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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
Criteria for industrial development programs. Provides that in deciding whether to award a loan from the industrial development fund, the department of commerce (department) and the state board of finance may not: (1) require evidence of preliminary commitments to initiate or complete any part of the program; or (2) base their decision on the presence or lack of such evidence. Requires the department, in awarding grants from the industrial development grant fund, to use the same standards used for loans from the industrial development fund. Provides that grants may be awarded for the construction or extension of utilities or public infrastructure to improve the chance of securing future commitments to collaborate on an industrial development program. Provides that if a unit adopts an ordinance after June 30, 2004, to create an economic development district, a qualified industrial development project proposed for the district is not required to be supported by preliminary commitments to initiate or complete the project. Provides that the department, in determining whether to grant a preliminary certification authorizing the creation of the district, may not base its determination on the likelihood that the proposed project will be initiated and accomplished. Removes obsolete references to the corporation for innovation development.