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PUBLIC LAW 103-318—AUG. 26, 1994 108 STAT. 1783 (f) VACANCIES.— A vacancy on the Commission shall not affect the powers of the Commission and shall be filled in the same manner in which the original appointment was made. (g) HEADQUARTERS. —The Commission shall establish the location for the headquarters of the Commission. SEC. 7. DUTIES. 7 USC 2661 note. (a) PLAN. —The Commission shall identify and study the economic development, infrastructure, technology, telecommunications, capital, employment, transportation, business respurce development, education, health care, housing, and recreation needs of the Northern Great Plains and develop a 10-year plsui that makes recommendations and establishes priorities to address the needs. (b) PREPARATION OF PLAN. — In developing the plan, the Commission shall, with respect to the Northern Great Plains— (1) sponsor and conduct investigations, research studies, and field hearings; (2) review and evaluate available research, studies, and information on conditions in the areas referred to in subsection (a); (3) study the economy, identifying strengths, weaknesses, participation levels, opportunities, and methods of addressing

  • outmigration;

(4) develop a profile of, and a description of resources devoted to, economic development (including tourism), human resources (including demographics, outmigration, poverty, Native Americans, education, and training), infrastructure (including air, water, highway, rail, and telecommunications), and natural resources; (5) study and evsduate the economic development resources, coordination, collaboration, and "best practices" of the Federal, State, and local governments, nonprofit organizations, universities, businesses, agricultural and natural resources groups, foundations, cooperatives, and other organizations; (6) identify methods of facilitating the employment and business startups of unemployed, underemployed, and lowincome individuals and households; (7) identify effective methods for promoting development on Native American reservations; (8) study the availability of methods of delivering public, private, and nonprofit capital and technical assistance for business startups and expansions, including farming and ranching; (9) evaluate the availability of, need for, and strategies for providing and maintaining, the infrastructure, inclumng air, water, highway, rail, and telecommimications; (10) study the structure and potential development of major industries, including agriculture, timber, mining, tourism, and manufacturing (including the use of advanced technologies and processes and adding value to raw materials and component parts); (11) study the competence and availability of the labor force, including the health, educational, training, housing, and economic needs of the labor force; (12) develop an inventory of water, mineral, energy, timber, agricultural, fishery, wildlife, and other natural resources; (13) assess the comparative cost of doing business;