IBTS Reports 2015 Successes
State, county, and city leaders serving as the elected governing board of NLC corporate partner IBTS (Institute for Building Technology and Safety) heard reports on significant achievements during the final board meeting of 2015 at the IBTS headquarters in Ashburn, Va., last week. Of special interest is the Master Service Agreement negotiated between IBTS and the Oklahoma Municipal League (OML) and the launch of the online permitting portal, GOVmotus.
NLC's representative on the IBTS board of directors Craig Thurmond, mayor, Broken Arrow, Okla. said, "I am deeply impressed with the partnership between IBTS and the Oklahoma Municipal League. This hard-won achievement will bring significant benefits to small- and medium-sized cities in my home state by providing access to the wealth of city management expertise available from IBTS."
The Master Agreement allows interested member cities and towns in Oklahoma the opportunity to contract services from IBTS on an a la carte basis. By providing this kind of flexibility, IBTS can assist cities and towns of all sizes with a range of needs, from staffing augmentation to providing full municipal department functions. Services offered under this agreement include building department services, floodplain management, stormwater services, property maintenance, accessibility reviews, fire code reviews, GOVmotus permitting software, and planning & zoning services.
Each interested jurisdiction will work directly with IBTS to identify the services needed now and in the future. Once jurisdictions sign a service agreement, they are able to request services, paying a fee only when services are performed. This type of flexibility gives jurisdictions the opportunity to access top certified staff provided by IBTS, realizing quick project turnaround when needed.
GOVmotus is software as a service (SaaS) providing an online system that can support and link together permitting, licensing, property maintenance, and planning & zoning operations. IBTS will offer its baseline GOVmotus package (Bronze Level) free to NLC member cities. This supports NLC's ongoing work with the Obama Administration and SBA as part of the "Startup in a Day" initiative. Over a dozen cities in Louisiana are implementing the GOVmotus gold package, which is a complete permitting system. The four-tiered pricing structure of GOVmotus gives small- to mid-sized jurisdictions access to software that streamlines and improves efficiencies of community development processes.
NLC Executive Director and CEO Clarence Anthony said, "IBTS is one of our long-standing corporate partners. The scope of their expertise has grown considerably over the years and they have proven to be a solid and much valued ally to cities and towns in delivering services for their residents."
Beyond these programs, the board of directors heard reports on IBTS progress in Hurricane Sandy recovery projects in New York, energy code projects with the U.S. Department of Energy, solar PV and Thermal quality assurance efforts, community resilience initiatives, and ongoing service contracts with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and with FEMA.