(A) The director of development shall administer a shovel ready sites program to provide grants for projects to port authorities and development entities approved by the director. Grants may be used to pay the costs of any or all of the following:
(1) Acquisition of property, including options;
(2) Preparation of sites, including brownfield clean-up activities;
(3) Construction of road, water, telecommunication, and utility infrastructure;
(4) Payment of professional fees the amount of which shall not exceed twenty per cent of the grant amount for a project.
(B) The director shall adopt rules in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code that establish procedures and requirements necessary for the administration of the program, including a requirement that a recipient of a grant enter into an agreement with the director governing the use of the grant.
(C) There is hereby created in the state treasury the shovel ready sites fund consisting of money appropriated to it. Money in the fund shall be used solely for the purposes of this section.
Effective Date: 06-30-2005