[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Queensbury 2-17-1994 by L.L. No. 1-1994. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Whereas census tract 702 is deemed eligible for designation by the State of New York as an economic development zone, and whereas the City of Glens Falls and the Town of Queensbury are desirous of establishing a close working relationship to provide enhanced job opportunities for the residents of the City of Glens Falls and the Town of Queensbury, and whereas the designation of an economic development zone to include census tract 702, along with contiguous census tracts, would provide greatly enhanced opportunities for job creation, the City of Glens Falls, as the primary applicant and the Town of Queensbury as the co-applicant, hereby authorize the application to the State of New York for designation of an economic development zone to encompass lands located in the City of Glens Falls and the Town of Queensbury.
This chapter shall be known as the "Economic Development Zone Application Law."
Section 961 of Article 18-B of the General Municipal Law has authorized application by cities and towns for designation as an economic development zone within the meaning of said statute.
Such a designation could greatly benefit the Town of Queensbury in that a new business 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 Town of Queensbury residents.
The Supervisor of the Town of Queensbury is hereby authorized to submit an application for designation of certain areas within the Town of Queensbury as an economic development zone, boundaries of which said zone are as set forth and depicted on a map of same to be filed at the time of adoption of this chapter in the office of the Clerk of the Town of Queensbury and annexed or referenced as Appendix A and incorporated herein for all purposes.
Editor's Note: Appendix A is on file in the office of the Town Clerk.
Pursuant to the requirements of the aforesaid statute, the Economic Development Director shall serve as Certification Officer of the Glens Falls economic development zone areas and shall perform the following duty: certify, jointly with the New York State Commissioner of Economic Development and the New York State Commissioner of Labor, those business enterprises which are eligible to receive benefits referred to in § 966 of Article 18-B of the General Municipal Law.
Pursuant to the requirements of the aforesaid statute, a Local Economic Development Zone Administration Board is hereby established to consist of seven members, none of whom shall be the Certification Officer, four members to be appointed by the Mayor of the City of Glens Falls, subject to the approval of the Common Council, and three members to be appointed by the Supervisor of the Town of Queensbury, subject to the approval of the Town Board. The appointments shall be for terms of three years, except that two of the original appointees shall be appointed for a one-year term and two of the original appointees shall be appointed to two-year terms. All subsequent new appointments and reappointments shall be for a term of three years and shall be filled for the duration of the unexpired term. The members shall be representatives of local business, organized labor, community organizations and financial and educational institutions, at least one of whom shall be a zone resident.
The Local Economic Development Zone Administration Board shall:
Submit an annual report to the New York State Commissioner of Economic Development regarding economic development zone activities, including 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.
Provide within the zone, by contract with the Warren Washington Regional Economic Development Corporation, a community-based local development corporation, 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 economic development assistance programs in furtherance of the economic development zone plan as shall be determined by the designee; provided, however, within the amount appropriated therefor and allocated by the Warren Washington Regional Economic Development Corporation, 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 zone activity operations. 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.
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 a county, city, Town or village for a business undertaking project or activity in the economic development zone.
Enter into agreements with the Commissioners of Economic Development, Labor and Social 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 private industry council for the service delivery area 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 the economic development zone; provided, however, that:
Any agreement to establish a job training program designed to meet the 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 as other sources for the purpose of recruitment.
In cooperation with local service 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: Social Services Law §§ 164-b and 350-l were repealed by L. 1990, c. 453, § 6, effective 10-1-1990.
Enter into agreements with the local Departments of Social Services and community-based organizations to facilitate the provision of ancillary or enhanced social services in the zone.
Ensure that the job training programs meet standards of instructional quality established in regulations promulgated by the Commissioner of Education.