VC3 Signs Contract With City of Hickory, NC, to Upgrade And Implement e-Government Solution

VC3 Signs Contract With City of Hickory, NC, to Upgrade And Implement
e-Government Solution
COLUMBIA, S.C., Nov. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- e-Government solution provider
VC3, Inc. announced today a contract with the City of Hickory, North Carolina,
to initiate discovery consulting and implement the GovHost.CitizenRequest
module. This module, which allows citizens to log onto the city web site and
request city services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, is expected to go live
February 2001. During discovery consulting, a team from VC3 will assess the
existing technology infrastructure and develop a framework of upgrades and
implementations to support e-government services. Hickory will look to
implement other e-Government services later in 2001.
"We formed a 10-member team to review current methods of processing
citizen requests," said Warren Wood, assistant city manager for the City of
Hickory. "At the completion of this two-year study, the city realized a need
to change the existing software used for citizen requests. We looked at five
companies, and VC3 was the one that met all the criteria. After a site visit
to Conyers, GA, another VC3 customer, the team decided that VC3 understands
the needs of local governments and has the capabilities to meet our e-
government requirements."
The criteria set forth by the City of Hickory assessment team includes:

* Ability to integrate with back-end software including a financial
system,
* Geographic Information Systems (GIS) interface capabilities
* Ability to produce reports on open and closed requests
* Trend-tracking of citizen requests and web site usage
* Allow citizens to place a request from the comfort of their homes.

"VC3's discovery consulting is a crucial part of getting cities and
counties, like the City of Hickory, to update necessary hardware and
software," said David Dunn, president and CEO of VC3, Inc. "After the initial
phase and plan of action is completed, Hickory will implement one of the most
popular modules of the GovHost.com product suite -- the citizen request
module. This module allows citizens to place and track requests via the web
24x7 and enables cities to expedite the processing time to answer those
requests. GovHost.com reduces paperwork and minimizes the backlog of service
requests."

About VC3 and GovHost.com
VC3, Inc. is a total solutions provider headquartered in Columbia, SC.
VC3 has an e-Government product line, GovHost.com, which offers a complete
suite of hosted virtual government and line-of-business solutions to small and
medium-sized local governments via an application service provider (ASP)
business model. Through its national network of resellers, VC3 provides the
GovHost.com solutions to cities and counties throughout the United States.
Obtain more information via the web at http://www.govhost.com or by calling
1-800-787-1160.

About City of Hickory
Hickory, North Carolina, is located in the Western Foothills of North
Carolina. With a population of 36,500, Hickory is located 45 minutes east of
the Blue Ridge Mountains and one hour northwest of Charlotte, NC.

SOURCE VC3, Inc.
Web Site: http://www.govhost.com

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