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Regional Permit, License & Inspection Project for Barnstable and Nantucket Counties 1
Digital Regionalization • (Barnstable & Nantucket Counties) • Defined: • Sharing Technology Irrespective of Geographic Location • Several Existing & New Opportunities for Digital Regionalization – Not New 2
Digital Regionalization • (Barnstable & Nantucket Counties) • Concept: • Move from solutions individual Municipalities can afford to… • Obtaining solutions Municipalities Need using Joint Purchasing Power & Pooling Resources 3
Regional Permit, License & Inspection Project • Goal: • Customer Service – 24x7 Access to Services • Greater Transparency & Access to Information • Efficiencies – Customer & Municipal 4
Regional Permit, License & Inspection Project • Efficiencies Include: • Fewer Visits to Town Hall • Switch from hand written forms to electronic submissions • Interface with state & local systems • Automated routing of work – interdepartmental communications • Automated Renewals • Mobile Field Inspections
Regional Permit, License & Inspection Project • Process for Starting the Project: • Researched Solutions • Developed a Regional Business Case • Developed Prototypes for a Shared Vision • Demonstrations of Sample Systems 6
Regional Permit, License & Inspection Project • Process for Starting the Project Continued: • Engaged a wide variety of Stakeholders and Partners: • Contractors and Citizens • Town Managers & Select Boards • RPAs & The County • Legislators • Chamber of Commerce • The State • Etc. 7
Regional Permit, License & Inspection Project • Process for Starting the Project Continued: • Cost Proposals • Grant Applications • And 15 Selectmen Meetings Later the Project was a Reality 8
Regional Permit, License & Inspection Project • Pilot Implementation Strategy: • Use work created by other MA Customers of the Solution • Use Vendor Best Practice Templates • Use Requirements, Designs & System Interfaces Built Prior to Vendor Onboarding • Hard Work by Regional & Vendor Staff • Feedback from System Customers throughout Build Out 9
Regional Permit, License & Inspection Project • Regional and Beyond Rollout Preparation: • Standardize on State Forms where Available • Common Financial Mgmt Interface Package • Common Assessing System Interface Package • Interface with State Wide Contractor Registration Data • Data Conversion – No Easy Solution • Use of Web Meetings to Reduce Travel • Use of SharePoint Project Collaboration Site 10
Regional Permit, License & Inspection Project • Status: • Vendor Selected • Contracts Completed • Interfaces with State Created • Interfaces with Local Systems Prototyped • Forms and Processes Analyzed 11
Vendor: Accela, Inc. Product: Accela Automation 12
Regionalization Model Each Municipality can have their own forms, rules & rates, while sharing the same platform 13
Regional Permit, License & Inspection Project • Beginning Pricing Scenario – Subscription for Permits, Licenses, Mobile Inspections, Service Orders, Work Orders and Asset Management – including hosting: • Office Users: $1,188 per user • Mobile Workers: $588 per user • Community affordability template created 15
Regional Permit, License & Inspection Project • Future License Purchase Option Negotiated: • All Municipalities in Mass under 150K in population share the same server license (349 towns) • Higher up front user license fee but lower per year maintenance fee 16
Regional Permit, License & Inspection Project • Ultimate Option?: • State Site License – Unlimited Users 17
Digital Regionalization • What’s Next? • Enablers: Broadband, State & Regional Data Centers, The Cloud • Service Orders, Work Orders & Asset Management • Collocate & joint purchasing power for Financial Management Systems? • Regional Unified Messaging (E-Mail, IP Phone Systems, IM, Web Meetings, Video)? • Dozens of other opportunities 18
Digital Regionalization Region’s Strategic Info Office Governance Structure: Organized by the Cape Cod Commission and consisting of Town Managers or Assistant Managers Assessment / Payment Structure: Towns pay a per users license subscription fee and for Mobile Hardware and in Town Kiosks – hosting paid with User Subscription Fees Other payment models for different applications 19
Digital Regionalization • Lessons Learned • Find the smartest, hardest working people who are dedicated to their organizations but are willing to also consider what might work in their region and other areas of the state • Partner with everyone you can 20
Thank You! Kristy Senatori Cape Cod Commission 508-744-1216 email@example.com Ed Senteio Town of Yarmouth 508.398.2231 ext. 1281 firstname.lastname@example.org 21