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On page 2, strike lines 8 through 10 and insert the following:
(2) in subsection (b)--
(A) by redesignating paragraph (4) as paragraph (5); and
(B) by striking paragraph (3) and inserting the following:
"(3) since, depending on local conditions, assets, and challenges, local communities create businesses and jobs in different ways, the Economic Development Administration should take into consideration the unique circumstances and opportunities of local community applicants, and invest in localities that are creating or retaining jobs through a variety of approaches;
"(4) whether suffering from long-term distress".
On page 12, between lines 11 and 12 insert the following:
SEC. 10. FLEXIBILITY FOR MANUFACTURING COMMUNITIES.
Section 209(b) of the Public Works and Economic Development Act of 1965 (42 U.S.C. 3149(b)) is amended--
(1) in paragraph (1), by redesignating subparagraphs (A) and (B) as clauses (i) and (ii), respectively, and indenting the clauses appropriately;
(2) by redesignating paragraphs (1) and (2) as subparagraphs (A) and (B), respectively, and indenting the subparagraphs appropriately;
(3) by striking "The Secretary" and inserting the following:
"(1) IN GENERAL.--Subject to paragraph (2), the Secretary"; and
(4) by adding at the end the following:
"(2) MANUFACTURING COMMUNITIES.--The Secretary may provide assistance under this section if the Secretary determines that--
"(A) the project will help the area to meet a special need arising from--
"(i) actual or threatened severe unemployment in the manufacturing sector; or
"(ii) economic adjustment problems resulting from severe changes in economic conditions in the manufacturing sector; and
"(B)(i) the area for which the project is to be carried out meets the criteria described in paragraph (1)(B); or
"(ii) the area for which the project is to be carried out has a streamlined strategy consisting of any economic plan submitted by an eligible recipient that receives written approval by the Governor of the State.".
On page 13, line 11, insert "(including automotive manufacturing and supply)" before ", natural resource-based".
On page 29, line 8, strike "Not later" and insert "(a) In General.--Not later".
At the end, add the following:
(b) Recommendations.--The report submitted under subsection (a) shall include any recommendations of the Government Accountability Office on how to consolidate the duplicative, ad hoc, out-of-date, and inadequate programs identified in the report.
TITLE II--REGIONAL ECONOMIC RECOVERY COORDINATION
SEC. 201. SHORT TITLE.
This title may be cited as the "Regional Economic Recovery Coordination Act of 2011".
SEC. 202. PURPOSE.
The purpose of this title is to assist eligible regions affected by sudden and severe economic dislocation in the period beginning on January 1, 2006, by--
(1) identifying and coordinating Federal, State, and local economic development resources;
(2) providing technical assistance in support of regional economic development strategies; and
(3) integrating public and private economic development strategies for those regions.
SEC. 203. DEFINITIONS.
In this title:
(1) ELIGIBLE REGION.--The term "eligible region" means a region that has been certified by the Secretary under section 204(a).
(2) MASS LAYOFF.--The term "mass layoff" has the meaning given the term in section 2 of the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (29 U.S.C. 2101).
(3) PLANT CLOSING.--The term "plant closing" has the meaning given the term in section 2 of the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (29 U.S.C. 2101).
(4) RURAL COMMUNITY.--The term "rural community" means a community that has a rural-urban continuum code of 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, or 9, as defined by the Economic Research Service of the Department of Agriculture.
(5) SECRETARY.--The term "Secretary" means the Secretary of Commerce.
(6) SUDDEN AND SEVERE ECONOMIC DISLOCATION.--The term "sudden and severe economic dislocation" has the same meaning as used in section 209(a) of the Public Works and Economic Development Act of 1965 (42 U.S.C. 3149).
(7) URBAN COMMUNITY.--The term "urban community" means a community that has a rural-urban continuum code of 1, 2, or 3, as defined by the Economic Research Service of the Department of Agriculture.
SEC. 204. NOTIFICATION AND CERTIFICATION.
(1) IN GENERAL.--The Secretary may certify for purposes of this title the region in which the plant closing or mass layoff is located if 1 or more of the conditions described in paragraph (2) apply.
(2) APPLICABLE CONDITIONS.--The conditions referred to in paragraph (1) with respect to a region are that--
(A) if the region is comprised of an urban community, not fewer than 500 individuals employed in that community have received written notices under section 3 of the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (29 U.S.C. 2102) in the most recent 180-day period for which data are available;
(B) if the region is comprised of a rural community, not fewer than 300 individuals employed in that community have received written notices under section 3 of the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (29 U.S.C. 2102) in the most recent 180-day period for which data are available; and
(C) the unemployment rate for the region is not less than 1 percent greater than the national unemployment rate for the most recent 12-month period for which data are available through the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
(b) Notification to Certified Regions.--Not later than 15 days after the Secretary certifies a region under subsection (a), the Secretary shall notify the Governor of the State of that region and the officials of that region of--
(1) the certification;
(2) the provisions of this title; and
(3) the manner in which to access the central information clearinghouse maintained under section 502(1) of the Public Works and Economic Development Act of 1965 (42 U.S.C. 3192(1)).
SEC. 205. FEDERAL ECONOMIC RECOVERY COORDINATORS.
(1) IN GENERAL.--Upon the request of an eligible region, the Secretary shall assign a Federal economic recovery coordinator to that region to carry out the duties described in subsection (b).
(2) ASSIGNMENT OF FEDERAL PERSONNEL.--The Secretary may assign personnel of the Department of Commerce to serve as Federal economic recovery coordinators in accordance with the applicable provisions of subchapter VI of chapter 33 of title 5, United States Code.
(b) Duties.--The duties of a Federal economic recovery coordinator assigned under subsection (a) to an eligible region are--
(1) to provide technical assistance to the eligible region and assist in the development of a comprehensive economic development strategy (as that term is used in sections 203 and 302 of the Public Works and Economic Development Act of 1965 (42 U.S.C. 3143 and 3162)) for the region, including applying for applicable grants to develop or implement the plan;
(2) at the local or regional level, to coordinate the response of all Federal agencies offering economic adjustment assistance to the eligible region;
(3) to act as a liaison between the eligible region and all Federal agencies that offer economic adjustment assistance to eligible regions, including--
(A) the Department of Agriculture;
(B) the Department of Defense;
(C) the Department of Education;
(D) the Department of Labor;
(E) the Department of Housing and Urban Development;
(F) the Department of Health and Human Services;
(G) the Small Business Administration;
(H) the Department of the Treasury;
(I) the National Economic Council;
(J) the Department of Commerce;
(K) the Environmental Protection Agency; and
(L) the Department of Transportation;
(4) to report regularly to the Secretary regarding the progress of economic adjustment in the eligible region; and
(5) to perform such other duties as the Secretary considers to be appropriate.
SEC. 206. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.
For each of fiscal years 2011 through 2013, of the amounts made available under section 701 of the Public Works and Economic Development Act of 1965 (42 U.S.C. 3231), there are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this title such sums as are necessary.
(As printed in the Congressional Record for the Senate on Jun 9, 2011.)