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Avenu and SAFEbuilt Team Up to Help Government Customers Recover from COVID-19 Economic Impact

Avenu Insights & Analytics (Avenu) and SAFEbuilt, a community development services company, have entered into a strategic alliance to provide local government customers a unique revenue enhancement assessment tool. This alliance seeks to help local governments rebuild and recover from this national pandemic.

This project has been driven by two simple and critical goals: Create a tool to help the two companies’ 4,000 state and local government customers recover from near term budget pressures and to help them find new revenue opportunities.

The strategic alliance brings together the skills of two of the nation’s most innovative service providers to state and local governments. Avenu provides compliance auditing, revenue discovery, and tax administration, as well as market leading software and an analytics platform that automates and streamlines administration functions, from digitizing building plans to a variety of records management functions. SAFEbuilt has worked with more than 1,100 communities nationwide to supply transformative building, infrastructure, and maintenance solutions along with other professional services to build safer and more modern communities.

“Both Avenu and SAFEbuilt are in the business of serving local governments and communities,” said Avenu CEO Paul Colangelo “Amid the current COVID-19 crisis, our customers need solutions that can help get them on an economic road to recovery now. This partnership affords our customers with a wider array of solutions to help them with today’s unprecedented challenges.”

SAFEbuilt Chief Revenue Officer Joe DeRosa said it’s a natural fit for the two companies’ customers: “Our companies share similar values and culture. We are both dedicated to creating innovative solutions that increase the success of the cities and counties where we live and work. Our objective is to help our customers exit this pandemic in a data-driven, growth-oriented manner that makes them stronger than they were before.  Working with Avenu allows us to introduce best-in-class solutions to our customers with the goal of enabling better and smarter short- and long-term growth.”

About SAFEbuilt

Founded in 1992, SAFEbuilt supports municipal governments and public and private corporations with community transformation services, including expert and professional community development, infrastructure, and maintenance services to over 1,100 communities across 24 states. SAFEbuilt offers customized solutions that are built to fit their client’s development needs including stabilizing budgets, maximizing efficiencies, improving customer services, and adaptable staffing. To learn more, visit www.safebuilt.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 www.avenuinsights.com.

Media Contact: Corinne Aycock, Avenu Marketing Manager, (Avenu) (703) 863-1366

Avenu Offers Free Revenue Enhancement Assessment to Local Governments

During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, local governments are confronting budget shortfalls as revenue drops and leaders work to support their community during the crisis. Many jurisdictions are trying to finalize budgets for the upcoming fiscal year while assessing how the economic downturn is impacting current forecast. The volatility of the unexpected economic situation makes this a daunting task.

Avenu has decades of experience working with over 3,000 local governments developing strategies to enhance revenue without raising taxes. Our team works with jurisdictions to identify noncompliance, secure lost revenue, and understand and project your jurisdiction’s tax future. Avenu works closely with government clients to realize revenue potential — while building business relationships that foster compliance for years to come.

Our team is uniquely prepared to support local governments through these challenging times. We have extensive real-world experience in handling crisis situations and front-line knowledge in preparing and implementing strategies to help cities and counties weather the storms and recover as quickly as possible.

We stand ready to partner with your jurisdiction by offering a free revenue enhancement assessment to help local governments with the revenue impacts of this crisis. Our assessment will help local governments seek guidance and gather feedback in one or more of the following areas:

  • Forecasting revenue through the economic crisis
  • Identifying additional revenue sources to cover budget shortfalls
  • Handling tax and license administration during COVID-19
  • Navigating COVID-19 Grant Funding for your community
  • Short-term cash flow strategies, and longer-term recovery planning

Virtual appointment times will be used to identify areas of need and a customized assessment will be provided to your team immediately following a short discussion

Sign up today and a member of our team will be in touch immediately.

 

 

WEBINAR: Financial Impacts of PG&E’s Delay in New Time of Use Rate Structure

A recent decision by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved the delay in the New Time-of-Use rate structure for Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) until March 2021. These new rates are based off changes to what are considered “peak” hours and were originally due to take effect November 1, 2020.

Due to the different implementation deadlines, PG&E are enabling customers the ability to “opt-in and opt-out” on either the old rate structure or under the new rate structure, from now until March 2021, on a meter by meter basis (one time).  This accommodation will provide government agencies with an opportunity (over the next 12 months) to strategically select rates for period of time on a meter by meter basis that could result in significant savings.

Avenu Insights & Analytics partnered with Procure America (PA) to assist our California communities with better understanding the financial ramifications of the recent announcements related to the upcoming changes. In a recent webinar, we outlined the steps you should be taking NOW to ensure your City, County, or Agency receives the greatest utility savings under the new plan.

We discussed:

  • Overview or Old vs. New Time-of-Use Rate Structure
  • Financial Implications of the delay in PG&E’s “New” Time-of-Use structure
  • PG&E online and customer service rate analysis
  • Approach to determine and deploy the most efficient rate structures
  • Timetable for “opting-in and opting-out” of the rate structures
  • Estimated savings based on your jurisdiction

Take a moment to view the presentation, and watch the webinar.

New Utility Rate Changes Could Mean Significant Savings for California Jurisdictions

A recent decision by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved the delay in the New Time-of-Use rate structure for Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) until March 2021. These new rates are based off changes to what are considered “peak” hours and were originally due to take effect November 1, 2020.

Due to the different implementation deadlines, PG&E are enabling customers the ability to “opt-in and opt-out” on either the old rate structure or under the new rate structure, from now until March 2021, on a meter by meter basis (one time).  This accommodation will provide government agencies with an opportunity (over the next 12 months) to strategically select rates for period of time on a meter by meter basis that could result in significant savings.

Avenu Insights & Analytics has partnered with Procure America (PA) to assist our California communities with better understanding the financial ramifications of the recent announcements related to the upcoming changes. In an upcoming webinar on April 23rd at 10am PST we will outline the steps you should be taking NOW to ensure your City, County, or Agency receives the greatest utility savings under the new plan.

We will be discussing:

  • Overview or Old vs. New Time-of-Use Rate Structure
  • Financial Implications of the delay in PG&E’s “New” Time-of-Use structure
  • PG&E online and customer service rate analysis
  • Approach to determine and deploy the most efficient rate structures
  • Timetable for “opting-in and opting-out” of the rate structures
  • Estimated savings based on your jurisdiction

Join our short 30 min presentation on April 23rd at 10am PST to learn more on this proposed rule change and the expense ramifications.

WEBINAR SERIES: New Clearview Property Tax Suite

Avenu recently revealed its release of Clearview Property Tax Suite tailored for State and Local Government Treasurers, Tax Collectors, Auditors and Assessors. The new product suite contains three stand-alone modules that work together or independently with any third-party system.

Avenu recently hosted a series of LIVE Web Series that highlight key features, demonstrate product functionality, and provide live walk-through of example scenarios. We hope the presentations below are helpful as we continue to innovate for the future!

 

  1. Clearview Valuation Analytics: Thursday, April 16 at 1:00pm cst

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  1. Clearview Property Tax Manager: Thursday, April 23 at 1:00pm cst

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  1. Clearview Valuation Manager: Thursday, April 30 at 1:00pm cst

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WEBINAR: Maximize the Power of Clearview Analytics

Clearview Analytics is our cutting edge software that helps local jurisdictions know the challenge of managing revenue volatility and its impact on budgeting. During these changing economic times, we are supporting our clients to answer their questions, help them better understand the software, and make sure they are prepared for the challenges ahead. This webinar was offered to existing clients who utilize the software. If you are interested in learning more about the product, feel free to reach out to our team!

During the demo, you will learn how to understand and anticipate revenue changes for your jurisdiction. Specifically, the demo covers ways to see how your City is performing by viewing your:

  • Economic Overview
  • Top Taxpayers
  • City vs. State Performance
  • Budget Comparison
  • Month to Month Budget Change
  • Monthly City Audits
  • Non-Taxpayers

Irene Reynolds brings her years of experience in the company to helping our clients better prepare for the future.

 

California’s Legislative Response to COVID-19

Governor Orders Californians to Stay Home Except for Essential Needs. Just prior to sending this update, Governor Gavin Newsom made a major announcement that he was issuing a statewide Executive Order requiring all individuals living in the State of California to stay home or at their place of residence except as needed to follow the federal critical infrastructure sectors. The governor’s order will impact over 40 million residents and is deemed essential to protect public health, establish consistency across the state, and “bend the curve” to disrupt the spread of the virus. The order goes into effect tonight, March 19, 2020 and will remain in place until further notice.

Legislature Approves Emergency Legislation Before Recessing Until April 13. The Legislature met on Monday, March 16 to pass emergency legislation related to COVID-19, SB 89 and SB 117, as well as adopt ACR 189. Both SB 89 and SB 117 were passed by the Legislature unanimously and have now been signed by the governor and chaptered into law. ACR 189 recessed the Legislature until April 13 and allows either house to recall itself from recess or allows the two houses to extend the recess if necessary.

During this evolving and unprecedented crisis, we recognize the overabundance of information being disseminated and attempted to capture information of relevance to cities and counties. We will do our best to provide regular updates as new information is available and encourage you to please contact us if you have any questions or need additional information.

Government Relations Contact Fran.Mancia@AvenuInsights.com/559.288.7296

Read the Full California COVID Update Here.

California Legislative Update March 13, 2020

The deadline to introduce bills was February 21. Prior to the deadline, we saw 1,450 new bills introduced between the two houses during the week February 17, with 1,120 bills introduced during the final two days prior to the deadline, bringing the total number of active bills to 2,203.

Avenu is currently monitoring more than 40 bills that seek to modify existing local taxes and impose new fees. Please note that this report is in no way complete. We will continue to update this list as new information emerges.

Read the Full Legislative Update Here.

Document Preservation: A Window into the Relationship of Two Presidents

As America races towards its 250th birthday, there are numerous challenges to preserving records from the very beginning of our nation. One of the main challenges is deterioration that occurs over time from usage, sunlight, oxidation, mold and improper storage. Many early records are handwritten, requiring transcription services. Insufficient storage and the cost of archiving paper records is another growing issue. Cities and counties across the country are taking action to preserve their history.

Over the last 40 years, Avenu’s Digital Processing Services team has partnered with jurisdictions to preserve records (historic, governance, vital, land, financial, and administrative) and make them available for generations to come. Billions of documents and images have been digitized and transcribed by our experts, securing them from wear and tear, accidents, and natural disasters, while enabling the public to easily search and access them.

In honor of Presidents’ Day, we wanted to look at a previous preservation project involving a historic record with two past presidents. Let us set the stage with a brief history lesson.

For nearly 200 years, John Adams (2nd President) and John Quincy Adams (6th President) were the only father-son pair to serve as Presidents. In 1800, John Adams lost his presidential reelection campaign to Thomas Jefferson, and in 1802, John Quincy Adams was elected to the U.S. Senate from Massachusetts. In 1803, during the first year of John Quincy Adam’s term in the U.S. Senate, John Adams and his wife Abigail Adams, sold over 320 acres to their son.

Avenu partnered with Norfolk County, MA to transcribe and digitize 871 books. Included in this project was the four-page deed of sale for this property. The deed details thirteen different lots owned by John Adams that were purchased for $12,812. It provides a detailed account of how John Adams acquired different lots, structures on the property, various uses of the land, geographic boundaries, and the names of individuals who owned neighboring property.

All of this property he attests “are free of all encumbrances… that I have good right to sell and convey the same to the said John Quincy Adams, & that I will warrant and defend the same to the said John Quincy Adams and his heirs and assigns forever against the lawful claims and demands of all persons.”

The document is also noteworthy because both John and Abigail Adams signed and sealed the document as the property transferred included property from Abigail’s dowry. This deed along with numerous historic documents from Norfolk County can be viewed online.

Avenu takes great pride in using our technology and experienced team to preserve records for future generations. Each document preserved provides a detailed account of the individuals, land, and events that occurred throughout the history of our nation.

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Avenu also digitized Plymouth County, Massacheusetts’ historical records in advance of the 400 anniversary of Plymouth Colony.

CASE STUDY: The Future of Jury Selection

How the Norfolk Circuit Court Increased its Jury Response Rate from 36% to 80%.

Low jury response rates can be a drag on court operations and the administration of justice: cancelled trials; wasted time and money; frustrated judges, lawyers, parties, and witnesses.
These low jury response rates also punish the members of the public who do show up to meet their civic responsibilities. These responsible citizens often serve more frequently because of the citizens who simply shirk from their civic duties.

The citizens who do respond to a jury duty summons are not always reflective of the population leading to jury pools that do not accurately represent the demographics of the community.

The Circuit Court of the City of Norfolk, Virginia faced all of these problems in 2015. And they were not getting any better.

Clerk of Court George Schaefer summarizes the Court’s experience in improving the jury response rate in this way:  “We’ve improved our jury response rate from a low of 36% to around 80%. Are we where we want to be? No, not yet. But through a lot of concerted effort and a software program that allows us to do what we need to do, we’re so much better off than we used to be. We’re quite pleased.”

Norfolk, Virginia