Alleghany-Highlands Economic Development Authority

§ 15.2-6200. Authority created; name

The Alleghany-Highlands Economic Development Authority, hereinafter referred to as the Authority, is created as a body politic and corporate, a political subdivision of the Commonwealth. As such it shall have, and is hereby vested with, the powers and duties hereinafter conferred in this chapter. Each locality within the region may become a member of the Authority upon passage of a region-wide concurrent resolution by the governing bodies. The resolution may be passed at any time prior to the effective date of this chapter; otherwise, membership shall be effective July 1, 1993.

1993, c. 982, § 15.1-1662; 1997, c. 587.

§ 15.2-6201. Findings of fact

The economy of the Alleghany-Highlands region has not kept pace with that of the rest of the Commonwealth. The economic problems of the Alleghany-Highlands region are due in large part to its inability to diversify. The region has suffered, and continues to suffer, widespread unemployment in great disproportion to the rest of the Commonwealth.

The Alleghany-Highlands Economic Development Authority will assist this region of the Commonwealth to achieve a greater degree of economic stability.

It is hereby further declared that the foregoing is a public purpose and use for which public moneys may be spent and such activity will serve a public purpose in providing jobs to the citizens of the Commonwealth.

1997, c. 587.

§ 15.2-6202. Duties of Authority; governmental functions

A. The Authority shall provide financial support (i) for the purchase of real estate, construction of buildings for sale or lease, installation of utilities and any other support improvements it deems necessary, including flood control dams, and (ii) for direct loans and grants to private for-profit basic employers. The Authority shall also apply for matching funds from the state or federal government, or the private sector. All such loans and grants may be managed by the Fifth Planning District Commission.

B. The exercise of the powers granted by this chapter shall be in all respects for the benefit of the inhabitants of the Commonwealth, particularly the County of Alleghany and the Town of Clifton Forge; for the increase of their commerce; and for the promotion of their safety, health, welfare, convenience and prosperity.

C. For purposes of this chapter, "Alleghany-Highlands Region" includes the County of Alleghany and the Town of Clifton Forge.

1993, c. 982, § 15.1-1663; 1997, c. 587; 2006, c. 861.

§ 15.2-6203. Board of Authority; members and officers; staff; annual report

A. All powers, rights and duties conferred by this chapter, or other provisions of law, upon the Authority shall be exercised by the Board of the Alleghany-Highlands Economic Development Authority, hereinafter referred to as the Board or the Board of the Authority. Initial appointments shall begin July 1, 1993. The Board shall consist of seven members as follows: one representative of each of the region's governing bodies, or their designees, who shall be appointed by the respective governing bodies and shall be residents of the region; four at-large members, who shall be appointed by the Governor and shall be residents of the region; and one member to be appointed by the Chief Executive Officer of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership. However, all appointments made after July 1, 2005, shall be made solely by the participating governing bodies, in a manner agreed to by the governing bodies. All members shall serve for a term of four years and may be reappointed for one additional term. For the initial appointments only, two of the four at-large members shall be appointed for two-year terms and such initial terms shall not be counted toward the term limitation.

B. Each member of the Board shall, before entering upon the discharge of the duties of his office, take and subscribe to the oath prescribed in § 49-1. Members shall be reimbursed for actual expenses incurred in the performance of their duties.

C. Four members of the Board shall constitute a quorum, and the affirmative vote of four members of the Board shall be necessary for any action taken by the Board. No vacancy in the membership of the Board shall impair the right of a quorum to exercise all the rights and perform all the duties of the Board.

D. The Board shall elect from its membership a chairman and a secretary-treasurer for each calendar year. The secretary-treasurer shall keep the minutes of the Board and affix the seal of the Authority.

The Board may also appoint an executive director and staff who shall discharge such functions as may be directed by the Board.

E. The Board, promptly following the close of the fiscal year, shall submit an annual report of the Authority's activities for the preceding year to the Governor, the General Assembly, and the board of supervisors and town council of the Region. Each such report shall set forth a complete operating and financial statement covering the operation of the Authority during such year.

1993, c. 982, § 15.1-1664; 1994, c. 448; 1996, cc. 590, 598; 1997, c. 587; 2005, c. 671; 2006, c. 861; 2010, c. 869.

§ 15.2-6204. Office of Authority; title to property

The Board shall maintain the principal office of the Authority within the Region. All records shall be kept and business transacted at such office. The title to all property of every kind belonging to the Authority shall be titled to the Authority, which shall hold it for the benefit of its members and the Commonwealth.

1993, c. 982, § 15.1-1665; 1997, c. 587.

§ 15.2-6205. General powers of Authority; regulations; enforcement of statutes, rules, etc

The Authority acting through its Board:

1. Is vested with the powers of a body corporate, including the power to sue and be sued, plead and be impleaded, make contracts, and adopt and use a common seal and alter the same as may be deemed expedient;

2. May retain legal counsel to represent the Authority in hearings, controversies, or matters involving the interests of the Authority and the furtherance of its purposes; and

3. May adopt, alter or repeal its own bylaws and regulations which govern the manner in which its business may be transacted and may provide for the appointment of such committees, and the functions thereof, as the Authority deems necessary to facilitate its business. Each committee shall consist of the number of persons as the Authority deems advisable. Committee members shall receive no compensation for their services, but may be reimbursed their necessary traveling and other expenses incurred while on the business of the Authority. The Authority may set a flat fee for the expenses of a member in attendance at a meeting of the Authority or at its other functions. Such fee shall not exceed $100 per day.

1993, c. 982, § 15.1-1666; 1997, c. 587.

§ 15.2-6206. Further powers

The Authority may:

1. Enter into contractual agreements in furtherance of its purpose;

2. Rent, lease, including the execution of leases with option to purchase, buy, own, acquire and dispose of such property, real or personal, as the Authority deems proper to carry out any of the purposes and provisions of this chapter;

3. Apply for and accept grants or loans of money or other property from any federal agency for any of the purposes authorized in this chapter and expend or use the same in accordance with the directions and requirements attached thereto or imposed thereon by any such federal agency; and

4. Perform any act or function which is in accord with the purposes of this chapter, including (i) borrowing money, including issuing bonds, (ii) providing for the guarantee of loans, and (iii) employing such persons as the Board deems necessary to carry on the business of the Authority.

1993, c. 982, § 15.1-1667; 1997, c. 587.

§ 15.2-6207. Acceptance of funds, property, grants, or loans

The Authority may accept funds and property from the federal government, the Commonwealth, persons, and localities and may use the same for any of the purposes for which the Authority is created.

Localities are hereby authorized to lend or donate money or other property to the Authority for any of its purposes. The locality making the grant or loan may restrict the use of such grants or loans to a specific project, within or outside that locality.

1993, c. 982, § 15.1-1668; 1997, c. 587.

§ 15.2-6208. Eligible use of funds

From such funds as may be appropriated or received, the Authority may make loans and grants for the benefit of qualified private, for-profit enterprises and public or not-for-profit enterprises, nonprofit industrial development corporations, or industrial development authorities for financing the following:

1. Purchase of real estate;

2. Grading of sites;

3. Water, sewer, natural gas or electrical line improvements, replacement and extensions;

4. Construction, rehabilitation, and expansion of buildings;

5. Construction of parking facilities;

6. Access roads construction and street improvements;

7. Purchase or lease of machinery and tools; and

8. Any other improvements deemed necessary by the Authority to meet its objectives.

1993, c. 982, § 15.1-1669; 1997, c. 587.

§ 15.2-6209. Capitalization of Authority

On or before January 1, 1994, and on or before the first day of each year thereafter, each county and town that is a member of the Authority may remit to the Authority an amount it deems appropriate for Authority purposes.

1993, c. 982, § 15.1-1670; 1997, c. 587; 2005, c. 671; 2006, c. 861.

§ 15.2-6210. Proceeds held

The secretary-treasurer may invest and reinvest funds of the Authority pending their need. All moneys received by the Authority pursuant to § 15.2-6208, together with any matching funds received from state or federal sources, shall be applied and used only in the county or town from which the funds were received, unless the governing body of the county or town consents to their use in another county, city, or town.

1993, c. 982, § 15.1-1671; 1997, c. 587; 2006, c. 861.

§ 15.2-6211. Forms of accounts and records; audit of same

The accounts and records of the Authority showing the receipt and disbursement of funds from whatever source derived shall be in such form as the Auditor of Public Accounts prescribes, provided that such accounts correspond as nearly as possible to the accounts and records for such matters maintained by corporate enterprises. The accounts and records of the Authority shall be subject to audit pursuant to § 30-140 and the costs of such audit services shall be borne by the Authority. The Authority's fiscal year shall be the same as the Commonwealth's.

1993, c. 982, § 15.1-1672; 1997, c. 587.

§ 15.2-6212. Dissolution of Authority

Each member locality of the Authority may withdraw from the Authority only upon dissolution of the Authority as set forth herein. Whenever the Board determines that the purpose for which the Authority was created has been substantially fulfilled or is impractical or impossible to accomplish and that all obligations incurred by the Authority have been paid or that cash or a sufficient amount of United States government securities has been deposited for their payment, or provisions satisfactory for the timely payment of all its outstanding obligations have been arranged, the Board may adopt resolutions declaring and finding that the Authority shall be dissolved. Appropriate attested copies of such resolutions shall be delivered to the Governor so that legislation dissolving the Authority may be introduced in the General Assembly. The dissolution of the Authority shall become effective according to the terms of such legislation. The title to all funds and other property owned by the Authority at the time of such dissolution shall vest in the counties and cities which have contributed to the fund in proportion to their respective contributions.

1993, c. 982, § 15.1-1673; 1997, c. 587.

§ 15.2-6213. Chapter liberally construed

This chapter, being necessary for the welfare of the Commonwealth and its inhabitants, shall be liberally construed to effect the purposes thereof.

1993, c. 982, § 15.1-1674; 1997, c. 587.

§ 15.2-6214. Revenue sharing agreements

Notwithstanding the requirements of Chapter 34 (§ 15.2-3400 et seq.) of Title 15.2, the County of Alleghany and the Town of Clifton Forge may agree to a revenue and economic growth sharing arrangement with respect to tax revenues generated by any industry, business or other for-profit employment generating enterprise locating in any of the localities. The obligations of the parties to any such agreement shall not be construed to be debt within the meaning of Article VII, Section 10 of the Constitution of Virginia. Any such agreement shall be approved by a majority vote of the governing bodies of the localities reaching agreement but shall not require any other approval.

1993, c. 982, § 15.1-1675; 1997, c. 587; 2006, c. 861.