TITLE 42
State Affairs and Government

CHAPTER 42-64
Rhode Island Commerce Corporation

SECTION 42-64-6


§ 42-64-6. General powers.

(a) Except to the extent inconsistent with any specific provision of this chapter, the Rhode Island commerce corporation shall have the power:

(1) To sue and be sued, complain and defend, in its corporate name.

(2) To have a seal, which may be altered at pleasure and to use the seal by causing it, or a facsimile of the seal, to be impressed or affixed, or in any other manner reproduced.

(3) To purchase, take, receive, lease, or otherwise acquire, own, hold, improve, use, and otherwise deal in and with, real or personal property, or any interest in real or personal property, wherever situated.

(4) To sell, convey, mortgage, pledge, lease, exchange, transfer, and otherwise dispose of all or any part of its property and assets for any consideration and upon any terms and conditions as the corporation shall determine.

(5) To make contracts and guarantees and incur liabilities, borrow money at any rates of interest as the corporation may determine.

(6) To make and execute agreements of lease, conditional sales contracts, installment sales contracts, loan agreements, mortgages, construction contracts, operation contracts, and other contracts and instruments necessary or convenient in the exercise of the powers and functions of the corporation granted by this chapter.

(7) To lend money for its purposes, invest and reinvest its funds, and at its option to take and hold real and personal property as security for the payment of funds so loaned or invested.

(8) To acquire or contract to acquire, from any person, firm, corporation, municipality, the federal government, or the state, or any agency of either the federal government or the state, by grant, purchase, lease, gift, condemnation, or otherwise, or to obtain options for the acquisition of any property, real or personal, improved or unimproved, and interests in land less than the fee thereof; and to own, hold, clear, improve, develop, and rehabilitate, and to sell, assign, exchange, transfer, convey, lease, mortgage, or otherwise dispose or encumber that property for the purposes of carrying out the provisions and intent of this chapter, for any consideration as the corporation shall determine.

(9) To conduct its activities, carry on its operations, and have offices and exercise the powers granted by this chapter, within or outside of the state.

(10) To elect or appoint officers and agents of the corporation, and define their duties and fix their compensation.

(11) To make and alter bylaws, not inconsistent with this chapter, for the administration and regulation of the affairs of the corporation, and those bylaws may contain provisions indemnifying any person who is or was a director, officer, employee, or agent of the corporation, or is or was serving at the request of the corporation as a director, officer, employee, or agent of another corporation, partnership, joint venture, trust, or other enterprise, in the manner and to the extent provided in § 7-1.2-814 of the business corporation act.

(12) To be a promoter, partner, member, associate, or manager of any partnership, enterprise, or venture.

(13) To have and exercise all powers necessary or convenient to effect its purposes; provided, however, that the corporation shall not have any power to create, empower or otherwise establish any corporation, subsidiary corporation, corporate body, any form of partnership, or any other separate entity without the express approval and authorization of the general assembly.

(b) Express approval and authorization of the general assembly shall be deemed to have been given for all legal purposes on July 1, 1995 for the creation and lawful management of a subsidiary corporation created for the management of the Quonset Point/Davisville Industrial Park, that subsidiary corporation being managed by a board of directors, the members of which shall be constituted as follows: (1) two (2) members who shall be appointed by the town council of the town of North Kingstown; (2) two (2) members who shall be residents of the town of North Kingstown appointed by the governor; (3) four (4) members who shall be appointed by the governor; (4) the chairperson, who shall be: (i) the executive director of the Rhode Island economic development corporation until such time that the secretary of commerce is appointed; (ii) Upon the appointment of a secretary of commerce, the chief executive officer of the Rhode Island commerce corporation, and who also shall be the secretary of the Rhode Island executive office of commerce; and (5) non-voting members who shall be the members of the general assembly whose districts are comprised in any part by areas located within the town of North Kingstown.

The approval and authorization provided herein shall terminate upon the establishment of the Quonset Development Corporation as provided for in chapter 64.10 of this title.

History of Section.
(P.L. 1974, ch. 100, § 14; P.L. 1995, ch. 370, art 12. § 8; P.L. 2004, ch. 351, § 1; P.L. 2004, ch. 360, § 1; P.L. 2005, ch. 36, § 28; P.L. 2005, ch. 72, § 28; P.L. 2013, ch. 243, § 3; P.L. 2013, ch. 490, § 3.)