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Five Forward-thinking Ohio Cities Power ePermitting with ViewPoint Cloud

Population: 160,000 (total); 26,761 (average)
State: Ohio
Municipalities Involved: Hudson, Oxford, Upper Arlington, Wooster, Fairfield, Bexley
Problems Addressed: Improving customer experience, integrating back and front end, moving to cloud-based software
Project Highlights:  Saving money on cloud-based software, improving process efficiency

Over a hundred years old and situated next to Ohio State University, the community of Upper Arlington, Ohio has seen recent rises in property values spurring new development, and in turn, permitting and licensing requests.

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Central Falls Rhode Island Case Study

Population: 19,347
State: Rhode Island
Department: Building
Problem Addressed: Decentralized paper operations and inefficient communication
Project Highlights: Accessibility for employees and constituents

As a Senior Code Enforcement Clerk in Central Falls, RI, Venuz Zayas is a central hub for permitting activity. Day in, day out, she’s on the forefront of communications with government employees across departments and a slew of constituent applicants–and now, the bulk of her work is completed simply through her keyboard. Between applications, inspections, reporting, and more, Zayas has a lot to manage. With ViewPoint Cloud, all of the information she needs is at her fingertips. This easy access to information is one of the biggest changes Zayas has seen since moving from a paper permitting system to ePermitting with ViewPoint Cloud.

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Population: 110,651
State: Massachusetts
Departments: Inspectional Services and Licensing
Problem Addressed: Barriers to implementation with previous vendor
Project Highlight: Agile, customized platform

The City of Cambridge has selected ViewPoint to power its permitting, licensing, and inspection operations. Well known as a hub for academia, technology, and scientific research, Cambridge will now be using ViewPoint Cloud to improve internal efficiencies and provide more user-friendly citizen services.

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38 Connecticut Communities & Counting, ViewPoint Bringing ePermitting to New Heights | ViewPoint Cloud

Population: 93,000
State: Connecticut (Region)
Municipalities Involved: 28 Capitol Region Council of Governments (CRCOG) Towns & Cities
Problem Addressed: Updating legacy paper-based and outdated software systems
Project Highlights:  Regional IT procurement model, rapid implementation

With the recent additions of Hamden and Windsor Locks, ViewPoint now provides online permitting, licensing, and code enforcement solutions for 36 Connecticut communities. ViewPoint’s widespread success in Connecticut dates back over a decade, after joining forces with the Capitol Region Council of Governments (CRCOG). After selecting ViewPoint for a state-funded regional technology initiative, CRCOG has helped close to 30 of ViewPoint’s 36 Connecticut communities improve their internal operations and modernize their citizen services.

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Franklin MA is Changing the Paradigm of Government Service | ViewPoint Cloud

Population: 33,000
State: Massachusetts
Departments & Divisions Involved: Town Clerk
Problem Addressed: Modernizing citizen services, improving productivity
Project Highlight: Rapid implementation

Sitting an hour south of Boston, the community of Franklin, MA prides itself on being a “customer-centric” government. With many new families moving into the area in recent years, the town knew it needed to modernize its services to keep up with growing demand.

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Claremont New Hampshire ViewPoint Cloud Case Study

Population: 12,857
State: New Hampshire
Departments: Building, Code Enforcement, Health, Planning & Zoning, Fire
Problem Addressed: Outdated software and inefficient permit processing
Project Highlights: Shared cross-departmental workflows & integrated record history

Purchasing new ePermitting software was far from a snap decision for the City of Claremont, New Hampshire. Building Inspector and Deputy Health Officer Sean Glasscock helped lead the City’s year-and-a-half long research process, comparing the different companies and products available to them.

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Breckenridge CO Builds Efficency and Community with Special Events ePermitting | ViewPoint Cloud

Population: 4,896
State: Colorado
Departments: Special Events
Problem Addressed: Inefficient internal workflows, poor customer communication
Project Highlight: 100% Digital Submissions

The Breckenridge Tourism Office serves a big need in the community, facilitating up to 150 permits a year for special events ranging from the International Snow Sculpture Championships and Oktoberfest, to film shoots and farmers’ markets. Event Coordinator Molly Herwehe knows all about the ins and outs of this process and the shift that’s occurred since Breckenridge switched from their old system to ViewPoint Cloud.

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Bloomfield, Connecticut Turns to ViewPoint Cloud for ePermitting

Population: 25,000
State: Connecticut
Departments & Divisions Involved: Building, Engineering, Subdivision, Wetlands, Zoning
Problem Addressed: Digitizing Data with Online Permitting
Project Highlight: Active Partnership

A short drive from Hartford, the Town of Bloomfield, Connecticut is an actively growing community home to some 25,000 residents. After seeing permitting requests rise from an average of $600,000 annually to over $2.5 million, Bloomfield’s Building Department needed permitting technology that would allow customers to apply for permits online, while also reducing the internal workload for overburdened staff members.

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Customer Service & Permitting - How local governments can do better GovLov Podcast | ViewPoint Cloud

Population: 34,609
State: Ohio
Departments: Building, Zoning and Planning, Property Maintenance, Right of Way, Emergency Services, Special Events
Problems Addressed: Improving permitting functionality, modernizing services
Project Highlights:  Saving money on cloud-based software, improving process efficiency

Last month, Dan Ralley, Assistant City Manager in Upper Arlington, Ohio and our very own Carl Anderson spoke on ELGL’s GovLov Podcast to talk about best practices for successful ePermitting partnerships.

Some of the key takeaways from Upper Arlington’s selection process:

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One Year Later Orange, Connecticut Shares Experience with Permitting Software | ViewPoint Cloud

Population: 14,000
State: Connecticut
Departments & Divisions Involved: Building, Fire Marshal, Health, Planning & Zoning, Police Department, Public Works
Problem Addressed: Connecting inter-departmental workflows
Project Highlight: Improving workflows and increasing tax revenue through move to ePermitting

A year after beginning the transition from paper permitting to permitting software, Tim Smith, Fire Marshal in Orange, Connecticut, shares their experience.

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CRCOG Contract Extension | ViewPoint Cloud

ViewPoint Government Solutions is thrilled to announce that the Capitol Region Council of Governments (CRCOG) in Hartford, Connecticut has signed a contract extension with ViewPoint through 2023. With this agreement CRCOG will continue to offer Connecticut municipalities streamlined procurement of ViewPoint Cloud, the company’s cloud-based permitting, licensing, and code enforcement software. Originally signed in 2009, the extension will usher in almost 15 years of continuous service to Connecticut communities.

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Smithfield, RI Transforms Building Office with Move From Paper to ePermitting | ViewPoint Cloud

Population: 21,430
State: Rhode Island
Departments: Building
Problem Addressed: Outdated paper processes and operations
Project Highlight: Self-serivce online permitting portal

A veteran staff member in Smithfield’s Building and Zoning Office, Teresa Graham was used to Monday mornings greeting her with tall stacks of paper, phones ringing off the hook, and lines of contractors and residents running out the door. As the office’s intake coordinator, Graham’s job was centered around helping these customers, reviewing their documents, and making sure they had all the information they needed to complete their paper applications.

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Rhode Island's ePermitting Initiative a Digital Transformation Success | ViewPoint Cloud

By Jeff Friedman, Director of Modern Government, Microsoft Corporation on February 8, 2017
Republished from Microsoft CityNext blog

A little over a year ago, I wrote that Rhode Island was leading the nation with a pilot program launching the first statewide online permitting initiative in the U.S. Today, with eight municipalities and two state agencies on ViewPoint Cloud’s Azure-powered platform, Rhode Island is a model for how digital transformation can deliver better and more cost-effective citizen services, and cultivate a business-friendly environment.

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Population: 20,540
State: Ohio
Departments & Divisions Involved: Building, Zoning, Planning, Code Enforcement, Special Events, Water/Sewer
Problem Addressed: Making internal processes more efficient; improving service to business community
Project Highlight: Wooster’s user-friendly permitting portal

The City of Wooster, Ohio has joined the ranks of more than 100 other governments across the country who use ViewPoint to power their ePermitting software. As the first in Ohio to do so, the City of Wooster has become a state leader in digitizing citizen services. 

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