Establishes the GrowNY pilot program, an economic gardening pilot program within the department of economic development to stimulate investment in the state economy by providing technical assistance for expanding businesses in the state.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the economic development law, in relation to establishing an economic gardening pilot program within the department of economic development
The purpose of this economic gardening pilot program is to stimulate investment in New York's economy by providing technical assistance for expanding businesses in the State.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1: Creates an economic gardening pilot program known as "GrowNY". Directs the department to promulgate all necessary rules and regulations to implement the GrowNY program.
The department shall contract with regional non-profit economic development entities to administer the program. The department shall award competitive grants up to $500,000 a year, for a period of up to 5 years to such entities to implement the program.
A participating economic development non-profit entity administering the pilot program shall provide technical assistance for eligible businesses, which includes, but is not limited to:
*Access to affordable information services and consulting services, including information on markets, customers, and competitors, business databases, geographic information systems, internet and social media strategies, business to business referrals, and search engine optimization.
*Development of business connections, including interaction and exchange among business owners and resource providers including colleges and universities, trade associations, think tanks, academic institutions, business roundtables, financial service and workforce development providers, peer-to-peer learning sessions, and mentoring programs.
*Assistance in developing a listing of shovel ready sites currently available to the needs of the business.
* Assistance in understanding NYS laws and regulations applicable to such business.
* Any other form of consultation and technical assistance that may be provided to the eligible business to assist with its business and marketing needs.
This program shall be targeted at emerging growth businesses, known as "Second Stage" companies. To be eligible for assistance under the pilot program, a business must be a for-profit, privately held business that employs at least 5 persons, but not more than 99 persons, has maintained its principal place of business in the State for at least the previous 2 years and generates at least $750,000, but not more than $50 million, in annual revenue.
This bill establishes reporting requirements for the contracted entities to show the impact of the program on NYS businesses.
Section 2: Effective date.
Economic gardening is a long-term entrepreneurial strategy designed to generate new jobs from the existing base of businesses in the community. According to the Edward Lowe Foundation, the target businesses with the largest potential for job growth are second-stage companies. Second-stage companies are those that have grown past the startup stage but have not grown to maturity and typically have between 10-99 employees. According to YourEconomy.org, between 1993 and 2008 second-stage companies only represented 10.9% of U.S. based businesses but represented 35.7% of jobs and 24.8% of positive job growth.
Economic gardening was pioneered by Chris Gibbons in 1989 in the city of Littleton, Colorado, a community that in the ensuing 15 years saw a 136% increase in new jobs. While it was introduced as a demonstration program to deal with the sudden erosion of economic conditions following the relocation of the largest employer in the city at that time, it has emerged as a prototype for a rapidly expanding movement to generate sustainable economic growth for communities, regions, and states.
It is estimated that the GrowNY program would cost $10 million annually to support regional economic gardening pilot programs.
This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6940 IN SENATE April 4, 2014 ___________Introduced by Sen. GALLIVAN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Commerce, Economic Devel- opment and Small Business AN ACT to amend the economic development law, in relation to establish- ing an economic gardening pilot program within the department of economic development THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The economic development law is amended by adding a new article 22 to read as follows: ARTICLE 22 GROWNY PROGRAM SECTION 450. GROWNY PILOT PROGRAM. S 450. GROWNY PILOT PROGRAM. 1. (A) THERE IS HEREBY CREATED WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT THE GROWNY PILOT PROGRAM. THE PURPOSE OF THE PILOT PROGRAM IS TO STIMULATE INVESTMENT IN THE STATE ECONOMY BY PROVIDING TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE FOR EXPANDING BUSINESSES IN THE STATE. (B) THE DEPARTMENT IS AUTHORIZED AND DIRECTED TO PROMULGATE ALL NECES- SARY RULES AND REGULATIONS REQUIRED TO IMPLEMENT THE GROWNY PILOT PROGRAM. 2. (A) THE DEPARTMENT SHALL CONTRACT WITH REGIONAL NON-PROFIT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ENTITIES TO ADMINISTER THE PILOT PROGRAM UNDER THIS SECTION. THE DEPARTMENT SHALL AWARD COMPETITIVE GRANTS OF UP TO FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS A YEAR FOR A PERIOD OF UP TO FIVE YEARS TO EACH ENTITY THAT DEMONSTRATES THE ABILITY TO IMPLEMENT THE PILOT PROGRAM IN THEIR REGION, HAS AN OUTREACH PLAN, AND HAS THE ABILITY TO PROVIDE COUNSELING SERVICES, ACCESS TO TECHNOLOGY AND INFORMATION, MARKETING SERVICES AND ADVICE, BUSINESS MANAGEMENT SUPPORT, AND OTHER SIMILAR SERVICES. (B) CONTRACTS WITH SELECTED ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ENTITIES SHALL BE FOR A PERIOD OF FIVE YEARS AND SHALL BE REEVALUATED BY THE DEPARTMENT EVERY TWELVE MONTHS TO ENSURE SUCH ENTITIES CONTINUE TO PROVIDE A POSITIVE ECONOMIC BENEFIT TO THE COMMUNITY AND CONFORM TO THE PROGRAM CRITERIA. CONTRACTED ENTITIES SHALL NOT LIMIT SERVICES OFFERED UNDER THIS PROGRAM TO MEMBERS OF SUCH ENTITY AND SHALL SEEK TO PROVIDE ECONOMIC GARDENINGEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD03323-03-4 S. 6940 2
SERVICES TO EVERY ELIGIBLE BUSINESS THAT MEETS THE CRITERIA OF THE PROGRAM. (C) CONTRACTED ENTITIES SHALL COORDINATE THEIR EFFORTS WITH THE LOCAL NEW YORK STATE SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER OR OTHER LEAD ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATIONS IN COUNTIES AND CITIES WITHIN THE REGION OF THE CONTRACTED ENTITY AND SHALL ESTABLISH A REFERRAL SYSTEM AND LINKAGES TO EXISTING AREA SMALL BUSINESS ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS AND FINANCING SOURC- ES. 3. A CONTRACTED ENTITY ADMINISTERING THE PILOT PROGRAM SHALL PROVIDE TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE FOR ELIGIBLE BUSINESSES WHICH INCLUDES, BUT IS NOT LIMITED TO: (A) ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE INFORMATION SERVICES AND CONSULTING SERVICES, INCLUDING INFORMATION ON MARKETS, CUSTOMERS, AND COMPETITORS, BUSINESS DATABASES, GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS, INTERNET AND SOCIAL MEDIA STRATEGIES, BUSINESS TO BUSINESS REFERRALS, AND SEARCH ENGINE OPTIMIZA- TION; (B) DEVELOPMENT OF BUSINESS CONNECTIONS, INCLUDING INTERACTION AND EXCHANGE AMONG BUSINESS OWNERS AND RESOURCE PROVIDERS, INCLUDING COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES, TRADE ASSOCIATIONS, THINK TANKS, ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS, BUSINESS ROUNDTABLES, FINANCIAL SERVICE AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT PROVIDERS, PEER-TO-PEER LEARNING SESSIONS, AND MENTORING PROGRAMS; (C) ASSISTANCE IN DEVELOPING A LISTING OF SHOVEL READY SITES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE TO THE NEEDS OF THE BUSINESS; (D) ASSISTANCE IN UNDERSTANDING STATE LAWS AND REGULATIONS APPLICABLE TO SUCH BUSINESS; (E) ANY OTHER FORM OF CONSULTATION AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE THAT MAY BE PROVIDED TO THE ELIGIBLE BUSINESS TO ASSIST WITH ITS BUSINESS AND MARKETING NEEDS. 4. (A) THIS PROGRAM SHALL BE TARGETED AT EMERGING GROWTH BUSINESSES, KNOWN AS SECOND STAGE COMPANIES. TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR ASSISTANCE UNDER THE PILOT PROGRAM, A BUSINESS MUST BE A FOR-PROFIT, PRIVATELY HELD BUSINESS THAT EMPLOYS AT LEAST FIVE PERSONS, BUT NOT MORE THAN NINETY-NINE PERSONS, HAS MAINTAINED ITS PRINCIPAL PLACE OF BUSINESS IN THE STATE FOR AT LEAST THE PREVIOUS TWO YEARS, AND GENERATES AT LEAST SEVEN HUNDRED FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLARS, BUT NOT MORE THAN FIFTY MILLION DOLLARS, IN ANNUAL REVENUE. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO MAKE EXCEPTIONS TO THESE PROVISIONS AT HIS OR HER SOLE DISCRETION. (B) A CONTRACTED ENTITY ADMINISTERING THE PILOT PROGRAM, IN SELECTING THE ELIGIBLE BUSINESSES TO RECEIVE ASSISTANCE, SHALL ACTIVELY REACH OUT TO BUSINESSES IN MORE THAN ONE INDUSTRY CLUSTER AND, TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PRACTICABLE, SHALL CHOOSE BUSINESSES THAT ARE GEOGRAPHICALLY DISTRIBUTED THROUGHOUT THE REGION WITH THE GREATEST POTENTIAL FOR JOB GROWTH. 5. (A) A BUSINESS RECEIVING ASSISTANCE UNDER THE PILOT PROGRAM MUST ENTER INTO AN AGREEMENT WITH THE CONTRACTED ENTITY ADMINISTERING THE PROGRAM TO ESTABLISH THE BUSINESS' COMMITMENT TO PARTICIPATION IN THE PILOT PROGRAM. THE ARRANGEMENT MUST REQUIRE, AT A MINIMUM, THAT THE BUSINESS: (I) ATTEND A MINIMUM NUMBER OF MEETINGS BETWEEN THE BUSINESS AND THE CONTRACTED ENTITY ADMINISTERING THE PILOT PROGRAM. SUCH MEETINGS SHALL BE HELD AT THE CONVENIENCE OF THE BUSINESS; (II) REPORT INVESTMENT, REVENUE, AND JOB CREATION AND RETENTION DATA IN THE MANNER PRESCRIBED BY THE CONTRACTED ENTITY ADMINISTERING THE PILOT PROGRAM; ANDS. 6940 3
(III) PROVIDE NON-PROPRIETARY FINANCIAL DATA IN THE MANNER PRESCRIBED BY THE CONTRACTED ENTITY ADMINISTERING THE PROGRAM. (B) THE REGIONAL NON-PROFIT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ENTITY OR THE CONTRACTED ENTITY ADMINISTERING THE PILOT PROGRAM SHALL REPORT THE INFORMATION TO THE DEPARTMENT ON AN ANNUAL BASIS. 6. A CONTRACTED ENTITY ADMINISTERING THE PILOT PROGRAM IS AUTHORIZED TO PROMOTE THE GENERAL BUSINESS INTERESTS OR INDUSTRIAL INTERESTS OF THE STATE. 7. THE DEPARTMENT SHALL REVIEW THE PROGRESS OF THE CONTRACTED ENTITY ADMINISTERING THE PILOT PROGRAM AT LEAST ONCE EVERY TWELVE MONTHS AND SHALL DETERMINE WHETHER THE CONTRACTED ENTITY IS MEETING ITS CONTRACTUAL OBLIGATIONS FOR ADMINISTERING THE PILOT PROGRAM. THE DEPARTMENT MAY TERMINATE AND REBID A CONTRACT IF THE CONTRACTED ENTITY DOES NOT MEET ITS CONTRACTUAL OBLIGATIONS. 8. BY MARCH THIRTY-FIRST, TWO THOUSAND FIFTEEN AND ANNUALLY THEREAFT- ER, THE DEPARTMENT SHALL SUBMIT A REPORT TO THE GOVERNOR, THE TEMPORARY PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, THE SPEAKER OF THE ASSEMBLY, THE MINORITY LEAD- ER OF THE SENATE AND THE MINORITY LEADER OF THE ASSEMBLY WHICH DESCRIBES IN DETAIL THE PROGRESS OF THE GROWNY PILOT PROGRAM. THE REPORT SHALL INCLUDE, BUT IS NOT LIMITED TO, THE NUMBER OF BUSINESSES RECEIVING ASSISTANCE, THE NUMBER OF FULL-TIME EQUIVALENT JOBS CREATED OR RETAINED AS A RESULT OF THE ASSISTANCE, IF ANY, AND THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT OF WAGES PAID TO SUCH EMPLOYEES. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.