Introduced House Bill (H)

Authored by

DIGEST

Rural economic development. Provides that one or more rural counties may develop a rural strategic development plan (plan) that may be submitted to the office of community and rural affairs (office) and the Indiana economic development corporation (IEDC) for joint approval. Provides that a plan must be developed in conjunction with: (1) the Indiana works council for the region; (2) the regional advisory committee of Ivy Tech Community College; and (3) any cooperative owned utilities for the area. Specifies the requirements that must be included in a plan. Provides that grants from the rural economic development fund (fund) may not Rural economic development. Provides that one or more rural counties may develop a rural strategic development plan (plan) that may be submitted to the office of community and rural affairs (office) and the Indiana economic development corporation (IEDC) for joint approval. Provides that a plan must be developed in conjunction with: (1) the Indiana works council for the region; (2) the regional advisory committee of Ivy Tech Community College; and (3) any cooperative owned utilities for the area. Specifies the requirements that must be included in a plan. Provides that grants from the rural economic development fund (fund) may not be made to a grant recipient unless the county in which the grant recipient is located has a jointly approved plan. Authorizes the Indiana finance authority (authority) to enter into a lease agreement with a broadband operator or other provider to manage and operate the state broadband infrastructure systems in underserved areas. Specifies the requirements for a lease agreement, including a provision that requires "at cost" access to the broadband network for each municipally owned utility and each cooperative owned utility in a county, if the county has an approved plan. ... View more