[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Geneva 2-24-1994 by L.L. No. 1-1994. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Section 961 of Article 18-B of the General Municipal Law has authorized applications by cities for designation as an economic development zone within the meaning of said statute.
Such a designation could greatly benefit the City of Geneva in that new businesses would be encouraged to locate in the zone area, existing businesses would be encouraged to expand in the zone area, and new and expanded businesses would generate new jobs for Geneva residents.
[Amended 3-22-2006 by L.L. No. 1-2006; 6-21-2006 by L.L. No. 2-2006]
The City Manager is hereby authorized and empowered to submit an application for redesignation of certain areas within the City of Geneva, Town of Geneva and Town of Victor as an Empire Zone; provided, however, that such authorization and empowerment shall be conditioned upon the concurrence, through properly adopted resolution(s) with respect to such application of the governing bodies of any and all cities, towns and villages in which such Zone is located.
The boundaries of said areas shall be as set forth in Schedule A which is attached hereto and made a part hereof.
[Amended 3-22-2006 by L.L. No. 1-2006; 6-21-2006 by L.L. No. 2-2006]
Pursuant to requirements of Section 963(a) of the General Municipal Law, the City of Geneva Comptroller shall continue to serve as the local Empire Zone certification officer of the City of Geneva's Empire Zone, and shall, pursuant to the regulations promulgated pursuant to Article 18-B of the General Municipal Law, perform the following duty, to wit: certify, jointly with the New York State Commissioner of Economic Development and the New York State Commissioner of Labor, those businesses enterprises that are eligible to receive those benefits referred to in § 966 of the General Municipal Law, and any other applicable statutes.
[Amended 3-22-2006 by L.L. No. 1-2006; amended 6-21-2006 by L.L. No. 2-2006]
Pursuant to Article 18-B of the General Municipal Law, the Local Empire Zone Administrative Board as presently constituted is hereby continued. The Local Empire Zone Administrative Board, pursuant to § 963(a) of the General Municipal Law, as amended, shall approve for certification by the zone certification officer, the New York State Commissioner of Economic Development, and the New York State Commissioner of Labor, the applications of those businesses eligible for certification to receive the benefits referred to in § 966 of the General Municipal Law, and shall perform all other duties required of it pursuant to § 963(b) of the General Municipal Law.
Pursuant to the requirements of the aforesaid statute, a local economic development zone administrative board is hereby established to consist of not less than 15 members. Initial appointments to the board shall be made by nomination by the Mayor with the consent of the Geneva City Council. Membership of the administrative board shall be comprised of the City Manager, as Chairman, and the Mayor, as standing members with the remaining membership comprised of individuals from the following categories: local business, organized labor, financial institutions, educational institutions, community groups and zone residents. Initial terms shall be for a period of three years for 1/3 of the membership; two years for 1/3 of the membership; and one year for balance of membership.
All subsequent new appointments and reappointments shall be for a term of three years and shall be filled by the majority vote of the then current membership of the administrative board. Expired terms shall be filled for the duration of the unexpired term.
The local economic development zone administrative board shall perform the following duties, to wit:
Submit an annual report to the Commissioner of Commerce regarding economic development zone activities, including an analysis of the extent to which the goals set forth in the economic development zone application have been met.
Undertake efforts to ensure meaningful participation by minority and women businesses in economic development zone activities.
Enter into an agreement with the office of business permits and regulatory assistance to participate in a business permit assistance program to be provided to applicants for business permits required by county, city, town or village or for a business undertaking.
Enter into agreements with the commissions of commerce, labor and special services, local education agencies as defined in paragraph (b) of Subdivision 1 of § 3032 of the Education Law, local community-based organizations, private employers, labor unions, the administrative entity and established under the job training partnership act (P.L. 97-300) that includes the economic development zone, and any other person or state or federal agency for the purpose of establishing, implementing and coordinating job training programs for employees and businesses to be located in an economic development zone; provided, however, that:
Any agreement to establish a job training program designed to meet the specific needs of private employers shall require such employer to retain in his employ for not less than six months an employee who has satisfactorily completed a course of training for a particular job opening.
Any job training program established pursuant to this subsection shall make use of the job service division of the Labor Department as well other sources for the purpose of recruitment.
In cooperation with local services officials, establish a job training opportunities program sponsored by private employers in accordance with the provisions of § 164-b or § 350-l of the Social Services Law.
Editor's Note: Sections 164-b and 350-l of the Social Services Law were repealed by L.1990, c. 453, § 6.
Enter into agreements with local departments of social services and community-based organizations to facilitate the provision of ancillary or enhanced social services in any such zone.
Ensure that job training programs meet standards of instructional quality established in regulations promulgated by the commission of education.
Provide within the zone, or contract with a new or existing community-based local development corporation or entity to provide strategic economic development planning for the zone, marketing and promotion of the zone, assistance to companies in applying for available benefits, preparation of application for financing assistance and other technical assistance services; coordination of the delivery of state and local programs with the zones; and operation of such economic development assistance programs in furtherance of the economic development plan as shall be determined by the designee. Provided, however, within the amount appropriated therefor and allocated by the director of the budget, the commissioner shall, to the maximum extent feasible, make equally available financial support, through contracts or other means, to assist with the administrative expenses of the local zone administrative bodies or community-based development organizations. No funds shall be made available for this purpose unless the amount to be provided has been matched by private and governmental sources, other than state sources, in amounts at least equaling that to be provided by the state.
There shall also be established a zone capital corporation pursuant to General Municipal Law, Article 18-B, § 964.