Business Digest

Posted: Thursday, November 15, 2007

Resource Data Inc. hires new employee

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JUNEAU - Thomas Fletcher has been hired as a project manager and senior analyst at Resource Data Inc.'s Juneau office. Fletcher is an experienced project manager, database analyst and designer, and Oracle programmer with experience on large-scale government projects.

His completed projects include Web-based electronic reporting systems now used in many Alaska fisheries and technical writing and system design for major federal fisheries programs. Fletcher received a bachelor's degree in political science and economics from Evergreen State College in 1992.

With offices in Anchorage, Juneau, Fairbanks and Boise, Idaho, RDI is a custom computer software applications development firm with more than 85 programmers that provide clients with database, Internet and geographic information system solutions.

Director leaving development council

JUNEAU - Lance Miller is leaving as head of the Juneau Economic Development Council and will begin a new position as project manager with Alaska Gold, a subsidiary of Nova Gold. He will take the new position in December and be based in Juneau.

Chuck Collins will act as the development council's interim executive director while a search for an executive director is conducted.

During his tenure at the development council, Miller and his team have grown programs that have been recognized at the local, regional and statewide levels. Revenues have grown from $700,000 in 2000 to $3 million today. The growth in programs has led to increased services to businesses and clients in Juneau and statewide.

Notable projects include the Hoonah lncubator project, which received a national innovation award in 2005; continued growth in the revolving loan fund, which serves businesses in Southeast Alaska; management and spin-out of the Ketchikan Wood Technology center in 2005; educational and mentoring programs to address "brain drain"; and to support local manufacturing in Juneau.

In the last year, the development council has supported the affordable housing coalition. Last year's Juneau household and business survey provides residents and businesses with current economic data. The development council's wood products development service has been expanding into the field of biomass energy, helping communities find alternatives to diesel.

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