13-R210

2013 -- S 0713

Enacted 04/11/13

 

 

S E N A T E R E S O L U T I O N

RESPECTFULLY REQUESTING GOVERNOR CHAFEE TO CREATE A GOVERNOR'S

COMMERCE AND WORKFORCE COORDINATING CABINET

     

     

     Introduced By: Senators Felag, Satchell, Cool Rumsey, Walaska, and Lynch

     Date Introduced: March 13, 2013

 

 

     WHEREAS, There is a need to ensure the coordination and alignment of the various

functions and responsibilities throughout state departments to maximize support of Rhode

Islandís economic and workforce development efforts; and

     WHEREAS, State departments have a range of plans and activities that should be better

coordinated to provide for a common policy direction and the maximum and efficient use of state

government resources to promote the Rhode Island economy and improve the stateís workforce;

and

     WHEREAS, It is the policy of the Rhode Island Senate to provide for the most efficient

and effective economic and workforce development policy in the state; and

     WHEREAS, In its 2014-2015 Biennial Employment and Training Plan, the Rhode Island

Governorís Workforce Board recommends increasing the frequency of cabinet-level meetings on

workforce development matters; and

     WHEREAS, Interdepartmental collaboration and the open exchange of information and

data among various state departments is crucial to better understanding the impact of the various

departments and their influence on the stateís economic and workforce development efforts; now,

therefore be it

     RESOLVED, That this Senate of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations

respectfully requests the Governorís Office create a Commerce and Workforce Coordinating

Cabinet comprised of officials from state agencies with responsibility and oversight relating to

economic and workforce development. The cabinet shall include, but not be limited to, the

following members: the Director of the Economic Development Corporation, the Director of the

Department of Transportation, the Director of the Department of Administration, the Director of

the Division of Revenue, the Director of the Department of Human Services, the Commissioner

of Higher Education, the Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education, the Director of

the Department of Business Regulation, the Director of the Department of Environmental

Management, the Director of the Department of Labor and Training, the Director of the

Department of Corrections, the Chair of the Governorís Workforce Board, and the Executive

Director of Rhode Island Housing. The governor shall designate the Director of the Economic

Development Corporation as chair; and be it further

     RESOLVED, That the purpose of the Commerce and Workforce Coordinating Cabinet

shall be to provide for the integration and coordination of the activities of the various agencies

and departments that are involved in the development of the Rhode Island economy and its

workforce; and be it further

     RESOLVED, That the duties of the Commerce and Workforce Coordinating Cabinet

shall include, but not be limited to:

     (i) Meeting at least monthly to address all issues, especially those that cross departmental

lines and relate to economic and workforce development of the state of Rhode Island;

     (ii) Reviewing, amending, and proposing all interagency agreements necessary to provide

coordinated services;

     (iii) Promoting the coordination of state activities as the state implements the state's

economic and workforce development policy and plan;

     (iv) Providing for the maximum amount of coordination amongst the state's various

departments and agencies that influence economic and workforce development efforts in Rhode

Island;

     (v) Aligning the various operating plans to meet the overall economic and workforce

development plans for the state and provide an exchange of information amongst the various

stakeholders;

     (vi) Providing advice to the Governor on economic and workforce development policy;

     (vii) Undertaking specific projects as requested by the Governor; and

     (viii) Developing a strategic plan to align and implement the stateís economic and

workforce development strategies among the various departments included in the cabinet; and be

it further

     RESOLVED, That all departments, offices, boards, and agencies of the state shall

cooperate with the Commerce and Workforce Coordinating Cabinet and shall furnish such

administrative and staff support, advice, information, documents and otherwise, data and data

analysis, and other support as may be necessary or desirable; and be it further

     RESOLVED, That in carrying out the responsibility under this order, the cabinet may: (i)

Accept grant funds and in-kind contributions from governmental and private entities; (ii) Hold

hearings; (iii) Invite academic experts and other witnesses to submit testimony; and (iv) Contract

with experts and consultants as necessary to inform deliberations and recommendations; and be it

further

     RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and hereby is authorized and directed to

transmit a duly certified copy of this resolution to the Governor of the State of Rhode Island.

     

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