BE IT RESOLVED, that the city of Duluth (the city) act as the legal sponsor for project contained in the redevelopment grant program application submitted on August 1, 2007, and that the mayor and the city clerk are hereby authorized to apply to the department of employment and economic development for a grant in the amount of $500,000 for funding of this project on behalf of the Duluth airport authority (DAA).

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the city has the legal authority to apply for financial assistance, and the institutional, managerial and financial capability to ensure adequate project administration.

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the city hereby commits to provide up to $500,000 in matching funds for the project if said grant is awarded by the state and accepted by the city, which funds are to be provided by Duluth airport authority, pursuant to a development agreement.

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the city has not violated any federal, state or local laws pertaining to fraud, bribery, graft, kickbacks, collusion, conflict of interest or other unlawful or corrupt practice.

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that upon approval of its application by the state, the acceptance thereof shall be subject to further resolution of the council authorizing such acceptance pursuant to approval of the form of the above-referenced development agreement and the commitments contained therein.

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:  This resolution is to authorize an application for a redevelopment fund grant related to the DAA’s “North Business Development Area” project on city-owned property which the DAA manages. The redevelopment of this project site -- to include site prep, street access and taxiway construction –- is necessary to accommodate three potential aviation-related business development projects.

The city expects to fund the local match for the project through funds provided by the DAA, the anticipated sources of which are the federal economic development administration, St. Louis County and the state airports fund, all of which would be included in the development agreement for the project.

Both the development agreement and the acceptance of the grant from the state, if forthcoming, would be subject to subsequent approval by the city council and the grant would not be accepted until the development agreement was approved and executed by the developers.