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Isaacson Unveils GIS Mapping Concept at Alaska Dialogue

North Pole rep receives good feedback on energy infrastructure tool, working with state agencies

Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, North Pole, Alaska - Representative Doug Isaacson will continue pushing for the development of an electronic geospatial mapping system that policy makers can use when debating the merits and prospects for energy projects across the state.

Isaacson, R-North Pole, attended the Institute of the North's "Alaska Dialogue" over the weekend in Seward, where he presented the concept along with staff from the Geographic Information Network of Alaska at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The two day conference brought leaders and thinkers from across the state together to discuss Alaska’s energy issues. "The idea was well-received," Isaacson said. "Folks were really intrigued by the idea of using the State and Federal GIS maps to help make better policies. We ran out of the copies we brought, and are in talks with agencies on how better to deliver this emerging resource."

The maps, still under rigorous review for accuracy before being made public, allow users to access state maps, create layers for things like roads, land boundaries, utility infrastructure, resources, permitting, and community demographics. The State is working on incorporating data from Alaska’s Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, Department of Natural Resources, Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER), Alaska Energy Authority (AEA), DGGS, Alaska Center for Energy Policy, Department of Revenue, and Geographic Information Network of Alaska (GINA) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks to create a more complete picture, Isaacson said. Bureau of Land Management has also said they have data points they can offer.

Isaacson hopes, working with the State, to have the mapping technology ready by the time the legislative session convenes in January, to help his and Co-chair Rep. Charisse Millett's Energy Committee develop better energy policies. "We are hoping to drive good public policy and discussion by looking where additional infrastructure could/should be built in order to build connections that create self-supporting communities," Isaacson said. "This information will help us follow the constitutional mandate to develop our resources and to settle our land by creating those necessary connections between stakeholders and infrastructure that are the foundation for self-supporting communities."

For more information, contact Brenda Hewitt in Rep. Isaacson's office at 907-465-2847.

For information about the Alaska Dialogue, contact Nils Andreassen at 907-786-6324.

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