WHEREAS, geographic information plays a vital role in decision making processes for local, state and federal government entities as well as private businesses and citizens; and
WHEREAS, geographic information is expensive to collect, maintain and analyze; and
WHEREAS, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are computer systems for storing, assembling, manipulating and displaying geographically referenced material; and
WHEREAS, GIS serve as valuable mediums for scientific investigation, resource management and development planning; and
WHEREAS, GIS are currently being used and developed across Montana by local, state and federal agencies, as well as the business community, to facilitate effective decision making; and
WHEREAS, there exists a need to coordinate these efforts to provide a cost effective, efficient means of assembling and distributing geospatial data among interested agencies and parties; and
WHEREAS, a broad based effort, commitment, policy direction and framework is needed for Montana to develop and manage its geographic information resources; and
WHEREAS, GIS is of long-term importance to all of the state; and
WHEREAS, the state recognizes the importance of coordinating technology, including the concept of data sharing; and
WHEREAS, the state adopted and endorses an aggressive policy regarding the use of technology to provide access to services and current and retrospective information with appropriate regard for budgetary considerations; and
WHEREAS, the Information Technology Advisory Council (ITAC) recommended the creation of a formal position and coordinating body expressly to coordinate the collection, maintenance and distribution of geographic information.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, MARC RACICOT, Governor of the State of Montana, pursuant to the authority vested in me by the laws and Constitution of the State of Montana, do hereby create the Montana Geographic Information Council.
I. PURPOSE and DUTIES
The purpose of the Montana Geographic Information Council is to provide policy level direction and promote efficient and effective use of resources for matters related to geographic information. To that end it shall:
The Council shall consist of 16 members, appointed by the Governor, as follows:
The Department of Administration/Information Services Division will provide administrative support for the Council. The Montana GIS Interagency Technical Working Group and the Montana Local Government GIS Coalition will provide technical support for the Council. The Council may seek additional technical support from the Montana GIS Users Group and other public or private sector entities.
The names and addresses of members are submitted by separate letter to the Secretary of State and the Department of Administration.
This Council shall exist for a period of two years from the effective date of this Order unless otherwise ordered by subsequent Executive Order. This order is effective immediately.
|GIVEN under my hand and the GREAT
SEAL of the State of Montana,
this ___ day of __________, 2000.
MARC RACICOT, Governor
MIKE COONEY, Secretary of State