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35 Connecticut Communities & Counting, ViewPoint Bringing ePermitting to New Heights

With the recent additions of Hamden and Windsor Locks, ViewPoint now provides online permitting, licensing, and code enforcement solutions for 35 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 35 Connecticut communities improve their internal operations and modernize their citizen services.

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Rhode Island's ePermitting Initiative a Digital Transformation Success

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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The State of Rhode Island and ViewPoint are leading the nation in rolling out an innovative statewide ePermitting platform.

Using ViewPoint Cloud, Rhode Island is modernizing state and local permitting systems through a customer-friendly online permitting portal accessed through each community’s website.

After just six months of system configuration, Rhode Island will light up the ViewPoint Cloud platform in February. Beginning with Building, Electrical, Mechanical, Plumbing, and Fire permits, the platform will grow to encompass additional permit types over time.

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Four Forward-thinking Ohio Cities Power ePermitting with ViewPoint Cloud

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.

Joining the team a few years ago, Assistant City Manager Dan Ralley found himself overseeing the Community Development Department, responsible for handling the influx of permit requests. The department’s hardworking staff quickly made it clear they were unhappy with their old software system.

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North Smithfield’s Building Department knew they needed a modern ePermitting system. Their old paper permitting and manual data entry were no longer efficient enough to keep up with the rising bar of local government citizen service. Ready to join Rhode Island’s statewide partnership with ViewPoint Cloud, they were still nervous about the time it would take to get the software up and running. But thanks to a little preparation, a user-friendly software design, and ViewPoint Cloud’s proven implementation process, North Smithfield launched their new ePermitting platform in just 30 days.

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When complexity stood between civic leaders in Barnstable and their online permitting goals, they turned to ViewPoint to help turn things around.

Two years in to a regional effort on the Cape to implement a complex enterprise software package, participating communities were having significant trouble becoming successful.

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Last summer, officials in Buena Park, Calif. knew it was time for change. Citizens were demanding greater transparency and accessibility from their government amidst an evolving technological landscape. In response, the city of 80,000 passed a strategic plan that made constituent service a priority, committing to research and develop new technologies to provide “service and information to all.”

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