The department of development shall do the following:
(A) Maintain a continuing evaluation of the sources available for the retention, development, or expansion of industrial and commercial facilities in this state through both public and private agencies;
(B) Assist public and private agencies in obtaining information necessary to evaluate the desirability of the retention, construction, or expansion of industrial and commercial facilities in the state;
(C) Facilitate contracts between community improvement corporations organized under Chapter 1724. of the Revised Code or Ohio development corporations organized under Chapter 1726. of the Revised Code and industrial and commercial concerns seeking to locate or expand in the state;
(D) Upon request, consult with public agencies or authorities in the preparation of studies of human and economic needs or advantages relating to economic and community development;
(E) Encourage, promote, and assist trade and commerce between this state and foreign nations;
(F) Promote and encourage persons to visit and travel within this state;
(G) Maintain membership in the national association of state development agencies;
(H) Assist in the development of facilities and technologies that will lead to increased, environmentally sound use of Ohio coal;
(I) Promote economic growth in the state.
Effective Date: 09-26-2003 .