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

New Orleans, LA, February 13, 2019

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.

PCC, a GCR Company, Launches ElectioNet Version 9.0

Windsor, CT, January 24, 2019


PCC Technology Inc. (PCC), a leading government software provider, announced today that it has successfully released the latest version of ElectioNet, its award-winning suite of Voter Registration and Election Administration software. Designed to fully automate election office operations, ElectioNet offers a portal used by local election officials to manage voter rolls and support election activities; a public website where voters can register to vote, check their registration status, and view their voter profile; and robust reporting, extracting, and analytical functions with routines necessary to support the entire election community.

“This has been one of the most exciting projects, and we’re proud to finally introduce our work to the public,” says Vishal Hanjan, Assistant VP of Product Management at PCC. “It was about taking something we did well and bringing it to a whole new level. We upgraded the underlying technology and made the new ElectioNet easier to use and more secure than ever. The best part is there’s more to come; we’re a part of the elections security community and we’re listening to Secretaries’ offices around the country and continuing to build improvements into ElectioNet every day.”

This release features a significant upgrade to all aspects of the system, including a new user interface which has been reengineered by an expert team of UI/UX designers with input from election officials. Other ElectioNet v9 enhancements include:

  • Critical infrastructure security updates, including multi-factor authentication
  • Simpler screen navigation and reduced clicks
  • Mobile-friendly interface designed to optimally function on device browsers
  • Advanced GIS functionality
  • Technology upgrades, including the latest Java version
  • Improved browser compatibility
  • Robust My Voter Portal with optional Online Voter Registration
  • Seamless integration with our Campaign Finance System allowing elections to be set up in only one place

“ElectioNet v9 is a product of our commitment to constant innovation. We take our role as industry leaders, especially in the election domain, very seriously. This application was introduced to the market before HAVA laws that now mandate this type of software were written. It is used in 16 states to support nearly a thousand elections. Because of this, we invest heavily in its future, not just in R&D but with nearly 50 technical resources dedicated to keeping it at the forefront of election technology,” said Dan Cox, PCC’s Chief Executive Officer.

ElectioNet v9 was introduced to current clients at the end of 2018 and will be unveiled at the NASS 2019 Winter Conference on February 1st, 2019. 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 visit the ElectionNet v9 page on our website.

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.

GCR’s AirportIQ Secure Credentials Implementation in Alaska Featured in Airport Improvement Magazine

New Orleans, Louisiana, January 16, 2019

GCR Project Manager Tobie Curry and Jeremy Worrall, Airport Operations Superintendent for the Alaska DOT Division of Statewide Aviation, recently sat down with Airport Improvement Magazine for an interview exploring the processes, challenges and innovations involved in GCR’s implementation of our Secure Credentials badging system at 15 rural Alaska airports.

The Alaska project marks a milestone for GCR and the AirportIQ Secure Credentials product as well. GCR Director of Aviation Tim Walsh commented, “GCR is proud of our partnership with the State of Alaska in bringing more efficiency to the badging process and better customer service to the tenants and employees that utilize the 15 rural commercial service airports in the State.”

Read the article here:

https://airportimprovement.com/article/alaska-creates-statewide-system-credentialing-airport-employees

To learn more about GCR’s Secure Credentials system, visit the product page: https://gcrincorporated.com/products/airports/secure-credentials/

GCR Named GovTech 100 Company for 2019

New Orleans, LA, January 8, 2019


GCR Inc. (GCR) is once again honored to be part of GovTech’s Top 100 list for 2019, which is comprised of “companies focused on, making a difference in, and selling to state and local government agencies across the United States.” This recognition is important to all of us at GCR and to our related companies, PCC Technologies Inc. (PCC), which joined GCR in 2016, and MB3 Inc. (MB3), which became a member of the GCR Group in 2018. 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’s EMGrantsPro is the industry leader in emergency grants management software for state governments.

Connecticut Speaker of the House Appoints GCR’s Seth Klaskin to Data Analysis Technology Advisory Board

Windsor, Connecticut, September 25, 2018

PCC Technology Inc. (PCC) Sales Executive Seth Klaskin was appointed in August 2018 to the Data Analysis Technology Advisory Board (DATA Board) of the Connecticut General Assembly. Appointed by Speaker of the House Joseph Aresimowicz, Klaskin’s term on the DATA Board is coterminous with the Speaker’s tenure.

Formed with the passage of Public Act 18-175, which extends the Office of the Chief Data Officer as a permanent official in the Office of Policy and Management (previously created by an Executive Order of Governor Dannel Malloy), the DATA Board’s mission is to advise the executive, legislative and judicial branches of state government and municipalities regarding data policy. The first order of business for this new advisory board will be to assist Chief Data Officer Tyler Kleykamp in developing the state’s first State Data Plan. Required by the Act to be redrafted every two years, the State Data Plan includes the adoption of policies to assist agencies in making public data accessible in electronic format, as required by the law.

Prior to his employment with PCC, Klaskin served for almost nine years as the Director of Business Services at the Office of the Secretary of the State of Connecticut. While there, he coordinated with PCC to modernize the CONCORD online business and UCC registry and to design the award-winning CT Online Business Startup Tool, a Business One Stop portal application that utilizes a wizard-style user interface to assist entrepreneurs in forming and registering their businesses across a panoply of state agencies. Klaskin led the Secretary’s efforts on the Connecticut Bar Association LLC Act Drafting Subcommittee to draft Article 2 (filing provisions) of the new LLC Act (adopted in 2016). He also served on several legislative and policy advisory committees, including several years as the Secretary’s designee to the Steering Committee of the Connecticut Data Collaborative, a public-private partnership dedicated to making public data accessible to support policy making and other public uses.

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 solutions to support corporate registration, voter registration, election administration, ethics and disclosure filing administration, and land management administration. PCC is also a pioneer in the field of Business One Stop, Health Data Portals, and other portal technologies that support public policy making, enable interagency collaboration, and connect citizens to their government with unprecedented simplicity.

GCR Inc. Acquires MB3, Deepens Grants Management Technology Portfolio

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
New Orleans, LA, July 19, 2018

Click here to download this release in PDF format.

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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.

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