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House Bill No. 6652

Public Act No. 13-123

AN ACT CONCERNING MINOR AND TECHNICAL CHANGES TO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT STATUTES.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Subsection (b) of section 4-124ff of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(b) There is established a Council of Advisors on Strategies for the Knowledge Economy to promote the formation of university-industry partnerships, identify benchmarks for technology-based workforce innovation and competitiveness and advise the award process (1) for innovation challenge grants to public postsecondary schools and their business partners, and (2) grants under section 4-124hh. The council shall be chaired by the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management and shall include the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development, the president of the Board of Regents for Higher Education, the Labor Commissioner, the chief executive officer of Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated [and the Connecticut Development Authority] and four representatives from the technology industry, one of whom shall be appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate, one of whom shall be appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives, one of whom shall be appointed by the minority leader of the Senate and one of whom shall be appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives.

Sec. 2. Section 8-134 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

For the purpose of carrying out or administering a redevelopment plan or other functions authorized under this chapter, a municipality, acting by and through its redevelopment agency, is hereby authorized, subject only to the limitations and procedures set forth in this section, to issue from time to time bonds of the municipality which are payable solely from and secured by: (a) A pledge of and lien upon any or all of the income, proceeds, revenues and property of redevelopment projects, including the proceeds of grants, loans, advances or contributions from the federal government, the state or other source, including financial assistance furnished by the municipality or any other public body pursuant to section 8-135; (b) taxes or payments in lieu of taxes, or both, in whole or in part, allocated to and paid into a special fund of the municipality pursuant to the provisions of section 8-134a; or (c) any combination of the methods in subsections (a) and (b) of this section. For the purposes of a specified project only, Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated may, upon a resolution with respect to such project adopted by the legislative body of the municipality, issue and administer bonds which are payable solely or in part from and secured by the pledge and security provided for in this section subject to the general terms and provisions of law applicable to the issuance of bonds by Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated, except that the provisions of subsection (b) of section 32-23j, as amended by this act, shall not apply. Any bonds payable and secured as provided in this section shall be authorized by a resolution adopted by the legislative body of the municipality, notwithstanding the provisions of any other statute, local law or charter governing the authorization and issuance of bonds generally by the municipality. No such resolution shall be adopted until after a public hearing has been held upon such authorization. Notice of such hearing shall be published not less than five days prior to such hearing in a newspaper having a general circulation in the municipality. Such bonds shall be issued and sold in such manner; bear interest at such rate or rates, including variable rates to be determined in such manner as set forth in the proceedings authorizing the issuance of the bonds; provide for the payment of interest on such dates, whether before or at maturity; be issued at, above or below par; mature at such time or times not exceeding forty years from their date in the case of bonds issued to finance housing and facilities related thereto or thirty years from their date in all other cases; have such rank or priority; be payable in such medium of payment; be issued in such form, including, without limitation, registered or book-entry form, carry such registration and transfer privileges and be made subject to purchase or redemption before maturity at such price or prices and under such terms and conditions, including the condition that such bonds be subject to purchase or redemption on the demand of the owner thereof; and contain such other terms and particulars as the legislative body of the municipality or the officers delegated such authority by the legislative body of the municipality body shall determine. The proceedings under which bonds are authorized to be issued may, subject to the provisions of the general statutes, contain any or all of the following: (1) Provisions respecting custody of the proceeds from the sale of the bonds and any bond anticipation notes, including any requirements that such proceeds be held separate from or not be commingled with other funds of the municipality; (2) provisions for the investment and reinvestment of bond proceeds until such proceeds are used to pay project costs and for the disposition of any excess bond proceeds or investment earnings thereon; (3) provisions for the execution of reimbursement agreements, or similar agreements, in connection with credit facilities, including, but not limited to, letters of credit or policies of bond insurance, remarketing agreements and agreements for the purpose of moderating interest rate fluctuations; (4) provisions for the collection, custody, investment, reinvestment and use of the pledged revenues or other receipts, funds or moneys pledged for payment of bonds as provided in this section; (5) provisions regarding the establishment and maintenance of reserves, sinking funds and any other funds and accounts as shall be approved by the legislative body of the municipality in such amounts as may be established by the legislative body of the municipality and the regulation and disposition thereof, including requirements that any such funds and accounts be held separate from or not be commingled with other funds of the municipality; (6) covenants for the establishment of maintenance requirements with respect to facilities and properties; (7) provisions for the issuance of additional bonds on a parity with bonds issued prior to the issuance of such additional bonds, including establishment of coverage requirements with respect to such bonds as herein provided; (8) provisions regarding the rights and remedies available to the bond owners, note owners or any trustee under any contract, loan agreement, document, instrument or trust indenture in case of a default, including the right to appoint a trustee to represent their interests upon occurrence of any event of default, as defined in any such default proceedings, provided that if any bonds or bond anticipation notes are secured by a trust indenture, the respective owners of such bonds or notes shall have no authority except as set forth in such trust indenture to appoint a separate trustee to represent them; and (9) other provisions or covenants of like or different character from the foregoing which are consistent with this section and which the legislative body of the municipality determines in such proceedings are necessary, convenient or desirable in order to better secure the bonds or bond anticipation notes, or will tend to make the bonds or bond anticipation notes more marketable, and which are in the best interests of the municipality. Any provisions which may be included in proceedings authorizing the issuance of bonds under this section may be included in an indenture of trust duly approved in accordance with this section which secures the bonds and any notes issued in anticipation thereof, and in such case the provisions of such indenture shall be deemed to be a part of such proceedings as though they were expressly included therein. Any pledge made by the municipality shall be valid and binding from the time when the pledge is made, and any revenues or other receipts, funds or moneys so pledged and thereafter received by the municipality shall be subject immediately to the lien of such pledge without any physical delivery thereof or further act. The lien of any such pledge shall be valid and binding as against all parties having claims of any kind in tort, contract or otherwise against the municipality, irrespective of whether such parties have notice of such lien. Neither the resolution nor any other instrument by which a pledge is created need be recorded. The legislative body of the municipality may enter into a trust indenture by and between the municipality and a corporate trustee, which may be any trust company or bank having the powers of a trust company within or without the municipality. Such trust indenture may contain such provisions for protecting and enforcing the rights and remedies of the bond owners and note owners as may be reasonable and proper and not in violation of law, including covenants setting forth the duties of the municipality in relation to the exercise of its powers pursuant to this section and the custody, safeguarding and application of all moneys. The municipality may provide by such trust indenture for the payment of the pledged revenues or other receipts, funds or moneys to the trustee under such trust indenture or to any other depository, and for the method of disbursement thereof, with such safeguards and restrictions as it may determine. All expenses incurred in carrying out such trust indenture may be treated as project costs. Such bonds shall not be included in computing the aggregate indebtedness of the municipality, provided, if such bonds are made payable, in whole or in part, from funds contracted to be advanced by the municipality, the aggregate amount of such funds not yet appropriated to such purpose shall be included in computing the aggregate indebtedness of the municipality. As used in this section, "bonds" means any bonds, including refunding bonds, notes, interim certificates, debentures or other obligations. For purposes of this section and section 8-134a, references to Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated shall include any subsidiary of Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated established pursuant to subsection [(l)] (a) of section [32-11a] 32-11e.

Sec. 3. Subsection (d) of section 8-192 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(d) For the purposes of carrying out or administering a specified development plan authorized under this chapter, Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated may, upon a resolution with respect to such project adopted by the legislative body of the municipality, issue and administer bonds which are payable solely or in part from and secured by the pledge and security provided for in subsection (a) of this section subject to the general terms and provisions of law applicable to the issuance of bonds by Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated, except that the provisions of subsection (b) of section 32-23j, as amended by this act, shall not apply. For purposes of this section and section 8-192a, references to Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated shall include any subsidiary of Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated established pursuant to subsection [(l)] (a) of section [32-11a] 32-11e.

Sec. 4. Subsection (e) of section 12-217pp of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(e) (1) To be eligible to claim the credit, a taxpayer shall apply to the commissioner in accordance with the provisions of this section. The application shall be on a form provided by the commissioner and shall contain sufficient information as required by the commissioner, including, but not limited to, the activities that the taxpayer primarily engages in, the North American Industrial Classification System code of the taxpayer, the current number of employees employed by the taxpayer as of the application date, and if applicable, the name and position or job title of the new, qualifying or veteran employee. The commissioner shall consult with the Labor Commissioner, the Commissioner of Rehabilitation Services, [or] the Commissioner of Veterans' Affairs, the Commissioner of Mental Health and Addiction Services or the Commissioner of Developmental Services, as applicable, for any verification the commissioner deems necessary of unemployment compensation or vocational rehabilitation services received by a qualifying employee, or of service in the armed forces of the United States by a veteran employee. The commissioner may impose a fee for such application as the commissioner deems appropriate.

(2) Upon receipt of an application, the commissioner shall render a decision, in writing, on each completed application not later than thirty days after the date of its receipt by the commissioner. If the commissioner approves such application, the commissioner shall issue a certification letter to the taxpayer indicating that the credit will be available to be claimed by the taxpayer if the taxpayer and new, qualifying or veteran employee otherwise meets the requirements of this section.

Sec. 5. Subsection (c) of section 25-33a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(c) Each grant made pursuant to subsection (a) of this section shall be authorized by Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated or, if the [authority] corporation so determines, by a committee of the [authority] corporation consisting of the chairman and either one other board member of the [authority] corporation or its [executive director] chief executive officer. Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated shall charge reasonable application and other fees to be applied to the administrative expenses incurred in carrying out the provisions of this section, to the extent such expenses are not paid by the [authority] corporation or from moneys appropriated to the department. Each such payment shall be made by the Treasurer upon certification by the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development that the payment is authorized under the provisions of this section under the applicable rules and regulations of the department, and under the terms and conditions established by the [authority] corporation or the duly appointed committee thereof in authorizing the making of the grant.

Sec. 6. Section 32-6j of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

In the assessment and provision of job training for employers, the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development and the [executive director] chief executive officer of Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated shall request the assistance of the Labor Commissioner. Upon receipt of a request for job training pursuant to this section, the Labor Commissioner shall notify the president of the Board of Regents for Higher Education, or his or her designee, of such request. The president, or his or her designee, shall determine if a training program exists or can be designed at a regional community-technical college to meet such training need and shall notify the Labor Commissioner of such determination. The Labor Commissioner shall to the extent possible make arrangements for the participation of the regional community-technical colleges, the Connecticut State University System, other institutions of higher education, other postsecondary institutions, adult education programs and state technical high schools in implementing the program. Nothing in this section shall preclude the Labor Commissioner from considering or choosing other providers to meet such training need.

Sec. 7. Subsection (a) of section 32-7h of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) There is established an account to be known as the "small business express assistance account" which will be a separate, nonlapsing account within the General Fund. The account shall contain any [money] moneys required by law to be deposited in the account. Repayment of principal and interest on loans shall be credited to such fund and shall become part of the assets of the fund. Moneys in the account shall be expended by the Department of Economic and Community Development for the purposes of the Small Business Express program established pursuant to section 32-7g. All moneys received for the purposes of the Small Business Express program and payments of principal and interest on any loans given under said program shall be credited to the account.

Sec. 8. Subsection (b) of section 32-9w of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(b) The Department of Economic and Community Development shall prepare a written evaluation of the impact of the overall project on the environment. Such evaluation shall include a list of all permits, licenses or other approvals required by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and a detailed evaluation of environmental impacts that addresses all of the matters in subsection (c) of section 22a-1b. The commissioner shall consider all public comments in preparing such environmental impact evaluation. The Commissioner of Economic and Community Development shall submit such evaluation and a summary thereof, including any negative findings to the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection and the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management and shall make the evaluation and summary available to the public for inspection and comment at the same time. The Commissioner of Economic and Community Development shall hold a public hearing on the evaluation and shall publish notice of the availability of such evaluation and summary in the Environmental Monitor and a newspaper of general circulation in the [effected] affected municipalities not less than fourteen calendar days before the date of such hearing. Any person may comment at the public hearing or in writing not later than the second day following the close of the public hearing. All public comments received by the Department of Economic and Community Development shall be promptly forwarded to the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection and the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management and shall be made available for public inspection.

Sec. 9. Subsection (d) of section 32-9cc of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(d) The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated, the Office of Policy and Management and the Department of Public Health shall each designate one or more staff members to act as a liaison between their offices and the Office of Brownfield Remediation and Development. The Commissioners of Economic and Community Development, Energy and Environmental Protection and Public Health, the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management and the [executive director] chief executive officer of Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated shall enter into a memorandum of understanding concerning each entity's responsibilities with respect to the Office of Brownfield Remediation and Development. The Office of Brownfield Remediation and Development may recruit two volunteers from the private sector, including a person from the Connecticut chapter of the National Brownfield Association, with experience in different aspects of brownfield remediation and development. Said volunteers may assist the Office of Brownfield Remediation and Development in marketing the brownfields programs and redevelopment activities of the state.

Sec. 10. Subsection (a) of section 32-9kk of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) As used in subsections (b) to (k), inclusive, of this section:

(1) "Brownfield" means any abandoned or underutilized site where redevelopment, reuse or expansion has not occurred due to the presence or potential presence of pollution in the buildings, soil or groundwater that requires investigation or remediation before or in conjunction with the restoration, redevelopment and reuse of the property;

(2) "Commissioner" means the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development;

(3) "Department" means the Department of Economic and Community Development;

(4) "Eligible applicant" means [any] a municipality, a for-profit or nonprofit organization or entity, or an economic development agency, or any combination thereof;

(5) "Financial assistance" means grants, extensions of credit, loans or loan guarantees, participation interests in loans made to eligible applicants by Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated or combinations thereof;

(6) "Municipality" means a town, city, consolidated town and city or consolidated town and borough;

(7) "Eligible brownfield project" means the foreclosure, investigation, assessment, remediation and development of a brownfield undertaken pursuant to this subsection and subsections (b) to (k), inclusive, of this section;

(8) "Project area" means the area within which a brownfield development project is located;

(9) "Real property" means land, buildings and other structures and improvements thereto, subterranean or subsurface rights, any and all easements, air rights and franchises of any kind or nature;

(10) "State" means the state of Connecticut;

(11) "Eligible grant recipients" means municipalities or economic development agencies; and

(12) "Economic development agency" means (A) a municipal economic development agency or entity created or operating under chapter 130 or 132; (B) a nonprofit economic development corporation formed to promote the common good, general welfare and economic development of a municipality that is funded, either directly or through in-kind services, in part by a municipality; or (C) a nonstock corporation or limited liability company established or controlled by a municipality, municipal economic development agency or an entity created or operating under chapter 130 or 132.

Sec. 11. Subsection (b) of section 32-11a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(b) All notes, bonds or other obligations issued by the Connecticut Development Authority or the Connecticut Development Commission for the financing of any project or projects shall be in accordance with their terms of full force and effect and valid and binding upon Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated, as the successor to the Connecticut Development Authority, and with respect to any resolution, contract, deed, trust agreement, mortgage, conditional sale or loan agreement, commitment, obligation or liability or other such document, public record, right, remedy, special act or public act, obligation, liability or responsibility pertaining thereto, the corporation shall be, and shall be deemed to be, the successor to the Connecticut Development Authority. All properties, rights in land, buildings and equipment and any funds, moneys, revenues and receipts or assets of [such commission] the Connecticut Development Commission pledged or otherwise securing any such notes, bonds or other obligations shall belong to the corporation as successor to the Connecticut Development Authority, subject to such pledges and other security arrangements and to agreements with the holders of the outstanding notes, bonds or other obligations. Any resolution with respect to the issuance of bonds of the commission for the purposes of the act and any other action taken by the commission with respect to assisting in the financing of any project shall be, or shall be deemed to be, a resolution of the corporation or an action taken by the corporation subject only to any agreements with the holders of outstanding notes, bonds or other obligations of the commission.

Sec. 12. Subsection (b) of section 32-11e of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(b) (1) Without limiting the authority of the corporation with respect to establishing other subsidiaries pursuant to subsection (a) of this section, the corporation may establish one or more subsidiaries to stimulate, encourage and carry out the remediation, development and financing of contaminated property within this state, in coordination with the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, and to provide financial, developmental and environmental expertise to others including, but not limited to, municipalities, interested in or undertaking such remediation, development or financing which are determined to be public purposes for which public funds may be expended. The corporation may transfer to any such subsidiary any moneys and real or personal property.

(2) Neither the Connecticut Brownfields Redevelopment Authority nor any other subsidiary formed under this subsection may provide for any bonded indebtedness of the state for the cost of any liability or contingent liability for the remediation of contaminated real property unless such indebtedness is specifically authorized by an act of the General Assembly. Each such subsidiary may do all things necessary or convenient to carry out the purposes of this subsection, section 12-81r, subsection (h) of section 22a-133m, subsection (a) of section 22a-133x, sections 22a-133aa, 22a-133bb and 22a-133dd, subsection (l) of section 22a-134a and sections 22a-452f, 32-7e and 32-23pp to 32-23rr, inclusive, including, but not limited to, (A) 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 subsection, section 12-81r, subsection (h) of section 22a-133m, subsection (a) of section 22a-133x, sections 22a-133aa, 22a-133bb and 22a-133dd, subsection (l) of section 22a-134a and sections 22a-452f, 32-7e and 32-23pp to 32-23rr, inclusive, subject to the conditions upon which such grants and contributions may be made, including, but not limited to, gifts, grants or loans, from any department, agency or quasi-public agency of the United States or the state; (B) enter into agreements with persons upon such terms and conditions as are consistent with the purposes of such subsidiary to acquire or facilitate the remediation, development or financing of contaminated real or personal property; (C) to acquire, take title, lease, purchase, own, manage, hold and dispose of real and personal property and lease, convey or deal in or enter into agreements with respect to such property; (D) examine, inspect, rehabilitate, remediate or improve real or personal property or engage others to do so on such subsidiary's behalf, or enter into contracts therefor; (E) mortgage, convey or dispose of its assets and pledge its revenues to secure any borrowing, for the purpose of financing, refinancing, rehabilitating, remediating, improving or developing its assets, provided each such borrowing or mortgage shall be a special obligation of such subsidiary, which obligation may be in the form of notes, bonds, bond anticipation notes and other obligations issued by or to such subsidiary to the extent permitted under this section and sections 32-11c and 32-11d to fund and refund the same and provide for the rights of the holders thereof, and to secure the same by pledge of revenues, notes or other assets and which shall be payable solely from the assets, revenues and other resources of such subsidiary; (F) to create real estate investment trusts or similar entities or to become a member of a limited liability company or to become a partner in limited or general partnerships or establish other contractual arrangements with private and public sector entities as such subsidiary deems necessary to remediate, develop or finance environmentally contaminated property in the state; and (G) any other powers necessary or appropriate to carry out the purposes of this subsection, subsection (h) of section 22a-133m, subsection (a) of section 22a-133x, sections 22a-133aa, 22a-133bb and 22a-133dd, subsection (l) of section 22a-134a and sections 22a-452f, 32-7e and 32-23pp to 32-23rr, inclusive. The board of directors, [executive director] chief executive officer, 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 subsection, subsection (h) of section 22a-133m, subsection (a) of section 22a-133x, sections 22a-133aa, 22a-133bb and 22a-133dd, subsection (l) of section 22a-134a and sections 22a-452f, 32-7e and 32-23pp to 32-23rr, inclusive.

Sec. 13. Section 32-15 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

All applications for insurance shall be forwarded, together with an application fee, if any, prescribed by the corporation, to the [executive director] chief executive officer of the corporation. The [executive director] chief executive officer, after preparing necessary records for the corporation, shall prepare a report which may include, but shall not be limited to, such facts about the company under consideration as its history, wage standards, job opportunities, stability of employment, past and present financial condition and structure, pro-forma income statements, present and future markets and prospects, and integrity of management. Such report shall conclude with a brief discussion and opinion as to whether the applicant would contribute to the development and advancement of the business prosperity and economic welfare of the state of Connecticut. Such report shall be submitted to the corporation through its [executive director] chief executive officer and shall be advisory in nature only. After receipt and consideration of the above report and after such other action as is deemed appropriate, the corporation shall approve or deny the application. The applicant shall be promptly notified of such action by the corporation. If the application is approved, notice of such approval shall be transmitted to the proposed mortgagee or lender chosen by the applicant. Such approval shall be conditioned upon payment to the corporation, within such reasonable time after notification of approval as may be specified by the corporation, of a commitment fee prescribed by the corporation. No mortgage or loan shall be accepted for insurance unless the corporation finds that the project with respect to which the mortgage or loan is executed is financially sound.

Sec. 14. Section 32-23e of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

To accomplish the purposes of the corporation, which are hereby determined to be public purposes for which public funds may be expended, and in addition to any other powers provided by law, the corporation shall have power to: (1) Determine the location and character of any project to be financed [under the provisions of said chapters and sections] by the corporation, provided any financial assistance shall be approved in accordance with written procedures prepared pursuant to subdivision (14) of this section; (2) purchase, receive, by gift or otherwise, lease, exchange, or otherwise acquire, and construct, reconstruct, improve, maintain, equip and furnish one or more projects, including all real and personal property which the corporation may deem necessary in connection therewith, and to enter into a contract with a person therefor upon such terms and conditions as the corporation shall determine to be reasonable, including but not limited to reimbursement for the planning, designing, financing, construction, reconstruction, improvement, equipping, furnishing, operation and maintenance of the project and any claims arising therefrom and establishment and maintenance of reserve and insurance funds with respect to the financing of the project; (3) insure any or all payments to be made by the borrower under the terms of any agreement for the extension of credit or making of a loan by the corporation in connection with any economic development project to be financed, wholly or in part, through the issuance of bonds or mortgage payments of any mortgage which is given by a mortgagor to the mortgagee who has provided the mortgage for an economic development project upon such terms and conditions as the corporation may prescribe and as provided herein, and the faith and credit of the state are pledged thereto; (4) in connection with the insuring of payments of any mortgage, request for its guidance a finding of the municipal planning commission, or, if there is no planning commission, a finding of the municipal officers, of the municipality in which the economic development project is proposed to be located, or of the regional planning agency of which such municipality is a member, as to the expediency and advisability of the economic development project; (5) sell or lease to any person, all or any portion of a project, purchase from eligible financial institutions mortgages with respect to economic development projects, purchase or repurchase its own bonds, and sell, pledge or assign to any person any such bonds, mortgages, or other loans, notes, revenues or assets of the corporation, or any interest therein, for such consideration and upon such terms as the corporation may determine to be reasonable; (6) mortgage or otherwise encumber all or any portion of a project whenever it shall find such action to be in furtherance of the purposes of [said chapters and sections] the corporation; (7) enter into agreements with any person, including prospective mortgagees and mortgagors, for the purpose of planning, designing, constructing, acquiring, altering and financing projects, providing liquidity or a secondary market for mortgages or other financial obligations incurred with respect to facilities which would qualify as a project under this chapter, purchasing loans made by regional corporations under section 32-276, or for any other purpose in furtherance of any other power of the corporation; (8) grant options to purchase or renew a lease for any of its projects on such terms as the corporation may determine to be reasonable; (9) employ or retain attorneys, accountants and architectural, engineering and financial consultants and such other employees and agents and to fix their compensation [and to employ the Connecticut Development Credit Corporation on a cost basis] as it shall deem necessary to assist it in carrying out the purposes of [said] the corporation; [legislation; ] (10) accept from a federal agency loans, grants or loan guarantees or otherwise participate in any loan, grant, loan guarantee or other financing or economic or project development program of a federal agency in furtherance of, and consistent with, the purposes of the corporation, and enter into agreements with such agency respecting any such loans, grants, loan guarantees or federal agency programs; (11) provide tenant lease guarantees and performance guarantees, invest in, extend credit or make loans to any person for the planning, designing, financing, acquiring, constructing, reconstructing, improving, expanding, continuing in operation, equipping and furnishing of a project and for the refinancing of existing indebtedness with respect to any facility or part thereof which would qualify as a project in order to facilitate substantial improvements thereto, which guarantees, investments, credits or loans may be secured by loan agreements, lease agreements, installment sale agreements, mortgages, contracts and all other instruments or fees and charges, upon such terms and conditions as the corporation shall determine to be reasonable in connection with such loans, including provision for the establishment and maintenance of reserve and insurance funds and in the exercise of powers granted in this section in connection with a project for such person, to require the inclusion in any contract, loan agreement or other instrument, such provisions for the construction, use, operation and maintenance and financing of a project as the corporation may deem necessary or desirable; (12) in connection with any application for assistance, [under said corporation legislation,] or commitments therefor, to make and collect such fees and charges as the corporation shall determine to be reasonable; (13) adopt procedures, in accordance with the provisions of section 1-121, to carry out the purposes of the corporation, which may give priority to applications for financial assistance based upon the extent the project will materially contribute to the economic base of the state by creating or retaining jobs, providing increased wages or benefits to employees, promoting the export of products or services beyond the boundaries of the state, encouraging innovation in products or services, encouraging defense-dependent business to diversify to nondefense production, promoting standards of participation adopted by the Connecticut partnership compact pursuant to section 33-374g of the general statutes, revision of 1958, revised to 1991, or will otherwise enhance existing activities that are important to the economic base of the state, provided regulation-making proceedings commenced before January 1, 1989, shall be governed by sections 4-166 to 4-174, inclusive; (14) maintain an office at such place or places within the state as it may designate; (15) when it becomes necessary or feasible for the corporation to safeguard itself from losses, acquire, purchase, manage and operate, hold and dispose of real and personal property, take assignments of rentals and leases and make and enter into all contracts, leases, agreements and arrangements necessary or incidental to the performance of its duties; (16) in order to further the purposes of the corporation, or to assure the payment of the principal and interest on bonds or notes of the corporation or to safeguard the mortgage insurance fund, purchase, acquire and take assignments of notes, mortgages and other forms of security and evidences of indebtedness, purchase, acquire, attach, seize, accept or take title to any project by conveyance or, by foreclosure, and sell, lease or rent any project for a use specified [in said chapters and sections or in this chapter] for the corporation; (17) do, or delegate, any and all things necessary or convenient to carry out the purposes and to exercise the powers given and granted to the corporation; (18) 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 amounts; to enter into agreements for the delivery of services by the corporation, in consultation with the department and the Connecticut Housing Finance 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 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; and (19) 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 authority and to have no adverse effect on the tax-exempt status of any bonds of the corporation or the state.

Sec. 15. Subsection (b) of section 32-23j of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(b) The corporation may create and establish one or more reserve funds to be known as special capital reserve funds and may pay into such special capital reserve funds (1) any moneys appropriated and made available by the state for the purposes of such funds, (2) any proceeds of sale of notes or bonds, to the extent provided in the resolution of the corporation authorizing the issuance thereof, and (3) any other moneys which may be made available to the corporation for the purpose of such funds from any other source or sources. The moneys held in or credited to any special capital reserve fund established under this section, except as hereinafter provided, shall be used solely for the payment of the principal of bonds of the corporation secured by such special capital reserve fund as the same become due, the purchase of such bonds of the corporation, the payment of interest on such bonds of the corporation or the payment of any redemption premium required to be paid when such bonds are redeemed prior to maturity; provided, the corporation shall have power to provide that moneys in any such fund shall not be withdrawn therefrom at any time in such amount as would reduce the amount of such funds to less than the maximum amount of principal and interest becoming due by reason of maturity or a required sinking fund installment in the succeeding calendar year on the bonds of the corporation then outstanding and secured by such special capital reserve fund or such lesser amount specified by the corporation in its resolution authorizing the issuance of any such bonds, such amount being herein referred to as the "required minimum capital reserve", except for the purpose of paying such principal of, redemption premium and interest on such bonds of the corporation secured by such special capital reserve becoming due and for the payment of which other moneys of the corporation are not available. The corporation may provide that it shall not issue bonds at any time if the required minimum capital reserve on the bonds outstanding and the bonds then to be issued and secured by a special capital reserve fund will exceed the amount of such special capital reserve fund at the time of issuance, unless the corporation, at the time of the issuance of such bonds, shall deposit in such special capital reserve fund from the proceeds of the bonds so to be issued, or otherwise, an amount which, together with the amount then in such special capital reserve fund, will be not less than the required minimum capital reserve. On or before December first, annually, there is deemed to be appropriated from the state General Fund such sums, if any, as shall be certified by the commissioner to the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management and Treasurer of the state, as necessary to restore each such special capital reserve fund to the amount equal to the required minimum capital reserve of such fund, and such amounts shall be allotted and paid to the corporation. For the purpose of evaluation of any such special capital reserve fund, obligations acquired as an investment for any such fund shall be valued at amortized cost. Nothing contained in this section shall preclude the corporation from establishing and creating other debt service reserve funds in connection with the issuance of bonds or notes of the corporation. Subject to any agreement or agreements with holders of outstanding notes and bonds of the corporation, any amount or amounts allotted and paid to the corporation by the state pursuant to this section shall be repaid to the state from moneys of the corporation at such time as such moneys are not required for any other of its corporate purposes and in any event shall be repaid to the state on the date one year after all bonds and notes of the corporation theretofore issued on the date or dates such amount or amounts are allotted and paid to the corporation or thereafter issued, together with interest on such bonds and notes, with interest on any unpaid installments of interest and all costs and expenses in connection with any action or proceeding by or on behalf of the holders thereof, are fully met and discharged. Notwithstanding any other [provisions] provision contained in [said chapters and sections] this section, the aggregate amount of bonds secured by such special capital reserve funds authorized to be created and established by this section, shall not exceed four hundred fifty million dollars. Only economic development projects may be assisted or financed by such bonds and the proceeds of such bonds shall not be used for such purpose unless the corporation is of the opinion and determines that the revenues derived from the economic development project or projects shall be sufficient (1) to pay the applicable principal of and interest on the bonds, the proceeds of which are used to finance the economic development project or projects, (2) to establish, increase and maintain any reserves deemed by the corporation to be advisable to secure the payment of the principal of and interest on such bonds, (3) unless the contract with the person obligates the person to pay for the maintenance and insurance of the economic development project, to pay the cost of maintaining the economic development project in good repair and keeping it properly insured, and (4) to pay such other costs or taxes on the economic development project as may be required and that such person is found by the corporation to be financially responsible and presumptively able to comply with the terms and conditions of any lease, conditional sale or credit agreement or loan agreement, agreement of sale, mortgage or other agreement as made by it with the corporation with respect to the industrial project; in making these determinations and this finding, the corporation shall consider all information reasonably available to it including information as to the business reputation of such person, the character and ability of its management, the adequacy of its financial resources, the market demand for its products, the adequacy of its distribution methods, its past earnings and the likelihood that it can successfully meet any required payments under such lease, mortgage, loan agreement or other agreement out of current income.

Sec. 16. Section 32-23l of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

Sections [32-23b] 32-23d to 32-23k, inclusive, shall be deemed to provide a complete method for the doing of the things authorized thereby and shall be regarded as not in conflict with, or as restrictive of, powers conferred by any other laws, any other existing provisions of the general statutes notwithstanding. No proceedings, notice or approval shall be required for the issuance of any bonds or notes or any instrument as security therefor, except as is herein provided.

Sec. 17. Subsection (b) of section 32-23o of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(b) Each such loan or extension of credit shall be authorized by Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated or, if the corporation so determines, by a committee of the corporation consisting of the chairman and either one other member of the corporation or its [executive director] chief executive officer, as specified in the determination of the corporation. Any administrative expenses incurred in carrying out the provisions of this section, to the extent not paid by the corporation or from moneys appropriated to the department, shall be paid from the Small Contractors' Revolving Loan Fund. Payments from the Small Contractors' Revolving Loan Fund to small contractors or to pay such administrative expenses shall be made by the Treasurer upon certification by the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development that the payment is authorized under the provisions of this section, under the applicable rules and regulations of the department, and, if made to a small contractor, under the terms and conditions established by the corporation or the duly appointed committee thereof in authorizing the making of the loan or the extension of credit.

Sec. 18. Section 32-23v of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) As used in this section:

(1) "Affiliate" means a business concern which directly controls or is controlled by another business concern, or a third party which controls both business concerns;

(2) "Appraised value" means the cost or fair market value of an asset as determined in the discretion of Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated;

(3) "Corporation" means Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated established under section [32-11a] 32-35 or its successor;

(4) "Department" means the Department of Economic and Community Development or its successor agency;

(5) "Eligible borrower" means any person who, in the discretion of the corporation, demonstrates (A) financial need by either its inability to obtain conventional financial assistance in satisfactory amounts or satisfactory terms, or to remain or locate or continue operations in this state without the assistance provided for in this section; and (B) that the project for which the assistance provided for in this section is being requested will materially contribute or provide support to the economic base of the state, as evidenced by one or more of the following criteria: (i) That such project will create or retain high quality jobs within the state and not simply replace existing jobs in other locations or businesses within the state; (ii) that such project will effectuate or facilitate the export of goods or services beyond the state boundaries; (iii) that such project represents a new product or service that has the potential for significant future contribution to the state's economic base; or (iv) that such project will significantly contribute to, support or enhance existing activities which are important to the economic base of the state;

(6) "Loans" means (A) loans and extensions of lines of credit, (B) any and all forms of equity investments in any business entity, and (C) any combination of such loans, lines of credit and equity investments;

(7) "Person" means any person or entity, including affiliates, engaged in or for the purpose of acquiring a for-profit activity or activities in this state, and whose gross revenues, including revenues of affiliates, did not exceed twenty-five million dollars in its most recently completed fiscal year prior to the date of its application for assistance under this section, or if such person has not been in business for at least one year prior to the date of such application, if the corporation determines in its discretion that such person's gross revenues, including revenues of affiliates, are not likely to exceed twenty-five million dollars in its first fiscal year;

(8) "Small business investment company" means any entity defined in 15 USC 662(3); and

(9) "State or local development corporation" means any entity organized under the laws of this state which has the authority to promote and assist the growth and development of business concerns in the areas covered by their operations.

(b) In order to stimulate and encourage the growth and development of the state economy, the Connecticut Growth Fund is hereby created to provide fixed asset financing, working capital and high risk and start-up capital to firms important to the state's economic base. The state, acting through the corporation, may make, or participate with private sector financial institutions in making loans from said fund to eligible borrowers, state and local development corporations and small business investment companies, in accordance with the provisions of this section. Payments of principal and interest or other payments on such loans, and funds received by the corporation from any other source for the purposes of the Connecticut Growth Fund, shall be deposited into said fund and shall be used to make additional loans and for such other purposes authorized by this section.

(c) The state, acting through the corporation, may make, or participate with private sector financial institutions in making loans from the Connecticut Growth Fund to eligible borrowers in accordance with the following provisions:

(1) The aggregate outstanding amount of any loans made under this section to any one eligible borrower, including affiliates, shall not exceed four million dollars;

(2) The amount of any loan made under this section shall not (A) for real property exceed ninety per cent of either the cost or appraised value of the real property; (B) for machinery and equipment exceed eighty per cent of either the cost or appraised value of the machinery and equipment; and (C) for working capital, which may include, but need not be limited to, capital for expansion or restructuring of a business, exceed such eligible borrower's total working capital needs as determined by the corporation in its discretion at the time of application for assistance under this section;

(3) The maximum term for repayment of any loan made under this section shall not exceed (A) twenty years for real property; (B) ten years for machinery and equipment; and (C) seven years for working capital; and

(4) Subdivisions (2) and (3) of this subsection shall not apply if and to the extent that the corporation determines in its discretion that such provisions are inappropriate for the purpose of providing either start-up, high risk or acquisition financing.

(d) The state, acting through the corporation, may make loans to state or local development corporations and small business investment companies for the purpose of providing funds to enable such state or local development corporations or small business investment companies to make loans to eligible borrowers. The aggregate outstanding amount of any loan made under this subsection to a state or local development corporation or small business investment company for a loan to any one eligible borrower shall not exceed one million dollars, provided such aggregate limit shall not apply in the case of a loan in the form of an equity investment made under this subsection to a small business investment company for a loan in the form of an equity investment. Assets of the Connecticut Growth Fund may be allocated for such equity investments.

(e) To carry out the purposes of this section, the corporation shall have those powers set forth in section 32-23e, as amended by this act. The corporation shall also have the power to take all reasonable steps and exercise all available remedies necessary or desirable to protect the obligations or interest of the corporation including, but not limited to, the purchase or redemption in foreclosure proceedings, bankruptcy proceedings or in other judicial proceedings of any property on which it holds a mortgage or other lien or in which it has an interest, and for such purposes payment may be made from the Connecticut Growth Fund.

(f) The borrowers shall pay such costs of processing applications for loans made under this section, including closing costs, as the corporation determines are reasonable and necessary. The department may assist the corporation in carrying out the provisions of this section and any administrative expenses incurred by the department for services provided to the corporation or expenses incurred by the corporation in carrying out the provisions of this section, to the extent not paid by the borrower or from moneys appropriated to the department or the corporation for such purposes, may be paid from the Connecticut Growth Fund.

(g) Each loan may be authorized by the corporation or, if the corporation so determines, by a committee of the corporation, one of whose members may be its [executive director] chief executive officer. The rate of interest and other terms of each loan to the extent not specifically provided for herein shall be determined by the corporation in its discretion.

(h) Payments from the Connecticut Growth Fund to eligible borrowers, state and local development corporations or small business investment companies or to pay administrative expenses shall be made upon certification by the [executive director] chief executive officer of the corporation that payment is authorized under the provisions of this section and under any applicable regulations or program criteria of the corporation.

(i) For the purposes of this section, the State Bond Commission shall have the power, from time to time, to authorize the issuance of bonds of the state in one or more series and in principal amounts not exceeding in the aggregate fifty million five hundred eighty thousand dollars. The proceeds from the sale of said bonds shall be used by the department to make grants to the corporation for deposit in the Connecticut Growth Fund for the purposes authorized under this section. The terms and conditions of said grants shall be governed in accordance with a grant contract entered into between the department and corporation. All provisions of section 3-20, or the exercise of any right or power granted thereby which are not inconsistent with the provisions of this section are hereby adopted and shall apply to all bonds authorized by the State Bond Commission pursuant to this section, and temporary notes in anticipation of the money to be derived from the sale of any such bonds so authorized may be issued in accordance with said section 3-20 and from time to time renewed. Said bonds shall mature at such time or times not exceeding twenty years from their respective dates as may be provided in or pursuant to the resolution or resolutions of the State Bond Commission authorizing such bonds. None of such bonds shall be authorized except upon a finding by the State Bond Commission that there has been filed with it a request for such authorization, which is signed by or on behalf of the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management and states such terms and conditions as said commission in its discretion may require. Said bonds issued pursuant to this section shall be general obligations of the state and the full faith and credit of the state of Connecticut are pledged for the payment of the principal of and interest on said bonds as the same become due, and accordingly and as part of the contract of the state with the holders of said bonds, appropriation of all amounts necessary for the punctual payment of such principal and interest is hereby made, and the Treasurer shall pay such principal and interest as the same become due. Net earnings on any assets of the Connecticut Growth Fund, including investments or reinvestments of proceeds, accrued interest and premiums on the issuance of such bonds, after payment therefrom of expenses incurred by the Treasurer or State Bond Commission in connection with their issuance, shall become part of the Connecticut Growth Fund.

Sec. 19. Section 32-23x of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) As used in this section:

(1) "Affiliate" means a business concern which directly controls or is controlled by another business concern, or a third party which controls both business concerns;

(2) "Corporation" means Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated established under section [32-11a] 32-35 or its successor;

(3) "Department" means the Department of Economic and Community Development or its successor agency;

(4) "Enterprise zone" has the same meaning as provided in section 32-70;

(5) "Impacted business" means any person impacted by (A) a disaster caused by natural forces including, but not limited to, floods or hurricanes, or (B) an economic emergency including, but not limited to, an existing or threatened major plant shutdown, business disruption from a major road or bridge repair project or other existing or potential economic emergency, provided such disaster or emergency described in subparagraph (A) or (B) of this subdivision is proclaimed as such by declaration of the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development, with the consent of the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, upon a determination by the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development that such disaster or emergency is of a magnitude that could materially affect the health or well-being of the citizens of the impacted area and that the financial assistance provided for under this section is necessary to assure timely and effective relief and restoration;

(6) "Loans" means loans and extensions of lines of credit;

(7) "Minority business enterprise" means any person who meets the criteria contained in section 4a-60g and who is receiving a state contract award;

(8) "Person" means any person or entity, including affiliates, engaged in a for-profit activity or activities in this state and who, except for an impacted business, is not an eligible borrower for assistance under the provisions of the Connecticut Growth Fund established under section 32-23v, as amended by this act;

(9) "Rate of interest" means the interest rate which the corporation shall charge and collect on each loan made by the state under this section, which rate shall not exceed one per cent above the interest rate borne by the general obligation bonds of the state last issued prior to the date such loan is made, provided, such rate shall not exceed the maximum allowable under federal law;

(10) "Small contractor" means any person who is a contractor, subcontractor, manufacturer or service company who has been in business for at least one year prior to the date of its application for assistance under this section and whose gross revenues, including revenues of affiliates, did not exceed three million dollars in its most recently completed fiscal year prior to the date of its application for assistance under this section;

(11) "State or local development corporation" means any entity organized under the laws of this state which has the authority to promote and assist the growth and development of business concerns in the areas covered by their operations;

(12) "Targeted business" means a person located in an enterprise zone whose gross revenues did not exceed three million dollars in its most recently completed fiscal year prior to the date of its application for assistance under this section, or if such person has not been in business for at least one year prior to the date of such application, if the corporation determines in its discretion that such person's gross revenues, including revenues of affiliates, are not likely to exceed three million dollars in its first fiscal year;

(13) "Water facilities" means (A) investor-owned water companies which supply water to at least twenty-five but less than ten thousand customers, (B) municipally-owned water companies, and (C) owners of privately and municipally-owned dams which the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection has determined benefit the public.

(b) In order to stimulate and encourage the growth and development of the state economy, the Comprehensive Business Assistance Fund is hereby created to provide financial assistance to targeted businesses, businesses impacted by economic emergencies and natural disasters, businesses located in certain regions of the state and certain industry sectors, including businesses located in entertainment districts designated under section 32-76 or established under section 2 of public act 93-311, and to assist in the development of clean water facilities. The state, acting through the corporation, may make or participate with private sector financial institutions in making loans from said fund to persons in accordance with the provisions of this section. Payments of principal and interest on such loans, and funds received by the corporation from any other source for the purposes of the Comprehensive Business Assistance Fund, shall be deposited into said fund and shall be used to make additional loans and for such other purposes authorized by this section.

(c) The state, acting through the corporation, may make, or participate with private sector financial institutions in making loans from the Comprehensive Business Assistance Fund to any person who in the discretion of the corporation, demonstrates financial need by either its inability to obtain conventional financial assistance in satisfactory amounts or on satisfactory terms in accordance with the following provisions:

(1) The corporation may make loans at the rate of interest to small contractors and minority business enterprises for the purpose of financing labor and material costs only. The aggregate outstanding amount of any loans made under this subdivision to any one person, including affiliates, shall not exceed two hundred fifty thousand dollars. The maximum term for repayment of any loan made under this subdivision shall not exceed one year.

(2) The corporation may make loans at the rate of interest to targeted businesses. The aggregate outstanding amount of any loans made under this subdivision to any one person, including affiliates, shall not exceed three hundred thousand dollars. The maximum term for repayment of any loan made under this subdivision shall not exceed (A) twenty years for real property; (B) ten years for machinery and equipment; and (C) seven years for working capital. For the purposes of this subdivision and subdivision (3) of this subsection, working capital may include, but shall not be limited to, capital for expansion or restructuring of a business.

(3) The corporation may make loans at the rate of interest to impacted businesses. The aggregate outstanding amount of any loans made under this subdivision to any one person, including affiliates, shall not exceed five hundred thousand dollars, except the corporation, with the consent of the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, may increase the maximum loan amount under this subdivision to one million dollars if the corporation in its discretion determines that the particular needs and conditions of such impacted business warrant such increase. The maximum term for repayment of any loan made under this subdivision shall not exceed (A) twenty years for real property; (B) ten years for machinery and equipment; and (C) seven years for working capital.

(4) The corporation may make loans at the rate of interest to water facilities. Such loans shall be used for the planning, design, modification or construction of drinking water facilities made necessary by the requirements of the Safe Water Act of 1974 or by an order of the Department of Public Health, which drinking water facilities shall include, but shall not be limited to, collection facilities, treatment facilities, wells, tanks, mains, pumps, transmission facilities and any other machinery and equipment necessary to meet the requirements of said act. Such loans shall also be used for the repair of dams subject to the jurisdiction of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection under chapter 446j. For the purposes of this subdivision, repair costs include, but shall not be limited to, fees and expenses of architects, engineers, attorneys, accountants and other professional consultants, and costs of preparing surveys, studies, site plans and specifications for such repair. The aggregate outstanding amount of any loans made under this subdivision to any water facility, including affiliates, shall not exceed two hundred fifty thousand dollars. The maximum term for repayment of any loan made under this subdivision shall not exceed (A) twenty years for real property; and (B) ten years for machinery and equipment.

(5) The corporation may make loans at zero per cent interest to municipal economic development commissions established under section 7-136 or business outreach centers described in section 32-9qq, that establish or participate in loan pools that lend funds to (A) persons or groups of persons who complete entrepreneurial training programs funded or approved by the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development, or (B) business support groups. As used in this subdivision, "business support group" means a group of five or more persons, firms or corporations which plans to start or expand separate businesses, has community or other ties demonstrating a common mission or purpose, agrees to undergo an entrepreneurial training program funded or approved by the commissioner, and each member of which agrees to provide business support to other members of the group. The aggregate outstanding amount of any loans made under this subdivision to any one person, group of persons or business support group shall not exceed twenty-five thousand dollars. The maximum term for repayment of any loan made under this subdivision shall not exceed ten years.

(6) The corporation shall make loans at the rate of interest to entertainment or entertainment support service businesses located in the municipality with the pilot entertainment district established pursuant to section 2 of public act 93-311, and on and after July 1, 1995, may make loans at the rate of interest to entertainment or entertainment support service businesses located in municipalities with entertainment districts designated under section 32-76.

(d) The state, acting through the corporation, may make loans to state or local development corporations, for the purpose of providing funds to enable such state or local development corporations to make loans to any person eligible for assistance under subsection (c) of this section. The aggregate outstanding amount of any loan made under this subsection to a state or local development corporation for a loan with respect to any one project shall not exceed one million dollars.

(e) To carry out the purposes of this section, the corporation shall have those powers set forth in section 32-23e, as amended by this act. The corporation shall also have the power to take all reasonable steps and exercise all available remedies necessary or desirable to protect the obligations or interests of the corporation including, but not limited to, the purchase or redemption on foreclosure proceedings, bankruptcy proceedings or in other judicial proceedings of any property on which it holds a mortgage or other lien or in which it has an interest, and for such purposes payment may be made from the Comprehensive Business Assistance Fund.

(f) The borrower shall pay such costs of processing applications for loans made under this section, including closing costs, as the corporation determines are reasonable and necessary. The department may assist the corporation in carrying out the provisions of this section and any administrative expenses incurred by the department for services provided to the corporation or expenses incurred by the corporation in carrying out the provisions of this section to the extent not paid by the borrower or from moneys appropriated to the department or the corporation for such purposes, may be paid from the Comprehensive Business Assistance Fund.

(g) Each loan may be authorized by the corporation or, if the corporation so determines, by a committee of the corporation, one of whose members may be its [executive director] chief executive officer.

(h) Payments from the Comprehensive Business Assistance Fund to eligible borrowers or to pay administrative expenses shall be made upon certification by the [executive director] chief executive officer of the corporation that payment is authorized under the provisions of this section and under any applicable regulations or program criteria of the corporation.

(i) For the purposes of this section, the State Bond Commission shall have the power, from time to time, to authorize the issuance of bonds of the state in one or more series and in principal amounts not exceeding in the aggregate seventeen million three hundred fifty thousand dollars. The proceeds from the sale of said bonds shall be used by the department to make grants to the corporation for deposit in the Comprehensive Business Assistance Fund for the purposes authorized under this section. The terms and conditions of such grants shall be governed in accordance with a grant contract entered into between the department and the corporation. All provisions of section 3-20 or the exercise of any right or power granted thereby which are not inconsistent with the provisions of this section are hereby adopted and shall apply to all bonds authorized by the State Bond Commission pursuant to this section, and temporary notes in anticipation of the money to be derived from the sale of any such bonds so authorized may be issued in accordance with said section 3-20 and from time to time renewed. Such bonds shall mature at such time or times not exceeding twenty years from their respective dates as may be provided in or pursuant to the resolution or resolutions of the State Bond Commission authorizing such bonds. None of such bonds shall be authorized except upon a finding by the State Bond Commission that there has been filed with it a request for such authorization, which is signed by or on behalf of the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management and states such terms and conditions as said commission in its discretion may require. Said bonds issued pursuant to this section shall be general obligations of the state and the full faith and credit of the state of Connecticut are pledged for the payment of the principal of and interest on said bonds as the same become due, and accordingly and as part of the contract of the state with the holders of said bonds, appropriation of all amounts necessary for punctual payment of such principal and interest is hereby made, and the Treasurer shall pay such principal and interest as the same become due. Net earnings on any assets of the Comprehensive Business Assistance Fund, including investments or reinvestments of proceeds, accrued interest and premiums on the issuance of such bonds, after payment therefrom of expenses incurred by the Treasurer or State Bond Commission in connection with their issuance, shall become part of the Comprehensive Business Assistance Fund.

Sec. 20. Subsection (d) of section 32-23z of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(d) Each such loan or extension of credit shall be authorized by Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated or, if the corporation so determines, by a committee of the corporation consisting of the chairman and either one other member of the corporation or its [executive director] chief executive officer, as specified in the determination of the corporation. Any administrative expenses incurred in carrying out the provisions of this section, to the extent not paid by the corporation, shall be paid from the Business Environmental Clean-Up Revolving Loan Fund. Payments from the Business Environmental Clean-Up Revolving Loan Fund to businesses or to pay such administrative expenses shall be made by the Treasurer upon certification by the [executive director] chief executive officer of the corporation that the payment is authorized under the provisions of this section, under the applicable rules and regulations of the corporation, and, if made to a business, under the terms and conditions established by the corporation or the duly appointed committee thereof in authorizing the making of the loan or the extension of credit.

Sec. 21. Section 32-23hh of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

As used in sections 32-23gg to 32-23ll, inclusive:

(1) "Corporation" means Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated, created under section [32-11a] 32-35;

(2) ["Executive director" means the executive director] "Chief executive officer" means the chief executive officer of Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated;

(3) "Financial assistance" means any and all forms of loans, extensions of credit, guarantees, equity investments or any other form of financing or refinancing to persons for the purchase, acquisition, construction, expansion, continued operation, reconstruction, financing, refinancing or placing in operation of an economic development project, including, but not limited to, fixed assets, working capital, equity participations and acquisitions, employee buyouts, refinancing, financial restructuring, and other purposes which the corporation determines further the purposes of sections 32-23gg to 32-23ll, inclusive;

(4) "Economic development project" means any project (A) which is to be used or occupied by any person for manufacturing, industrial, research or product warehousing or distribution purposes, or any combination thereof, and which the corporation determines will tend to maintain or provide gainful employment, maintain or increase the tax base of the economy, or maintain, expand or diversify industry in the state, or for any other purpose which the corporation determines will materially support the economic base of the state, by creating or retaining jobs, promoting the export of products or services beyond state boundaries, encouraging innovation in products or services, or otherwise contributing to, supporting or enhancing existing activities that are important to the economic base of the state and (B) which is unable to obtain conventional financing in satisfactory amounts or on satisfactory terms in the sole judgment of the corporation, or whose ability, in the judgment of the corporation, to start, continue to operate, expand, or maintain operations or relocate to Connecticut, is dependent upon financial assistance;

(5) "Person" means a person as defined in subsection (s) of section 32-23d; and

(6) "Return on investment" means any and all forms of principal or interest payments, insurance premiums or guarantee fees, equity participations, options, warrants, debentures and any or all other forms of remuneration to the corporation in return for any financial assistance provided or offered.

Sec. 22. Section 32-23ii of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) There is created within the corporation the Connecticut Works Fund. The state acting through the corporation may provide financial assistance for economic development projects directly or in participation with any other financial institutions, funds or other persons or other sources of financing, public or private, and may enter into any agreements or contracts it deems necessary or convenient in connection therewith. Within the Connecticut Works Fund, a loan subfund is created solely to provide any form of loan or other form of financial assistance as provided in this section except for any guarantee or contract of insurance, and a guarantee subfund is created solely to provide any form of guarantee or contract of insurance as provided in this section. No financial assistance, nor any commitment to provide financial assistance, shall be provided or entered into by the corporation pursuant to sections 32-23gg to 32-23ll, inclusive, which would cause the aggregate amount of all such financial assistance and commitments then outstanding to exceed the sum of the amounts available in the applicable subfund of the Connecticut Works Fund plus the amount of any unpaid grants authorized to be made by the Department of Economic and Community Development to the corporation for deposit in the applicable subfund of the Connecticut Works Fund which remain available for purposes of such subfund pursuant to the bond authorization in section 32-23ll, provided the amount of financial assistance in the form of any guarantee or contract of insurance shall be measured by the portion of unpaid principal which is insured or guaranteed by the corporation. Notwithstanding the above, the aggregate amount of financial assistance in the form of guarantees and contracts of insurance and commitments with respect thereto, calculated as above, may be up to four times the sum of the amounts available in the guarantee subfund of the Connecticut Works Fund plus the amount of any unpaid grants which remain available and are specifically designated by the department for purposes of such subfund pursuant to the bond authorization in section 32-23ll. Payments of insurance premiums, principal, interest or other forms of return on investment received by the corporation shall be deposited in or held on behalf of said fund and shall be either used to provide financial assistance for economic development projects or shall be returned to the state in whole or in part at the discretion of the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, pursuant to any such restrictions or financial obligations existing as a result of agreements entered into by the corporation under sections 32-23gg to 32-23ll, inclusive.

(b) The corporation may provide financial assistance in such amounts, in such form and under such terms and conditions as the corporation shall prescribe, in written procedures adopted in accordance with section 1-121. Such procedures shall provide for returns on investment as the corporation deems appropriate to reflect the nature of the risk, provided a single project shall not receive an amount in excess of twenty-five million dollars and shall not be for a term longer than twenty-five years.

(c) In addition to other forms of financial assistance, the corporation may insure or make advance commitments to insure all or any portion of the payments required under any loan, bond or other form of indebtedness for an economic development project upon such terms and conditions as the corporation may establish. Such financial assistance may be in such amounts, including provisions for the payment of fees, expenses or other costs, insurance, payment of taxes and assessments, delinquency charges, default remedies and other matters, as the corporation determines, except that the maximum amount paid by the corporation under any guarantee or insurance agreement for any one project under sections 32-23gg to 32-23ll, inclusive, shall not exceed fifteen million dollars.

(d) The corporation may take all reasonable steps and exercise all reasonable remedies necessary or desirable to protect the obligations or interests of the corporation, including, but not limited to, the purchase or redemption in foreclosure proceedings, bankruptcy proceedings or in other judicial proceedings of any property on which it holds a mortgage or other lien or in which it has an interest, and for such purposes and any other purposes provided in sections 32-23gg to 32-23ll, inclusive, payment may be made from the Connecticut Works Fund upon certification by the [executive director] chief executive officer that payment is authorized under the provisions of said sections, or other sections of the general statutes, applicable procedures or other programs of the corporation.

(e) Any contract of insurance or guarantee agreement, including advance commitments executed by the [executive director] chief executive officer, shall be conclusive evidence of eligibility and its validity shall be incontestable in the hands of an approved borrower or the party so insured or guaranteed from the date of execution and delivery of the contract, agreement or commitment, except for fraud and misrepresentation on the part of the borrower and as to commitments, noncompliance with the commitment or any rules, or procedures of the corporation or provisions of sections 32-23gg to 32-23ll, inclusive, in force at the time of issuance of the commitment.

(f) Applicants for financial assistance shall pay the costs the corporation deems reasonable and necessary incurred in processing applications made under this section, including application and commitment fees, closing costs or other costs. In carrying out the provisions of this section, any administrative expenses incurred by the corporation, to the extent not paid by the borrower or from moneys appropriated to the corporation for such purposes, may be paid from the Connecticut Works Fund.

(g) In providing financial assistance under this section, the corporation shall give priority to manufacturing projects and to projects that encourage defense dependent industries to diversify.

Sec. 23. Subsection (c) of section 32-23qq of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(c) Each such grant, loan, guarantee or extension of credit shall be authorized by Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated or any subsidiary of the corporation or, if the corporation or any subsidiary of the corporation so determines, by a committee of the corporation or any subsidiary of the corporation consisting of the chairman and either one other member of the corporation or subsidiary or its [executive director] chief executive officer, as specified in the determination of the corporation or subsidiary. Any administrative expenses incurred in carrying out the provisions of this section, to the extent not paid by the corporation or any subsidiary of the corporation or from moneys appropriated to the corporation or any subsidiary of the corporation, shall be paid from the Environmental Assistance Revolving Loan Fund. Payments from the Environmental Assistance Revolving Loan Fund to businesses or municipalities or to pay such administrative expenses shall be made by the corporation or any subsidiary of the corporation upon certification by the chairman of the corporation or such subsidiary that the payment is authorized under the provisions of this section, under the applicable rules and regulations of the corporation or subsidiary, and, if made to a business or municipality under the terms and conditions established by the corporation or subsidiary or the duly appointed committee thereof in authorizing the making of the grant, loan or the extension of credit.

Sec. 24. Section 32-23yy of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) As used in this section, the following terms shall have the following meanings unless the context indicates another meaning and intent:

(1) "Corporation" means Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated, created under section [32-11a] 32-35, and any of its subsidiaries or affiliates;

(2) ["Executive director" means the executive director] "Chief executive officer" means the chief executive officer of Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated;

(3) "Financial assistance" means any and all forms of grants, loans, extensions of credit, guarantees, equity investments or other forms of financing or refinancing to persons for the purchase, acquisition, leasing, construction, expansion, continued operation, reconstruction, financing, refinancing or placing in operation of an information technology project, including, but not limited to, fixed assets, working capital, equity participations and acquisitions, employee buyouts, refinancing, lease guarantees, financial restructuring and other purposes which the corporation determines further the purposes of this section. For purposes of this section financial assistance shall not be considered financial assistance under the provisions of section 32-462;

(4) "Information technology project" means an information technology project, as defined in section 32-23d;

(5) "Person" means a person, as defined in subsection (s) of section 32-23d;

(6) "Return on investment" means any and all forms of principal or interest payments, guarantee fees, equity participations, options, warrants, debentures and any or all other forms of remuneration to the corporation in return for any financial assistance provided or offered.

(b) There is created within the corporation the High-Technology Infrastructure Fund. The state, acting through the corporation, may provide financial assistance from said fund that enables the development of information technology projects. Such financial assistance may be provided directly or in participation with any other financial institutions, funds or other persons or other sources of financing, public or private, and the corporation may enter into any agreements or contracts it deems necessary or convenient in connection therewith. Payments of principal, interest or other forms of return on investment received by the corporation shall be deposited in or held on behalf of said fund.

(c) The corporation may provide financial assistance in such amounts, in such form and under such terms and conditions as the corporation shall prescribe, in written procedures adopted in accordance with section 1-121. Such procedures shall provide, in the case of financial assistance in a form other than a grant, for returns on investment as the corporation deems appropriate to reflect the nature of the risk, provided a single project shall not receive an amount in excess of fifteen million dollars and shall not be for a term longer than thirty years.

(d) The corporation may take all reasonable steps and exercise all reasonable remedies necessary or desirable to protect the obligations or interests of the corporation, including, but not limited to, the purchase or redemption in foreclosure proceedings, bankruptcy proceedings or in other judicial proceedings, of any property on which it holds a mortgage or other lien or in which it has an interest, and for such purposes and any other purposes provided in this section payment may be made from the High-Technology Infrastructure Fund upon certification by the [executive director] chief executive officer that payment is authorized under the provisions of this section, or other sections of the general statutes, applicable procedures or other programs of the corporation.

(e) Applicants for financial assistance shall pay the costs the corporation deems reasonable and necessary incurred in processing applications made under this section, including application and commitment fees, closing costs or other costs. In carrying out the provisions of this section, any administrative expenses incurred by the corporation, to the extent not paid by the borrower or from moneys appropriated to the corporation for such purposes, may be paid from the High-Technology Infrastructure Fund.

Sec. 25. Subdivision (17) of section 32-39 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(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] chief executive officer, 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;

Sec. 26. Subsection (d) of section 32-41y of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(d) (1) The board shall establish an application process, with guidelines and terms for grants and loans awarded under the Connecticut Bioscience Collaboration program. The board shall review and approve each such application.

(2) Not later than April 15, 2012, and quarterly thereafter, the board shall provide a report, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a, to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to finance, revenue and bonding, appropriations, commerce and higher education. Such report shall contain available information on the status and progress of the operations and funding of the Connecticut Bioscience Collaboration program.

(3) The [executive director] chief executive officer of the corporation shall prepare for each fiscal year an operating and capital budget for the Connecticut Bioscience Collaboration program. Not later than ninety days prior to the start of the fiscal year, the [executive director] chief executive officer shall submit the budget to the board. The board shall submit a copy of such annual budget, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a, to the Governor, the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, and the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to finance, revenue and bonding, appropriations, commerce and higher education.

Sec. 27. Section 32-61 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

As used in this chapter, "corporation" means Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated created under subsection (a) of section [32-11a; "executive director" means the executive director] 32-35; "chief executive officer" means the chief executive officer of Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated appointed pursuant to [subsection (d) of section 32-11a] section 32-38; "project" means a project as defined in subsection (d) of section 32-23d; "insurance fund" means the Revenue Bond Mortgage Insurance Fund created under section 32-62; "eligible financial institution" means an eligible financial institution as defined in section 32-65; "state" means the state of Connecticut; and "loan" means loans, notes, bonds or other forms of indebtedness related to the financing or refinancing of a project by the corporation or an eligible financial institution, or any participation or other interest therein, however evidenced, or any pool or portion of the foregoing.

Sec. 28. Section 32-63 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

The corporation may insure and make advance commitments to insure all or any portion of the payment required by a loan or any portion of a loan upon such terms and conditions as the corporation may prescribe in accordance with this chapter. In administering the insurance program authorized by this chapter, the corporation may establish application fees and prescribe application, notification, contract and insurance forms, rules and regulations it deems necessary or appropriate. The [executive director] chief executive officer shall, on the basis of the application and any other appropriate information, prepare a report to the corporation concerning the credit-worthiness of the proposed borrower, the manner in which the project will advance the purposes of state commerce and the soundness of the proposed loan.

Sec. 29. Subsection (k) of section 32-261 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(k) As used in this section, the following terms shall have the following meanings unless the context indicates another meaning and intent:

(1) "Corporation" means Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated created under subsection (a) of section [32-23d] 32-35;

(2) "Eligible financial institution" shall have the same meaning as "eligible financial institution", as defined in subsection (e) of section 32-23d;

(3) "Loans" means loans, notes, bonds and all other forms of debt financing or extensions of credit, secured or unsecured, including loans for working capital purposes;

(4) "Other investments" means (A) any and all forms of equity financing made by the corporation or an eligible financial institution, (B) any participation or other interest in such equity financing, however evidenced, or (C) any pool or portfolio of, or position in, loans, such equity financing or any combination thereof;

(5) "Person" means a person, as defined in subsection (s) of section 32-23d; and

(6) "State" means the state of Connecticut.

Sec. 30. Section 32-280 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

The corporation shall adopt written procedures in accordance with the provisions of section 1-121 setting forth the process to be followed by, and the responsibilities and obligations of regional corporations and the corporation under sections 32-271 to 32-284, inclusive. Such procedures shall establish underwriting standards for the purchase of loans made by regional corporations under section 32-276.

Sec. 31. Subsection (a) of section 32-602 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) The purpose of the Capital Region Development Authority shall be (1) to stimulate new investment within the capital region and provide support for multicultural destinations and the creation of a vibrant multidimensional downtown; (2) to work with the Department of Economic and Community Development to attract through a coordinated sales and marketing effort with the state's major sports, convention and exhibition venues large conventions, trade shows, exhibitions, conferences, consumer shows and events; (3) to encourage residential housing development; (4) to operate, maintain and market the convention center; (5) to stimulate family-oriented tourism, art, culture, history, education and entertainment through cooperation and coordination with city and regional organizations; (6) to manage facilities through contractual agreement or other legal instrument; (7) to stimulate economic development in the capital region; (8) upon request from the legislative body of a city or town within the capital region, to work with such city or town to assist in the development and redevelopment efforts to stimulate the economy of the region and increase tourism; (9) upon request of the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, [may] to enter into an agreement for funding to facilitate the relocation of state offices within the capital city economic development district; (10) in addition to the authority set forth in subdivision (9) of section 32-600, to develop and redevelop property within the town and city of Hartford; and (11) to market and develop the capital city economic development district as a multicultural destination and create a vibrant, multidimensional downtown.

Sec. 32. Section 32-604 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) The [Capital City Economic Development Authority] Capital Region Development Authority shall conduct a feasibility and implementation study to determine the financial feasibility of the convention center project, as defined in subdivision (3) of section 32-600, and the sportsplex and the parking facilities, each as defined in section 32-651, which shall include, but not be limited to, consideration of proper planning, engineering, siting, cost of construction, revenue and expense projections and operation as a multipurpose facility or facilities.

(b) The authority shall determine if the feasibility and implementation study clearly establishes, considering all relevant factors, the financial viability of (1) the convention center, (2) the sportsplex, (3) the parking facilities, or (4) any combination of the foregoing. The authority shall deliver the implementation and feasibility study, together with its determination as to financial viability, to the Governor for submission to the General Assembly as part of the master development plan pursuant to subsection (b) of section 32-654.

(c) The Capital Region Development Authority shall conduct a feasibility and implementation study to determine the financial feasibility of undertaking development and redevelopment projects to further the purposes of the authority, which shall include, but not be limited to, consideration of proper planning, engineering, siting, cost of construction, revenue and expense projections and operational costs.

(d) The authority shall monitor the progress of all capital city projects, projects in East Hartford and any project in the capital region and shall, on a regular basis, determine the extent to which each such project has, up to that point, met the purposes set forth in section 32-602, as amended by this act. The authority shall report semiannually to the Governor and the General Assembly in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a with respect to the operations, finances and achievement of its economic development objectives.

(e) The authority shall review and evaluate the progress of each capital city project and any project in the capital region for which financing is provided and shall devise and employ techniques for forecasting and measuring relevant indices of accomplishment of its goals of economic development, including, but not limited to, (1) the number of jobs created, or to be created, by or as a result of the project, (2) the cost or estimated cost, to the authority, involved in the creation of those jobs, (3) the amount of private capital investment in, or stimulated by, a project, in proportion to the public funds invested in such project, (4) the number of additional businesses created and associated jobs, (5) increased housing availability in downtown Hartford, and (6) the impact on tourism.

Sec. 33. Section 32-609 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

With the concurrence of the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management and the State Treasurer, the Capital Region Development Authority may submit an application to Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated on behalf of the convention center project, as defined in subdivision (3) of section 32-600, for a loan or loans consistent with the requirements of chapter 579 and Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated is hereby authorized to review such application as a package for the purposes of its requirements, including eligibility for federal or state funding in addition to the financing applied for. Any loan by Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated to the Capital Region Development Authority shall be evidenced by the general obligation bond of [such authority] Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated, in fully marketable form, duly executed and accompanied by an approving legal opinion with respect to validity, security and tax matters as would otherwise be required in a public offering. Any loan with respect to the hotel or other portions of private investment pertaining to the convention center project shall be on such terms and conditions as Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated requires to satisfy its eligibility for financing of a loan from the proceeds of its general obligation program bonds.

Approved June 18, 2013