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AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 41, TITLE 29, DELAWARE CODE, IN ORDER TO EFFECT CERTAIN CHANGES IN THE STATE DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT, TO ADD THE RESPONSIBILITY OF PROMOTING EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES, TO BROADEN THE QUALIFICATIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE DIRECTOR, TO DESIGNATE CERTAIN STAFF POSITIONS, TO REQUIRE INTERAGENCY COOPERATION AND TO ASSURE THAT PROPER CONSIDERATION BE GIVEN TO EXISTING RESOURCES IN INSTITUTING NEW DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Delaware:

Section 1. Chapter 41, Title 29, Delaware Code, is hereby amended by striking said chapter and substituting in lieu thereof a new Chapter 41 as follows:

CHAPTER 41. DELAWARE STATE DEVELOPMENT

DEPARTMENT

§ 4101. Creation and purpose

(a) There shall be a Delaware State Development Department, hereafter in this chapter referred to as the "Department".

(b) The Department's primary purpose shall be to attract new investors and business to the State, promote tourism, and create new and improved employment opportunities for all citizens of the State at every economic level, provided that such State development is carried out with a view to preserving existing agricultural, commercial, industrial and recreational opportunities to be had within the State and conserving the natural resources and wildlife of the State.

§ 4102. Director of the Department

The Governor shall appoint a Director of the Department, who shall administer the Department in conformity with the provisions of this chapter. The Director shall possess such qualifications as the Governor shall prescribe, and shall serve at the pleasure of the Governor.

§ 4103. Powers and duties of Director; staff.

(a) 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 chapter. He may hire such experts and administrative aides, clerks and research personnel, and such other employees, as are, in his judgment, required to carry out the provisions of this chapter.

(b) There shall be a Deputy Director of the Department, who shall be in charge of all operations in the absence of the Director, and who shall perform such specific duties as the Director shall prescribe.

(c) The Director shall appoint a person or persons who shall be immediately responsible for the developing of new and improved employment opportunities by the Department and coordination with all other State and local agencies and private organizations in this field. The Governor and the Director shall be kept fully appraised by such person or persons of all State, local and private activities in the employment development field.

§ 4104. Collection and publication of information

The Department shall collect, compile and audit the information and data necessary to discharge its principal functions. Where such data cannot be secured from Federal, State, or local agencies or private organizations, the Department may engage in the required research. Before publishing any historical information, the information shall be reviewed and approved by the State Archivist.

§ 4105. Distribution of information

The Department may to the extent and in the manner the Director deems appropriate disseminate data dealing with the investment, business, employment and recreational opportunities and advantages existing within the State, and the potential for future development. This dissemination may be secured through any of the accepted advertising media or directly by the Department. The Department may prepare publications, pamphlets, folders, brochures, booklets and maps describing the State or particular sections or areas thereof and the investment, business, employment and recreational features to be found therein. The Director shall determine whether and to what extent such publications are to be distributed without charge. In those cases where a prospective investor or business requests the assistance of the Department prior to organization within the State, the Department shall extend is prompt and full cooperation.

§ 4106. Interagency planning and cooperation

The Director shall be responsible for maintaining liaison and initiating reciprocal cooperation with other governmental agencies which are likely to be affected by the activities of the Department or the results of its development programs, including the State Planning Office.

§ 4107. Annual report

The Department shall make an annual report to the Governor, which shall summarize its activities during the preceding year. The report shall be submitted on the first day of October of each year and shall contain a statement of revenues and expenditures and such other information which may be deemed useful or necessary. Such report shall outline all projects and programs in which the Department has engaged during the year and shall designate those deemed successful, those which were unsuccessful and those which cannot at the time be evaluated.

Section 2. The effective date of this Act shall be July 1, 1969.

Approved May 29, 1969.