(a) The Legislature hereby finds and declares all of the following:
(1) That industrial development boards have been, and may hereafter be, organized, under the provisions of either industrial development board act, to promote industry, develop trade, and further the use of the agricultural products and natural and human resources of the State of Alabama and the development and preservation of such resources.
(2) That in order to enable all industrial development boards to act more effectively to promote both the establishment of new business, manufacturing, industrial, commercial, service, and research enterprises, and the expansion of such enterprises already existing in Alabama, it is advisable that they be empowered to receive, manage, use, and expend contributions from private sources that are separate from and in addition to any other moneys or other properties that such boards are empowered by law to expend or to own.
(3) That the inducement of new business, manufacturing, industrial, commercial, service, and research enterprises to locate in this state, and the promotion of the prosperity of such enterprises already existing within this state, are in the best interests of the people of this state.
(4) That the purposes for which endowment trust funds may be created under this division, and the purposes to be accomplished by this division, are proper public purposes.
(b) It is therefore the intent of the Legislature to confer on industrial development boards, in addition to those powers heretofore or hereafter conferred on them, the power to establish and administer endowment trust funds in support and furtherance of the purposes herein authorized. This division shall be liberally construed in conformity with such intention.