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A Message from Our CEO

New Orleans, LA, April 21, 2020

 

At GCR, we’re very proud of the customers we support across North America who are serving the critical, but often unseen, needs of our communities during this uneasy and unpredictable time. They’re preparing for elections in the era of social distancing, deploying federal disaster funds, keeping our airports humming, supporting real estate and infrastructure, keeping power plants operating safely, and much, much more. They’re often away from their families so we can be with ours. They’re up all night to ensure we can sleep soundly. They’re innovating, pivoting, and inventing. And for the most part, they’re behind the scenes.

GCR’s customers are the unheralded who are sacrificing to make sure our communities, our democracy, and our economy keep functioning throughout this challenging, rapidly evolving situation — and they’re the ones who are working now to make sure the future will be even brighter than before.

We see you. We applaud you. And we’re here #ForYouFromHome. 

Protecting Health and Democracy this Election Cycle

Windsor, CT, April 8, 2020

 

As the coronavirus pandemic threatens to spread into the fall, state and local election officials are working to identify and deploy solutions to allow safe and secure voting in upcoming primaries and the general election.

People across the country are staying home in an effort to help prevent the spread of the virus, and many states have made it mandatory through executive orders. Some 15 states are already postponing primary elections, and the outlook for November’s presidential election is unclear. Confronted with this, many state and local officials are considering alternative options to provide voters with access to a ballot during the outbreak.

As a leading provider of voter registration and election administration solutions, PCC has quickly stepped in to advise officials and provide possibilities for meeting the new realities of the COVID-19 era.

“We work with election officials day in and day out, and we fully appreciate the challenges they are facing as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic,” said Vishal Hanjan, PCC’s AVP of Product Management. “Our team is helping states and local governments quickly and efficiently pivot in order to hold elections, which are central to our democracy.”

There are many considerations that must be taken into account when shifting away from in-person voting. Some states may require special legislation or executive orders, and virtually all will need to consider the massive logistical requirements and budget implications. PCC’s election experts are helping guide officials through these obstacles.

“Given PCC’s many years of experience and our relationships with election officials across the U.S., we’re able to share best practices and lessons learned. There’s no time for mistakes and course corrections. Elections must be held, and they must be held with integrity,” said Hanjan.

During normal circumstances, PCC’s ElectioNet suite allows officials to electronically manage elections from polling station set-up to voting. The powerful application is capable of meeting the needs of these extraordinary times, too. It can easily and affordably be configured to support voting by mail, by absentee ballot, and online. For all these options, voters will mail in their ballots using a unique identifier, such as a barcode. The data from this barcode can quickly and easily be scanned and integrated into ElectionNet to manage processing efficiently and with confidence.

“ElectionNet is already used by more states than any other solution, so this is a relatively easy way for them to pivot and manage voting by mail,” said Hanjan.

For PCC’s “Guidance for Holding Elections During the Covid-19 Pandemic,” click here.

Business One Stop Helps Keep States Open for Business Amid Shutdown

Windsor, CT, April 6, 2020

With massive shutdowns across the U.S. aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus, state and local governments are quickly pivoting how they deliver services to keep business humming and people safe.

Indiana is a shining example of how early adopters of online, integrated services are well positioned to facilitate business during a statewide Stay-At-Home Order.

Four years ago this month, the state launched INBiz as a one-stop resource for Hoosiers to register and manage their businesses and comply with state laws and regulations. Since then more than 500,000 users have signed up to do business through the online portal. With this integrated infrastructure in place prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, business owners are still able to ensure basic compliance remotely.

Powering Indiana’s business portal is PCC’s Business One Stop, a solution that allows multiple agencies to collect, validate, and distribute business registration information while making the process easy for constituents through one, single sign-on application.

“Under normal conditions, the digital nature of Business One Stop helps make states attractive places in which to do business. During this pandemic, it is making business possible while helping keep communities safe from the transmission of the virus,” said Tom Amburgey, Chief Executive Officer of PCC’s parent company, GCR Inc. “One Stop means constituents and agency staff can still manage required processes without face-to-face interactions and the need for transferring paper forms. The online system allows states to maintain social distancing while keeping governments and businesses running.”

There are multiple filing and compliance requirements spanning various state agencies with few definitive sources of information. Business One Stop provides a single public portal for all business needs and streamlines backend, multi-agency procedures. It guides prospective users and puts information and electronic filings at their fingertips – from wherever they happen to be working.

Learn more about how Business One Stop helps states and its businesses grow here.

ElectioNet v9.3 is here.

Windsor, CT, January 30, 2020

INTRODUCING THE NEXT ITERATION OF PCC’S AWARD-WINNING VR AND EMS

ElectioNet v9.3 enhances the vast GIS work started in version 9.2, adds absentee and early voting capabilities, provides statistics, match, and search functionality to administrators, and incorpo-rates the latest in user-specific notification technology to voters.

GIS VOTER ADDRESS VALIDATION & MAPPING
GIS address validation improves the accuracy of voter registration data and helps you better serve your communities. The GIS interface provides an interactive map to pinpoint voter address locations and immediately resolve most discrepancies.
GIS REDISTRICTING & IMPORT/EXPORT FEATURES
Updated District and Precinct map data are imported directly into ElectioNet using GIS Shape-files. An interactive GIS map compares new and existing district boundaries, even showing voter locations. Lists of affected voters may also be viewed and printed. Upon approval, the new boundaries are applied to complete the redistricting process.
GIS ELECTION AND PETITION AREA MAPPING & REPORTING
ElectioNet's new GIS feature enables users to visualize election and petition boundaries on interactive maps with points representing registered voters or petition signers.
TEMPLATE MANAGER
Configurable Voter Notices can be stored and reused in the new Template Manager. This lets you maintain consistent style and content while allowing flexibility to meet your changing communication needs.
PETITIONS WITH RANDOM SAMPLING
The new ElectioNet Random Signature Sampling feature helps you process petitions efficiently and keep up with current laws and increasing workload. In 100% signature verification mode, ElectioNet superbly tracks the user's progress while displaying scanned petition pages. Petition pages are now scanned and stored digitally for more orderly and efficient signature validation.
ONLINE VOTER REGISTRATION & MY VOTER PORTAL (OLVR/MVP)
Empower public users while reducing your staff workload with the ElectioNet OLVR and MVP. Enhanced mobile and desktop features provide convenient public access to check voter regis-tration status or securely submit new or updated voter registration information and absentee ballot requests. Public users can also view notices from state or local election officials, check on upcoming elections or the status of petition signature or provisional ballot, and even get driving directions to polling location or the local election office.

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GCR Named GovTech 100 Company for 2020

New Orleans, LA, January 7, 2020

PCC Technology and parent company GCR Inc. are happy to be included, for the third consecutive year, in GovTech’s Top 100 list, which is comprised of “companies focused on, making a difference in, and selling to state and local government agencies across the United States.” GovTech is a respected source of information in the industry and we are honored by this important recognition of the work done by the GCR family of companies, including PCC Technologies Inc. (PCC) and MB3 Inc. (MB3). PCC is a leading provider of software to the state and local government market, and the premier provider of solutions for Secretaries of State across the country. MB3 is the industry leader in emergency grants management software for state governments.

#govtech #govtech100

GCR/PCC Promotes New CTO, Signaling Wider Cultural Changes Across Divisions

New Orleans, LA, December 12, 2019

GCR Inc. (GCR), a New Orleans-based public sector software and services firm, has promoted Matt Blakely to Chief Technology Officer. Blakely founded and served as CEO of MB3, a grants management software company acquired by GCR in 2018.

Through MB3, Blakely helped communities recover from large-scale disasters by building software to manage the distribution of billions of dollars in government grants. Its rapid growth since 2005 can be credited to Blakely’s focus on a value-driven culture, one he writes about in his book, “Empower Then Lead.” After MB3 was acquired, the connection between culture and technology excellence was highlighted as a strength that could be leveraged across all other divisions of GCR.

“We saw a need for a visionary in the role of CTO,” said Tom Amburgey, CEO of GCR. “Someone who could bring standardization, big ideas, and sound technology strategies while empowering leadership, enhancing communication, and developing a healthy corporate culture. Matt is passionate about these goals, and that kind of passion is what we need to bring about positive change in 2020.”

Blakely adds, “I am excited to bring fresh perspectives to GCR and be a part of the company during a key phase of growth. I will be strategic about investing in our products, leveraging best practices and technology across the organization, while helping establish a unified team culture that prepares us for success.”

In his new role, Blakely will tackle cultural norms across divisions with the immediate goal of minimizing distractions inherent in larger corporations, allowing technology teams to focus on what makes them most successful and achieves the largest impact.

About GCR
GCR improves, expedites, and digitally transforms public sector offerings in the areas of grants management, critical infrastructure, land and facilities management, elections, and government business services. Together with its subsidiaries, PCC Technology Inc. and MB3, GCR is recognized as one of the top government technology and service providers in the country.

About PCC
PCC, founded in 1995 and acquired by GCR Inc. in 2016, is a leading provider of software to the state and local government market and the premier provider of solutions for Secretaries of State across the country. PCC develops and implements the highest quality software to support corporate registration, voter registration, election administration, ethics and disclosure, and land management.

GCR/PCC Welcome New CFO

New Orleans, LA, November 13, 2019

GCR Inc. (GCR), a New Orleans-based public sector software and services firm, announced today that Christopher Porras has joined as its new Chief Financial Officer. Porras comes to GCR with 30+ years’ experience in Big 4 auditing, financial reporting, mergers/acquisitions, and system implementation. All will serve his new role as he assumes financial responsibility for GCR and its subsidiaries.

Porras joins GCR after five successful years at CCH, a tax, accounting, audit, and firm management software and services company. He has served international organizations and small and midsized private equity backed firms as CFO, COO, and VP of Finance.

“Chris’s success in building strong teams that can oversee the type of growth GCR is poised for is essential,” said Tom Amburgey, Chief Executive Officer of GCR. “And his experience with mergers and acquisitions is exactly what we need.”

“I am excited to join GCR as CFO,” said Porras. “I greatly enjoy working with growing companies and I look forward to teaming with Tom Amburgey and the rest of the executive cohort as we lead GCR into a new era of expansion and robust financial growth.”

Porras has a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Southern California and a Master’s in Finance from Georgia State University. He resides in Georgia with his wife, Lynda.

About PCC
PCC, founded in 1995 and acquired by GCR Inc. in 2016, is a leading provider of software to the state and local government market and the premier provider of solutions for Secretaries of State across the country. PCC develops and implements the highest quality software to support corporate registration, voter registration, election administration, ethics and disclosure, and land management.

About GCR
GCR improves, expedites, and digitally transforms public sector offerings in the areas of grants management, critical infrastructure, land and facilities management, elections, and government business services. Together with its subsidiaries, PCC Technology Inc. and MB3, GCR is recognized as one of the top government technology and service providers in the country.

GCR/PCC Welcome New CEO

New Orleans, LA, October 7, 2019

GCR Inc. (GCR), a New Orleans-based public sector software and services firm has named Tom Amburgey as its new Chief Executive Officer. Amburgey has 20+ years’ experience in the public sector both as a public servant and as a leader of software firms dedicated to citizen-centric technology.

Prior to joining GCR, Amburgey served as General Manager, Public Administration at CentralSquare Technologies, where he led the business unit focused on providing software and services to over 3,000 local government agencies across North America. While at CentralSquare, Amburgey led several mergers and acquisitions and spearheaded the company-wide transformation of legacy products to a new and robust SaaS delivery platform. He has been recognized nationally as an innovative technology leader and has spoken internationally on many government technology topics.

“Tom’s track record in the government technology space is such an asset,” said Mike Foisy, Chairman of GCR’s Board of Directors. “He understands our mission of creating technologies that improve government agency processes and enhance the citizen’s experience. The Board and I are confident that Tom’s leadership is exactly what GCR needs.”

“I am excited to join GCR as CEO,” said Amburgey. “My professional life has been shaped by a personal mission to leave the world better than I found it. I’ve used technology and public service as conduits for that change and at GCR, I look forward to continuing the mission to help governments and their constituents achieve more with less as budgets remain lean and public demand continues to grow.”
Amburgey has a B.S. in Organizational Management from Palm Beach Atlantic University and an MBA from the University of Florida. He is a native of Florida where he resides with his wife, Kathy. They are incredibly proud of their three adult children who have all chosen similarly public careers in law, the U.S. Navy, and professional baseball!

About PCC
PCC, founded in 1995 and acquired by GCR Inc. in 2016, is a leading provider of software to the state and local government market and the premier provider of solutions for Secretaries of State across the country. PCC develops and implements the highest quality software to support corporate registration, voter registration, election administration, ethics and disclosure, and land management.

About GCR
GCR improves, expedites, and digitally transforms public sector offerings in the areas of grants management, critical infrastructure, land and facilities management, elections, and government business services. Together with its subsidiaries, PCC Technology Inc. and MB3, GCR is recognized as one of the top government technology and service providers in the country.

PCC Technology Inc. Launches ElectioNet Version 9.2

Windsor, CT, September 30, 2019

PCC Technology Inc. (PCC), a leading government software provider, announced today that it has introduced major upgrades to their ElectioNet suite of voter registration and election administration software.

Upgrades include improvements to the User Interface (UI) and User Experience (UX) while more robust features were added for customizable voter notices, messaging between states and jurisdictions, absentee and overseas voter management, and for managing poll workers and polling places. New GIS capabilities for handling voters, districts, and precincts were also added. Several of these GIS features are now available to the voting public in the Online Voter Registration (OLVR) and My Voter Portal (MVP) products.

OLVR and MVP provide mobile friendly public access to voter and election information for states who want to further empower their citizens. New features include GIS driving directions to polling places and election offices, voter address updates and absentee ballot requests, and information on upcoming elections and elected officials. Public users can even see who is on the statewide ballot or volunteer as a poll worker.

States can now meet the needs of counties with three levels of GIS support. For counties on the cutting edge, full GIS district and precinct management capabilities are available. Other counties may opt for GIS address verification for voter, polling place, and election offices. And counties that are not ready for GIS features will still benefit from the new features rolled out this year.

“ElectioNet has been the market-leading voter registration and election management software for years and our commitment to keeping it on the cutting edge has never been stronger,” says Vishal Hanjan, Assistant VP of Product Management at PCC. “As jurisdictions around the country assess their voter registration systems for upgrade or replacement, we are eager to show them the benefits of this new release.”

To see the full list of enhancements or to receive a product demonstration, please speak to one of our sales representatives today.

Click here to download a PDF version of this press release.

About PCC
PCC, founded in 1995 and acquired by GCR Inc. (GCR) in 2016, is a leading provider of software to the state and local government market and the premier provider of solutions for Secretaries of State across the country. PCC develops and implements the highest quality software to support corporate registration, voter registration, election administration, ethics and disclosure, and land management.

About GCR
Since 1979, GCR has developed an industry-leading suite of services and software focused on critical infrastructure, land management, grants management, elections, and government business services.

Contact:
Malinda Kelley
Director of Marketing
mkelley@gcrincorporated.com
504-304-0747

GCR Inc. Acquires STR’s eGrantsPlus, Expands Grants Management Group

New Orleans, LA, February 13, 2019

PCC’s parent company, GCR Inc. (GCR) announced today that it has successfully completed the acquisition of software and disaster recovery services from STR Grants LLC’s (STR) grants management line of business. STR’s HUD/CDBG technology, eGrantsPlus, joins forces with GCR’s experienced recovery and resilience team as well as MB3’s EMGrantsPro, a FEMA grants management application acquired by GCR in July of 2018. The combined solutions under GCR provide state and local governments with one source for navigating their grants management and recovery needs.

“GCR and STR began a working relationship during the recovery effort for Hurricane Katrina. GCR’s team managed the distribution of federal funding using our application. It was a great match,” said Scott Meyer, Founder and President of STR. “Formalizing this union creates a seamless grants management offering that can be used to help other states recover from natural disasters.”

“This is the second acquisition in our grants management, recovery, and resilience sector,” said Dan Cox, GCR’s Chief Executive Officer. “We’ve combined STR and MB3’s grant management applications with GCR’s HUD and FEMA expertise. The result is powerful – our team brings to market a one-stop solution that has a track record of managing the recoveries of the worst natural disasters in U.S. history.”

About GCR:

Since 1979, GCR has developed an industry-leading suite of services and software focused on grants management, critical infrastructure, land management, elections, and government business services. GCR and its subsidiaries PCC Technology Inc. and MB3 have clients in 49 states.

About STR:

STR, of Fairfax, VA, is a software development and professional services firm supporting clients in the government and private sectors. Founded in 1985, STR developed its original grants management software for the Corporation for National and Community Service, allowing them to eliminate all paper grant applications within a year. Since 2006, STR’s software has been used to support HUD/CDBG Disaster Recovery programs in Mississippi, Louisiana, and New Jersey. STR’s eGrantsPlus has distributed over $15 billion in grant awards to victims of hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Sandy.

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