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Senate Bill No. 180

(By Senators Jenkins and Rowe)

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[Introduced January 16, 2004; referred to the Committee on Economic Development; and then to the Committee on Finance.]

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A BILL to amend the code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new article, designated §5B-2E-1, §5B-2E-2, §5B-2E-3, §5B-2E-4 and §5B-2E-5, all relating to implementing a transportation and economic development information system at the Nick J. Rahall II, Appalachian transportation institute; legislative findings; and setting forth a work plan.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:

That the code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended by adding thereto a new article, designated §5B-2E-1, §5B-2E-2, §5B-2E-3, §5B-2E-4 and §5B-2E-5, all to read as follows:

ARTICLE 2E. TRANSPORTATION AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INFORMATION SYSTEM.

§5B-2E-1. Short title.

This article shall be known and may be cited as the West Virginia "Transportation and Economic Development Information System (TEDIS)."
§5B-2E-2. Legislative findings.
The Legislature finds that a coordinated effort is needed to take advantage of cost savings through a combined and centralized data warehouse and dissemination system for geographical information to meet the current and future transportation and development needs of the department of transportation and the development office.
By developing a transportation and economic development information system (TEDIS), the state will be able to maximize the leverage potential of federal moneys.
The Nick J. Rahall II, Appalachian Transportation Institute was created to advance transportation and related activities in West Virginia, by using higher education web infrastructure investments.
Therefore, the Legislature declares that the Nick J. Rahall II, Appalachian Transportation Institute is hereby designated the coordinator for the transportation and economic development information system (TEDIS) in West Virginia.
§5B-2E-3. Transportation and economic development information system established.

The West Virginia transportation and economic development information system (TEDIS)is hereby established at the Nick J. Rahall II, Appalachian Transportation Institute in Huntington.
§5B-2E-4. Funds.

The funds made available for TEDIS shall supplement but not displace funds available through existing programs.
§5B-2E-5. Work plan.
The work plan for TEDIS activities includes:
(a) Assessing current geographical information systems, and providing a summary of their capabilities, advantages and disadvantages;
(b) Acquiring and integrating or designing information technology hardware and software to offer a reliable web delivered GIS based system in the current information technology infrastructure existing at Marshall University;
(c) Establishing formal partnerships with the department of transportation and the development office for GIS system and content design with emphasis on the user's current and future needs;
(d) Facilitating a continuing advisory program for system development and operational issues;
(e) Providing, to the extent possible, nonduplication of efforts and systems with other state agencies or entities;
(f) Emphasizing "value added" endeavors and procedures to existing state GIS resources;
(g) Focusing on the specific needs of the department of transportation and the development office, including the possibility of "exclusive agency needs for sensitive data as needed";
(h) Ensuring that TEDIS will have the appropriate foundation for integrating Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) technologies for both governmental and public utilization;
(i) Identifying other activities or opportunities within the Nick J. Rahall II, Appalachian Transportation Institute, including, future site specific data collection and/or data analysis projects that could be pursued to achieve the most cost effectiveness and efficiency potential for the department of transportation and the development office in as short amount of time as possible;
(j) Establishing a mechanism to monitor the effectiveness of the TEDIS through an appropriate baseline comparative methodology;
(k) Providing an annual report to the Legislature's joint committee on government and finance on the performance characteristics and future operation needs of the TEDIS; and
(l) Performing such other activities as needed to achieve a cost saving centralized transportation and development database.



NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to establish a transportation and economic development information system (TEDIS)located in the Nick J. Rahall II, Appalachian Transportation Institute. A work plan for TEDIS activities is also set out in the bill.

This article is new; therefore, strike-throughs and underscoring have been omitted.
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