CHAPTER 380

CREATING DELAWARE STATE

DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT

AN ACT CREATING A DELAWARE STATE DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT, DEFINING ITS POWERS AND DUTIES AND MAKING AN APPROPRIATION THEREFOR.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Delaware in General Assembly met:

Section 1. There is hereby created a Delaware State Development Department.

Section 2. Purpose of the Bureau. The Department's primary purpose shall be to attract new investors and business, tourists and travelers to the State of Delaware and to inform the public of the peculiar agricultural, commercial, industrial and recreational opportunities to be had within the State of Delaware.

Section 3. Collection of Data. The Department shall collect, compile and audit the information and data necessary to discharge its principle functions. Where such data cannot be secured from other State agencies or the agencies of political subdivisions, the Department is authorized to engage in the required research. Before publishing any historical information, said information shall be reviewed and approved by the State Archivist.

Section 4. Distribution of information. The Department shall widely disseminate data dealing with the agricultural, industrial, commercial and recreational opportunities and advantages to be had within the State of Delaware. This dissemination shall be secured through any of the accepted advertising media. In addition, the Department shall prepare publications, pamphlets, folders, brochures, booklets and maps describing in general or specific ways the State or particular sections or areas thereof, as well as data of peculiar interest to the investing or touring public. Such publications shall be distributed without charge. In special cases where a prospective investor or business

requests the assistance of the Department prior to organization within the State, the Department shall extend its prompt and full cooperation.

Section 5. Director. The Governor shall appoint a Director of the Department, whose duty it shall be to administer the Delaware State Development Department in conformity with the provisions of Section 2. The Director shall be a person trained and experienced in the business of public relations and advertising. He shall serve at the pleasure of the Governor and shall receive an annual salary of Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00), payable monthly.

Section 6. Director; Duties, Powers. The Director shall be responsible for the organization and administration of the Department, as well as the execution of its functions as enumerated in this Act. He shall have authority to hire such experts and administrative aids, clerks and research personnel as are, in his judgment, required to carry out the provisions of this Act.

Section 7. Annual Report. The Department shall make an annual report to the Governor, which shall summarize the activities of the Delaware State Development Department during the preceding year. Said report shall be submitted on the first day of July of each year and shall contain a statement of revenues and expenditures and such other information which may be deemed useful or necessary.

Section 8. There is hereby appropriated to the Delaware State Development Department the sum of Fifteen Thousand Dollars ($15,000.00) for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 1949 and ending June 30, 1950 and the sum of Fifteen Thousand Dollars ($15,000.00) for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 1950 and ending June 30, 1951, to be paid by the State Treasurer from time to time upon vouchers signed by the Director of the Department.

Section 9. This Act shall be known as a Supplementary Appropriation Act, and the moneys hereby appropriated shall be paid by the State Treasurer out of any moneys in the General Fund not otherwise appropriated.