Dc Competitiveness Act Of 2009 Bill Council Print


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TBED21\'s legislation introduced in December 2009 in the District of Columbia to integrate efforts in Technology Based Economic Development, Workforce Development and STEM ed on a policy and programmatic basis.

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Dc Competitiveness Act Of 2009 Bill Council Print

  1. 1. 1 ______________________________ _____________________________ 2 Councilmember Michael A. Brown Councilmember Harry Thomas, Jr. 3 4 5 _____________________________ 6 Councilmember Kwame Brown 7 8 A BILL 9 10 ___________ 11 12 13 14 IN THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA 15 16 ______________ 17 18 19 To mandate that funds received from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, 20 (ARRA) shall be utilized for technology-based economic development (TBED) projects that will 21 create a 21st Century workforce and economy in the District of Columbia; to establish the DC 22 Innovation Council to integrate policy and research and provide recommendations, and oversight 23 regarding programs, activities and capital investments in science, technology, engineering, and 24 math (“STEM”) education, STEM workforce and human capital development, and tech-based 25 entrepreneurship and commercialization in the District. 26 27 BE IT ENACTED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, that this 28 act may be cited as the “DC Competitiveness Act of 2009”. 29 30 Sec.2. Application and use of ARRA Funds 31 (a) Any funds applied for in relation to this Act and awarded to the District from the 32 federal American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) from agencies including the U.S. 33 Department of Commerce, U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Labor, the 34 National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Department of Energy, or the National Science 35 Foundation (NSF), shall be applied within the District’s framework for tech-based economic 1
  2. 2. 1 development and planning, STEM education and 21st Century workforce development. 2 (b) A nonprofit entity, selected through a competitive process, within the District of 3 Columbia shall coordinate the District government’s efforts and proposals in response to ARRA 4 stimulus funding opportunities utilizing an integrated approach. The entity shall be presently 5 focused on working with cities to rally public and private stakeholders, navigate and align policy 6 objectives, procure funding and executing related programmatic initiatives in all three of these 7 critical emphasis area: STEM and entrepreneurship,, workforce development and technology 8 based Economic Development (“TBED”). 9 Sec.3. Establishment of the DC Innovation Council 10 (a) There is established the DC Innovation Council (“IC”) to integrate policy and 11 research and provide recommendations regarding programs, activities and capital 12 investments in STEM education, STEM workforce and human capital development, 13 tech-based entrepreneurship and commercialization in the District. 14 (1)The IC shall be tasked to conduct the following: 15 (A) an annual review and detailed competitive analysis of emerging 16 knowledge, innovation and technology-focused clusters within the District of Columbia and the 17 Greater Washington Region. This activity will result in a report that includes the following 18 assessments: 19 (i) A review of national and regional best practices in growing and 20 developing a knowledge-based and innovative economy including hi-tech 21 industries and companies 22 (ii)Competitive analysis of the District of Columbia’s capacity and 2
  3. 3. 1 ability to grow, develop and attract 21st century TBED assets; and 2 (iii)Review improvements in key TBED performance indicators 3 that measure outcomes and progress in the competitiveness of the 4 District’s TBED portfolio. 5 (B) Provide a set of recommendations for the District’s immediate and 6 long-term plan to promote the development of knowledge-based, technology-driven and 7 innovative firms in the District. This plan shall include specific recommendations that will guide 8 the District’s effort to become a center for TBED commercialization and entrepreneurship. 9 (C) Oversee the development and implementation of a pilot program that 10 shall consist of co-locating the following programs within a DC Public School building: 11 (i) a STEM education and workforce development training center 12 that shall be available to both DC youth and adult residents; 13 (ii) a Bioscience Educator Institute that shall train DCPS high 14 school science educators on content knowledge and pedagogical practices to keep pace with 15 evolving technology and best practices; 16 (iii) a STEM based entrepreneurship incubator that shall provide 17 emerging STEM businesses office space, access to technology, and technical support and advice 18 from STEM and business consultants and advisors. 19 20 (b) The nonprofit entity referenced in Sec.2 of this act shall facilitate the establishment of 21 the IC and serve in the role of Executive Director. 3
  4. 4. 1 (c) The IC shall be made up of voting members that include: 2 (1) Chairs of the City Council’s Housing and Workforce Development 3 Committee, and Economic Development Committee, or their designee; 4 (2) Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development or their designee; 5 (3) Deputy Mayor for Education or their designee; 6 (4) Chancellor, DC Public Schools or their designee; 7 (5) The State Superintendent for Education or their designee; 8 (6) Director, Department of Employment Services or their designee; 9 (d) The IC shall be made up of non-voting members that include: 10 (1) President, University of the District of Columbia or their designee; 11 (2) President, DC Chamber of Commerce or their designee; 12 (3) President, Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area 13 or their designee; 14 (4) President, Federal Laboratory Consortium or their designee; and 15 (5) 2 members of the coordinating TBED-focused nonprofit organization; 16 (e) The Executive Board will be co-chaired by two members, one each selected by the 17 Mayor and the Chair of the Council. (f) Members shall serve without compensation; except that members may receive reimbursement for documented expenses incurred in the service of the IC. (g) The Executive Board shall meet on a bi-monthly basis and may meet more frequently as deemed necessary to conduct its official business. 4
  5. 5. Sec.4. Implementation Implementation of this act is contingent upon funds being available for this purpose from the federal government and the private sector. Sec. 5. Fiscal impact statement. The Council adopts the fiscal impact statement in the committee report as the fiscal impact statement require by section 602(c)(3) of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act, approved December 24, 1973 (87 Stat. 813; D.C. Code §1-233(c)(3). Sec. 6. Effective date. This act shall take effect following approval by the Mayor (or in the event of veto by the Mayor, action by the Council to override the veto), a 30-day period of Congressional review as provided in section 602(c)(1) of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act, approved December 24, 1973 (87 Stat. 813; D. C Official Code §1-206.02(c)(1)), and publication in the District of Columbia Register 5