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Senate Bill No. 251

Public Act No. 09-40

AN ACT CONCERNING HOUSING DEVELOPMENT IN ENTERPRISE ZONES.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Section 32-70e of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2009):

(a) The Commissioner of Economic and Community Development shall establish a program of financial assistance for job development and creation, neighborhood revitalization and the promotion of business stability and development within enterprise zones designated under section 32-70.

(b) The Commissioner of Economic and Community Development shall solicit applications from community development organizations located within an enterprise zone for the operation of such program. Applicants shall indicate a strategy to achieve neighborhood economic development in the enterprise zone.

(c) The commissioner shall enter into a contract with and provide grants, within available funds, to qualified community development organizations to implement the program established under this section and section 32-70f. The grant may be used to pay the cost of activities that (1) assist in the expansion, retention and development of small businesses located within enterprise zones that have trained and employed or will train and employ, as part of their workforce, residents of an enterprise zone, (2) build or rehabilitate decent [or affordable] rental or owner-occupied housing located in an enterprise zone for persons of low and moderate income, or (3) assist organizations in job-training and career development training for existing or projected job opportunities. The community development organization may use such grant to provide grants, loans or deferred loans to eligible applicants.

(d) The Commissioner of Economic and Community Development shall adopt regulations in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54 to implement the provisions of this section. Such regulations shall provide criteria for eligible applicants and eligible activities.

Approved May 20, 2009