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The 192nd General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Section 13C: Marketing partnership; powers and duties

Section 13C. The partnership shall have the power to:

(1) adopt and amend by-laws, regulations and procedures for the governance of its affairs and the conduct of its business for the administration and enforcement of this sections 13A to 13Q, inclusive; provided, however, that regulations adopted by agencies within the partnership shall be adopted under chapter 30A;

(2) adopt an official seal and a functional name;

(3) maintain offices at places within the commonwealth as it may determine and to conduct meetings of the partnership in accordance with the by-laws of the partnership;

(4) enter into agreements and transactions with federal, state and municipal agencies and other public institutions and private individuals, partnerships, firms, corporations, associations and other entities on behalf of the partnership;

(5) sue and be sued in its own name, plead and be impleaded;

(6) act as the central entity and coordinating organization for marketing initiatives on behalf of the commonwealth and to work in collaboration with governmental entities, regional economic development organizations, bodies, centers, institutes and facilities to advance the commonwealth's interests and investments in travel and tourism, international trade and economic development;

(7) appear in its own behalf before boards, commissions, departments or other agencies of municipal, state or federal government;

(8) obtain insurance;

(9) apply for and accept subventions, grants, loans, advances and contributions from any source of money, property, labor or other things of value to be held, used and applied for its corporate purposes;

(10) review and recommend changes in laws, rules, programs and policies of the commonwealth and its agencies and subdivisions to further the marketing of the commonwealth and economic development within the commonwealth;

(11) enter into agreements with public and private entities that deal primarily with economic development, in order to distribute and provide leveraging of funds or services to further economic development in the commonwealth and promote overall economic growth within the commonwealth by fostering collaboration and investments in tourism and international trade initiatives in the commonwealth;

(12) provide and pay for such advisory services and technical assistance as may be necessary or desired to carry out the purposes of this chapter;

(13) establish and collect such fees and charges as the department without further appropriation shall determine to be reasonable and consistent with this sections 13A to 13Q, inclusive; and to receive and apply revenues from fees and charges to the purposes of the department or allotment by the commonwealth or any political subdivision of the commonwealth;

(14) disburse, appropriate, grant, loan or allocate funds for the purposes of investing in economic development initiatives as directed in sections 13A to 13Q, inclusive;

(15) provide assistance to local entities, local authorities, public bodies, regional economic development organizations, and private corporations for the purposes of maximizing opportunities for economic development initiatives in the commonwealth;

(16) prepare, publish and distribute, with or without charge, as the department may determine, such studies, reports and bulletins and other material as the department deems appropriate;

(17) exercise any other powers of a corporation organized under chapter 156B;

(18) develop a common Internet portal to be used by state agencies and state authorities to promote the commonwealth's programs providing business assistance and to promote economic development in the commonwealth;

(19) take any actions necessary or convenient to the exercise of any power or the discharge of any duty provided for by sections 13A to 13Q, inclusive;

(20) establish an advisory council to assist and advise the partnership on matters related to the commonwealth's business marketing efforts;

(21) enter into agreements or other transactions with any person including, without limitation, a public entity or other governmental instrumentality or agency in connection with the powers and duties provided to the partnership under sections 13A to 13Q, inclusive; and

(22) delegate any of the powers under this section to a director having charge of an agency within the partnership.