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AB-3205 Regions Rise Grant Program.(2019-2020)

As Amends the Law Today

 The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(a) California’s regional economies compete in an increasingly connected and complex global market driven by changes in technologies, demographics, and geopolitics.
(b) Growing inequality, which disproportionately affects communities of color, and the erosion of upward mobility in California that call for state policy to be intensely focused on increasing economic opportunity and security for all Californians.
(c) Public policy plays a critical role in creating the conditions that attract private capital investment, while encouraging equitable and sustainable economic growth.
(d) Yet California lacks a process to help inform the future creation of a coherent strategy that explicitly links state and regional priorities with goals and metrics, investments, and programs. A process should integrate the values of equity, resiliency and collaboration around issues of shared importance including transportation, housing, homelessness, workforce, sustainability, public health, climate, and governance.
(e) California policy to advance triple-bottom-line goals should motivate, create capacity for, and invest in regionally driven strategies. This approach will empower and align behind regions, leverage business and civic contributions, and ensure that funds follow strategic decisions rather than decisions being made to chase funds. Coordinated efforts are particularly critical to the economic recovery of communities across the state in the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.
(f) Regional triple-bottom-line prosperity strategies should be predicated on partnerships among state and local governments, and among public, private, and civic organizations, through which projects can integrate legal authorities, financial resources, and organizational expertise, create longevity, and generate prosperity for all.
(g) The philanthropy community, both in and outside of California, is seeking avenues to invest in communities across California in a strategic, yet transformative manner that includes opportunities to leverage or pool additional dollars to deepen impact.
(h) There is a need to create a state program that provides competitive grants for multijurisdictional organizations that involve local governments, and private and civic organizations covering locally defined economic regions, to adopt a comprehensive shared prosperity strategy focused on the priority challenges of the respective region.
(i) There is a need to create pathways for private business, philanthropy, and others to financially support inclusive planning and decisionmaking processes reflective of a shared vision of a California for all, across the state’s underserved regions for investment.

SEC. 2.

 Article 8 (commencing with Section 12100.70) is added to Chapter 1.6 of Part 2 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code, to read:

Article  8. Regions Rise Grant Program
 For purposes of this article:
(a) “Director” means the Director of the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development.
(b) “Office” means the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development.
(c) “Program” means the Regions Rise Grant Program created pursuant to Section 12100.71 and administered in accordance with this article.
(d) “Region” means a geographic area comprised of one or more counties and cities that form a functional economy. A region may be a metropolitan statistical area, as established by the United States Office of Management and Budget.
(e) “Eligible applicant” means a regional collective comprised of public and private stakeholders who organize themselves around one or more community challenges or priorities impacting a region and meet the requirements established pursuant to Section 12100.72. Public and private stakeholders may include cities, counties, local agencies, private businesses, educational entities, social enterprises, and nonprofit organizations.
 (a) There is hereby created, in the Office of Business and Economic Development, the Regions Rise Grant Program for the purpose of supporting inclusive, cross-jurisdictional, and innovative processes that lead to inclusive strategies to address barriers and challenges confronting communities in creating economic prosperity for all.
(b) The goals of the program are to achieve all of the following:
(1) To enable local governments, economic development entities, community-based nonprofit organizations, businesses, and other key local stakeholders to establish regional collectives tasked with identifying and developing strategies to address one or more key regional barriers to prosperity for all and build resilient, equitable, and green communities.
(2) To build the capacity at the local level for inclusive collaboration and planning with the active engagement of representatives from disenfranchised or disadvantaged communities, with particular focus on reversing the economic and social challenges accelerated by the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
(3) To create interdisciplinary, cross-jurisdictional, and cross-sectoral regional strategies for addressing one or more key regional challenges.
(4) To establish pathways to implement strategies developed by the regional groups established pursuant to this part.
 (a) A regional collective shall be an eligible applicant if the regional collective meets all of the following requirements:
(1) The regional collective consists of at least one government agency, one local business, one educational or workforce entity, one economic development entity, and one nonprofit organization.
(2) The regional collective has, as one of its primary missions, the addressing of one or more common regional issues and challenges that are larger than a single community, including, but not limited to, workforce development, educational pathways, land use, climate planning, transportation, housing, homelessness, economic mobility, equity gaps, and economic development.
(3) The partners of the region are representatives of the region’s demographic makeup, key industries, city and county governments, private businesses, educational and workforce partners, and nonprofit and philanthropic organizations.
(b) A regional collective that receives funding pursuant to Section 12100.73 shall establish a steering committee that is inclusive of historically underrepresented persons and representative of the membership of the region.
 (a) The office shall develop and implement a process for the awarding of competitive grants to eligible applicants meeting the requirements pursuant to this article. At a minimum the process shall meet all of the following conditions:
(1) Eligible activities shall include funding to support regional collectives at different collaboration stages, including, but not limited to, initiating or expanding regional convenings and planning activities, sustaining regional convenings and planning activities in process, and implementing recommended strategies resulting from those activities.
(2) Funds awarded pursuant to this program shall be available to the successful applicant for a period of three years.
(3) Applications with overlapping geographic boundaries may be funded if, in the determination of the director, the regional issues and challenges being addressed in the applications are sufficiently distinct.
(4) The application shall include, at a minimum, each of the following:
(A) Identification of how the funding is to be used to facilitate the resolution or mitigations of one or more regional issues and challenges, including information on why and how an inclusive, cross-jurisdictional, and innovative process is best suited to address these challenges and result in greater economic prosperity for all.
(B) A list of key deliverables during the grant period.
(C) Identification of the principal agency or organization that shall be the main point of contact with the office.
(D) Identification of the members of the steering committee, required by subdivision (b) of Section 12100.72, with documentation of how the steering committee members represent historically underrepresented persons within the region and the region’s demographic makeup, key industries, city and county governments, private businesses, educational and workforce partners, and nonprofit and philanthropic organizations. A commitment letter by each member of the steering committee shall accompany the application.
(E) A letter from each member of the regional collective documenting their participation in the regional collective and participation in the activities proposed in the application. If the member is also a member of the steering committee, these letters shall be combined.
(F) To the extent possible, a commitment to find funds to match nonstate funds. If matching funds are not available, the applicant shall include a statement documenting the reason for the lack of matching funds.
(G) Letters of support from local government agencies, nonprofit organizations, private businesses, education partners, ethnic communities, and philanthropic organizations that indicate a significant threshold of community support for the application.
(H) A commitment to collect and share data, as required by the office, that can help inform as to the effectiveness of the grant dollars in building strategies for regional prosperity and to hold partners accountable for progress.
(b) The office shall give priority when awarding grants to regions that can demonstrate all of the following:
(1) The need for cross-sectoral and cross-jursidictional solutions to the demonstrated key regional challenges.
(2) The readiness and capacity to support rural, disadvantaged areas, or underserved population groups.
(3) The assessment of key deliverables and the potential of the initiative to make system changes that can be operationalized based on success stories and best practices.
 Upon appropriation of funds by the Legislature to the office for the purpose of implementing this article, the office shall make grants to qualified regional collectives, consistent with Section 12100.73.
 (a) Each regional collective receiving funding pursuant to this article shall submit an annual and a final report to the office detailing the regional issues analyzed, priorities identified, strategies developed to address regional issues, and plans to implement priority efforts.
(b) The regional collective receiving funding pursuant to this article shall submit a copy of its annual and final report to each city and county within the area identified in their application as the geographic boundary of their work.
(c) The office shall create a process for issues, recommendations, and regional priorities identified through the collaborative work funded by the program to be brought forward to the Governor, the Legislature, and any other relevant agency, including the Office of Planning and Research and the Department of Housing and Community Development. This information shall be considered in the development and recommended actions of related state functional plans, strategies, and investments.