Transforming IT Services for Your Business or Jurisdiction

Local governments know that managing IT is a constant challenge.

Beware of “Dark Store” Tax Assessments

Big box retailers are increasingly using the “dark store” tax strategy under which they want to pay property tax for one thriving location based on comparables that are no longer operating. The lower valuation is costing governments millions of dollars, as one county in Kansas found out after a state review board said it overvalued Walmart’s stores by $60 million.

Managing Disruption: Using Data to Drive Local Government Transformation

Just when you think you’ve figured out how to secure your information technology (IT) systems, along comes the Internet of Things. Disruptive forces present a constant challenge to local government leaders because they upend traditional processes, time-honored delivery methods and citizen expectations.

Avenu Today and Tomorrow: A conversation with CEO Paul Colangelo

Although Avenu is a new name to many jurisdictions, it has a heritage that goes back decades. Companies that Avenu has acquired were prominent among the cities and counties they served, and Avenu embodies their great characteristics in its vision going forward. Here Avenu CEO Paul Colangelo gives perspective on how Avenu supports its government customers.

Unclaimed Property: How to Collect Your Cash

If you’ve ever come across change in your jean pocket or a few dollars in an old purse, you know the giddy joy of finding missing money. When you’re tight on cash, those extra few bucks can make all the difference. But what if you were able to come across more than that?

The Meaning of Partnership for State and Local Government

Kennon Walthall is Avenu’s senior vice president in charge of partnerships. Here he describes the partner program and how it brings value to Avenu’s state and local government clients.

Governments That Get IT Right

GovTech magazine’s Ben Miller recently joined Avenu’s Director of IT Roger Murphy on a webinar to highlight examples of local governments that are making the best use of technology with minimal cost. Highlights are below.

Ask the Expert: Where Are We on the Cannabis Journey?

Brad Rowe leads Avenu’s cannabis compliance practice and has unique insight into how jurisdictions can accommodate the growing movement toward legalization. He recently addressed the North American Cannabis Summit on licensing, regulation, taxation and health-related issues, which is condensed below. (Fun fact: Brad had a 15-year career as an actor with roles in multiple films and television series).

PMO Creates More Predictable Outcomes

Dan Pennell, leader of Avenu’s Program Management Office (PMO), describes how the function is particularly important for local governments and why they should insist that partners have it in their organizations.

Pension Primer: Need to Align Technology, Processes and Members’ Preferences

Lori Walsh leads Avenu’s team for developing and deploying the Clearview Pension Administration System (CPAS). A veteran of dozens of successful implementations for administrators of defined benefit, defined contribution and hybrid plans, Lori is in a unique position to comment on the changes underway within the industry.