[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of County Commissioners of Doña Ana County 9-22-2009 by Ord. No. 246-09. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Development districts — See Ch. 159.
This chapter may be cited as the "Local Economic Development Act Plan Ordinance" (hereinafter referred to as "this chapter").
This chapter is adopted as part of the County's economic development plan. In accordance with the Local Economic Development Act (the Act), the purpose of this chapter is to allow public support of economic development efforts while continuing to protect against the unauthorized use of public money and other public resources. This chapter will also allow the County to enter into joint powers agreements with other local governments to support regional economic development projects.
Editor's Note: See NMSA §§ 5-10-1 through 5-10-13.
The County hereby adopts an economic development plan attached hereto and incorporated into this chapter. The County may assist economic development projects in any legally permissible manner, including the provision of land, buildings and infrastructure it already owns, or the County may build, purchase or lease the facilities needed for an economic development project. The County may bear the full cost or contribute a portion of the costs and may waive applicable fees. The County may also contribute to the payment of costs for professional services contracts, including industry feasibility studies and planning and design services with respect to a project.
The County may consider offering all forms of assistance as provided by the Act; however, the County has no obligation to offer any specific type or level of assistance.
Any qualifying entity, as defined in the Act, may propose an economic development project to the County and apply for assistance from the County. The applicant's proposal shall describe the proposed project, including the names and addresses of persons with an interest in the project, the number and types of jobs to be created, wages and benefits associated with the jobs to be created, the type and amount of assistance sought from the County, and all other information requested by the County. The County intends to evaluate the applications, the form and extent of assistance proposed to be provided, the security to be provided to the County and other details of each proposed project on a case-by-case basis. The County may accept or reject applications in its sole discretion.
If the County approves an application for assistance, it will do so by ordinance. In addition, the County and the recipient of assistance will enter into a project participation agreement in accordance with the Act. The County may require that all recipients of assistance pursuant to the Act provide the County with periodic reports with respect to the project for which assistance was received.
The County may enter into joint powers agreements with other governments to develop a regional economic development plan as provided by the Act.