Huntington, WV – On Monday, November 26, 2012, Rahall Transportation Institute (RTI) Chief Operating Officer, Frank Betz attended the WV Legislature Joint Committee on Economic Development meeting in Charleston, WV to discuss issues relating to the impact of economic changes on the state coal industry.
RTI is currently working with the WV Development Office (WVDO) and the Office of Coalfield Community Development (OCCD) on an Enterprise GIS economic development application. The application will allow WVDO and OCCD to access, manage, disseminate and display both spatial and non-spatial data using available client and mobile connections.
“The goal of the project is to facilitate the identification of ideal sites for development in coalfield counties by assisting the OCCD in fulfilling its mission to provide long-term economic viability after mining, as well as to identify post-mine development opportunities within a mining permit,” Betz explained during the presentation.
Betz also shared with attendees that RTI is working with the OCCD on a system to facilitate Land Use Master Plan (LUMP) updates by counties with surface mining operations as mandated by Senate Bill #603, passed in 2001. The goal of the project is to assist counties in updating their LUMPs in a streamlined manner to stay in compliance with state law and to promote sustainable land use planning to cultivate community development needs.View PDF