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Arizona Working to Unite Military Personnel to $7M in Unclaimed Property

Trusted by more states than any other system, Avenu’s Unclaimed Property Solutions provides administrators with a suite of comprehensive tools to unite owners to unclaimed property they didn’t know they were missing. We were happy to learn about the success that Arizona’s program is having and their recent campaign to unite military personnel to their unclaimed property.

Every year, the Arizona Department of Revenue’s (ADOR’s) Unclaimed Property program returns millions of dollars to claimants, including $42.5 million in 2019-2020. This year, right in time for Veteran’s Day, ADOR started a campaign to search for 14,000 military personnel and unite them to properties that total $7 million.

Much of this property belongs to military who were not permanent residents of Arizona but temporarily stationed at a military base. The agency has identified more than 14,000 military personnel with last known Arizona addresses from several military locations including; Camp Navajo Army Base, Fort Huachuca Army Base, Luke Air Force Base, Tucson’s Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Yuma Proving Ground Army Base, and Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Yuma.

Some dating back over 30 years, these properties total $7 million, with the largest property due to a single owner totaling $136,217

Currently, military members with large properties will receive a notice with the goal being that the property owner or family member will contact ADOR’s Unclaimed Property Unit.

Unclaimed property generally consists of money due to an individual from sources like old bank accounts, uncashed payroll checks, tax refunds, credit balances, rebates, returned deposits, and dormant safe deposit boxes. Often, the company holding the funds has an outdated or the wrong forwarding address for the customer, and in some cases, a person passes away with no family members aware of the assets. Most accounts are turned over to the state after several years of inactivity.

ADOR returns the property to owners who provide documentation showing their right to claim the assets. Claimants must include a valid photo ID and documentation linking them to the owner’s last known address with their ADOR Claim Form. Claimants must also provide documentation demonstrating a legal right to claim any property listed in another name.

In the past three fiscal years, ADOR returned roughly $155 million to individuals and businesses.

Learn more about how Avenu’s Unclaimed Property Solutions can help state’s administer programs, and how U.S. citizens can find out if they are Missing Money.

First-Aid Kit for Cities: How Revenue Management Can Help Local Governments Withstand COVID-19

The coronavirus pandemic has decimated the revenue of state and local governments. Businesses are closing and citizens are spending less, generating deficits in tax income vital to many government budgets. In response, governments are firing employees and cutting key services just in order to get through the 2020 budgeting season.

But governments have access to an alternative. Paul Colangelo, CEO of Avenu, outlines this alternative in his most recent op-ed. Automated, data-driven and tech-enabled revenue management can rescue government budgets without requiring governments to eliminate employees and services or raise taxes. The key is leveraging new digital and automation technology to unlock revenue hidden behind opaque internal processes and poorly optimized government processes.

Read the full article in Forbes about the steps governments can take today to discover hidden revenue and weather the fiscal impact of the coronavirus crisis.

Streamlining Real Estate Filings for Montmorency County Michigan

The Office of the Register of Deeds for Montmorency County made the move to implement E-Recording to provide numerous advantages to its constituents. The benefits include the exponential speed in processing real estate filings along with receiving funds faster with electronic deposits. The elimination of paper and reduction of foot traffic saves enormous time for everyone involved.

“Today’s constituents expect modern technology to accelerate the flow of information. Avenu’s E-Recording allows us to provide a crucial service to our citizens while saving time in the office for document processing and returns, as well as the county on postage. We are Preserving the past, maintaining the present and securing the future of Montmorency County Records,” shared Ms. Walker.

Avenu’s CEO, Paul Colangelo, shared the following when asked about the transition to GRIDS, “As a long-standing client of ours, we have a close working relationship with Montmorency County and understand their goals for the future. Implementing E-Recording is part of a strategic plan to modernize operations and improve services for their constituents. We are dedicated to serving local governments and are pleased to help position Montmorency County for continued and future success.”

About the Register of Deeds for Montmorency County MI

The Register of Deeds is the Official Constitutional Recording Officer and keeper of the records for all legal documents and instruments pertaining to the transfer and encumbrance of all lands and properties within Montmorency County. The Register of Deeds serves the public with research and is also chairperson of the County Plat Board. All plats are recorded in the Register of Deeds office. The office is used by Abstractors, Title Companies, Mortgage Corporations, Real Estate Agents, Attorneys, Surveyors, Oil and Gas Land men, and individuals who check on the recording and filing of many papers pertaining to their professional or personal business. The office is also utilized by local townships within the county for assessing and taxation purposes and is the starting place for the entire tax base. Learn more by visiting, Montmorency Register of Deeds.

About Avenu Insights & Analytics

As a leading provider in state and local government solutions, Avenu has partnered with over 3,000 state and local governments to boost revenue, optimize operations, and reduce costs. Avenu provides revenue enhancement and administrative solutions that uncover new sources of untapped revenue and deliver software that streamlines day-to-day operations. State and local governments partner with Avenu to increase revenue without raising taxes, streamline internal operations, and improve services by enhancing connectivity for constituents. Avenu is a portfolio company of Mill Point Capital. To learn more, visit http://www.avenuinsights.com.

Originally published on PRWeb.

Why Tech Needs Women Leaders and How to Get Them

In 2020, we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment. The 19th amendment was a landmark victory for true gender equality. Its 100th anniversary offers a time to reflect on the importance of gender equality in business, public sector and tech leadership.

Sharon Matthews, vice chairwoman at Avenu Insights & Analytics, relates her experience as a female leader in her latest op-ed. Through decades of leadership experience working in tech, she’s discovered firsthand the value of equal and diverse leadership teams. Gender equality is about more than just gender representation; it is fundamentally about creating the viewpoint and mindset diversity that can power impactful innovation, creative problem-solving and effective teamwork.

Read more in NextGov to hear her full story and learn about what we can do to foster gender equality in our leadership teams.

Avenu Delivers Newly Preserved Books to Tallapoosa Alabama

Buying a home? Having a boundary dispute? Building a structure on your land?

Chances are you will need a plat map, also known as a plat which shows you how a tract of land is divided into lots in your county. It is drawn to scale and records the land’s size, boundary locations, nearby streets, flood zones, and any easements or rights of way.

Most homeowners receive a copy of their plat when buying a home. Tallapoosa County Alabama commissioned Avenu to preserve some books of plat maps, some of which dated back to the 1800s. Avenu’s Book Recreation Services were performed in our Mandeville, LA location to recreate these plat books and safeguard against further deterioration from handling the maps.

A picture is certainly worth a thousand words in this case, and if you look below you will see the before and after photos for Tallapoosa’s books.

“Tallapoosa’s plat books were falling apart. It was important to them to preserve the history of changes that have occurred, and they are beyond thrilled with the finished product,” shared Yolanda Watkins, Client Sales Executive. Yolanda also recently worked with the City of Mobile Alabama who is underway with a large preservation project. Avenu is preserving over 28 books that contain council minutes, and governance and historical documents for Mobile.

 

Dating back to the 1800s, here is a before and after glimpse of Tallapoosa County’s plat map books following Avenu’s recreation services.

 

Banner Webinar: Digitally Transform Your ERP System

Take your digital transformation to the next level with Avenu’s newest technology for Human Resource and Finance Officers — Banner Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system.

Experience an easy, intuitive, and mobile solution that will provide your jurisdiction with a single system that will adapt and grow with your needs.

Avenu’s team of experts share how the power of this best-in-class solution provides:

  • Access on any device, anywhere, anytime
  • Secure platform that is rights and roles driven
  • Management of ALL Human Resource aspects
  • Unified financial suite reporting on health of entire organization
  • Performance driven culture

Click here to download the presentation.

Avenu Insights & Analytics Announces Partnership with UCLA Anderson Forecast

The Forecast has been producing economic outlooks for over 65 years, one of the longest running major economic forecasts in the country and is recognized as one of the most accurate, objective, widely followed and frequently cited economic forecasts in the world. Each quarter, the UCLA Anderson Forecast hosts sessions to present their economic findings and outlook which includes valuable insight and explanation behind the numbers and trends.

Avenu’s partnership with UCLA Anderson will include an invitation for clients to attend private quarterly seminars regarding economic trends and outlook for their local economies. These sessions will be led by Dr. Jerry Nickelsburg, Director of the UCLA Anderson Forecast, and will be interactive in nature allowing for Q&A sessions. For over 40 years, Avenu has been providing California local governments with economic news and trends, as well as tax revenue forecasts. As a strategic partner, Avenu provides additional data points to help shed light on the impacts of policy and economic changes to local governments and their revenue streams.

“The new alliance between Avenu and the UCLA Anderson Forecast is a natural one,” shared Paul Colangelo, CEO of Avenu. “Providing the opportunity for Avenu clients to interact with the UCLA Anderson Forecast team in special sessions that are specifically designed with a local government focus augments our services and provides a comprehensive economic overview which is a tremendous advantage for our clients.”

“The UCLA Anderson Forecast is pleased to have this collaboration with Avenu,” said Dr. Nickelsburg. “Being able to connect with Avenu and their clients, share our research, as well as to develop new research and data is a valuable addition to the Forecast’s activities.”

About UCLA Anderson Forecast

UCLA Anderson Forecast is one of the most widely watched and often-cited economic outlooks for California and the nation, and was unique in predicting both the seriousness of the early-1990s downturn in California and the strength of the state’s rebound since 1993. More recently, the Forecast was credited as the first major U.S. economic forecasting group to declare the recession of 2001. Visit UCLA Anderson Forecast at uclaforecast.com.

About Avenu Insights & Analytics

As a leading provider in State and Local government solutions, Avenu has partnered with over 3,000 State and Local governments to boost revenue, optimize operations, and reduce costs. Avenu provides revenue enhancement and administrative solutions that uncover new sources of untapped revenue and deliver software that streamlines day-to-day operations. State and local governments partner with Avenu to increase revenue without raising taxes, streamline internal operations, and improve services by enhancing connectivity for constituents. Avenu is a portfolio company of Mill Point Capital. To learn more, visit avenuinsights.com.

Originally published on PRWeb.

October California Legislative Update

The October California Legislative Update provides a broad review of bills that were signed into law by Califonia’s Governor, Gavin Newsom.

Avenu Co-sponsored Pre-Paid Wireless Bill Signed by the Governor: On October 08, 2019, the Governor passed the Local Prepaid Mobile Telephony Services Collection Act.

Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development: The Legislature’s budget approves a total of $100 million to support the California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank’s loan guarantee program that provides financial assistance to small businesses.

Clean Cars by 2035: The executive order requires that all new cars and passenger trucks sold in California must be zeroemission vehicles by 2035.

Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation: Medicaid Director Seema Verma announced that, concerns that have been raised and they will be removing the Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation from the regulatory agenda.

Read the full October California Legislative Update Here.

Where Technology and History Meet: How Digital Tech Is Giving Old Documents New Life

For centuries, local governments across the United States have been keeping historical records of land ownership transactions. These records number billions of pages and go back to before the founding of the original British colonies. Government officials rely on these records to prove provenance of land ownership, and genealogists use them to research family trees.

But the vast majority of these records are maintained as handwritten paper documents. This document format is expensive to maintain, difficult to read and can’t be searched through easily. But as Avenu’s Alfredo Frauenfelder explains in his latest op-ed, there’s a new technology that can change that.

It’s called a Land Records Management System (LRMS). LRMS can combine digital imaging technology with the expertise of qualified transcribers to create a fully searchable, digital database of America’s historical records. With LRMS, all of America’s most precious historical documents can be more easily accessed by the public and more efficiently maintained by local governments.

Read on here to learn more about this exciting technology.

Digital Citizens Deserve a Digital Court System

America’s court system is ready for a change. Our citizens are more digitally empowered than ever before, but our courts and juries are mired in outdated manual processes and burdensome paperwork. For many Americans, jury service is a chore that wastes too much time and is far too confusing.

But governments can make the change we need and deserve. Keith Ellery, justice solutions leader at Avenu, outlines the case for a digital transformation of the court system in his latest op-ed. Digital technology is convenient, highly modular and easily configurable. With the right digital tools, governments can bring their court systems online and digitize their records and processes, empowering more citizens to participate in more efficient and streamlined juries.

Read on here to find out more about what digital technology can do for our courts.