GIS Day is Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Day is a global event celebrated annually on the third Wednesday of November. It is a chance for businesses all over the world to showcase how GIS can be used and to inform people about the applications of this technology.

GIS Day was initially created in 1999, inspired by consumer advocate Ralph Nader and promoted by GIS company Esri. Nader thought people could learn about geography and how to incorporate GIS into day-to-day activities.

What is GIS?

Geographic information systems integrate, store, edit, analyze, share, and display geographic information, allowing users to visualize, question, analyze, and interpret data to understand relationships, patterns, and trends. Esri has demonstrated how GIS benefits many different industries and organizations. GIS can be used to help with record keeping, reporting, cost savings, and better communication with the public.

DEVNET EdgeMaps™

EdgeMaps™ provides real-time GIS integration with authoritative CAMA and Tax Data. Powered by Esri’s ArcGIS Platform, easy-to-configure web maps are embedded throughout the Edge™ software suite, offering highly valuable, interactive thematic maps. DEVNET EdgeMaps™ consumes a multitude of web maps, each uniquely designed for visualizing property characteristics, reports, and analytics. EdgeMaps™ supports ArcGIS Land Records solutions by serving real-time Local Government Information Model data.

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About DEVNET Inc.

With 19 years of proven industry knowledge and installations throughout the United States and Canada, DEVNET’s Edge™ product line offers Integrated Land Records Management solutions for CAMA, Assessment, Billing, Collection, Permitting, Records Management and e-government. DEVNET has pioneered embedding web GIS throughout the entire Edge™ product line. You can now realize the ease of viewing and analyzing relevant data and reports geographically. DEVNET is focused on support and building strong partnerships and lasting relationships with our clients. Find out more information at www.devnetinc.com.

The City of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, Adds DEVNET CAMA and wEdge™

DEVNET is proud to welcome the City of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, as its newest CAMA and wEdge™ customer.

DEVNET Edge™ CAMA and Assessment Administration is developed based on IAAO and USPAP industry standards. It automates the appraisal and assessment administration functions for accurate valuation and complete parcel maintenance, assessment, exemption, and appeals information.

Wauwatosa Assessor Shannon Krause’s previous experience as a DEVNET user contributed to the City’s selection.

“DEVNET is a company with a proven record of delivering a working product in a timely manner with dependable support,” Krause said. “Because I was a past customer when I worked for a different municipality and was familiar with the quality of the product and the level of service, it made the decision on reputation and reliability easy. DEVNET is responsive and quick to adjust its software to the many changes that are made each year by the Department of Revenue.”

DEVNET wEdge™ solutions provide web access to the Edge™ Ecosystem, giving the public, local offices, outside agencies, and partner organizations a gateway to real-time authoritative data.

“DEVNET’s wEdge™ application provides Internet access to property data with the ability to search for properties against our live data, which will assist taxpayers, business professionals, and all city departments,” Krause added. “DEVNET offers the ability to link other applications within city government so that data is easily shared.”

The City of Wauwatosa

7725 W. North Ave.

Wauwatosa, WI  53213

Phone: 414-479-8901

Fax: 414-479-8972

Shannon L. Krause, City of Wauwatosa Assessor

skrause@wauwatosa.net

City website: http://wauwatosa.net

City Assessor website: http://wauwatosa.net/index.aspx?nid=77

 

About The City of Wauwatosa

The City of Wauwatosa is four miles west of downtown Milwaukee on the Menomonee River in Milwaukee County. It has an area of 13.25 square miles and a population of over 47,000. The current Mayor is Kathleen Ehley. The town of Wau-wau-too-sa was created by act of the Wisconsin Territorial Legislature in 1840, and it became a city of the second class after the 1970 census. The name Wauwautosa originated from two sources: “wau-wau-tae-sie” is a Potawatomi word for firefly, and the name honors Potawatomi Chief Wauwautaesie.

About DEVNET Inc.

With 19 years of proven industry knowledge and installations throughout the United States and Canada, DEVNET’s Edge™ product line offers Integrated Land Records Management solutions for CAMA, Assessment, Billing, Collection, Permitting, Records Management and e-government. DEVNET has pioneered embedding web GIS throughout the entire Edge™ product line. You can now realize the ease of viewing and analyzing relevant data and reports geographically. DEVNET is focused on support and building strong partnerships and lasting relationships with our clients. Find out more information at www.devnetinc.com.

Gaston County Establishes a DEVNET First In North Carolina

DEVNET is excited to announce that Gaston County has become its first North Carolina customer. Gaston County will be using DEVNET’s Edge™ CAMA, Tax Assessment Administration, Personal Property, Board of Equalization, Billing and Collection, EdgeMaps™, and wEdge™ Land Records Ecosystem solutions.

“Gaston County’s main goal was to obtain a system that was very technical but easy to use, while allowing our staff to be more efficient and effective in its everyday duties and responsibilities”, explained James D. Tanner, Gaston County Tax Director. “We chose DEVNET because the system is very thorough, very map oriented, and has every tool that we feel is important to performing our everyday job functions.”

The Edge™ solutions work together to increase the workflow automation and provide a comprehensive view of the entire property tax life cycle. EdgeMaps™ provide real-time GIS integration with authoritative CAMA and Tax Data. Powered by Esri’s ArcGIS Platform, easy-to-configure web maps are embedded throughout the Edge™ software suite delivering highly valuable, interactive thematic maps.

Tanner commented that partnering with DEVNET to design a property tax solution for North Carolina gave Gaston County the opportunity to combine its state-specific knowledge with DEVNET’s experience in other states. This combined understanding served as a solid foundation for building the best software solution available for Gaston County and, ultimately, North Carolina.

“The DEVNET system will significantly increase our efficiency and provide us the necessary tools to produce a great work product,” Tanner said. “Every part of the DEVNET program, from parcel maintenance to generating valuations, far exceeds what we first expected, and we are really excited to put it to use. DEVNET is committed to developing the best property tax solution, not just for Gaston County, but also for every county in North Carolina. We look forward to our new business partnership and relationship with DEVNET.”

Gaston County Website: http://www.gastongov.com

Gaston County Tax Office: http://www.gastongov.com/departments/tax-office

About Gaston County

Gaston County is located in south-central North Carolina on the NC/SC border, about a half-hour west of Charlotte, NC. It was founded in 1846 and is named for William Gaston, a member of the North Carolina state supreme court. The county has a population of 211,127 in an area of 364 square miles. The county seat and largest city is Gastonia. Gaston County is located in the Piedmont region of North Carolina.

About DEVNET Inc.

With 19 years of proven industry knowledge and installations throughout the United States and Canada, DEVNET’s Edge™ product line offers Integrated Land Records Management solutions for CAMA, Assessment, Billing, Collection, Permitting, Records Management and e-government. DEVNET has pioneered embedding web GIS throughout the entire Edge™ product line. You can now realize the ease of viewing and analyzing relevant data and reports geographically. DEVNET is focused on support and building strong partnerships and lasting relationships with our clients. Find out more information at www.devnetinc.com.

Brian Hall Brings GIS Experience to DEVNET as Project Manager

DEVNET is excited to announce that Brian Hall has joined its team as a Project Manager. Hall’s career in the GIS field includes 15 years’ combined experience working as GIS Director in Ohio for Wayne County and Stark County.

DEVNET prides itself on being current with technology while maintaining continuity with previous releases that our clients know and love. DEVNET is proactively expanding its product line through improvements to the core system, as well as developing new extensions and product additions. Our focus in 2015 was state-of-the-art GIS integration and an improved user experience; 2016 will bring major developments in mobile, workflow, reporting, and more.

“My years of county GIS experience will be an asset to DEVNET as it works to integrate new technology in the system,” Hall said. “Working with many different county offices has developed my understanding for bringing geographic solutions and enhancements to work processes. DEVNET’s design can be applied to areas that maybe have not been previously explored. DEVNET has the potential to change how county government collaborates and shares work processes to make counties more effective in their service to the public.”

Hall originally learned about DEVNET while working as GIS Director for Stark County, Ohio. While evaluating vendors during the RFP process for a new CAMA/Tax system, he said DEVNET became a very intriguing option.

“DEVNET’s integration of GIS right inside the CAMA truly peaked my interest,” recalled Hall. “Typically, GIS was always a separate export and a standalone system. The prospect of all the feature-rich data of the CAMA system being directly integrated with the geographical location of the parcel felt like a dream come true. This inspired me to keep an eye on where DEVNET was heading and ultimately led me to joining the company.”

For his initial project with DEVNET, Hall will be working with Gaston County, North Carolina.

“My goal in Gaston County is to provide a system that will set the standard for the state,” he explained. “The county’s willingness to embrace the value of adding maps directly inside the CAMA/Tax system will make this possible and will help enhance the efficiency and fairness in assessing. North Carolina will note improvements in Gaston County’s assessment and taxation process. I am excited to be a part of the team bringing DEVNET to the state.”

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About DEVNET Inc.

With 19 years of proven industry knowledge and installations throughout the United States and Canada, DEVNET’s Edge™ product line offers Integrated Land Records Management solutions for CAMA, Assessment, Billing, Collection, Permitting, Records Management and e-government. DEVNET has pioneered embedding web GIS throughout the entire Edge™ product line. You can now realize the ease of viewing and analyzing relevant data and reports geographically. DEVNET is focused on support and building strong partnerships and lasting relationships with our clients. Find out more information at www.devnetinc.com.

 

Jon Cross Joins DEVNET as Regional Sales Manager for Ohio

DEVNET Inc. is pleased to announce that Jon Cross has joined its sales team as the Regional Sales Manager for Ohio.

Cross brings 20 years of extensive GIS industry experience to DEVNET’s sales organization. For the previous eight years, he served as the GIS Ohio Region Account Manager for Bruce Harris & Associates, where he was a member of the development effort that garnered the Wayne County, Ohio, Special Achievement in GIS Award from Esri, the global leader in GIS technology.

“This is an exciting time for DEVNET,” remarked Michael Gentry, DEVNET President. “Not only do we have many planned developments for our technology and product suite, we are focused on our continued and planned growth. DEVNET has added several regional remote offices throughout the United States, and we couldn’t be more pleased to have Jon join our sales team leading our Ohio growth. The Edge™ CAMA and Tax Accounting solution for Ohio is becoming recognized for its innovation in creating efficiency in appraisal and taxation. Jon is the best person to lead DEVNET’s growth in Ohio.”

Cross’s responsibilities at DEVNET will include lead generation and sales management efforts in the Ohio region.

Because of his considerable interaction with Ohio auditors over the past eight years, Cross possesses a practical understanding and insight into what a modern, integrated CAMA and Tax Accounting solution such as DEVNET’s Edge™ can contribute to county government performance.

“I have always been drawn to organizations that use technology to solve local government business issues,” Cross commented. “I think DEVNET ‘s modernization efforts and integration with GIS will lead the industry into the future. I am excited to witness these efforts and the ripple effect they will have throughout the country.”

About DEVNET Inc.

With 18 years of proven industry knowledge and over 120 installations throughout the United States and Canada, DEVNET offers integrated end-to-end Appraisal, Assessment, Billing, Collection, and e-government solutions designed to empower local government public sector users. Our solutions value and collect for over 5 million parcels, and we dedicate ourselves to creating a customized, personal experience for each client location. Edge™ is the solution to make your operation more efficient and productive. Find out more information at www.devnetinc.com.

DEVNET Attends AAP Conference

DEVNET travels to Seven Springs Mountain Resort next week to attend the Assessors’ Association of Pennsylvania (AAP) Annual Conference. Please visit the DEVNET booth to learn more about our leading Pennsylvania Property Tax software and services. DEVNET serves seven Pennsylvania Counties and growing. While visiting the DEVNET booth, sign up for your chance to win a FitBit. View our campaign

About AAP

The Assessors’ Association Of Pennsylvania was founded in 1948 by a group of county assessors with the intent of promoting more education and professionalism. Today, the AAP has grown to become a leading association offering a wide variety of services for county assessors.

The AAP Mission is to:

  • improve assessment practices in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • provide for the collection, distribution, and exchange of information relating to the field of assessing among its members
  • improve public relations
  • inform members of legislation intended to improve assessment functions
  • cooperate with other interested agencies in the promotion of the objectives of this Association
  • encourage a fair and just distribution of the tax burden

DEVNET’s mission is aligned with AAP as we are focused on providing the software that allows Assessors’ to deliver on this mission and serve the public more efficiently and effectively.

For more information on AAP, please visit http://www.paassessors.org.

About DEVNET Inc.

With 18 years of proven industry knowledge and over 100 installations throughout the United States and Canada, DEVNET offers integrated end-to-end Appraisal, Assessment, Billing, Collection, and e-government solutions designed to empower local government public sector users. Our solutions value and collect for over 4.5 million parcels, and we dedicate ourselves to creating a customized, personal experience for each client location. Edge™ is the solution to make your operation more efficient and productive. Visit www.devnetinc.com

 

DEVNET Welcomes its 60th Illinois Client

UNION COUNTY, ILLINOIS, MOVES FORWARD WITH DEVNET’S EDGE™ SOLUTION

DEVNET Inc. is happy to announce that Union County, Illinois, is DEVNET’s 60th Illinois client and has chosen DEVNET’s Computer Assisted Mass Appraisal (CAMA), Property Tax Administration, and wEdge™ e-government solutions and services. The county has decided to contract with DEVNET for the fully integrated Illinois DEVNET Edge™ Property Tax Software Solution that includes Computer Assisted Mass Appraisal (CAMA), Assessment Administration, Billing & Collection, and wEdge™ e-government.

“DEVNET offers exactly the combination of on-site and online systems that we are looking for in order to make Union County more efficient and transparent not only to current residents but future residents,” said Rollie Hawk, Union County Chief Information Officer.

“While our previous property tax solution was functional, I’ve known from the day I started with Union County as a consultant that we needed something more forward-looking,” Hawk continued. “In order to compete with other counties to bring in new residents and new businesses, a strong online presence is essential, and having property and tax information online and easily searchable is a big part of that.”

The Union County website is: http://unioncountyil.gov

About Union County

Bordered by Williamson, Jackson, Johnson, Pulaski, and Alexander counties and the Mississippi River in southern Illinois, Union County was founded in 1818 and is named in reference to the historical “union meeting” between the Baptists and the Dunkards that ultimately led to the county’s founding. Its county seat, Jonesboro, is popularly known as the site of the third Lincoln-Douglas debate in 1858. Union County strives to be a regional leader in terms of increasing efficiency and leveraging technological solutions in order to provide better and more responsive services to its residents.

About DEVNET Inc.

With 17 years of proven industry knowledge and over 100 installations throughout the United States and Canada, DEVNET offers integrated end-to-end Appraisal, Assessment, Billing, Collection, and e-government solutions designed to empower local government public sector users. Our solutions value and collect for over 4.5 million parcels, and we dedicate ourselves to creating a customized, personal experience for each client location. Edge™ is the solution to make your operation more efficient and productive. Find out more information at www.devnetinc.com.

DEVNET Attends ISAC Fall Conference

DEVNET travels to Des Moines, IA next week to attend the Iowa State Association of Counties (ISAC) Fall School of Instruction. Please visit with us at booth 19 to learn more about the integrated Iowa Edge® software. Please join us at our hospitality suite Wednesday and Thursday evening. View our campaign.

 About DEVNET Inc.

DEVNET Inc. is a leading provider of end-to-end property tax management solutions and services for local governments. With over 100 installations throughout the United States and Canada, DEVNET solutions value and collect for over 4.5 million parcels. Our integrated Edge® solutions provide endless possibilities to enhance workflow, boost productivity, and manage time more effectively.  DEVNET offers proven industry knowledge of and experience in implementing integrated Appraisal, Assessment, Billing, Collection, Remote Collection, Tax Claims and e-government solutions designed to empower the public sector user.  As a progressive, forward-thinking company, DEVNET’s primary focus is to keep your county moving towards the future by providing modern technology that solves and anticipates your needs. Find more information about DEVNET Incorporated at www.devnetinc.com .

 

Livingston County Missouri Launches DEVNET wEdge Solution

DEVNET is pleased that Livingston County, Missouri, has chosen to improve its customer service by implementing DEVNET’s wEdge™ e-government solution. With the addition of wEdge™, the county benefits from the fully integrated Edge™ solution. wEdge™ integrates with the DEVNET Property Tax Assessment Administration and Billing & Collection solutions.

wEdge™ is DEVNET’s industry leading e-government and property search platform that integrates property information, GIS, and other government services through a single application. wEdge™ is a customizable inquiry solution that integrates the Edge™ applications providing county and public users access to important taxpayer information and contains numerous administrative and security settings.

“I am very pleased to announce that the Collector’s website will be a reality,” said Livingston County Collector-Treasurer Paula McCoy. “Through much hard work from DEVNET, the residents of Livingston County and the public soon will be able to view tax information online, and, in the near future, make tax payments online as well. My goal is to make things more convenient for the taxpayers of Livingston County.”

The Livingston County Collector-Treasurer’s office is located in the southeast corner of the first floor of the historic Livingston County Courthouse at
700 Webster Street, Suite 5.

  • Phone: 660-646-8000, Option 7,
  • Fax: 660-646-8015.
  • Office hours: 8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. Monday through Friday

The Livingston County website is: www.livingstoncountymo.com

The Livingston County Collector-Treasurer’s office resource page is: http://www.livingstoncountymo.com/treasurer.htm

About Livingston County

Livingston County is located in northwest Missouri about 90 miles northeast of Kansas City, covers 538 square miles, has a population of over 14,000, and has an assessed valuation over $160,000,000. The county was organized in 1837 and named for Edward Livingston, A US Representative and Senator who was Secretary of State from 1831 to 1833 under President Andrew Jackson. In Chillicothe, the county seat, the Chillicothe Baking Company was the first company in the world to sell pre-sliced bread in 1928. The Grand River flows through Livingston County, and the 5,863-acre Poosey Conservation Area in the northwest part of the county contains hardwood forests of oak and hickory that display brilliant fall colors and tall grass prairie inhabited by deer, turkey, raccoon, squirrel, quail, rabbit, coyote, fox, among other small animals and birds.

 

About DEVNET Inc.

With 17 years of proven industry knowledge and over 100 installations throughout the United States and Canada, DEVNET offers integrated end-to-end Appraisal, Assessment, Billing, Collection, and e-government solutions designed to empower local government public sector users. Our solutions value and collect for over 4.5 million parcels, and we dedicate ourselves to creating a customized, personal experience for each client location. Edge™ is the solution to make your operation more efficient and productive. Visit www.devnetinc.com

McLean County Illinois adds DEVNET wEdge E-government solution

DEVNET is pleased to announce that McLean County, Illinois, has chosen to implement the DEVNET wEdge e-government solution. McLean County has been a client of DEVNET’s since 2004 and has selected wEdge to make the county’s property tax data available to the public.

McLean County currently uses the DEVNET Edge® Computer Assisted Mass Appraisal (CAMA), Tax Assessment Administration & Billing and Collection solutions. DEVNET is pleased that the county is adding yet another of the Edge® solutions.

wEdge is the industry leading e-government and property search platform that integrates property information, GIS, and other government services through a single application. wEdge is a customizable inquiry solution that integrates with the Edge® applications providing county and public users access to important taxpayer information. wEdge allows taxpayers to pay their real estate tax bills online and receive email notifications for properties they own. The wEdge solution contains numerous administrative and security settings to control and monitor access to property information, including subscription based access options, administrative dashboard reports, and redaction of sensitive information.

“The McLean County website has always been a leader in providing the public with vital information,” commented McLean County Chief County Assessment Officer Bob Kahman. “Since adding wEdge, the compliments have grown. The public and professional users of public information are unanimous in their enjoyment of the ease of use and wealth of information that we are able to provide using wEdge as our public face.”

Rebecca McNeil, McLean County Treasurer and Tax Collector, said, “We have a wide user base, and it was very obvious when the website was not meeting the expectations of our users. Incoming calls drained our resources.  We just went through second installment and received many compliments from the addition of wEdge. We are very satisfied. Thank you for the operational support DEVNET provides.”

“The DEVNET wEdge installation team was extremely professional and provided one of the most seamless transitions with which my office has worked,” noted McLean County Information Technologies Director Craig Nelson. “The DEVNET product meets the needs of our citizens better than our in-house product and requires much less regular attention from my staff. wEdge provides a great value for the dollars invested.”

The McLean County website is: http://www.mcleancountyil.gov

The McLean County Treasurer’s website is: http://www.mcleancountyil.gov/treasurer

The McLean County DEVNET wEdge website is: http://mcleanil.devnetwedge.com

About McLean County

McLean County, the largest county by land area in Illinois, is located in central Illinois and has a population of over 174,000. It was founded on December 25, 1830 and named for John McLean (1791-1830), United States Representative and United States Senator from Illinois. The County Seat is located in Bloomington, IL. McLean County is the top-producing county in the United States for soybeans and the second highest in corn. It has over 67,800 parcels. McLean County is the home of Illinois State University, Illinois Wesleyan University, and Heartland Community College.

About DEVNET Inc.

With 17 years of proven industry knowledge and over 100 installations throughout the United States and Canada, DEVNET offers integrated end-to-end Appraisal, Assessment, Billing, Collection, and e-government solutions designed to empower local government public sector users. Our solutions value and collect for over 4.5 million parcels, and we dedicate ourselves to creating a customized, personal experience for each client location. Edge® is the solution to make your operation more efficient and productive. Find out more information at www.devnetinc.com.