Preliminary Guide to Environmental Sources
Current Functions. The Department of Economic Development is responsible for promoting business development in order to create private-sector jobs and generate additional tax revenues. It works with public and private development agencies to encourage the expansion of existing businesses, to attract new industries, and to increase foreign investment and trade. The department also assists minority businesses and actively promotes tourism.
Organizational History. The department evolved from two separate organizations created in 1935: the Division of State Planning, in the Executive Department, and the Bureau of State Publicity, in the Conservation Department. The Division of State Planning (Laws of 1935, Chapter 304) was established to coordinate plans for State economic development. It was headed by the State Planning Council, which consisted of five members appointed by the governor. The Conservation Department's Bureau of State Publicity was established to undertake advertising and promotion of tourism (Laws of 1935, Chapter 808). Following a recommendation of the Joint Legislative Commission on Labor and Industrial Relations, these two organizations were combined into a Division of Commerce in the Executive Department (Laws of 1941, Chapter 216). In 1943 the Division of Commerce was made into a department, charged with promoting the economic development of the State. In 1987, the Department of Commerce was renamed the Department of Economic Development. This act reorganized the State's economic development activities under a director of economic development.
DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
|Economic Development Board|
|14220||Subject and correspondence files, ca. 1975-1979.
20 cu. ft.
|B1107||Land Use and Natural Resources Inventory and Land Related
Information System research, planning, and use files, 1966-1982.
26 cu. ft.
|B1109||Land Use and Natural Resources Inventory and Land Related
Information System land use overlay maps, 1968-1977.
25 cu. ft.
|Office of Planning Services|
|B1052||Land Use and Natural Resources Inventory and Land Related
Information System aerial photographs, 1967-1974.
25 cu. ft.