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Office of Basin Development Briefing #1

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Date: May 17th, 2031

James Forthmeyer, Chair of the Office of Basin Development (OBD), held the first official meeting of the new and improved OBD (formerly the Emerald Basin Development Committee). With rendering of the region and most of the transportation network complete, a more permanent body was needed to serve the interests of the area. Because this method of city administration is unique, the OBD has agreed to allow me, journalism student Timothy Simms, unfettered access to the inner workings of the organization. The following Departments have been added along with their Chairs and descriptions:

Office of Basin Development (OBD)

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Chair: James Forthmeyer (former Alaska Secretary of Interior)

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Description: The Office of Basin Development is responsible for the development of all infrastructure and incorporative activity in the Emerald Basin Region. From the construction of the transportation network to the approval of a school in a small town, all decisions go through the OBD. All city planning decisions are also made at this level The OBD will generate a monthly report of all pertinent census and financial data on the city, which will then be archived. Briefings from various departments will be made on an as needed basis, with region-wide decisions and development operations being handled by DOT and DOO.

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Location: Census Repository Building (
St
. Matthew, AK)

Department of Finance (DOF)

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Chair: John Smithers (former Alaska Secretary of Treasury)

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Description: The DOF is responsible for all things monetary in Emerald Basin. If a loan is needed for a particular city, the DoF must seek approval from the state legislature for appropriation. All tax changes and ordinance adjustments are made through this department.

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Location: City Hall (
St
. Matthew, AK)

Department of Operations (DOO)

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Chair: George Finley (former Chicago City Engineer)

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Description: the DOO is responsible for the execution of all planning done by other departments. For example, if a school is approved by the DOE, the DOO is tasked with assigning the construction contract(s). The DOO also directly handles construction of the Emerald Basin Transportation Network, overseen by the DOT with dissemination of funds handled as outlined in previous journal entries.

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Location: City Hall (
St
. Matthew, AK)

Department of Transportation (DOT)

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Chair: Michael Brock (former Deputy Secretary for the USDOT)

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Description: The DOT responsibilities include planning the transportation network for Emerald Basin and its cities, overseeing the construction as executed by the DOO, and deciding on whether to make a road a toll road or not. The DOT also generates the various network maps of the region. The DOT also names all roads and assigns all addresses and handles the placement of airports and seaports.

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Location: City Hall (Fairview, AK)

Department of Education (DOE)

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Chair: Janet Fontenot (former Harris County Independent School District Superintendent)

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Description: The DOE is responsible for the education of all Sims in the Emerald Basin region. Locations of schools, placement of universities, and funding requests all originate with the DOE.

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Location: City Hall (
St
. Matthew, AK)

Department of Business Affairs (DOB)

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Chair: Monica LaSalle (former head of the Better Business Bureau in Seattle)

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Description: The DOB directly communicates with businesses in the Alaska area and across the nation in an attempt to attract their facilities to the area. If a McDonald’s wants to build in
St
. Matthew, for example, the application goes through this office. The DOB will also compile a database of businesses in the area and their contribution.

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Location: City Hall (
St
. Matthew, AK)

Department of Public Services (DOP)

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Chair: Arnold Pennypacker (former head of DPW for Los Angeles)

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Description: The DOP is responsible for all utilities in Emerald Basin: water, power, and garbage. If a power plant needs to be built in Fairview, the DOP has the authority to appropriate funds directly from the state and utilize DOO assets at their discretion.

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Location: Water Treatment Facility (
St
. Matthew, AK)

Department of Parks and Recreation (DOR)

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Chair: Leslie Knope (Former City Council Woman for Pawnee, IN)

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Description: The DOR is responsible for planning all recreational facilities in the region. Stadiums, parks, playgrounds, statues, etc. all are planned and placed by this department.

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Location: McArthur Park (
St
. Matthew, AK)

Department of Emergency Management (DOX)

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Chair: Mike Rourke (Former OEM for Los Angeles)

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Description: Any time there is a declared emergency by the state, the DOX has the authority to utilize any and all resources in the region to mitigate the situation. The DOX is also in charge of all fire and police services.

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Location: Central Fire Station (
St
. Matthew, AK)

Department of Health (DOH)

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Chair: Kathleen Sibelius (Former USHHS Secretary)

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Description: The DOH is responsible for the health and well-being of all Sims in the Emerald Basin region. Placement of hospitals and clinics fall under the authority of this department.

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Location: Advanced Medical R
esearch Facility (
St
. Matthew, AK
)


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