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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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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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A Government's Guide to Tiny House Regulation | ViewPoint Cloud

Leah and Brady were recent college graduates looking to live close to their families in Seattle without paying exorbitant rental prices. Calling on the craftsmanship of Leah’s father, the couple experimented with living in a tiny house and found it suited their lifestyle. Initially living on their parents’ properties in Seattle, they saved over $1,400 a month on rent.  Now situated in the San Juan Islands, the couple feels they have more financial freedom to pursue their businesses and personal goals.

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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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Quincy, MA Reaches 100% Online Permitting in Months | ViewPoint Cloud

Population: 93,397
State: Massachusetts
Departments & Divisions Involved: Inspectional Services, Code Enforcement, Planning, Health, Fire
Problem Addressed: Connecting inter-departmental workflows
Project Highlight: Improving workflows and increasing tax revenue through move to ePermitting

  • City officials in Quincy become frustrated with legacy permitting systems
  • Quincy puts permitting online amid the spring permitting rush
  • Online permitting climbs to 100% adoption within months

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Marijuana Regulations Permitting and Licensing Guide | Local Government Resources - ViewPoint

Marijuana regulation remains a controversial subject across all levels of government, but there’s no denying the fact that the tides are changing in favor of legalization. The 2016 election seasonwhere a historic number of states passed ballot initiatives legalizing marijuanaseems to have been a tipping point, and the pro-legalization movement is showing no signs of slowing down.

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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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Population: 83,105
State: California
Departments & Divisions Involved: Building, Planning, Code Enforcement
Problem Addressed: Increasing citizen transparency and accessibility
Project Highlight: Saving money by switching to modern technology

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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Permitting in the Age of AirBnB | ViewPoint Cloud Online Permitting

With the near universal presence of Airbnb, there’s no denying that short-term rentals have cemented their place in modern life. For some, hosting has become a necessary second source of income. For others, short-term rentals present a form of cultural currency for meeting new people or exploring a city. However, they also represent a modern regulatory challenge for local governments—how to regulate globalized, tech-based markets within their own jurisdictions.

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Planetizens City Planning Department Technology Benchmarking Surveys | 2014 & 2016 | ViewPoint

In 2015 and 2017, the planning magazine Planetizen released reports overviewing the results of surveys benchmarking “the use of technology in city planning departments across the United States.” The data is meant help municipalities gauge the nationwide trends of their peers and plan for how new technology will affect planning departments in the upcoming years. This infographic highlights some of the major findings in the 2017 report (based on a 2016 survey) and how they compare to the 2015 report (based on a 2014 survey). See below for the full reports and more about the authors.

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Online Permitting Transforms Orange CT Permit Process in 90 Days | 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: Rapid implementation

The Town of Orange, CT went live with online permitting today just 90 days after kicking off the process-improvement initiative.

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