|SAME AS||No Same As|
|Authorizes the empire state development corporation to develop a public awareness campaign promoting businesses located in New York state; requires the creating of the Buy New York Online Networking Directory to connect purchasers with businesses located in New York.|
|02/27/2017||referred to economic development|
|01/03/2018||referred to economic development|
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NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
BILL NUMBER: A6175 SPONSOR: Schimminger
TITLE OF BILL: An act authorizing the empire state development corpo- ration to develop a public awareness campaign promoting businesses located in New York state   PURPOSE OF THE BILL: This legislation would establish and implement a public awareness campaign including a business website promoting businesses located in New York State and encouraging individuals and businesses to purchase products and services from such businesses.   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1-3. Establishes a public awareness campaign by the Empire State Development Corporation to include the promotion of businesses located in New York State and the creation of an Internet website directory for the purposes of business networking. Section 4. Sets the date for the campaign to begin no later than January 1, 2019, and directs the Empire State Development Corporation to prepare an annual report to the governor and the legislature regarding actions taken to carry out the public awareness campaign and an assessment of the necessary appropriations.   JUSTIFICATION: Frequently NY businesses buy goods and services from companies outside of their community and out of New York State when those same goods and services are available locally and at a competitive rate. A public awareness campaign, including a business networking website would help spur economic development. The website would provide useful information including a directory exclusively for NY businesses to provide detailed information on products and services they provide and other businesses in or outside of New York State could seek them out. The website would also provide a place for businesses to network. Many New York State companies would prefer to use other New York State businesses for goods and services as it not only brings business to their neighbors but also more tax revenue to the cash strapped local governments in our state. This program will promote more sales of New York State products and will create more tax revenue for our state.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2015-2016: A.9444/S.6668.   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS: To be determined.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6175 2017-2018 Regular Sessions IN ASSEMBLY February 27, 2017 ___________ Introduced by M. of A. SCHIMMINGER -- read once and referred to the Committee on Economic Development AN ACT authorizing the empire state development corporation to develop a public awareness campaign promoting businesses located in New York state The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem- bly, do enact as follows: 1 Section 1. 1. The empire state development corporation shall develop, 2 establish and implement a public awareness campaign promoting businesses 3 located in New York state and encouraging individuals and businesses to 4 purchase products and services from such businesses. 5 2. The campaign shall include an internet website providing informa- 6 tion on businesses located in New York state and their available 7 products and services including a Buy New York Online Networking Direc- 8 tory. The owner of any business located and operated in this state may 9 apply to the empire state development corporation to have his or her 10 business included on such directory. The directory shall include, but 11 not be limited to, participating businesses' names, addresses, contact 12 information, including telephone number, fax, e-mail and website 13 address, products or services offered with a brief description, and any 14 additional information, including history, hours and dates of operation, 15 and number of employees. Such directory shall also include a search 16 capability to allow for participating businesses to be searched by the 17 products or services they offer. 18 3. The public awareness campaign shall be made available to the public 19 by any means deemed appropriate by the empire state development corpo- 20 ration including, but not limited to, internet, radio, and print adver- 21 tising such as brochures, billboards and posters. The campaign may also 22 identify and recruit individuals to serve as visible, public ambassadors 23 to promote this message. EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD05454-01-7A. 6175 2 1 4. The campaign shall begin no later than January 1, 2019. The empire 2 state development corporation shall prepare an annual report to the 3 governor and the legislature on or before December first of each year on 4 the public awareness campaign, including: (a) actions taken by the 5 empire state development corporation to carry out the public awareness 6 campaign and (b) an assessment of the necessary appropriations for the 7 empire state development corporation to meet the needs of the campaign 8 in the next fiscal year. 9 § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.