Bill No.
25-15
Concerning: Economic Development -
Reorganization
Montgomery
County Economic Development
Corporation
Revised: June
30. 2015
Draft No.
5
Introduced:
May
21. 2015
Enacted:
June
30. 2015
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Ch. _ _ , Laws of Mont. Co. _ __
COUNTY COUNCIL
FOR MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MARYLAND
Lead Sponsor: Council President at the request of the County Executive
AN ACT
to:
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eliminate the Department of Economic Development as a principal department of
the Executive Branch;
create an Office of Agriculture;
transfer certain duties of the Department of Economic Development to other
County agencies;
provide for the designation of a non-profit corporation as the Montgomery County
Economic Development Corporation;
assign certain duties to the Montgomery County Economic Development
Corporation and exempt this assignment from a certain procurement law;
provide a certain notice under the collective bargaining law;
remove the designation of the County's Business Development Corporation; and
generally amend County laws, regulations, and certain contracts governing
economic development and agricultural preservation.
By amending
Montgomery County Code
Chapter lA, Structure of County Government
Sections lA-201 and lA-203
Chapter 2, Administration
Sections 2-27 and 2-64L
Chapter 2B, Agricultural Land Preservation
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Sections 2B-l, 2B-3, 2B-7, 2B-10, 2B-14, 2B-17, 2B-19, 2B-20, and 2B-21
Chapter 20, Finance
Sections 20-76, 20-76A. 20-76B, 20-76C, and 20-76D
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Chapter 27, Human Rights and Civil Liberties
Section 27-26B
Chapter 30B, Business Development Corporation
Sections 30B-l, 30B-2, 30B-3, 30B-4, 30B-5, 30B-6, and 30B-7
Chapter 40, Real Property
Section 40-12B
Chapter 44, Schools and Camps
Section 44-4 7
By adding
Chapter 2B, Agricultural Land Preservation
Section 2B-1A
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The County Council for Montgomery County, Maryland approves the following Act:
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Sec. 1. Section 2B-1A is added and Sections lA-201, lA-203, 2-27, 2-64L,
2B-1, 2B-3, 2B-7, 2B-10, 2B-14, 2B-17, 2B-19, 2B-20,.2B-21, 20-76, 20-76A, 20-
76B, 2-076C, 20-76D, 27-26B, 30B-1, 30B-2, 30B-3, 30B-4, 30B-5, 30B-6, 30B-7,
40-12B, and 44-47 are amended as follows:
lA-201. Establishing departments and principal offices.
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Executive Branch.
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These are the departments and principal offices of the Executive
Branch.
County Executive [Charter,§ 201 et seq.]
Chief Administrative Officer [Charter,§ 210 et seq.]
Consumer Protection (Section 11-2)
Correction and Rehabilitation [Section 2-28]
County Attorney [Charter § 213]
[Economic Development [Section 2-64L]]
Environmental Protection [Section 2-29]
Finance [Charter§ 214; Section 20-38 et seq.]
Fire and Rescue Services [Section 2-39A]
General Services [Section 2-30]
Health and Human Services [Section 2-42A]
Housing and Community Affairs [Section 2-27 et seq.]
Human Resources [Section 2-64I; ch. 33]
Intergovernmental Relations [Section 2-64J]
Liquor Control
Management and Budget [Section 2-64K]
Permitting Services [Section 2-42B] ·
Police [Section 2-43; ch. 35]
Public Information
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Public Libraries [Section 2-45 et seq.]
Recreation [Section 2-58]
Technology Services [Section 2-58D]
Transportation [Section 2-55 et seq.]
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The County Executive determines whether an entity 1s a
department or a principal office.
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public
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departments.
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Entities that provide internal support to other parts
of County government are principal offices.
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lA-203. Establishing other offices.
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Executive Branch. These are the offices of the Executive Branch that
are not part of a department or principal office:
Office of Agriculture [section 2B-1A]
Office of the Commission for Women [section 27-28 et seq.]
Office of Community Use of Public Facilities [section 44-4]
Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security [section 2-
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Office of Human Rights [section 27-4]
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2-27. Functions and organization.
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The Department of Housing and Community Affairs has the following
functions:
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Affordable housing programs.
Community development programs.
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Urban renewal and community development projects.
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Relocation services for
famili~s
and businesses displaced
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Housing standards enforcement, and related activities.
Landlord-tenant relations.
Common ownership community relations.
[Technical assistance to
the Department of Economic
Development and the Department of Environmental Protection
in the area of human resources, budget, technology, and
procurement.
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Other functions designated by law.
Division 18. [Department of Economic Development] Reserved.
2-64L. [Functions and organization] Reserved.
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The Department of Economic Development 1s responsible for
promoting and supporting:
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industrial and commercial development in the County, including
the technology and hospitality industries;
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agricultural preservation and enhancement m the County,
including programs associated with the Soil Conservation
District and the Cooperative Extension Service;
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other economic development in the County,
including
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coordination of employment and work force training; and
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services to resident businesses in the County, including business
retention, counseling, business planning, and other services to
maintain the existing economic base.'
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In addition to the Director, the Department of Economic Development
has two non-merit system positions for a marketing and business
development manager and minority business affairs manager.]
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2B-1. Definitions.
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[(a)] In this Chapter, the following words and phrases shall have the
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[Department
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Landowner
means a fee simple owner of land located in the County on
which a landowner proposes to sell or has sold an agricultural easement
to the State or the County.
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Office
means the Office of Agriculture.
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Significant Agricultural Resource
Significant Agricultural
Capability
means land which, if properly agronomically managed and
under normal growing conditions, the [Department]
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consulting local agricultural support agencies, finds can sustain a
profitable farm enterprise.
2B-1A. Office of Agriculture.
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The Office must:
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administer this Chapter and the regulations issued under
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foster agricultural preservation;
administer programs associated with the Soil Conservation District and
the Cooperative Extension Service; [[and]]
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develop the agricultural economy: and
perform other duties as assigned
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the County Executive.
2B-3. State Easement Application and Purchase.
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either the APAB or the Planning Board recommends approval, the
County Council must hold a public hearing on the proposed easement.
The [Department] Office must give adequate notice of the hearing to
the owner of any land adjacent to the proposed agricultural easement.
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The [Department] Office must work with the State to record each State
agricultural easement in the County land records. The recordation of a
State agricultural easement is not subject to any County recordation or
transfer tax.
2B-7. County Easement Application and Purchase.
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A landowner seeking to place land under an agricultural easement must
submit an easement sales application to the [Department of Economic
Development] Office. The application must include a completed
property description and specify the landowner's asking price.
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any land does not meet all requirements of subsection (d), the County
must not buy a County agricultural easement on that land unless:
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the [Department] Office finds that placing an agricultural
easement on that land is in the public interest; and
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the [Department] Office concludes, after consulting local
agricultural support agencies, that the land has significant
agricultural resources.
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2B-10. Termination and repurchase of agricultural easements.
Process to Terminate and Repurchase an Easement.
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(4)
The APAB must determine if profitable farming is feasible on
the land and issue a written recommendation to the [Department]
Office. In determining whether farming is profitable, the APAB
must consider:
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After the APAB issues its recommendation, the [Department]
Office must advise the landowner that the [Department] Office
must order an appraisal of the land at the landowner's expense.
The appraisal must consider the current fair market value of land
and the current fair market value of the land encumbered by an
agricultural easement. The difference between these values must
represent the present value of the agricultural easement.
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The landowner must pay the [Department] Office for the cost of
an appraisal. The [Department] Office must order the appraisal
after receiving the funds from the landowner.
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After rece1vmg
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appraisal
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recommendation, the County Council must hold a public hearing
on the request to terminate the agricultural easement. The
[Department] Office must notify each [owenr] owner of land
adjacent to the land where the easement is located of the public
hearing.
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(10) The landowner must pay the required payment to the County
within
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easement.
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[Department] Office must prepare, execute, and deliver to the
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landowner for recording, a Deed
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Termination and Release
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The County Attorney must record each agricultural easement in the
County land records. The recordation of an agricultural easement is not
subject to any County transfer or recordation tax.
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Each agricultural easement must:
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be recorded in the form required by the [Department] Office;
run with the land and bind the landowner and each assignee,
transferee, mortgagee, and any other party who obtains title to
the property; and
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be recorded so that the easement is senior in priority to all liens,
including any instrument securing permanent financing.
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(a)
The [Department] Office must create a separate account under the
Fund, entitled the BLT Account.
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The BLT Account must contain payments made to comply with
conditions of approval which the Planning Board has imposed for
certain development plans, and may also contain funds received
through donation, appropriation, bond proceeds, or any other source.
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Funds in the BLT Account must be spent only on BLT easements.
Funds in the BLT Account may be used in conjunction with other funds
to buy BLT easements.
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(a)
The costs of any agricultural land preservation program, including the
purchase of any agricultural easement, may be paid from the Fund and
any other appropriated funds.
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[The Department must administer this Chapter and the regulations
issued under it.
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The [Department] Office must issue an annual report that identifies the:
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number and types of agricultural easements bought;
number of acres preserved by those easements; and
price of each easement.
2B-20. Enforcement of State and County Agricultural Easements.
(a)
Any violation of this Chapter or regulations issued under it is a Class A
violation. The Department of Permitting Services may issue a citation
for any violation of this Chapter or the terms of any agricultural
easement.
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The [Director of Economic Development] Office may take legal action,
including seeking injunctive or declaratory relief, to prevent any:
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subdivision of land under an agricultural easement that violates
this Chapter or an agricultural easement; or
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transfer of land, including the transfer of lots to or for the
landowner or the landowner's children, that violates this Chapter
or an agricultural easement.
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The [Director] Office may also take legal action to recover any funds
obtained from any subdivision or land transfer that violates this Chapter
or an agricultural easement, plus costs and a reasonable attorney's fee
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(e)
Duties.
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The Committee must:
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after conferring with the [[Montgomery County Economic
Development Corporation]] Office of Agriculture, advise
the Executive and Council on all matters affecting
agriculture in the County;
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bring matters of particular importance to the attention of
the Executive and Council; and
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comment on matters referred to it by the Executive and
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The Executive must submit, by method 1 regulation, an economic
development strategic plan for the County to the Council for approval
on or before October 1, 2015. [[The Montgomery County Economic
Development Corporation must adopt an economic development
strategic plan beginningl] Beginning no later than October
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2019 and
each fourth year
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the Executive may amend the strategic plan.
by Method 1 regulation. to be consistent with the strategic plan adopted
by the Montgomerv County Economic Development Comoration. The
success or progress of the strategic plan must be measurable and the
plan must include measures to address:
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20-76A. Investment Incentive Tax Credit Supplement.
The Director of Finance must pay, [[by January 31 each year,]] subject
to appropriation, a Biotechnology Investment Incentive Tax Credit
Supplement to each applicant who meets certain eligibility standards.
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20-76B. Small Business Assistance Program.
Definitions.
As used in this Section:
Adverse impact
means a loss of revenue resulting from a redevelopment
project.
Director
means the Director of the Department of [Economic
Development] Finance.
Enterprise zone
means an area designated under Maryland Code,
Economic Development
Article, Section 5-704 or any successor
prov1s1on.
Fund
means the Economic Development Fund established in Section
20-73.
Program
means the Small Business Assistance Program.
Redevelopment project
means any construction, alteration, or
improvement in an urban renewal area or enterprise zone where the
existing land use is commercial or industrial and is:
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located on property owned by the County; or
financed in whole or part by the County.
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Small business
means a privately owned business that meets the
requirements of Section 11B-65(a).
Technical assistance
means training directly related to operating a
small business provided by an educational institution or a non-profit
organization approved by the Director.
Urban renewal area
means an area of the County as defined in Section
56-9(f).
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Eligibility standards.
A qualified investor, who need not be a County
resident, is eligible to receive the incentive payment if the qualified
investor[:] invests in a qualified green company that:
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has its headquarters and base of operations in the County; or
has signed a lease for at least 5 years to open a qualified green
company with its headquarters and base of operations in the
County; and
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has been in business for less than 10 years and employs less than
50 people and does not have its securities publicly traded on any
exchange.
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In order to calculate the amount of the incentive payment to be made to
a qualified investor under Subsection (f), the Director of the
Department of [Economic Development] Finance must, by January 15
of each calendar year, compile a list of each qualified investor making
an investment in a qualified green company and the amount of that
investment during the preceding calendar year. This list must be
determined using the applications and any supporting documents
qualified investors submit. The Director may take any other action
necessary to administer the incentive payment. The Executive may
issue regulations under Method (2) to implement this Section.
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Application required.
The Director of the. Department of [Economic
Development] Finance must require each qualified investor to submit
an application for the incentive payment and may take any other action
necessary to administer the incentive payment. The Executive may
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issue regulations under Method (2) to specify an application process
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20-76D. Cybersecurity Investment Incentive Tax Credit Supplement.
The Director of Finance must pay, subject to appropriation, a
Cybersecurity Investment Incentive Tax
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Supplement to each
Cybersecurity Company who meets certain eligibility standards.
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The Director of [Economic Development] Finance must request from
the Comptroller of the Treasury and Department of Business and
Economic Development, by April 30 of each year, a list of each
Cybersecurity Company, headquartered and based in Montgomery
County that was issued a final credit certificate by the State during the
preceding calendar year. The Executive may issue regulations under
Method ( 1) to implement this Section.
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27-26B. Interagency fair housing coordinating group.
The County Executive must designate an interagency fair housing
coordinating group. The purpose of the coordinating group is to
facilitate and promote the County's efforts to prevent discrimination in
housing.
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(b)
The County Executive appoints the members of the coordinating group,
subject to confirmation by the County Council. The coordinating group
consists of one or more employees of each of the following agencies:
( 1)
Office of Community Outreach in the Office of the Chief
Administrative Officer;
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Human Rights Commission;
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Housing Opportunities Commission;
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Department of Health and Human Services;
Commission for Women; and
Commission on People with Disabilities.
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The Executive also may designate, subject to confirmation by the
County Council, one or more members of the Executive's staff, and
employees of any other County department or office, to serve on the
coordinating group. The Executive must also invite the County
Council, the Montgomery County public schools,, the Montgomery
County Economic Development Corporation, and the Maryland-
National Capital Park and Planning Commission to designate one or
more staff members to serve as full members of the group.
The Executive must designate a chair of the coordinating group, subject
to confirmation by the County Council. The chair or the Executive may
call meetings. The group may form its own subcommittees.
Meetings of the coordinating group and its subcommittees are [open]
subject to [the public under] the [State] Maryland Open Meetings law
[on public meetings]. In order to create a public forum and encourage
diverse participation, the Executive must invite representatives of the
housing industry and active community groups to participate in
meetings. The group [is] must not be governed by Chapter 2 or Chapter
2A.
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With staff support from the Fair Housing Coordinator, the coordinating
group must submit to the County Council and County Executive an
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annual report on housing discrimination in the County. This report
must:
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assess County, State and Federal laws prohibiting discrimination
in housing, and evaluate their enforcement in the County;
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recommend changes in law, policy, programs or priorities needed
to reduce discrimination in housing; .
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include a work program for the coming year;
include a progress report on the previous year's work program;
and
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include the views of the Fair Housing Coordinator and any
member whose views differ from those of the report.
Chapter 30B [Business] Economic Development Corporation.
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[Recognizing that ( 1) the] The future success of Montgomery County
related to education, infrastructure, public safety, public welfare, and
quality of life is:
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built on a vibrant and growing economy[,];
successful businesses [are the key to] creating this economy[,];
and
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government [must foster] fostering a legislative and regulatory
environment which encourages business successJ, to]
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To achieve these goals.1 the County Government [must] may designate
a nonprofit corporation as the [County's Business] Montgomery
County Economic Development Corporation (Corporation) to [enhance
and supplement] implement the County's economic development
programs and activities.
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[The mission of the Business Development Corporation is to develop the
vision for the County's economic future and to recommend and advocate for
legislative and regulatory changes that move the culture and regulatory
environment so that business success can create that vibrant and growing
economy.
The Corporation must be able to:
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establish a vision of the economic future of the County founded on
sound financial and economic condition and policies;
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develop and articulate strategies designed to achieve that v1s1on,
advocate for legislative and regulatory changes necessary to
accomplish that vision, set measurements, and regularly report on the
County's success in meeting its objectives and goals;
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provide leadership on economic issues at both the County and State
levels;
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engage business leaders and other key stakeholders in developing and
implementing economic development strategies;
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maintain close liaison with government agencies and elected
representatives at both the County and State levels to achieve the goals
of the Corporation; and
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undertake any other activities deemed by the Board of Directors to
support the mission of the Corporation.]
30B-2. Designation.
(a)
[In this Chapter "Corporation" means the Business Development
Corporation that the County has designated to study, evaluate, enhance,
and supplement the County's economic development programs and
activities.
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(b)]
The County Council must designate, by resolution approved by the
County Executive, a single nonprofit corporation which complies with
all requirements and criteria of this Chapter as the [County's Business]
Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation. If the
Executive disapproves the resolution within 10 days after receiving it,
the Council may readopt the resolution with at least 6 affirmative votes.
[(c)
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Any designation under this Section expires at the end of the fifth
full fiscal year after the resolution is adopted unless the Council
extends the designation by adopting another resolution under this
Section.
(2)
However, if the Council President does not notify the Chair of
the designated Corporation's Board of Directors, not later than
June 30 of the fourth full fiscal year of the designation term, that
the Council may allow the current designation to expire, the
designation is automatically extended for another 5-year term.
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(d)
The Council at any time may suspend or revoke the designation of a
corporation as the County's Business De,velopment Corporation by
resolution, adopted after at least 15 days public notice, that is approved
by the Executive, or, ifthe Executive disapproves the resolution within
10 days after receiving it, is readopted by a vote of at least 6
Councilmembers.]
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To continue to qualify as the County's [Business] Economic
Development Corporation, [a corporation's] the Corporation's articles
of incorporation and bylaws must comply with all requirements of this
Chapter.
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fiscal year after the resolution is adopted unless the Council extends the
designation by adopting another resolution under this Section.
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The Council at any time may suspend or revoke the designation of a
comoration as the County's Economic Development Comoration by
resolution. adopted after at least 15 days public notice that is approved
by the Executive. or. ifthe Executive disapproves the resolution within
10 days after receiving it. is readopted by a vote of at least 6
Councilmembers.
30B-3. Board of Directors.
(a)
To qualify as the [County's Business] Montgomery County Economic
Development Corporation, [a corporation's] the Corporation's Board
of Directors must have [no more than] 11 voting members appointed
by the County Executive and confirmed
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County Executive should appoint
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member of the Workforce
Development Board as one of the members of the Corporation's Board
of Directors. The Corporation's Board of Directors must also include
one officio non-voting member appointed
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the County Executive;
and one non-voting member appointed
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the County Council; and
should have one non-voting member appointed
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the Marvland
Secretary of Commerce [[the Maryland Department of Business and
Economic Development]]!. [The corporation's bylaws should also allow
the Director of the Department of
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Development, the
Superintendent of the County Public Schools, the President of
Montgomery College, and the chair of the County Planning Board or
the Planning Director, to serve as ex-officio non-voting members along
with any other nonvoting members authorized under the bylaws.]
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voting members must be staggered. Of the voting members first
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unexpired term. A voting member continues in office until his or her
successor is appointed and confirmed.
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senior
manager
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for-profit or nonprofit entity that has a significant presence
in the County [The voting members of the Board of Directors should
include:
( 1)
one volunteer representative of a Chamber of Commerce in the
County who is recommended by the Chamber of Commerce;
(2)
(3)
one owner of a small business in the County;
one owner or officer of the senior management of a medium-
sized business located in the County; and
(
4)
up to 8 officers from the senior management of major companies
which have a significant presence in the County].
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A member is not subject to Chapter 19A because of serving on
the Board. The Corporation's bylaws must [[include provisions
defining and regulating conflicts of interest by Board members and
Corporation staff]] protect against any conflict of interest or similar
impropriety by members of the Board of Directors or the Executive
Director or any other employees. The bylaws must include:
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a prohibition against self-dealing and collusive practices;
a provision for the disclosure of a financial or similar interest of
any person in any matter before the cornoration that would create
a conflict of interest;
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a provision establishing conditions under which a person is
disqualified from participating in decisions or other actions in
which there is a conflict between the person's official duties and
private interests;
appropriate remedies for a violation of the bylaws. including
removal or termination; and
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Notwithstanding any inconsistent provision of County Code
Section 19A-21, a member of the Board of Directors
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staff member
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[or]
administrative~
or
executive advocacy as part of that [member's] person's duties [on the
Board] is not required to register as a lobbyist under Article V of
Chapter 19A because of that advocacy.
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The Board must direct the program, management, and finances
of the [corporation] Corporation.
30B-4. Status; incorporation; bylaws.
(a)
To qualify as the County's Economic [Business] Development
Corporation,
[a
corporation's]
the
Corporation's
articles
of
incorporation must provide for the appointinent of the members of its
board of directors as set forth in this Chapter. The articles of
incorporation must also provide that the [corporation] Corporation is:
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a [tax-exempt] Maryland
nonprofit~
non-stock corporation the
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permitted to be promoted or performed
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[Business]
Economic
Development
Corporation
and
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implementing the County's economic development strategic
plan, adopted under Section 20-76, and related programs. These
programs must include:
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attracting and retaining businesses;
facilitating
economic,
industrial,
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commercial
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development in the County;
[[enhancing the agricultural economy;
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businesses in the County;
[[(fil]] CD) promoting job growth and talent attraction, in
coordination with the Montgomery County Workforce
Development Board;
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advising and informing County officials
on
economic development matters;
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providing services to resident businesses m the
County, including business retention, counseling, business
planning, and other services to maintain and grow the
existing economic base;
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stimulating and nurturing the development of new
business; [[and]]
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supporting minoritv. female. and disabled owned
businesses. including assisting minority. female. and
disabled owned businesses to gain access to capital; and
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organized and operated under the laws of the State of Maryland;
and
headquartered in the County.
The Corporation's bylaws may contain any provision[, not inconsistent
with law or the articles of incorporation,] necessary to govern and
manage the Corporation that does not conflict with this Chapter. The
Corporation may exercise all powers and is subject to all requirements
which apply to non-stock corporations under the Corporations and
Associations Article of the Maryland Code.
(c)
[The Board must adopt and may amend the Corporation's bylaws,
subject to approval by the Council. The public must be given at least 15
days to comment on the proposed bylaws, or any amendment to the
bylaws, before the Council approves them.
(d)]
The bylaws must require the Corporation to comply with the [state]
Maryland [open meetings] Open Meetings law and [provide that all
meetings of the Board of Directors must be open to the public except
when closed on a recorded vote of the Board for a reason expressly
listed in the state law or the bylaws] the Maryland Public Information
Act.
30B-5. [Work] Economic development program.
(a)
The Board of Directors must [adopt a work] recommend economic
development [program] programs and associated performance
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measures to the Executive and Council each year to advance the policy
objectives and perform the activities listed in Section 30B-1. including
revisions to the County's strategic plan for economic development
established by Section 20-76Ca).
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In its [work] economic development [program] programs, the
Corporation should collaborate with [complement the strategic
economic development activities of] the [Department of Economic
Development] Montgomery County Workforce Development Board to
advance the County's economic development strategic plan adopted
under Section 20-76.
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The Corporation's [work] economic development [program] programs
may include a plan for sponsorship of private investment, marketing,
and advocacy initiatives.
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The Board and staff must meet with the Executive and the Council at
least [semi-]annually regarding the Corooration's activities and
finances. [The Board must advise the Executive and Council on
economic development and related matters.]
30B-6. Staff; support from County Government.
(a)
[The Department of Economic Development should, if the Board of
Directors requests, provide administrative support for the Corporation,
including contracts, grants, or services in kind, subject to appropriation.
(b )]
The Office of Management and Budget, the Department of Finance, and
other departments of County government and County-funded agencies,
if the Board of Directors requests, should provide relevant economic
data to the Corporation. The research division of the Planning Board
must provide research support to the Corporation to the extent assigned
by the Planning Board's work program, as approved by the Council.
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accept services from any source consistent with its purposes.
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improve public knowledge of the Corporation and its
operations;
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further its mission; or
increase its accountability and responsiveness; and
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provide the Executive and Council. upon reguest. all non-
confidential data produced and received by the Corporation.
including research. economic data. and minutes of Board
meetings.
30B-7. Report.
The Board of Directors must report annually on the activities and finances of
the Corporation and [finances] provide an audited financial statement of the
Corporation to the Executive and Council
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November
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of each year. The report
must also include the Comoration' s plan to solicit and receive additional public and
private funding for its operations.
40-12B. Real property sold in Agricultural Zones.
(a)
If
any real property is located in, adjoins, or confronts an area zoned
agricultural, as defined in Section 59-C-9.1, the seller must disclose to
each prospective buyer, before the buyer signs a contract for the sale of
the property, that existing County and State law is intended to
discourage owners of real property adjacent to agricultural-zoned land
from filing certain lawsuits against an owner or operator of an
agricultural use in those areas. The following text must be substantially
included in the disclosure:
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As required under Montgomery County Code § 40-12B, you are hereby
notified that the state of Maryland and Montgomery County have
enacted laws that establish agriculture as the preferred use on land
zoned Rural Density Transfer and as a permitted use in other
agricultural zones, as defined in Section 59-C-9.1 of the County Code.
The property subject to this contract is located
in,
adjoins, or confronts
an area zoned agricultural. Residents and other occupants of property
near land in agricultural zones should be prepared to accept effects of
usual and customary agricultural operations, facilities, and practices,
including noise, odors, dust, smoke, insects, operation of machinery,
storage and disposal of manure, unusual hours of operation, and other
agricultural activities.
Under Maryland law, an agricultural operation is not a nuisance, and a
lawsuit may not be successful alleging that an agricultural operation
interferes, with the use or enjoyment of other property, if the agricultural
operation:
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(2)
has continued for at least 1 year;
complies with applicable health, environmental, zonmg, and
permit requirements; and
(3)
is not conducted negligently.
County law may provide additional protections for agricultural uses on
agricultural-zoned land.
For further
information,
contact the
Montgomery County [Department of Economic Development] Office
of Agriculture.
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contract or a separate section of the contract printed in boldface type in
a clearly demarcated box, that:
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the buyer understands that:
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adjacent property may be the source of agricultural-related
nuisances; and
(B)
the buyer may obtain more information about these
nuisances from the Montgomery County [Department of
Economic Development] Office of Agriculture.
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Definitions.
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44-47. Workforce Investment Scholarship Program.
Board
means the Workforce Investment Scholarship Board created in
Section 44-48.
Director
means the Director of the Department of [Economic
Development] Finance or the Director's designee.
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Sec. 2. Applicability of Chapter llB, Article XVI ("Service Contracts").
Any service contract, grant, or other agreement between the County and
another person that encompasses any function that was performed by the Department
of Economic Development is exempt from Chapter 1lB, Article XVI ("Service
Contracts") under Section 11B-72(d)( 1).
Sec. 3. Collective bargaining notice.
This Act serves as any notice required under Section 33-107(c)(l 7).
Sec. 4. 2003 L.M.C., ch. 12,
§
3 is repealed.
The following law (2003 L.M.C., ch. 12, § 3) is repealed: "Marketing
Assistance. The Department of Economic Development must establish and
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County restaurants affected by the provisions of this law. The Department must
develop criteria for use of these funds and report to the Council quarterly on
expenditures from the fund."
Sec. 5. Montgomery Business Development Corporation.
This Act revokes the designation of the Montgomery Business Development
Corporation as the County's business development corporation.
Sec. 6. References to the Department of Economic Development in
regulation.
Reference to the Department of Economic Development in COMCOR
02.64L.01 (Silver Spring Enterprise Zone), COMCOR 02.64L.02 (Wheaton
Enterprise Zone), and COMCOR 02.64L.03 (Long Branch/Takoma Park Enterprise
Zone) is a reference to the Department of Finance.
Reference to the Department of Economic Development in COMCOR
02B.00.01 (Agricultural Land Preservation Districts and Easement Purchases) is a
reference to the Office of Agriculture.
Reference to the Department of Economic D_evelopment in COMCOR
15.12.01 (Fee Schedule for Food Service Facilities) is a reference to the Office of
Agriculture.
Reference to the Department of Economic Development in COMCOR
20.73.0l .05(g) (Economic Development Fund- Award Process) is a reference to the
Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation and reference to the
Department of Economic Development in COMCOR 20.73.01.05(k) (Economic
Development Fund-Award Process) is a reference to the Department of Finance.
Reference to the Department of Economic Development in COMCOR
20.73.02 (Technology Growth Program) is a reference to the Department ofFinance.
Section 20.73.02.05.b.5 (Program Operations) is amended as follows: "The Director
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Department of Economic Development,] may fund eligible projects with monies
from the Economic Development Fund designated for the Program."
Reference to the Department of Economic Development in COMCOR
20.76.01 (Strategic Plan) is a reference to the Montgomery County Economic
Development Corporation except the reference to the small business navigator
position in the Department of Economic Development in Section 20.76.01.02
(Definitions - Small Business Navigator) is a reference to the small business
navigator position in the Office of Procurement.
Reference to the Department of Economic Development in COMCOR
52.14.01 (Fuel Energy Tax for Agricultural Producers) is a reference to the
Department of Finance except that reference to the Department of Economic
Development in Section 52.14.01.05.A (Verification that Agricultural Producers
Meet the Eligibility Criteria) is a reference to the Office of Agriculture.
Reference to the Department of Economic Development in COMCOR
56.0lA.01 (Financial Assistance to Demolish Commercial Properties) is deleted.
Reference to the Department of Economic Development in COMCOR Misc.
02 (Administration of the Glenmont Enterprise Zone) and COMCOR Misc. 03
(Burtonsville Enterprise Zone) is a reference to the Department of Finance.
Sec.7. References to the Department of Economic Development in
contracts.
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All references to the Department of Economic Development in contracts,
deeds, licenses, easements, and leases are references to an agent of the County as
designated by the Chief Administrative Officer.
Sec. 8. Transition; effective dates.
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Amendments to Section lA-203. Chapter 2B. Chapter 40. and Chapter 30B
made under Section 1 of this Act take effect as provided in Charter Section 112.
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Section 5 of this act takes effect when the Montgomery County Economic
Development Corporation is designated under Section 30B-2.
All other provisions of this Act take effect [[90]] 180 days after the
Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation is designated under
Section 30B-2.
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This is a correct copy of Council action.
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