1. An Iowa strategic investment fund is created as a revolving fund consisting of any money appropriated by the general assembly for that purpose and any other moneys available to and obtained or accepted by the department from the federal government or private sources for placement in the fund. The fund shall also include all of the following:
a. All unencumbered and unobligated funds from the special community economic betterment program fund created under 1990 Iowa Acts, chapter 1262, section 1, subsection 18, remaining on June 30, 1992, all repayments of loans or other awards made under the community economic betterment account or under the community economic betterment program during any fiscal year beginning on or after July 1, 1985, and recaptures of awards.
b. All unencumbered and unobligated funds from the self- employment loan program, the targeted small business financial assistance program, the microenterprise development revolving fund, financing rural economic development or successor loan program, and the value-added agricultural products and processes financial assistance fund remaining on June 30, 1992, and all repayments of loans or other awards or recaptures of awards made under these programs.
Notwithstanding section 8.33, moneys in the strategic investment fund at the end of each fiscal year shall not revert to any other fund but shall remain in the strategic investment fund for expenditure for subsequent fiscal years.
2. The assets of the fund shall be used by the department for the following programs and purposes:
a. The community economic betterment program created in sections 15.315 through 15.320.
b. The business development finance corporation created in sections 15E.131 through 15E.149.
c. The self-employment loan program created in section 15.241.
d. The targeted small business financial assistance program created in section 15.247.
e. To provide comprehensive management assistance for applicants or recipients of assistance from programs supported by the fund.
f. If funds are available under a federal microloan demonstration program, a portion of the moneys in the strategic investment fund may be utilized to access those federal funds to expand the state's small business financial assistance programs including the self-employment loan program and the targeted small business financial assistance program.
g. The entrepreneurs with disabilities program, which provides technical and financial assistance to help persons with disabilities become self-sufficient and create additional employment opportunities by establishing or expanding small business ventures.
h. The job opportunities for persons with disabilities program, which provides service and technical assistance to rehabilitation organizations or agencies that create, expand, or spin off business ventures for persons with disabilities.
3. The assets of the fund may be used for purposes of administering and operating the entrepreneurial ventures assistance program established in section 15.339.
4. The director shall submit annually at a regular or special meeting preceding the beginning of the fiscal year, for approval by the economic development board, the proposed allocation of funds from the strategic investment fund to be made for that fiscal year to the community economic betterment program, the business development finance corporation, the self-employment loan program, and the targeted small business financial assistance program and for comprehensive management assistance. If funds are available under a federal microloan demonstration program, the director may recommend an allocation for that purpose. The plans may provide for increased or decreased allocations if the demand in a program indicates that the need exceeds the allocation for that program. The director shall report on a monthly basis to the board on the status of the funds and may present proposed revisions for approval by the board in January and April of each year. Unobligated and unencumbered moneys remaining in the strategic investment fund or any of its accounts on June 30 of each year shall be considered part of the fund for purposes of the next year's allocation.
92 Acts, ch 1244, § 18; 94 Acts, ch 1119, § 2, 3; 96 Acts, ch 1219, §95; 99 Acts, ch 197, §21
Referred to in § 15.241, 15.247, 15.312, 15.339, 15E.120, 15E.134, 15E.148
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