D.C. Law 21-135. Made in DC Program Establishment Act of 2016.

D.C. Law 21-135. Made in DC Program Establishment Act of 2016.

AN ACT

To establish the Made in DC program within the Department of Small and Local Business Development, to establish the Made in DC Fund, and to require the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development to submit a report to the Mayor and the Council by a date certain on opportunities for establishing a District-sponsored Innovation Space and Marketplace.

New subchapter IV-B of Chapter 12 of Title 2

BE IT ENACTED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, That this act may be cited as the "Made in DC Program Establishment Act of 2016".

New § 2-1208.31

Note § 2-1208.31

Sec. 2. Definitions:

For the purposes of this act, the term:

(1) "Department" means the Department of Small and Local Business Development, established by the Small, Local, and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Development and Assistance Act of 2005, effective October 20, 2005 (D.C. Law 16-33; D.C. Official Code § 2-218.01 et seq.).

(2) "District-based business" or "DBB" means a maker that:

(A) Maintains its primary office in the District;

(B) Possesses a current license pursuant to Chapter 28 of Title 47;

(C) Has certified that either the majority owners are District residents or 51% or more of its employees are District residents; and

(D) Is registered with the Department.

(3) "Fund" means the Made in DC Fund established by section 4.

(4) "Innovation Space and Marketplace" means studio space together with sales gallery space, space with high-end shared equipment, and classrooms that would be available to local makers on a low-cost membership basis.

(5) "Made in DC" means the brand name developed under the Made in DC program, established by section 3, which may be used by a maker who is registered with the Department as a DBB to promote a product that has been:

(A) Created, manufactured, or assembled in the District; and

(B) Approved by the Department.

(6) "Maker" means an individual, including an artisan or craftsperson, or a business, who creates, manufactures, or assembles a product through a process involving intellectual property, ingredients, raw materials, or other components.

(7) "Program" means the Made in DC program established by section 3.

New § 2-1208.32

Note § 2-1208.32

Sec. 3. Made in DC program.

(a) There is established within the Department a Made in DC program, which shall:

(1) Promote products created, manufactured, or assembled in the District;

(2) Develop and promote the Made in DC brand name as an identifier of products created, manufactured, or assembled in the District;

(3) Develop a logo for the Made in DC brand name to aid District-based businesses in marketing their products and to promote public recognition of the logo;

(4) Raise awareness of and pride in products created, manufactured, or assembled in the District that carry the Made in DC logo;

(5) Conduct a public awareness campaign, including producing public service announcements and distributing marketing materials, such as stickers, flyers, and digital logos, to promote the Made in DC brand name;

(6) Coordinate with Events DC and Destination DC to market the Made in DC brand name and products created, manufactured, or assembled in the District to conventions, tourists, and major events;

(7) Establish and maintain an online resource listing of products branded Made in DC;

(8) Establish an application process to approve an eligible product created, manufactured, or assembled in the District; provided, that the Department shall review each approval every 3 years to confirm a product's continued eligibility and revoke its approval for use of the Made in DC brand name of any product or DBB that no longer meets the requirements of this section;

(9) Provide technical assistance and other support to help eligible makers utilize the Made in DC brand name, including:

(A) Coordinating with the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs to market the Program to eligible makers; and

(B) Developing an interactive network to enable designers and makers to connect to spur local product innovation and partnerships;

(10) Monitor the use of the Made in DC brand name to identify and stop the unauthorized use of the brand name and its logo; and

(11) Develop criteria to evaluate on an ongoing basis the effectiveness of the Program.

(b) The Department may engage a non-governmental organization with specific expertise in the District maker community to:

(1) Assist the Department with the duties listed in subsection (a) of this section;

(2) Identify makers who may be eligible to participate in the Program; and

(3) Assess obstacles, if any, to the viability of the District maker community and make recommendations to address those obstacles.

New § 2-1208.33

Note § 2-1208.33

Sec. 4. Made in DC Fund.

(a) There is established as a special fund the Made in DC Fund, which shall be administered by the Department in accordance with subsection (c) of this section.

(b) Revenue from the following sources shall be deposited in the Fund:

(1) Appropriated funds;

(2) Donations from the public;

(3) Donations and grants from private entities;

(4) Interest earned from funds in the Fund; and

(5) Any other available funding.

(c) Money in the Fund shall be used for the purposes set forth in section 3.

(d)(1) The money deposited into the Fund, and interest earned, shall not revert to the unrestricted fund balance of the General Fund of the District of Columbia at the end of a fiscal year, or at any other time.

(2) Subject to authorization in an approved budget and financial plan, any funds appropriated in the Fund shall be continually available without regard to fiscal year limitation.

New § 2-1208.34

Note § 2-1208.34

Sec. 5. Innovation Space and Marketplace report.

(a) Within 180 days of the effective date of this act, the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development shall submit to the Mayor and the Council a report on opportunities for establishing a District-sponsored Innovation Space and Marketplace to support the local maker community by providing a central venue in which members can work and display and sell their products.

(b) The report shall:

(1) Identify District property for potential use as an Innovative Space and Marketplace;

(2) Estimate the cost of developing potential sites for such use;

(3) Estimate the costs of operating and maintaining the site;

(4) Assess the availability of public-private partnerships to develop an Innovation Space and Marketplace;

(5) Assess the availability of private donations, grants, or sponsorships to support the Innovation Space and Marketplace and the purchase of a wide range of equipment, such as tools for:

(A) 3D printing and prototyping;

(B) Woodworking;

(C) Metal working and welding;

(D) Sewing;

(E) Screen printing;

(F) Electronics; and

(G) Robotics; and

(6) Consider the most efficient management option for an Innovative Space and Marketplace.

(c) In preparing the report, the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development shall work with a variety of stakeholders, including:

(1) Diverse members of the maker community;

(2) Local creative organizations;

(3) Universities and colleges;

(4) The Commission on Arts and Humanities; and

(5) The Department.

New § 2-1208.35

Note § 2-1208.35

Sec. 6. Rules.

The Mayor, pursuant to Title 1 of the District of Columbia Administrative Procedure Act, approved October 21, 1968 (82 Stat. 1204; D.C. Official Code § 2-501 et seq.), shall issue rules to implement the provisions of this act.

New § 2-1208.36

Sec. 7. Applicability.

(a) This act shall apply upon the date of inclusion of its fiscal effect in an approved budget and financial plan.

(b) The Chief Financial Officer shall certify the date of the inclusion of the fiscal effect in an approved budget and financial plan, and provide notice to the Budget Director of the Council of the certification.

(c)(1) The Budget Director shall cause the notice of the certification to be published in the District of Columbia Register.

(2) The date of publication of the notice of the certification shall not affect the applicability of this act.

Sec. 8. Fiscal impact statement.

The Council adopts the fiscal impact statement in the committee report as the fiscal impact statement required by section 4a of the General Legislative Procedures Act of 1975, approved October 16, 2006 (120 Stat. 2038; D.C. Official Code § 1-301.47a).

Sec. 9. Effective date.

This act shall take effect following approval by the Mayor (or in the event of veto by the Mayor, action by the Council to override the veto), a 30-day period of congressional review as provided in section 602(c)(1) of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act, approved December 24, 1973 (87 Stat. 813; D.C. Official Code § 1-206.02(c)(1)), and publication in the District of Columbia Register.