ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER NO. 117
Business Development Information Coordination Network
OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR
November 29, 1989
I, Steve Cowper, Governor of the State of Alaska, have determined
that the best interests of the people of Alaska are served by
coordination of business and economic development information
services available from State government's various departments
State agencies receive inquiries from potential investors
and businesses contemplating operations in Alaska on a daily
basis. Unfortunately, these calls do not go to a central information
source, and, depending upon the nature and extent of the inquiry,
callers are too often shuffled from one agency to another in
an attempt to get answers that satisfy corporate boardrooms.
This telephone shuffle is a source of great frustration and expense
to businesses, and can be a reason for losing potentially good
employers to other states. In developing a typical business proposal,
the planner must have reliable demographic, economic, and statistical
information on which to base any site selection determination.
Such information can be readily accessible and disseminated if
a coordinated, "one-stop" information network is organized,
advertised and endowed with the single goal of coordinating all
state economic development information flow. The State of Alaska
must act to provide a strategy for utilizing its human and data
resources in the most efficient manner possible to improve intra-
and interstate development information flow.
I conclude that it is in the best interests of the State of
Alaska to create a central location to receive business development
information inquiries and to present a coordinated State response
to all such inquiries. Such a program will minimize conflicting
information, response time, and duplication of staff effort in
this era of limited, competing resources.
THEREFORE, under the authority vested in me by Article III,
Sections 1 and 24 of the Alaska Constitution and in accordance
with AS 44.19.145(c) and AS 33.020(13), (19), and (20), IT IS
(1) There is established a central "Business Development
Information Network" for coordination of all inquiries regarding
business development in Alaska.
(2) The purpose of the network is to present a coordinated
State response to all inquiries for business information or development
assistance, minimize intra- and interagency transfer of information
requests, assist the Telecommunications Information Council to
coordinate the development of State-funded data bases and programs
used for economic development information dissemination, and
provide a single point of contact for use in responding to economic
(3) Following contact by the network coordinator, all State
agencies shall designate a department information officer or
appropriate individual, who shall respond in a timely manner
to requests for data by the coordinator. When considered necessary
by the coordinator, agency representatives shall meet to discuss
major projects requiring multiagency discussion prior to response.
(4) In order to reduce the amount of staff time being spent
throughout the state responding to general information inquiries,
departments should, to the extent practical, refer all nonagency-specific
information requests to the coordinator. If, in the opinion of
the agency, a particular project would benefit from being tied
into the information network, that agency should contact the
coordinator as soon as possible following the initial contact.
(5) The network coordinator shall develop and maintain a data
base to track the status of all inquiries for business development
information, network activity and State responses to such inquires,
and shall submit progress reports to my office on a quarterly
basis. In addition, the coordinator will execute appropriate
Memoranda of Agreement with other State agencies and State-funded
regional and university programs currently operating or proposing
to operate business or industrial development information programs
(6) To the extent practical, this program is to be initiated
at no additional cost to the State. Costs associated with coordination
of electronic data transfer systems shall be requested through
normal administrative channels.
(7) The commissioner of the Department of Commerce and Economic
Development is given administrative responsibility for the coordination
of the statewide "Business Development Information Network"
and shall report to me at regular intervals regarding implementation
and operation of the network.
This order takes effect immediately.
DATED at Juneau, Alaska, this 29 day of November, l989.
Governor of the State of Alaska