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File No. 349

    January Session, 2017

Substitute House Bill No. 6749

House of Representatives, April 3, 2017

The Committee on Commerce reported through REP. SIMMONS of the 144th Dist., Chairperson of the Committee on the part of the House, that the substitute bill ought to pass.

AN ACT CONCERNING A WORKING GROUP ON A PUBLIC-PRIVATE MARKETING PARTNERSHIP TO RECRUIT BUSINESSES TO CONNECTICUT.

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

Section 1. (Effective from passage) (a) The chairpersons of the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to commerce shall appoint and convene a working group to examine and make recommendations regarding:

(1) The development of a comprehensive, unified and proactive marketing plan to attract businesses to the state;

(2) Methods to improve the state's overall business marketing efforts in order to recruit and retain businesses in the state, increase job creation, encourage entrepreneurship, and make businesses in other regions aware of the benefits and incentives for new businesses offered by the state;

(3) Methods to increase the visibility of Connecticut as a globally competitive business location through proactive international marketing efforts and enhance the potential economic and employment benefits that may result from the development of such marketing efforts; and

(4) The leveraging of private sector expertise, resources and funds to bolster the state's marketing efforts.

(b) Appointments to the working group shall include, but need not be limited to, representatives from the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to commerce, the Commission on Economic Competitiveness, the Department of Economic and Community Development, the Connecticut Economic Resource Center, chambers of commerce, traditional and new media private sector marketing firms, the banking and private equity industries, public and private institutions of higher education and high growth employment sectors, which may include, but need not be limited to, health care, bioscience, insurance, financial services, advanced manufacturing, digital media and green technology. All appointments to the working group shall be made not later than thirty days after the effective date of this section.

(c) The chairpersons of the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to commerce shall select the chairperson of the working group. The chairperson of the working group shall schedule the first meeting of the working group, which shall be held not later than sixty days after the effective date of this section. The working group shall meet at least quarterly thereafter, until it submits its report pursuant to subsection (d) of this section.

(d) Not later than January 15, 2018, the working group shall submit a report on its findings and recommendations pursuant to subsection (a) of this section to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to commerce, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes. The working group shall terminate on the date that it submits such report or January 15, 2018, whichever is later.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

from passage

New section

CE

Joint Favorable Subst.

 

The following Fiscal Impact Statement and Bill Analysis are prepared for the benefit of the members of the General Assembly, solely for purposes of information, summarization and explanation and do not represent the intent of the General Assembly or either chamber thereof for any purpose. In general, fiscal impacts are based upon a variety of informational sources, including the analyst's professional knowledge. Whenever applicable, agency data is consulted as part of the analysis, however final products do not necessarily reflect an assessment from any specific department.


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 18 $

Various State Agencies

GF - Potential Cost

Less than $1,000

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill establishes a working group to explore public-private marketing partnerships to recruit businesses to the state and issue a report on its findings and recommendations to the commerce committee by January 15, 2018.

There may be a cost of less than $1,000 in FY 18 to those agencies participating in the working group to reimburse legislators and agency staff for mileage expenses, currently at 53.5 cents/mile.

The Out Years

There is no ongoing fiscal impact because the working group terminates in FY 18.

OLR Bill Analysis

sHB-6749

AN ACT CONCERNING A WORKING GROUP ON A PUBLIC-PRIVATE MARKETING PARTNERSHIP TO RECRUIT BUSINESSES TO CONNECTICUT.

SUMMARY

The Office of Legislative Research does not analyze Special Acts.

COMMITTEE ACTION

Commerce Committee

Joint Favorable Substitute

Yea

21

Nay

0

(03/16/2017)

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