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INBiz Recognized With 2017 Government-to-Business Experience Award

Windsor, Connecticut – Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Indiana’s business one stop portal, INBiz, is being recognized in the 2017 Government-to-Business Experience category at the Center for Digital Government’s annual conference on September 15th. The portal was chosen for its outstanding website and online user experience.

This is not the first award for the young application (launched in April of 2016); it has also received an IACA Merit Award for Technological Innovation and Indiana’s Digital Government Summit Award for Best Application Serving the Public – State.

“INBiz would not be the success it is without PCC and its parent company, GCR,” said Indiana Secretary of State, Connie Lawson. “They have worked side-by-side with our team to understand our users’ needs and to create a product that delivers an unprecedented digital government experience. I appreciate their efforts and dedication to putting businesses and citizens first.”
PCC Technology Inc. (PCC) is proud of its relationship with Indiana and is honored to serve as a partner in the creation of such an innovative solution.

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.

PCC to attend 40th Annual IACA Conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Windsor, Connecticut – Friday, May 19, 2017

PCC is glad to announce that we will be attending the The 40th Annual International Association of Commercial Administrators (IACA) Conference, held in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada on May 21st – 25th.
All attendees are welcome to visit us at our booth and in the Seaport Room, where we will be hosting demonstrations of our Business One Stop product from May 22nd – May 24th.

The International Association of Commercial Administrators (IACA) is a professional association for government administrators of business organization and secured transaction record systems at the state, provincial, territorial, and national level in any jurisdiction which has or anticipates development of such systems. IACA is dedicated to the education of and exchange of ideas among its members at annual general meetings and through newsletters throughout the year. Emphasis is placed on greater efficiency in government and in providing superior service at the least possible cost.

PCC Technology Inc., a subsidiary of GCR Inc., is based in Windsor, Connecticut and provides technology solutions critical to modernizing our nation’s democratic process, streamlining business services, and maintaining public trust and confidence in our government’s leaders and offices.

PCC Election Software Enables Record-Breaking Early Vote Numbers in Texas

Austin, Texas- Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Unofficial results show that nearly 8.9 million Texans cast ballots in Tuesday’s presidential election, surpassing the state’s record 8 million voters in 2008 – all processed by PCC’s ElectioNet™ Election Management software employed by the Texas Secretary of State. PCC has implemented a full suite of Elections Management solutions in Texas, from voter registration and election management to jury management functions for more than 13 million registered voters in the state.

PCC’s ElectioNet™ platform was designed to fully automate election office operations and can be deployed in modular fashion. ElectioNet™ supports every aspect of an election agency including Voter Registration, Election Set-up, Candidate Management, Voting District Management, Manage Polling Places, Poll Worker Management , Absentee and Regular Ballot Management, Elections History Tracking and Petition Management.

PCC, a subsidiary of GCR Inc., is based in Windsor, Connecticut and provides technology solutions critical to modernizing our nation’s democratic process, streamlining business services, and maintaining public trust and confidence in our government’s leaders and offices.

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PCC Election Software Behind All-Time Early Voting Record in Georgia

Atlanta, Georgia – Monday, November 7, 2016

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp announced today that early voting has hit an all-time record, with 2,129,316 ballots cast thus far – all processed by PCC’s ElectioNet™ Election Management software employed by the Georgia Secretary of State since 2012. PCC has implemented a full suite of Elections Management solutions in Georgia, from Voter Registration and Election Night Reporting to the “My Voter Page” public portal allowing voters to check registration status, sample ballots and voting locations.

“Technology and hard work by our state and county election officials have made the right to vote easier and easier to exercise over the past decade,” said Kemp. PCC is proud to provide this technology to 16 states, including Georgia.

PCC’s ElectioNet™ platform was designed to fully automate election office operations and can be deployed in modular fashion. ElectioNet™ supports every aspect of an election agency including Voter Registration, Election Set-up, Candidate Management, Voting District Management, Manage Polling Places, Poll Worker Management, Absentee and Regular Ballot Management, Elections History Tracking and Petition Management.

PCC, a subsidiary of GCR Inc., is based in Windsor, Connecticut and provides technology solutions critical to modernizing our nation’s democratic process, streamlining business services, and maintaining public trust and confidence in our government’s leaders and offices.

http://sos.ga.gov/index.php/elections/kemp_georgia_shatters_2008_early_voting_record

Vermont Rolls Out Online Voter Registration, Looks To Future

Montpelier, VT, Thursday, October 22, 2015

Secretary of State Jim Condos unveiled Vermont’s new online voter registration system Thursday, a network built over two years that officials hope will boost voter turnout in future elections.

“The biggest obstacle to registering people to vote is convenience,” said Gov. Peter Shumlin, speaking at City Hall. “And what this allows is for folks to go online, to register and to be able to participate in the most important democracy in the world.”

Out of the 665,000 people living in Vermont, roughly 440,000 are registered to vote, Condos said. The online system will boost this number in the coming months, he hopes, as Vermonters can now register online or in person up until the Wednesday before the 2016 election, Condos said.

The new software also allows voters to request and track absentee ballots, retrieve directions to polling places and view real-time election results, officials said.

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https://vtdigger.org/2015/10/22/vermont-rolls-out-online-voter-registration-looks-to-future-initiatives/

Secretary of State gives INBiz portal boost at Centier

Indianapolis, IN, Thursday, September 29, 2016

More than 40 small business owners as well as representatives of nonprofit organizations and larger CPA and law firms learned more about the state’s INBiz online portal at Centier Bank’s Corporate Centre on Thursday morning.

Whether businesses are a century old or new start-ups, the online portal provides a secure one-stop resource to register and maintain their enterprises, Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson told her audience at the bank.

Launched in April by the Secretary of State’s office, INBiz is administered by the office’s business services division and replaces the state’s old legacy system that was used for years. All businesses registered on the legacy system are now part of INBiz, she said.

New businesses are “one of the driving forces behind Indiana’s economy,” Lawson said.

The aim of the online portal is to make it easier for new and existing companies to do business with the state by allowing them to use one username and password.

The home page at www.inbiz.in.gov allows visitors to do business searches without registering for an account. This business search feature is the most popular with more than 50,000 people accessing the site to date according to Google Analytics, Lawson said.

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State Launches ‘One-Stop’ Business Portal to Blast Through Red Tape

Indianapolis, IN, Monday, May 9, 2016

The state’s “one-stop” portal for Indiana businesses is now up and running.

INBiz—the first phase of the state’s $9.1 million Business OneStop web portal—has launched at INBiz.in.gov. The Indiana Secretary of State’s Office intends the website becomes the “single point of contact for businesses as they do business with the state.”

The site aims to streamline much of the bureaucracy that comes with opening a business, including tax registration, securing permits, and paying annual filing fees.

It should save business owners “time and money that can be reinvested into growing and operating their companies,” Gov. Mike Pence said in a press release.

Later this year, businesses will be able to access services from the Indiana Department of Revenue and the Indiana Department of Workforce Development through the site, including paying their taxes.

Services will continue to be added to the site “as business owners demand,” Secretary of State Connie Lawson said.

“INBiz will be the most comprehensive one-stop resource in the nation,” Lawson said. “It will streamline and expedite the registration and compliance process, reducing the cost of doing business with the state.”

http://www.ibj.com/articles/58504-state-launches-one-stop-business-portal-to-blast-through-red-tape

Connecticut Will Offer Real-Time Election Results This November

Hartford, CT, Tuesday, April 19, 2016

They’ve been working on it for more than five years, but Secretary of the State Denise Merrill said they’ve finished development of a real-time election results reporting system that works for Connecticut.

The program, which will be tested Tuesday in some towns, will allow local election officials to enter returns for their town into an Internet-based program that will share the results from each polling location with the public online.

This will be the first time Connecticut voters will have access to real-time election results. In the past, local election officials were allowed to fax in their vote tallies to the Secretary of the State’s office, or they could email the results in a pdf document, many of which included handwritten tallies. The information wasn’t in an easily downloadable form and it made getting results difficult.

In the past, The Associated Press would collaborate with its member news organizations to staff every Connecticut town to gather election results during statewide elections. But based on attrition in the news industry, staffing every town isn’t always possible anymore. Typically, the two major parties’ campaigns had the information before the news media and everyone was expected to trust the information they were provided, at least for the first 24 hours after the polls closed.

In the new software, the news media will have separate access to the data so that if the public website crashes because of high traffic, news organizations will still have access to the results.

The program was developed by PCC Technology Group of Windsor. Merrill estimated that it cost between $350,000 to $450,000 to build, as part of a larger service contract with the state.

“I do believe we are the only state with a system that is this comprehensive,” Merrill said. “It’s actually a management tool for local officials.”

There are more than 800 polling locations in Connecticut. And with a decentralized electoral system, getting local Registrars of Voters to use the system proved daunting a few years ago when they piloted their first program in a dozen towns.

Ted Bromley, legal counsel for Merrill’s office, said he sees more local election officials embracing the new technology, which will replace fax machines and pdfs.

Local officials will still have 48 hours to submit their official results to the Secretary of the State’s office, but they can report the unofficial results online before the numbers are finalized.

Using the new Internet-based system won’t be mandatory until November. However, Merrill said 140 of the 169 towns have been trained over the past few weeks on how to use the system, which also offers local election officials tools to better calculate some of the results without having to resort to a pen, paper, and calculator.

It’s unclear at the moment how many towns will take advantage of the new program April 26 for the Republican and Democratic presidential primary.

In 2015, East Hartford was the only town to test out the new program, which has since been upgraded.

At the time, Merrill suggested they would not be able to use the system during municipal elections based on the idiosyncrasies of each local form of government in Connecticut. However, the developer was able to make it work and now local registrars will be able to use it during municipal election years, too.

Bromley said the system likely will be improved based on suggestions from local elected officials, but the current iteration of the program is the one they plan to use for the November election.

Merrill said several states have real-time results reporting, but none of the states have created the “comprehensive management system” that Connecticut created for local elected officials to input the information.

“All the reports and all the election management really took some time to do,” Bromley said. “Because in Connecticut we have 169 different towns.”

http://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/archives/entry/connecticut_will_offer_real-time_election_results_this_november/

GCR, Quest, and PCC to Attend 2016 NASS Winter Conference

New Orleans, LA, Wednesday, 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.

http://gcrincorporated.com/gcr-quest-and-pcc-to-attend-2016-nass-winter-conference/

Late Surge Sets Georgia Online Voter Registration Record

Atlanta, GA, Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Georgians clearly are pumped up for next month’s presidential primaries.

The Peach State has set a record for online voter registrations thanks to a surge during the week leading up the Feb. 1 deadline, Secretary of State Brian Kemp announced Wednesday.

During the seven days up to and including Monday, 54,385 Georgians signed up to vote on the state’s online registration website, including 37,903 first-time voters.

“These numbers are unprecedented … and show that Georgians are excited about the SEC Primary,” Kemp said. “Georgians deserve this opportunity to have their voices heard.”

Kemp’s office launched the voter registration website in March of last year, allowing Georgians to register to vote 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Unlike other states, the Georgia system works directly with the state Department of Drivers’ Services to automatically register voters using a Georgia driver’s license or state identification card number.

Early voting for the SEC Primary begins next Monday. The March 1 voting has been dubbed the SEC Primary because Georgia and other states with universities in the Southeastern Conference will be deciding their Republican and Democratic presidential preferences that day.

http://www.bizjournals.com/atlanta/blog/capitol_vision/2016/02/late-surge-sets-georgia-online-voter-registration.html

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