 77-614, S. 19, 610; P.A. 79-231; 79-233, S. 8; P.A. 80-267, S. 2; 80-483, S. 99, 186; P.A. 87-273, S. 1; P.A. 88-266, S. 17, 46; P.A. 89-245, S. 12; P.A. 91-388, S. 5, 7; P.A. 94-45, S. 1, 3; P.A. 95-78, S. 2, 5; 95-250, S. 11, 39, 42; 95-309, S. 3, 11, 12; P.A. 98-203, S. 4, 13; P.A. 00-178, S. 6; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 00-1, S. 43, 46; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 01-9, S. 80, 131; P.A. 07-152, S. 2; 07-236, S. 4.)

      History: P.A. 75-425 specified in Subdiv. (4) that acquisitions of real property are subject to Sec. 4-26b; P.A. 77-614 replaced commissioner of finance and control with secretary of the office of policy and management in Subdiv. (4); P.A. 79-231 empowered corporation to employ attorneys in Subdiv. (7); P.A. 79-233 specified in Subdiv. (10) that provisions of Subsec. 14b of Sec. 36-96 are inapplicable to investments; P.A. 80-267 added reference to maintaining employment and tax revenues in Subdiv. (2); P.A. 80-483 corrected faulty reference to Subsec. 14b of Sec. 36-96 in Subdiv. (10); P.A. 87-273 amended Subdiv. (4) to delete reference to personal property and inserted new Subdiv. (14) detailing corporate powers concerning personal property, renumbering prior Subdiv. (14) accordingly; P.A. 88-266 inserted new Subdiv. (15) re power to make or collect fees, renumbering former Subdiv. (15) as (16); P.A. 89-245 added corporate purposes re promoting the creation, development and application of technology, improving quality of products and services, encouraging development of science parks and incubator facilities and promoting academic disciplines essential to the development and application of technology, made certain technical changes to existing corporate powers in Subdivs. (1) to (15), added new Subdivs. (16) to (32) re additional corporate powers, and renumbered existing Subdiv. (16) as Subdiv. (33); P.A. 91-388 amended Subdiv. (21) by changing the reference to "technology innovation centers" to "advanced technology centers"; P.A. 94-45 amended Subdiv. (7) to exempt employees and corporation from definitions under Sec. 5-270 and to require corporation to establish personnel practices and policies, effective July 1, 1994; P.A. 95-78 amended Subdiv. (22) to require that corporations include information re federal defense conversion financial assistance programs in inventory and identify and notify eligible businesses, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 95-250 amended Subdiv. (19) substituting "Commissioner of Economic and Community Development" for "Commissioner of Economic Development" and Subdiv. (22) deleting provision re information on federal financial assistance programs for defense conversion projects, effective July 1, 1995, and added Subdivs. (34) and (35) re participation in programs administered by the Department of Economic and Community Development; P.A. 95-309 amended Subdiv. (35) to add provision re adverse effect on the tax-exempt status of bonds and revised effective date of P.A. 95-250 but did not affect this section; P.A. 98-203 amended Subdiv. (4) to exempt certain affiliates of the corporation from the requirements of that subdivision, amended Subdiv. (5) to allow the corporation to provide guarantees to investors or lenders in certain cases and added new Subdivs. (36) and (37) re creation of affiliates and re financial aid to certain technology companies, respectively, effective June 8, 1998; P.A. 00-178 added Subdiv. (38) re financial aid to persons developing smart buildings, incubator facilities or other information technology intensive office and laboratory space; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 00-1 changed effective date of P.A. 00-178 from October 1, 2000, to July 1, 2000, effective July 1, 2000; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 01-9 amended Subdiv. (4) by deleting provision re approval by the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, adding provision re secretary's approval of real property acquired for the corporation's own use, and deleting exemption re affiliates that acquire, lease, purchase, own, manage, hold or dispose of real property, effective July 1, 2001; P. A. 07-152 added Subdiv. (39) re Renewable Energy Investment Fund, effective June 25, 2007; P.A. 07-236 replaced "new technologies and products" with "new technologies, businesses and products" and added Subdiv. (40) re financial aid for infrastructure for media and motion picture industry, effective July 1, 2007.

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