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GCR Welcomes 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 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 Selected to be ACI’s APEX in Safety Program Partner

New Orleans, LA, June 18, 2019

GCR Inc. (GCR), a New Orleans-based software and services firm, is supporting Airports Council International (ACI) as an Airport Excellence (APEX) in Safety Program World Business Partner. ACI, an association of the world’s airports, created the APEX program to promote safer airport operations, foster the sharing of best safety practices, and improve overall safety compliance and performance. As a World Business Partner, GCR will assist APEX in making use of valuable data collected from participating airports via enhanced user trainings. GCR will offer use of its AirportIQ software, a platform designed to gather intelligence and create efficiencies, where all observations will be recorded via mobile technology.

“Our mobile platform will assist in the assessment of operations and infrastructure by providing checklists, logging and reporting capabilities, and allowing observations to be captured in real time. Through our AirportIQ technology, we hope to improve the efficiency of the on-site review team, enhance the quality of feedback to the host airport, and facilitate learning across the entire APEX team,” explains Tim Walsh, CEO of GCR’s Airports Division.

About GCR

Headquartered in New Orleans, LA, GCR offers a broad range of software products and services to over 100 airports that help gather, analyze, and apply information. GCR’s client base extends from the aviation market to a broad array of public sector clients at the federal, state, and local level.

GCR Welcomes New VP of Resilience, Recovery, and Real Estate

New Orleans, LA, June 5, 2019


GCR Inc. (GCR), a New Orleans-based public sector software and services firm has expanded its Resilience, Recovery, and Real Estate division to include Vice President Benjamin Billings, a former public affairs consultant and Senate Staff Director of the Disaster Recovery Subcommittee.

“Ben’s strong Louisiana relationships complemented by his impactful Congressional work with FEMA Public Assistance and HUD Community Development Block Grants are aligned with GCR’s resiliency, disaster recovery, and real estate services,” said Angele Romig, Executive Vice President of GCR. “I am excited about Ben’s focus and depth of experience that he brings to our business development initiatives.”

Prior to joining GCR, Billings served as a Principal with Sentinel Strategies LLC, a public affairs and business development consulting firm that specialized in federal and state government relations.

During his 10 years in the U.S. Senate as Staff Director of the Disaster Recovery Subcommittee and Senior Policy Advisor to Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Billings helped author and enact a wide array of supplemental appropriations packages and disaster recovery legislation related to FEMA and HUD programs after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Superstorm Sandy, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and other disasters.

“I am humbled by the opportunity to join GCR’s talented team of program and policy professionals and to offer my services to the firm’s clients and partners,” said Billings. “GCR’s ability to facilitate program administration through purpose-built technology is unmatched across the industry, and I am excited to be part of such a customer-focused organization. The incredible people in this company are helping states, territories, and communities across the nation to recover from disasters and become more resilient through a combination of smarter housing, infrastructure, economic development, and planning solutions. This is tremendously important work, and I am honored to be a part of it.”

Billings is a native of New Orleans, where he resides with his wife Chelsea, and is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, University of London, U.S. Naval War College, and Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.

About GCR’s Resilience, Recovery, and Real Estate Divisions

GCR’s Resilience, Recovery, and Real Estate division has served federal, state, and local public agencies for nearly 40 years. Their team of planners, disaster recovery managers, and right of way specialists help clients fulfill their promise of public purpose and build resilience against natural and economic adversity. The group’s combination of software and services provide grants management, demographic analysis, policy and program design, regulatory compliance, and right of way acquisition for public works projects.

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 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.

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