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NEW ORLEANS, LA., FEBRUARY 10, 2016 – GCR Inc., along with subsidiary Quest information Systems and recent acquisition PCC Technology Inc. will be attending the National Association of Secretaries of State’s Winter Conference in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, Feb. 10 through Saturday, Feb. 13.
As leaders in the Secretary of State environment, GCR provides robust web-based elections technology solutions and products for Election Management, Voter Registration, Online Voter Registration, Election Night Reporting, E-Poll Book, Campaign Finance, Lobbying, Personal Financial Disclosure, and Mobile Applications. Additionally, GCR offers an exciting suite of comprehensive and modernized business services technology platforms and solutions for Secretaries of State – including Business One Stop, Business Registration & Governance, Professional and Regulatory Licensing, UCC, Notary, eForms, and eFiling. GCR, Quest, and PCC collectively provide elections and business solutions to clients in 29 states.
By combining Quest’s FirstTuesday® product line and PCC’s Cenuity Platform, along with GCR’s ArcGIS and custom application development expertise, Secretaries of State can fully automate and modernize election and business functions to extend online services for their constituents. Together, we provide broad and deep subject matter expertise and unparalleled customer support services.
Representatives of GCR Inc. will be attending the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) Summer Conference in Portland, Maine. The conference will begin Thursday, July 9 and run through Sunday, July 12, 2015.
Be sure to visit booth 7 in the first floor foyer of Portland’s Holiday Inn by the Bay. CEO Dan Cox, Quest Information Systems President Steve McNear, and the GCR Government Technologies experts will be on hand to answer any questions. Learn how the FirstTuesday and BusinessOneStopIQ product lines can help improve your organization.
GCR Inc.’s Elections Team attended the New Jersey Association of Election Officials’ (NJAEO) annual conference in Atlantic City, N.J., held March 16-18. This was the first time GCR had representatives at this event, but is making plans to return for next year’s conference. With GCR Inc.’s recent acquisition of Quest Information Systems, NJAEO is a great forum to present GCR’s Election Management, Election Night Reporting, and Voter Outreach IT products and consulting services.
The conference was well-attended with representatives from all 21 New Jersey counties present. GCR was invited to provide a “case-study” presentation on our PromoteVote mobile voter outreach application. The Elections Team also had an opportunity to provide more custom, individual demos of PromoteVote [now known as FirstTuesday] for additional members of the Association.
Call GCR today for more information on how GCR’s Elections and Government Technologies experts can help your organization reach its operational goals more effectively. Call Richard Hamilton at 800.259.6192 or email rhamilton@nullGCRincorporated.com.
NEW ORLEANS, La., JANUARY 30, 2015 — New Orleans-based technology and professional services company GCR Inc. (GCR) expanded on January 9, 2015 – acquiring Quest Information Systems (Quest) of Indianapolis, Indiana. Quest is a leading provider of government software solutions for voter registration, elections and campaign finance.
“The acquisition is a natural fit and complements GCR’s government technology solutions team with new capabilities, products and markets,” says Dan Cox, GCR’s CEO. “Quest’s expertise in delivering mission-critical voter registration and campaign finance applications aligns with GCR’s strategy for continued growth and expanding capabilities within state and local governments.”
Steve McNear, President of Quest, expanded on the synergistic potential, “By combining Quest’s FirstTuesday® product line with GCR’s data migration, GIS, and custom application development expertise, Secretaries of State and State Ethics Commissions can fully-automate and modernize election functions, improve back-office processes and efficiencies, and, expand and extend online services for citizens.”
Todd Bouillion, Vice President and director of GCR’s Public Sector, is enthusiastic about the new alignment, “GCR has known the Quest team for many years, and we believe the shared talent and resource groups will create exceptional value for the state and local agencies we serve.”
GCR Inc. combines consulting services with software products, custom software solutions, data analytics, and GIS to solve complex problems for state and local governments, airports, and utilities throughout the U.S. and internationally.
ERIN is a custom-built application for the Louisiana Secretary of State providing a repository of information on all Louisiana voters and voting related information. In 2005, GCR began conversion of Louisiana’s 20-year-old IBM mainframe system that maintained voter registration information to a Microsoft .NET and SQL Server platform. The initial assignment was completed in 2006 and was followed by a 3 year extension to further develop the voter registration system and to build a redistricting and GIS interface.
ERIN has zero tolerance for error and 24/7/365 is required for availability and reliability. It is used by 64 parish Registrars of Voters to maintain critical information on voters and provides functions for all election-related accounting activities including paying vendors and personnel who work for an election event. External interfaces within the system ensure up-to-date information; namely, the Louisiana Department of Corrections, Vital Records for Death verification, and the Office of Motor Vehicles/ Department of Public Safety (DPS). For example, the system communicates with LADPS to query the driver’s license database and verify the identity of a person filling out an online form. This project included GIS-based districting, Internet voter registration, and other enhancements.
New Orleans, LA:
New Orleans Aviation Board
Since 1997, GCR has developed, implemented, and integrated technology solutions to help streamline the management of the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport.
Property & Revenue Management System
In 2005, GCR implemented its AirportIQ Business Manager (ABM) to manage all commercial properties, airlines, and ground transportation operators at the airport. This system provides billing for all revenue generated at the airport, and manages all cash receipts. The system serves as the financial A/R sub-ledger, and integrates at the G/L level with the airport’s ERP system.
Systems Implementation & Integration
GCR automated and streamlined the flow of paperwork related to the capital facilities program at the airport. This project included many tasks, including GCR’s AIRPortal application used by all airport service providers to enter and manage their DBE quarterly reports. It also included an integration point between the airport’s ERP and GCR’s AirportIQ Property Manager (APM). This allowed APM to read accounts payable and general ledger entries related to individual projects and then use this information to manage the flow of funds and the closeout of projects.
An informational portal that summarizes all relevant information was developed to allow executive staff to view summary information on agreements, revenues, airline activity and cargo, and capital facilities program.
Recovery Project Management & Reporting System
Immediately after Hurricane Katrina, GCR began working with the New Orleans Aviation Board to develop an information management system to track projects and the potential funding sources (FEMA, FAA, Insurance, state, etc.) for each hurricane recovery project. The list of projects covered many facilities and activities, including managing and coordinating repairs to roofs; security systems; baggage systems; flight information systems; terminal carpeting; airfield lighting; public areas of the terminals; and design, planning and implementation of a site for temporary trailers to house airport employees and tenant staff.
Security & Operations Management System (SOMS)
Built from the best features of GCR’s AirportIQ airport operations software and law enforcement records management systems, the SOMS provides a common interface for reporting security and operational activities to both internal airport users and to external agencies. A multi-level reporting module allows rapid communication of activities and incidents to airlines and other tenants. In addition to streamlining data entry and automating the flow of paperwork related to the capital facilities program, this project gave Airport business partners an effective and convenient way to participate in the DBE certification process.
Baton Rouge, LA:
Louisiana Lottery Corporation
This comprehensive web-based data management and reporting application contains rich demographic data, is fully accessible via computer or mobile devices, and provides detailed sales and demographics reports by outlet, jurisdiction, game, and time period.
GCR developed the application to support the Louisiana Lottery Corporation. It presents data in easy to understand reports, charts, graphs and maps, and offers automated data collection at periods specified by the user–on a schedule, on demand, or in real time. The application defines lottery outlets by address and associates them with relevant block level data as reported by the U.S. Census Bureau. As a result, users can generate per capita sales per outlet, and assess market penetration and capacity for predefined jurisdictions or custom areas.
The industry has greeted the application as a breakthrough product because of the seamless integration of data from the point of sale, and the advanced user driven reporting, mapping, and analytical routines.
About Louisiana Lottery Corporation
Louisiana Lottery Corporation began in 1991 as a way to generate revenue without increasing taxes. Its mission is to generate maximum revenues for the state of Louisiana – the corporation’s sole shareholder.
GCR recently completed a redesign of the website for the Seafarers International Union (SIU). The new website gives SIU a more modern-looking web presence and features a secure online portal for union members.
The site has many multimedia features including an interactive image gallery and a selection of videos. Union staff keeps the website updated by using the Adobe Contribute content management system.
Through the portal, members can submit address changes, view dependents and beneficiaries, verify work history, access health eligibility information, and verify training records.
The initial response from the membership has been extremely positive, and many members have already signed up for access to the portal.
GCR has worked with SIU since 2006 and is pleased to be one of their key technology partners.
The SIU website can be viewed at www.seafarers.org
GCR teamed with the Institute for Building Technology & Safety (IBTS) to win a five year project for outsourcing of city services in Central, Louisiana.
GCR will provide the City of Central with technology services related to website development and GIS data management. GCR will build an online GIS system for property, zoning, sewer, water and street data. GCR will provide transition support services on all technology related activities and provide consulting services on planning projects.
IBTS is headquartered in Herndon, VA and supports 22 municipalities in Louisiana. IBTS is a non-profit public services corporation and has supported all levels of government for over 35 years. The Technology Services Sector is working on several other opportunities with IBTS to provide building inspection and GIS services to small and midsize communities throughout Louisiana.
On May 13th GCR and the Louisiana Office of Community Development released Phase II of the Louisiana Recovery portal. This website displays grant expenditures related to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. It gathers data from the Public Assistance Program, CDBG program, Small Rental Program, Piggyback Program and Hazard Mitigation Program.
GCR’s team of technology consultants and GIS specialists developed a mapping tool as part of the project to illustrate the investment made by the State at the Parish, City, Census Tract and Block level.
The website is accessible at www.rebuild.louisiana.gov.
The press release from Mr. Paul W. Rainwater, Commissioner of the Division of Administration, can be viewed by going here: