Nine months ago, the AGIO published the Arkansas Geospatial Strategic Business Plan as a means of funding essential GIS improvement and maintenance projects throughout the state.
In the months that followed, the plan was presented to various committees, boards and the governor’s office. Several organizations have publicly endorsed the plan, at least in part, the most recent being the Arkansas Farm Bureau.
The administration and DFA budget office have evaluated the plan and made an executive recommendation to fund part of it with the General Improvement Fund. The recommendation approves the base-level budget and the addition of one GIS Analyst position.
During the legislative session, the AGIO will advocate the funding of the plan to the state legislature per Gov. Beebe’s recommendation.
To read more about the history, provisions and endorsers of the plan, revisit the article “Invest $15M over 5 years” from June.