VA H.B. 413



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Creates the Fly Wisely Unmanned Aerial Systems Accelerator Authority (the Authority) for the purpose of assisting the coal-producing areas of the Commonwealth to achieve some degree of economic diversification. The Authority's nine-member board of directors shall initiate and further plan for the development of commercial unmanned aerial systems in the Commonwealth with specific focus on southwestern Virginia and, to this end, shall keep informed as to the present requirements and likely future needs of any and all unmanned aerial systems facilities located within the Commonwealth. The Commonwealth shall remit to the authority $400,000 conditioned upon the Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority matching the designated amount from the funds it has available for projects within the region.