An Act establishing the Massachusetts growth capital corporation
HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 94490 FILED ON: 5/25/2010
HOUSE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No. 4705
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
By Mr. Dempsey of Haverhill, for the committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies, on so much of the message from His Excellency the Governor recommending legislation relative to providing for job creation by small businesses (House, No. 4490), as relates to sections 4 to 23, inclusive, reports that the accompanying bill (House, No. 4705). May 25, 2010.
FOR THE COMMITTEE.
Brian S. Dempsey
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
In the Year Two Thousand and Nine
An Act establishing the Massachusetts growth capital corporation.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
SECTION 1 . Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the terms “Massachusetts Community Development Finance Corporation”, “Economic Stabilization Trust”, or “Massachusetts Technology Development Corporation”, wherever any of them appears in a general or special law, shall mean the Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation.
SECTION 2 . Sections 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, and 15 of chapter 23D of the General Laws are hereby repealed.
SECTION 3 . Chapter 40G of the General Laws is hereby repealed.
SECTION 4 . Chapter 40F of the General Laws is hereby amended by striking out the words “Massachusetts Community Development Finance Corporation” wherever they appear and inserting in place thereof the following words:- Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation.
SECTION 5 . Said chapter 40F is hereby further amended by striking out the word “ CDFC ” wherever it appears and inserting in place thereof the following word :- GCC .
SECTION 6 . Section 1 of said chapter 40F, as appearing in the 2008 Official edition, is hereby amended by striking out the definition of “Community development corporation or “CDC””, and inserting in its place the following definition:-
“Community Development Corporation” or “CDC”, a non-profit corporation organized under chapter 180 of the General Laws, designated as a 501(c )( 3) tax-exempt organization by the Internal Revenue Service and which:
(a) focuses a substantial majority of its efforts on serving one or more specific neighborhoods or municipalities, a region of the commonwealth, or a constituency that is economically disadvantaged;
(b) has as its purpose to engage local residents and businesses to work together to undertake community development programs, projects and activities which develop and improve urban, rural and suburban communities in sustainable ways that create and expand economic opportunities for low and moderate income people;
(c) demonstrates to the department of housing and community development that the CDC's constituency, including low and moderate income people, is meaningfully represented on the board of directors of the organization. In making this determination, the department shall consider the following criteria (1) the percentage, if any, of the board is elected by the general membership; (2) the percentage of the board members are residents of the service area; (3) the percentage of board members that are people of low or moderate income; (4) the racial and ethnic composition of the board in comparison to the racial and ethnic composition of the community being serve; (5) other mechanisms, including committees, membership meetings, that the organization uses to ensure that their constituency has a meaningful role in the governance and direction of the organization; and (6) other criteria as determined by the department.
SECTION 7 . Said section 1 of said chapter 40F, as so appearing, is hereby further amended by striking out the definition of “Corporation”, and inserting in its place the following definition:-
“Corporation” or “ GCC ”, the Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation established by section 2.
SECTION 8 . Said section 1 of said chapter 40F, as so appearing, is hereby further amended by inserting after the definition of “Costs of projects” the following 2 definitions:-
“Equity investment” shall include any of the following types of investment activity: (a) a purchase of stock, (b) a purchase of a partnership interest, (c) a purchase of a limited liability company membership interest, or (d) a loan made on such terms that it has sufficient characteristics of equity.
“Financial products” shall include loans, equity investments and other similar financing activities including the purchase of loans originated by a certified community development financial institution, the provision of loan guarantees, or the provision of surety bond guarantees.
SECTION 9 . Said section 1 of said chapter 40F, as so appearing, is hereby further amended by striking out the definition of “Primary employment”.
SECTION 10 . Said section 1 of said chapter 40F, as so appearing, is hereby further amended by striking out the definition of “Project” and inserting in place thereof the following 2 definitions:-
“Project”, shall mean making available financial products to small businesses or non-profit corporations.
“Small business”, shall mean any business that has less than 250 full-time equivalent employees.
SECTION 1 1 . Said section 1 of said chapter 40F, as so appearing, is hereby further amended by striking the definition of “Target area” and inserting in place thereof the following:-
“Target area” shall mean any contiguous geographic area in which the project is located and which is either (1) an economic target area designated pursuant to section 3D of chapter 23A; (2) the service area of community development corporation; or (3) a zip code whose current unemployment rate exceeds the state unemployment rate by at least twenty-five per cent or whose mean household income is at or below 80 per cent of the state mean household income as of the most recent decennial census.
SECTION 1 2 . Said chapter 40F is hereby amended by striking out section 2 and inserting in place thereof the following:-
Section 2. (a) There shall be a body politic and corporate to be known as the Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation or GCC . The GCC is hereby constituted a public instrumentality and the exercise by the GCC of the powers conferred by this chapter shall be deemed to be the performance of an essential governmental function.
The GCC is hereby placed in the executive office of housing and economic development but shall not be subject to the supervision and control of any executive office, department, division, commission, board, bureau or agency except to the extent and in the manner provided by law.
(b) The purpose of the GCC is to provide financing and technical assistance to small businesses in order to: promote economic prosperity and job creation in every region of the commonwealth; create, develop and sustain economically diverse communities in urban, rural and suburban areas of the commonwealth; and, support low and moderate income people having access to a full range of economic opportunities.
(c) The corporation shall consist of 11 directors, 1 of whom shall be the secretary of housing and economic development and who shall serve as chair, 1 of whom shall be the undersecretary for business development, 1 of whom shall be the undersecretary of housing and community development, and 1 of whom shall be the secretary of administration and finance, or their respective designees. The governor shall appoint the remaining 7 members, 1 of whom shall be experienced in community economic development and be employed by a community development corporation as defined under this chapter, 1 of whom shall represent the Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations, 1 of whom shall have experience in venture capital or private equity, 1 of whom shall be an practicing or retired attorney with relevant business financing experience, 1 of whom shall have relevant business banking experience, 1 of whom shall be a small business owner, and 1 of whom shall be a representative of organized labor. Each member appointed by the governor shall serve a term of 5 years, except that in making his initial appointments the governor shall appoint 2 members to serve for a term of 3 years, 2 members for a term of 4 years, and 3 members for a term of 5 years.
(d) Any person appointed to fill a vacancy in the office of a member shall be appointed in a like manner and shall serve for only the unexpired term. Any member shall be eligible for reappointment. Any member may be removed from his appointment by the governor only for good cause. The directors shall annually elect one of their members as vice-chairman and designate a secretary-treasurer who need not be a member of the board. The secretary-treasurer shall keep a record of the proceedings of the corporation and shall be the custodian of all books, documents, and papers filed with the corporation, the minute books of the corporation and of its official seal.
(e) Six of the directors of the corporation shall constitute a quorum and 6 affirmative votes shall be necessary for the transaction of business or the exercise of any power or function of the corporation. Each director shall be entitled to reimbursement for his actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of his official duties.
(f) The corporation, its directors, officers, and employees shall be subject to sections 1 to 4, inclusive, of chapter 268A, except that the corporation may purchase from, sell to, borrow from, loan to, contract with or otherwise deal with any person in which any director of the partnership is in any way interested or involved; provided, however, that such interest or involvement is disclosed in advance to the members of the board and recorded in the minutes of the board; and provided, further, that no director having such an interest or involvement may participate in any decision of the board relating to such person. Employment by the commonwealth or service in any agency thereof shall not be deemed to be such an interest or involvement.
(g) The president of the corporation shall be appointed and his salary established by the board of directors. The president shall be the chief administrative and operational officer of the corporation and shall direct and supervise administrative affairs and the general management of the corporation. The president may employ other employees designated by the board of directors, shall attend meetings of the board of directors, shall cause copies to be made of all minutes and other records and documents of the corporation and shall certify that such copies are true copies, and all persons dealing with the corporation may rely upon such certification.
(h) All officers and employees of the corporation having access to its cash and negotiable securities shall give bond to the corporation at its expense in such amounts and with such surety as the board may prescribe. The persons required to give bond may be included in one or more blanket or scheduled bonds.
( i ) Directors shall not be liable to the commonwealth, to the agency or to any other person as a result of their activities, whether ministerial or discretionary, as such directors, except for willful dishonesty or intentional violations of the law. The corporation may purchase liability insurance for directors, officers, and employees, and may indemnify said persons against claims of others.
(j) Any documentary materials, data, or conversations made or received by any directors or employee of the corporation and consisting of, or to the extent that such materials, data, or conversations consist of, trade secrets or commercial or financial information regarding the operation of any business conducted by an applicant for assistance which the corporation is empowered to render or regarding the competitive position of such applicant in a particular field of endeavor, shall not be public records of the corporation and specifically shall not be subject to section 10 of chapter 66. Any discussion or consideration of such trade secrets or commercial or financial information may be held by the directors in executive session closed to the public notwithstanding chapter 30A, but the purpose of any such executive session shall be set forth in the official minutes of the corporation and no business which is directly related to such purpose shall be transacted nor shall any vote be taken in such an executive session.
SECTION 1 3 . Section 3 of chapter 40F, as so appearing, is hereby amended by striking clauses (o) through (r) and inserting in place thereof following 14 clauses:-
(o) Receive and accept from any federal or state agency and any other public or private entity, grants, loans or advances for or in aid of the purposes of this chapter, and receive and accept contributions from any source of either money, property, labor or other things of value, to be held, used and applied for said purposes.
(p) Create, issue, buy and sell stock and other capital participation instruments; to hold such stock and capital participation instruments and to underwrite the creation of a capital market for these securities.
(q) Provide and pay for such advisory services and technical assistance as may be necessary or desirable to carry out the purposes of this act.
(r) Make loans or grants to, or otherwise finance or invest in any business to further the purposes of this chapter; provided however, that such financing complies with this chapter; and further provided that such loans or grants may be made to community development corporations or other community based nonprofit entities for the purpose of such corporations or entities providing financing to businesses.
(s) Provide loan guarantees to public or private entities for the purpose of causing such entities to provide financing to any business, in furtherance of the purposes of this chapter.
(t) Establish and collect such fees, charges, and interest rates as the corporation determines to be reasonable.
(u) Require, by contract in any financing agreement, or otherwise, specific operational activities, financial actions, or management changes, as conditions for the receipt of any loan, financing, or investment from the trust.
(v) Buy, hold and sell qualified securities.
(w) Finance, conduct, or cooperate in financing or conducting technological, business, financial, or other investigations which are related to or likely to lead to business and economic development by making and entering into contracts and other appropriate arrangements, including the provision of grants, loans, and other forms of assistance.
(x) Solicit, study, and assist in the preparation of, business plans and proposals of new or established small businesses suitable for support by the corporation.
(y) Provide technical assistance and training programs to small businesses, with a focus on serving existing and new businesses with 50 employees or fewer and small businesses located in target areas or participating in a project, as defined by this chapter.
(z) Participate as a general partner or limited partner in a limited partnership; and to participate as a member or manager in a limited liability company.
( aa ) In addition to the powers enumerated in paragraph (p), create and issue shares which any person, firm or corporation may purchase. Each share issued shall be in the form of non-voting common stock with each share having a par value of 10 dollars. The total value of the shares issued shall not exceed 25 million dollars.
( bb ) Exercise any other powers or rights or responsibilities of a corporation organized under chapter 156B.
Under no circumstances shall any debt obligation issued pursuant to this section, stock or capital participation instrument created pursuant to this section or share issued pursuant to this section, shall be or become an indebtedness or obligation of the commonwealth, and it shall be plainly stated on the face of each bond, capital participation instrument, share or other evidence of indebtedness that it does not constitute an indebtedness or obligation of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts but is payable solely from the revenues or income of the Massachusetts growth capital corporation.
SECTION 1 4 . Section 4 of chapter 40F, as so appearing, is hereby amended by striking out the third, fourth, and fifth paragraphs.
SECTION 1 5 . Said chapter 40F is hereby further amended by inserting section 4A the following 3 sections:-
Section 4B. The GCC , subject to the restrictions as set forth in this section, may participate in a project. The GCC shall find and incorporate in the official records of the GCC that:
(a) the project will be of a public benefit such that:
(1) The project is reasonably expected to support or promote community economic development, revitalization, or stability, or the creation or expansion of a business sector whose success will enhance the economic development of a target area as defined by this chapter, or gateway municipalities, as defined by section 3A of chapter 23A; or
(2) The project will enhance the quality of life and promote employment opportunities for low and moderate income residents of the commonwealth; or,
(3) The project will promote the creation or retention of jobs; or,
(4) The project will support the creation or retention of jobs or businesses in the manufacturing and emerging technologies sectors.
Thirty percent of all GCC financing over a 3-year period shall be invested in projects under clauses (1) or (2), but the board of directors may amend this percentage by a 2/3 vote.
(b) The GCC determines that its participation is necessary because funding for the project is unavailable in the traditional capital markets.
(c) Provision has been made in contract for adequate reporting of financial and other data to the GCC . Such provisions may include a requirement for an annual or other periodic audit of the project books.
Such findings when adopted by the GCC shall be conclusive.
Section 4C. The department of housing and community development shall certify non-profit organizations as community development corporations consistent with criteria set forth in section 1 and shall establish and maintain a list of organizations that have been certified as CDCs . These organizations must be recertified at least once every 4 years.
Section 4D. The GCC shall file an annual report on December 15 of each year with the governor, the speaker of the house of representatives, the president of the senate, the chairs of the house and senate committees on ways and means, the chairs of the joint committee on housing, and the chairs of the joint committee on community development and small business, detailing the following:
(a) a list of certified CDCs in the commonwealth;
(b) a summary of programs, initiatives or partnerships operated by the GCC that provide funding to support CDCs and their programs, projects and initiatives, and otherwise help CDCs advance the purposes of this chapter; and
(c) recommendations , if any, for action that would enhance the ability of CDCs to advance the purposes of this chapter.
SECTION 1 6 . Section 14 of chapter 167 of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by striking out, in line 22, the words “and 30” and inserting in place thereof the following words:-, 30 and 30A.
SECTION 17 . Section 2 of chapter 167F of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by inserting after paragraph 30 the following paragraph:-
30A. To participate in the activities of the Massachusetts capital growth corporation established by chapter 40F, by making capital available for an investment or deposit in or grant to the corporation, an affiliate or subsidiary of the corporation, or any fund managed by the corporation.
SECTION 18 . Section 8 of chapter 324 of the acts of 1987 is hereby repealed.
SECTION 19 . Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the comptroller shall promptly transfer $15,000,000 of the Emerging Technology Fund, established pursuant to chapter 141 of the acts of 2003, to the Commonwealth Capital Growth Corporation, established pursuant to chapter 40F of the General Laws.
SECTION 2 0 . (a) Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, this section shall facilitate the orderly transfer of employees, proceedings, rules and regulations, property and legal obligations of the following functions of state government from the Community Development Finance Corporation, the Economic Stabilization Trust, and the Massachusetts Technology Development Corporation as the transferor agencies, to the Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation, as the transferee agency;
(b) To the extent that employees of the transferor agency, including those who were appointed immediately before the effective date of this act and who hold permanent appointment in positions classified under chapter 31 of the General Laws or have tenure in their positions as provided by section 9A of chapter 30 of the General Laws or do not hold such tenure, or hold confidential positions, are transferred to the respective transferee agency, such transfers shall be effected without interruption of service within the meaning of said section 9A of said chapter 31, without impairment of seniority, retirement or other rights of the employee, and without reduction in compensation or salary grade, notwithstanding any change in title or duties resulting from such reorganization, and without loss of accrued rights to holidays, sick leave, vacation and benefits, and without change in union representation or certified collective bargaining unit as certified by the state division of labor relations or in local union representation or affiliation. Any collective bargaining agreement in effect immediately before the transfer date shall continue in effect and the terms and conditions of employment therein shall continue as if the employees had not been so transferred. The reorganization shall not impair the civil service status of any such reassigned employee who immediately before the effective date of this act either holds a permanent appointment in a position classified under chapter 31 of the General Laws or has tenure in a position by reason of section 9A of chapter 30 of the General Laws. Notwithstanding any other general or special law to the contrary, all such employees shall continue to retain their right to collectively bargain pursuant to chapter 150E of the General Laws and shall be considered employees for the purposes of said chapter 150E. Nothing in this section shall be construed to confer upon any employee any right not held immediately before the date of said transfer, or to prohibit any reduction of salary grade, transfer, reassignment, suspension, discharge, layoff, or abolition of position not prohibited before such date.
(c) All petitions, requests, investigations and other proceedings appropriately and duly brought before the transferor agency or duly begun by the transferor agency and pending before it before the effective date of this act, shall continue unabated and remain in force, but shall be assumed and completed by the transferee agency.
(d) All orders, rules and regulations duly made and all approvals duly granted by the transferor agency, which are in force immediately before the effective date of this act, shall continue in force and shall thereafter be enforced, until superseded, revised, rescinded or canceled, in accordance with law, by the transferee agency.
(e) All books, papers, records, documents, equipment, buildings, facilities, cash and other property, both personal and real, including all such property held in trust, which immediately before the effective date of this act are in the custody of the transferor agency, shall be transferred to the transferee agency.
(f) All duly existing contracts, leases and obligations of the transferor agency shall continue in effect but shall be assumed by the transferee agency. No existing right or remedy of any character shall be lost, impaired or affected by this act.
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