Southside Virginia Tourism Development Authority

§ 15.2-5509. Definitions

As used in this chapter, unless the context requires a different meaning:

"Authority" means any political subdivision, a body politic and corporate, created, organized and operated pursuant to the provisions of this chapter, or if such Authority is abolished, the board, body, commission, department or officer succeeding to the principal functions thereof or to whom the powers given by this chapter are given by law.

"Governing body" means the board or body in which the general legislative powers of the municipality are vested.

"Municipality" means any county or incorporated city or town in the West Piedmont or Southside Planning District Commission with respect to which an Authority may be organized and in which it is contemplated the Authority will function.

2002, c. 791.

§ 15.2-5510. Southside Virginia Tourism Development Authority created

A. There is hereby established a Tourism Development Authority for the West Piedmont and the Southside Planning District Commissions that shall be known as the Southside Virginia Tourism Development Authority. The Authority shall inventory attractions and events and market, promote, expand and develop the tourism industries of these tobacco-producing localities as a whole.

B. On the local level, the governing body of each county and city shall appoint one member to represent the member's locality on the Southside Virginia Tourism Development Authority.

2002, c. 791.

§ 15.2-5511. Directors; qualifications; terms; vacancies; compensation and expenses; quorum; records; certification and distribution of report concerning bond issuance

The Authority shall be governed by a board of directors in which all powers of the Authority shall be vested. Directors shall be appointed initially for staggered terms of one, two, three and four years. Subsequent appointments shall be for terms of four years, except appointments to fill vacancies shall be for the unexpired terms. All terms of office shall be deemed to commence upon the date of the initial appointment to the Authority, and thereafter, in accordance with the provisions of the preceding sentence. If, at the end of any term of office of any director a successor thereto has not been appointed, then the director whose term of office has expired shall continue to hold office until his successor is appointed and qualified. Each director shall, upon appointment or reappointment, before entering upon his duties take and subscribe the oath prescribed by § 49-1.

The directors shall elect from their membership a chairman, a vice-chairman, and from their membership or not, as they desire, a secretary and a treasurer, or a secretary-treasurer, who shall continue to hold such office until their respective successors are elected. Subject to availability of funds, the directors shall receive no salary but the directors may be compensated such amount per regular, special, or committee meeting as may be approved by the appointing authority, not to exceed fifty dollars per meeting, and shall be reimbursed for necessary traveling and other expenses incurred in the performance of their duties. A majority of Authority members shall constitute a quorum of the board for the purposes of conducting its business and exercising its powers and for all other purposes. No vacancy in the membership of the board shall impair the right of a quorum to exercise all the powers and perform all the duties of the Authority. The Authority shall keep detailed minutes of its proceedings, which shall be open to public inspection at all times. It shall keep suitable records of its financial transactions and, unless exempted by § 30-140, it shall arrange to have the records audited annually. Copies of each such audit shall be furnished to the governing bodies of the participating localities and shall be open to public inspection.

2002, c. 791.

§ 15.2-5512. Powers of Authority

The Authority shall have the following powers together with all powers incidental thereto or necessary for the performance of those hereinafter stated:

1. To sue and be sued and to prosecute and defend, at law or in equity, in any court having jurisdiction of the subject matter and of the parties;

2. To adopt and use a corporate seal and to alter the same at pleasure;

3. To contract and be contracted with;

4. To employ and pay compensation to such employees and agents, including attorneys, as the board of directors deem necessary in carrying on the business of the Authority;

5. To exercise all powers expressly given the Authority and to establish bylaws and make all rules and regulations, not inconsistent with the provisions of this chapter, deemed expedient for the management of the Authority's affairs;

6. To borrow money and to accept contributions, grants and other financial assistance from the United States of America and agencies or instrumentalities thereof, the Commonwealth, or any political subdivision, agency, or public instrumentality of the Commonwealth;

7. To formulate a tourism development and marketing agenda for each locality in the West Piedmont and Southside Planning District Commissions;

8. To receive and expend moneys on behalf of tourism marketing and development; and

9. To coordinate the individual tourism efforts of the localities who choose to be members of the Authority.

2002, c. 791.

§ 15.2-5513. Executive director; staff

Subject to the availability of funds, the Authority may appoint an executive director, who shall be authorized to employ such staff as necessary to enable the Authority to perform its duties as set forth in this chapter. The Authority is authorized to determine the duties of such staff and to fix salaries and compensation from such funds as may be received.

2002, c. 791.

§ 15.2-5514. Application for and acceptance of gifts and grants

The Authority is authorized to apply for, accept and expend gifts, grants or donations from public or private sources to enable it to carry out its objectives. Authority funds assigned to the Authority are approved for use as matching funds to the funds appropriated pursuant to the Cooperative Tourism Advertising Fund as administered by the Virginia Tourism Corporation and such other tourism grants and programs as may be created to assist communities and regional authorities.

2002, c. 791.

§ 15.2-5515. Provisions of chapter controlling over other statutes and charters

Any provision of this chapter that is found to be in conflict with any other statute or charter shall be controlling and shall supersede such other statute or charter to the extent of such conflict.

2002, c. 791; 2015, c. 709.