$500,000 Grant Award for a SmarterCape

IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 16, 2012

INFORMATION FROM THE
CAPE COD COMMISSION
BARNSTABLE COUNTY   

Media Contacts:
Paul Niedzwiecki, Executive Director
Cape Cod Commission
508-362-3828
www.capecodcommission.org

Ed Senteio
Town of Yarmouth
508-398-2231 Ext. 1281

  

Grant Award for a SmarterCape: 

Barnstable County and Cape Cod Towns and Nantucket Receive
$500,000 State Grant for Digital Regionalization
 

BARNSTABLE, MA — Cape Cod and Nantucket towns and the Cape Cod Commission, with the support of the Cape’s State Legislative Delegation, the Barnstable County Commissioners, the SmarterCape Partnership, and others working together, today received the maximum possible Community Innovation Challenge (CIC) grant award of $500,000 from the Massachusetts Executive Office for Administration and Finance for the proposed regional Permit, Licensing, and Inspection project. 

The digital regionalization project will establish an automated system for all towns to issue municipal permits, licenses, and inspection services on Cape Cod and Nantucket to reduce costs and improve customer service. An automated system coordinated regionally will be more advanced and integrated than could be afforded by individual towns. The system will also eliminate redundant purchases of computer hardware. The funded project is part of the larger “SmarterCape Initiative” to advance economic development and government efficiency through technological innovation. 

“The SmarterCape Initiative is about using technology to improve many facets of life on Cape Cod, including government services while also saving money,” says Paul Niedzwiecki, executive director of the Cape Cod Commission. The Commission will act as fiscal agent on the project. “Through this grant the region will put in place the common technology infrastructure for a state-of-the-art permit, license, and inspection software system that can be tailored to each town but would be beyond their reach financially if they were to go it alone.”  

The Executive Office for Administration and Finance awarded 28 grants for a total of $4 million to promote regional or town efficiency projects that have the potential for being applied to the rest of the state. The Office received 100 grant applications covering 285 of the 351 cities and towns in Massachusetts, illustrating the competitive nature of the grant process. 

The next step toward implementation of the project is to convene a technical committee representing each town to complete a request for proposals from vendors that provide regional permit, licensing, and inspection solutions.