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GCR Inc. Acquires MB3, Deepens Grants Management Technology Portfolio

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New Orleans, LA, July 19, 2018

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New Orleans-based public sector software and services firm, GCR Inc. (GCR), expanded this week by acquiring MB3 of Ottawa, Canada, a leading provider of recovery and grants management software. Integrating MB3 products into GCR’s suite creates a robust offering for clients that manage, oversee, and distribute federal funding, including HUD, FEMA, aviation agencies, and municipalities.
“MB3 deepens our grants management capabilities and furthers our commitment to improve the software and services we provide today,” said Dan Cox, GCR’s CEO.

“I am excited for MB3 to enter our next chapter with GCR. We look forward to continuing to deliver quality solutions for our clients, while leveraging GCR’s subject matter expertise and resources to enhance our offerings,” said Matt Blakely, CEO of MB3.

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. GCR and its subsidiary, PCC Technology Inc., have clients in 8 countries and 49 states.
About MB3:
MB3 was started in response to an ever-growing need to manage grants for disasters throughout the United States. Since MB3’s inception in 2005, 17 states have used MB3 tools to help them better their recovery and grant management process.

Louisiana Showcases Industry Leading Health Care Software to CDC

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New Orleans, LA, June 25, 2018

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CONTACT:
Emán Williams, MSPH, Health Communications Specialist, Louisiana Department of Health
eman.williams@la.gov | 504-568-8143
Environmental Public Health Tracking Program

Nick Wissler, GCR Inc.
nwissler@gcrincorporated.com

The Louisiana Environmental Public Health Tracking Program and its Health Data Portal were recently highlighted on a webinar hosted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and IT and health professionals from other states.

The Louisiana Department of Health’s (LDH) Bureau of Health Informatics, the LDH’s Environmental Public Health Tracking Program (Tracking), and GCR Inc. have been collaborating on the Tracking project since 2016. GCR is a technology consulting firm that develops public sector software. The team has recently published substantial portal updates that were rolled out to the public in February 2018.

Louisiana’s Health Data Portal, http://healthdata.ldh.la.gov/, is an example of a successful public/private partnership. Through a collaborative network of experts, data and tools, the Environmental Public Health Tracking Program connects environmental and public health information.

After learning about LDH’s portal enhancements, the CDC invited LDH Tracking to showcase their portal during the March 1, 2018 Standards for Network and Development (SND) Workgroup call. The SND Workgroup is comprised of representatives from the CDC’s Tracking Program and their grantees from state and local health departments who have expertise in information technology, epidemiology, biostatistics and other public health disciplines.

LDH’s Tracking Program was one of three Tracking grantees invited to demonstrate their portal during the SND call. Each grantee was given 15 minutes to highlight their portal’s new features, particularly dual-screen views, and to elaborate on their portal development process.

Prior to the call, Kate Friedman, LDH Tracking’s principal investigator, contacted Nick Wissler, a GCR senior manager to participate on the presentation with the Tracking staff. Both coming from Geographic Information Systems backgrounds, Friedman and Wissler have developed a good rapport working on the comprehensive data update to the portal, which included rigorous user acceptance testing procedures.

During her online presentation, Friedman mentioned that LDH had developed an Open Data Portal. She provided the audience with the Department’s justification for making their data freely accessible to the public with supporting information. She demonstrated how Louisiana’s Health Data Portal is capable of aggregating multiple, disparate datasets from varying sources and years, including US Census Bureau data, within dual, linked views. She also demonstrated a wealth of features and tools that include the ability to ingest environmental data as map layers, layer transparency, a time slider tool, U.S. and state rate benchmarks and pop-out windows among several others. The response was overwhelmingly positive. In fact, a member of Florida’s tracking team immediately reached out to LDH to obtain additional information regarding some of the portal developments.

Goals for the portal include data transparency and access and the ability for the public to explore an expanding list of datasets. Ultimately, these efforts will lead to an improved understanding of the environment as it relates to health.

“Together with the CDC, our partners and developers, we are building a tool that can help us move forward to protect both our health and the environment in which we live,” Friedman said.

Wissler and GCR Inc. see the impacts on a larger scale. “Crowd-sourcing health care information that was once confined to doctors, nurses and researchers will empower the state to find creative solutions to health care challenges. The health data portal and its analytics technology can bring actionable intelligence to big data and provide clear information to pressing health care issues like cancer, air quality, and the opioid crisis,” Wissler said.

For more information about the Louisiana Health Data Portal, please visit http://healthdata.ldh.la.gov/ or contact LDH Tracking at tracking@la.gov or toll free at 1-888-293-7020. For more information about GCR’s health care technology, please visit gcrincorporated.com or contact Nick Wissler at nwissler@gcrincorporated.com.

NuclearIQ Version 1.4.0.0 goes live today!

New Orleans, LA, May 30, 2018

GCR is proud to announce the launch of NuclearIQ Version 1.4.0.0!
Today marks the official launch of our newest version of NuclearIQ, the industry standard for nuclear chemistry data management. The NuclearIQ team has collaborated closely with you, our customers, to determine what changes and improvements you most wanted in the product, and worked with our developers to implement those changes in version 1.4.0.0.

From improved data entry and QC charting features to enhanced task scheduling and classification capabilities, we are excited to share these improvements with you, to make your facility more efficient and your goals easier to accomplish. As always, we look forward to your feedback on this version, so we can continue listening and responding to your needs to make NuclearIQ the best solution possible.

For more information on how upgrade to NuclearIQ 1.4.0.0, please contact Bill Gilboy at bgilboy@gcrincorporated.com or call 504-304-2500.

NuclearIQ Version 1.4.0.0 Enhancement Spotlight: Improved Data Entry

New Orleans, LA, May 29, 2018

Energy Sector Upgrades NuclearIQ Software to Version 1.4.0.0
GCR unveils the newest version of its popular NuclearIQ software tomorrow, May 30th. This release creates efficiencies important to our clients, as user feedback was the driving force behind our development process. We’re profiling five main enhancements leading up to the release, the last of which is improved QC data entry.

QC Data Entry Routine Enhancement
This enhancement addresses one of the biggest client frustrations – the slow speed and indirect method of entering QC results against Instruments. In version 1.4.0.0, we’ve upgraded the QC data entry routine to allow for “in cell” entry of Instrument QC values.No longer are you required to enter the QC value using the “Input QC” routine. The old QC entry routine required the user to “Evaluate” the QC result before allowing the “Save” event.This has been reworked to allow the user to enter an Instrument QC into the “Test Input” cell just like all the other data entry routines within NuclearIQ.

For more information on how upgrade to the newest version of NuclearIQ, please contact Bill Gilboy at bgilboy@gcrincorporated.com or call 504-304-2500.

NuclearIQ Version 1.4.0.0 Enhancement Spotlight: K-S Test for Normal Distribution

New Orleans, LA, May 25, 2018

Energy Sector Upgrades NuclearIQ Software to Version 1.4.0.0
GCR unveils the newest version of its popular NuclearIQ software on May 30th. This release creates efficiencies important to our clients, as user feedback was the driving force behind our development process. We’re profiling five main enhancements leading up to the release, the fourth of which is the implementation of the Kolmogorov–Smirnov test.

K-S Test for Normal Distribution
In statistics, the Kolmogorov–Smirnov test (K–S test) is a nonparametric test of the equality of continuous, one-dimensional probability distributions that can be used to compare a sample with a reference probability distribution. Pretty fancy wording for “is the data set Normally Distributed?” Based on feedback from our current users, we’ve incorporated the K-S Test into our “Generate QC Limits” and “Statistical Test” routines. In Version 1.4.0.0, you’ll know at the click of a button if the data set passed the K-S test.

For more information on how upgrade to the newest version of NuclearIQ, please contact Bill Gilboy at bgilboy@gcrincorporated.com or call 504-304-2500.

NuclearIQ Version 1.4.0.0 Enhancement Spotlight: Improved QC Charting

New Orleans, LA, May 24, 2018

Energy Sector Upgrades NuclearIQ Software to Version 1.4.0.0
GCR unveils the newest version of its popular NuclearIQ software on May 30th. This release creates efficiencies important to our clients, as user feedback was the driving force behind our development process. We’re profiling five main enhancements leading up to the release, the third of which are improvements to QC charting features.

QC Charting Enhancement
As a result of a request from Exelon during the User Conference, we have modified the “Quick Trend” and “QC Plotting” routines. The issue raised by the users was the difficulty in trending QC data when you enter multiple QC’s in a single day. Now with the click of a button, you can switch between plotting data by Date/Time and Point Count, making your data easier to view.

For more information on how upgrade to the newest version of NuclearIQ, please contact Bill Gilboy at bgilboy@gcrincorporated.com or call 504-304-2500.

NuclearIQ Version 1.4.0.0 Enhancement Spotlight: Scheduling Enhancement

New Orleans, LA, May 23, 2018

Energy Sector Upgrades NuclearIQ Software to Version 1.4.0.0
GCR unveils the newest version of its popular NuclearIQ software on May 30th. This release creates efficiencies important to our clients, as user feedback was the driving force behind our development process. We’re profiling five main enhancements leading up to the release, the second of which are improvements to “One Time Only” scheduling.

Scheduling Enhancement
In Version 1.4.0.0, one of our Entergy clients asked for the “One Time Only” schedule item to be changed, allowing the user to not only set the date but also the time of day. In version 1.4.0.0, we created an enhancement that allows for this choice, meaning your “One Time Only” items will no longer appear at the beginning of the schedule, ensuring your items will appear on the correct day as well as the correct shift.

For more information on how upgrade to the newest version of NuclearIQ, please contact Bill Gilboy at bgilboy@gcrincorporated.com or call 504-304-2500.

NuclearIQ Version 1.4.0.0 Enhancement Spotlight: Analysis Classification

New Orleans, LA, May 22, 2018

Energy Sector Upgrades NuclearIQ Software to Version 1.4.0.0
GCR unveils the newest version of its popular NuclearIQ software on May 30th. This release creates efficiencies important to our clients, as user feedback was the driving force behind our development process. We’re profiling five main enhancements leading up to the release, the first of which is Analysis Classification.

Analysis Classification Enhancement
In Version 1.4.0.0, we’ve added “Analysis Classification” functionality at the request of our Bruce Power client. At this year’s User Conference, representatives from Bruce Power asked if there was a way to show scheduled items based on a classification. Here’s an example: let’s say your procedure requires analysis of “Control” parameters each week and analysis of “Diagnostic” parameters when a “Control” parameter is out of specification. In previous versions of NuclearIQ, you couldn’t tell by the schedule which analyses are “Control” and which are “Diagnostic.” This is corrected in Version 1.4.0.0, allowing you can set the classification and sort by that classification on the Schedule form, allowing you to quickly see which are “Control” items and which are “Diagnostic.”

For more information on how upgrade to the newest version of NuclearIQ, please contact Bill Gilboy at bgilboy@gcrincorporated.com or call 504-304-2500.

GCR’S Resilience Team Takes Part in OSF’S Puerto Rico Municipal Recovery Project

New Orleans, LA, March 19, 2018

GCR’s Community Planning and Resilience (CP&R) team will participate in the Open Society Foundation’s (OSF) Puerto Rico City Recovery Project, part of a larger Mayor Exchange, which includes technical disaster recovery workshops taking place on March 19 and 20 in San Juan. OSF is bringing mayors from U.S. mainland cities and mayors of Puerto Rican municipalities together with technical experts to develop high-level recovery action plans.
Individual workshops aim to help mayors:

• Develop a vision for rebuilding their municipalities
• Understand their eligibility for disaster-related funding
• Think creatively about how to manage municipal budgets in the new fiscal climate
• Identify strategic opportunities to expand economic development initiatives
• Coordinate with other municipalities to rebuild Puerto Rico

GCR’s CP&R team will lead large and small municipal sessions on disaster recovery planning, pulling from experience managing the recovery efforts of two of the largest natural disasters in U.S. history. “Our team is excited to be a part of this important initiative,” said Ted Guillot, Director of CP&R. “We look forward to working with Puerto Rican mayors and their staffs to provide guidance and technical assistance during this critical stage of their recovery efforts. Knowledge is key to a successful recovery, and we hope to impart lessons learned from our team’s collective experience leading and supporting recovery and resilience-building efforts around the country.”

ABOUT GCR’S COMMUNITY PLANNING & RESILIENCE
GCR’s CP&R team has served federal, state, and local public agencies for nearly 40 years. Their products and services have one goal: building stronger, more resilient communities. Their team of experienced planners and disaster recovery managers help clients fulfill their promise of public purpose and build resilience against natural and economic adversity. Their mix of software and specialty services offer demographic analysis, policy and program design, regulatory compliance, and grant management.

ABOUT GCR
Headquartered in New Orleans, LA, GCR offers a broad range of software products and specialty services that help clients gather, analyze, and apply information. GCR’s client base extends from the Community Planning and Resilience market to a broad array of public sector clients including the aviation industry, state and local government, and the energy sector.

PCC, A GCR Company, Anticipates Another Potential Award for Client State, Indiana

New Orleans, LA, March 6, 2018

Indiana’s INBiz, a multi-award winning Business One Stop portal built by GCR’s PCC Technology Inc., was named one of four national finalists for the 2018 NASS IDEAS Award, which recognizes innovation, dedication, excellence and achievement in service in state programing. Representatives from Indiana will join other finalists to showcase their state’s program during the upcoming NASS 2018 Summer Conference, which will take place from July 13 to July 16 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

“Secretaries of State are always working to improve services and engage with their citizens. The IDEAS Award recognizes outstanding state programs at a national level which have demonstrated a significant contribution to their state.” said NASS Awards Committee Co-Chair Al Jaeger, North Dakota Secretary of State. “These outstanding state initiatives will be presented during the NASS Summer Confer­ence in Philadelphia from which a national honoree will be selected. Regardless of which state is selected as the IDEAS Award recipient, each nominee has provided an excellent service for its state.”

The full list of finalists include:
California – Digital Archives: A Public-Private Partnership with Google
Colorado – Cybersecurity Protects Election Integrity Initiative
Indiana – INBiz
Mississippi – Y’all Business

We appreciate NASS’s recognition of INBiz, we congratulate Secretary of State Connie Lawson for her leadership in innovation, and we applaud PCC for a job well done.

About PCC
PCC, founded in 1995 and acquired by 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.

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