2013 Tech Transfer
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HB13-1001Advanced Industries Acceleration Act YOUNG / HEATH The bill creates the advanced industries acceleration grant program (program) in the Colorado office of economic development (office). The following industries are defined to be advanced industries: Advanced manufacturing, aerospace, bioscience, electronics, energy and natural resources, infrastructure engineering, and information technology. The program includes the following types of grants:
* A proof-of-concept grant for an advanced industry research project to an eligible office of technology transfer;
* An early-stage capital and retention grant to an eligible company for the purpose of accelerating the commercialization of advanced industry products or services to be manufactured or performed in the state; and
* An infrastructure grant for an advanced industry project that builds or utilizes infrastructure to support or enhance the commercialization of advanced industry products or services or that contributes to the development of an advanced industry workforce. Each type of grant has its own eligibility requirements, preferences, and maximum grant amounts. If an applicant qualifies for a preference, the maximum grant amounts do not apply. All grant applicants are required to identify the anticipated number of jobs created or retained in the state, capital invested or attracted in the state, and any other economic impacts that may result from the grant. The program absorbs the bioscience discovery evaluation grant program and the clean technology discovery evaluation grant program, which are both repealed in the bill. In administering the program, the office is required to:
* Consult with the economic development commission about all of the potential grants and monetary incentives that a grant applicant is eligible for;
* Consult with Colorado-based advanced industries or representatives from advanced industries about the program;
* Require a minimum amount of grant moneys for bioscience and clean technology projects and companies, which is based on existing funding from the repealed programs that provide grants for those industries; and
* Annually report to legislative committees about the program. All program grants are made from the advanced industries acceleration cash fund. The fund consists of moneys transferred from the bioscience discovery evaluation cash fund prior to the fund's repeal; limited gaming moneys that were previously used in the bioscience discovery evaluation grant program; income tax withholdings that were to be split between the bioscience discovery evaluation grant program and the clean technology discovery evaluation grant program; gifts, grants, or donations; and any moneys that the general assembly appropriates to the fund. 
05/16/2013 Governor action - signed
Wednesday, May 8 2013
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HB13-1002Small Business Development Centers Appropriations TYLER / JAHN The bill requires the Colorado office of economic development (office) to expend $500,000 in each of the 2013-14 and 2014-15 state fiscal years for small business development centers (SBDCs). Appropriations made for this purpose are declared to be in addition to any other moneys the office receives. The state director of SBDCs in the office shall expend between 10% and 15% of these moneys per year to increase awareness of SBDCs and shall equitably apportion the remainder for distribution to SBDCs across the state. If separate legislation is enacted to establish an economic gardening initiative, $200,000 of the $500,000 will be used for the economic gardening initiative. The office is required to report to the general assembly regarding the disbursement and the measurable results of the use of those moneys. 05/10/2013 Governor Action - Signed
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HB13-1003Economic Gardening Pilot Project Office Econ Dev LEE The bill creates an economic gardening pilot project in the Colorado office of economic development (office). Through the pilot project, staff members of the office and small business development centers (SBDCs) who have been trained and certified in economic gardening principles and practices provide 12 months of strategic assistance to at least 20 Colorado-headquartered second-stage companies and SBDC clients selected by the state director of SBDCs in the office. The state director reports annually on the results of the pilot project to the general assembly, and the pilot project terminates in 2016. 05/24/2013 Governor Action - Signed
Wednesday, May 8 2013
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HB13-1019Regulatory Reform Act SZABO / TOCHTROP This bill enacts the "Regulatory Reform Act of 2013". Section 1 makes legislative declarations about the importance of businesses with 500 or fewer employees to the Colorado economy and the difficulty these types of businesses have in complying with new administrative rules that are not known or understood by these businesses. Section 2 defines "new rule" as any regulatory requirement in existence for less than one year prior to an audit or review by a state agency, and "minor violation" as any violation of a new rule by a business of 500 or fewer employees where the violation is minor in nature, involving record-keeping and issues that do not affect the life safety of the public or workers. For the first minor violation of a new rule by a business of 500 or fewer employees, section 3 of the bill requires a state agency to issue a written warning and engage the business in educational outreach as to the methods of complying with the new rule. Section 3 requires state agencies to make information on new rules available and allows this information to be made available in electronic form. 02/06/2013 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
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HB13-1208Incentives Offered By Creative Districts DURAN The bill authorizes the creative industries division of the Colorado office of economic development to offer incentives in the form of need-based funding for infrastructure development in creative districts and to provide such funding from any moneys appropriated to the creative industries cash fund for that purpose. 04/19/2013 Governor Action - Signed
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HB13-1253Small Business Capital Study Report OEDIT LEE The bill directs the governor's office of economic development and international trade (OEDIT) to commission a study and report by a private Colorado entity (defined as the study author) identifying the availability of, need for, and barriers to acquisition of, capital for Colorado small businesses. The report is to be delivered on or before May 1, 2014. The study author is directed to survey Colorado small businesses and collect data on their size and location, existing sources of capital, uses to which they put capital, and impediments to acquiring capital. The report will contain a summary of this information and the study author's findings and recommendations concerning the adequacy of existing mechanisms for providing capital to Colorado's small businesses and the steps state and local governments, private industry, and federal agencies can take to improve access to capital. The bill creates a fund for purposes of financing the study. The fund consists of some moneys appropriated by the general assembly and the remainder from private gifts, grants, and donations. Any unexpended and unencumbered moneys remaining in the fund as of June 30, 2014, revert to the general fund of the state. 04/29/2013 Senate Committee on Appropriations Postpone Indefinitely
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SB13-133Distribution Of State Share Of Ltd Gaming Revenues STEADMAN / GEROU The bill inserts dollar amounts instead of percentages for the transfers of the state share of limited gaming revenues to:
* The Colorado travel and tourism promotion fund;
* The bioscience discovery evaluation cash fund;
* The local government limited gaming impact fund;
* The innovative higher education research fund;
* The creative industries cash fund; and
* The Colorado office of film, television, and media operational account cash fund. The bill also makes clear that any amount of limited gaming revenues over and above the transfers to these funds will be transferred to the general fund. 
03/08/2013 Governor Action - Signed
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