Section 11-54-129

Use of assets.

(a) Subject to succeeding provisions hereof with respect to the investment of moneys held in and forming a part of an endowment trust fund, and the management, use, and disposition of other properties, whether real or personal, tangible or intangible, contributed to such fund, all moneys held in and forming a part of an endowment trust fund, whether such moneys may be characterized as either principal or income of such fund, may be expended, and all other properties contributed to a trust fund may be used only to induce new business, manufacturing, industrial, commercial, service, and research enterprises, whether or not any such enterprise, or any property to be utilized in connection therewith, would constitute a "project" within the meaning of either industrial development board act, to locate within the statutory service area of the board that created such fund, and to foster activities and policies conducive to the continuing prosperity of such enterprises already existing within such area, all to the end that such board may thereby support (i) the establishment and promotion of business and industry, (ii) the development of trade and commerce, (iii) the furtherance of the use of the agricultural products and natural resources of the State of Alabama, and (iv) the development and preservation of such resources. Any expenditure permitted by the preceding provisions of this section to be made out of moneys on deposit in an endowment trust fund, and any such use of other properties contributed to any such fund, shall be deemed an expenditure or use, as the case may be, for a public purpose.

(b) Subject to subsection (a), and subject to any applicable terms and provisions of the authorizing resolution and any trust agreement with respect to an endowment trust fund created by a board, all moneys held in and forming a part of such fund may be expended and distributed, and any other properties contributed to such fund may be managed, used, and disposed of, for such purpose or purposes as the board shall from time to time generally determine, and in accordance with such procedures as may be set out in either the authorizing resolution or any trust agreement respecting such fund, and pursuant to either or both, any resolution adopted at any time by the directors, and subject to such procedures and the direction and approval of the board, one or more contracts between such board and any individual, organization, corporation, or other person, including, but not limited to, any trade organization.

Provided, however, that any such contract shall not contain any provisions inconsistent with any provisions of this division or of the authorizing resolution or any trust agreement respecting such fund; and provided further, that the initial term of any such contract between a board and a trade organization may not exceed 40 years, but such contract may thereafter be renewed or extended for such additional term or terms, not exceeding, in the aggregate, 40 years, as the board deems advisable.

(Act 2000-730, p. 1569, §5.)