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A BILL IN THE COUNCIL OF THE
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Councilmember Jack Evans introduced the
following bill, which was referred to the Committee on Economic Development.
To amend the Washington Convention Center
Authority Act to establish standards for a community development fund and to establish
that the Council may by resolution approve an agreement between the Washington Convention
Center Authority and a local community group to administer this fund.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT
OF COLUMBIA, That this act may be cited as the "Convention Center Authority Shaw
Community Development Fund Amendment Act of 2000".
Sec. 2. Section 204 of the Washington
Convention Center Authority Act of 1994, effective September 28, 1994 (D.C. Law 10-88;
D.C. Code § 9-806), is amended by adding a new subsection (1) to read as follows:
"(1) The following shall apply to any
agreement to implement the community development fund (the "fund"), as developed
with input from many interested organizations, required by section IX of the
"Memorandum of Agreement By and Among the National Capital Planning Commission, the
District of Columbia State Historic Preservation Officer, and the Advisory Council on
Historic Preservation Regarding the Construction and Operation of the Washington
Convention Center at the Mount Vernon Square/Shaw Site" dated September 12, 1997 (the
"(a) The following requirements shall be
included in any Invitation for Bids or Request for Proposals issued by the Washington
Convention Center Authority (the "WCCA"):
"(I) the money in the fund shall be
transferred directly from the WCCA to an established, successful community entity which
has the organizational capacity to administer the fluids. Said fund money shall include
any and all interest accrued on the fund from the date of signing of the MOU;
"(II) the entity shall be certified as a
501(c)(3) organization prior to submitting any proposal;
"(III) the entity shall establish that it
currently provides funding for neighborhood revitalization activities in the region. These
activities should include assistance in the areas of affordable housing, homeownership
assistance, business assistance, employment, and job training assistance;
"(IV) the entity shall be limited to
spending levels established by WCCA concerning overhead and staffing costs to ensure that
virtually all of the fund money passes through to the Shaw community; and
"(V) the entity shall submit quarterly
reports to the WCCA that, at a minimum, document the use and dispersal of fund money.
"(b) The WCCA shall have the authority to
audit and investigate the records of the entity receiving the fund money to ensure that no
money is wasted on bureaucracy or overhead, and that no new organizations are created to
manage the fluid money.
"(c) The WCCA shall establish guidelines
for the return of fund money remaining after the completion of the program, ensure that
the entity follows generally accepted accounting principles, and ensure that the entity's
accounting and financial management practices are sound.
"(d) Once an agreement has been reached
between WCCA and a community entity for administration of the fund, this agreement shall
be submitted to the Council of the District of Columbia for its review and approval by
"(e) The fund shall be maintained in a
separate segregated account by WCCA with interest accruing to the fund from the date the
MOU was approved.".
Sec. 3. The Council adopts the fiscal impact
statement in the committee report as the fiscal impact statement required by section
602(c)(3) of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act, approved December 24, 1973 (87 Stat.
813; D.C. Code § 1-233(c)(3)).
Sec. 4. This act shall take effect following
approval by the Mayor (or in the event of a veto by the Mayor, action by the Council to
override the veto), approval by the Financial Responsibility and Management Assistance
Authority as provided in section 203(a) of the District of Columbia Financial
Responsibility and Management Assistance Authority Act of 1995, approved April 17, 1995
(109 Stat. 116; D.C. Code § 47-392.3(c)), a 30-day period of Congressional review as
provided in section 602(c)(1) of the Home Rule Act, approved December 24, 1973 (87 Stat.
813; D.C. Code § 1-233(c)(1)), and publication in the District of Columbia Register.