Web extra: Local business group pitches in with alerts

In Collier County, Fla., a nonprofit economic development organization has pitched in to improve the state’s disaster preparedness efforts by installing technology that keeps local business owners informed of disaster-related information. The Economic Development Council (EDC) of Collier County blasts alert messages and requests that business owners quickly respond with damage reports. The goal is to let the county immediately begin efforts to help finance recovery after disasters, such as hurricanes or terrorist attacks.

“We recently put in a bridge loan program of short-term loans up to $25,000, which can be dispensed within 24 hours to help businesses recover from disaster-related damage,” said Tammie Nemecek, Collier County’s EDC president. “Because of the short timeframe, we have the need to get information out quickly and to assess the kind of damage that’s occurred.”

Collier County tapped Neighborhood America to provide its hosted MOVO service, which provides Web-based management of SMS alerts. Agencies pay for the turnkey service through an enterprise license that can range from $10,000 to $50,000, plus the cost of SMS fees, which typically cost three to five cents per SMS transaction, said Kim Patrick Kobza, Neighborhood America’s chief executive officer.

Kobza said the software-as-a-service model appeals especially to smaller agencies that may lack IT employees to build internal citizen alert applications. “They are not subject to the development and adoption risk that accompany large-scale IT software development projects,” he said.

FCW in Print

In the latest issue: Looking back on three decades of big stories in federal IT.

Featured

  • Anne Rung -- Commerce Department Photo

    Exit interview with Anne Rung

    The government's departing top acquisition official said she leaves behind a solid foundation on which to build more effective and efficient federal IT.

  • Charles Phalen

    Administration appoints first head of NBIB

    The National Background Investigations Bureau announced the appointment of its first director as the agency prepares to take over processing government background checks.

  • Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.)

    Senator: Rigid hiring process pushes millennials from federal work

    Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) said agencies are missing out on younger workers because of the government's rigidity, particularly its protracted hiring process.

  • FCW @ 30 GPS

    FCW @ 30

    Since 1987, FCW has covered it all -- the major contracts, the disruptive technologies, the picayune scandals and the many, many people who make federal IT function. Here's a look back at six of the most significant stories.

  • Shutterstock image.

    A 'minibus' appropriations package could be in the cards

    A short-term funding bill is expected by Sept. 30 to keep the federal government operating through early December, but after that the options get more complicated.

  • Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco

    DOD launches new tech hub in Austin

    The DOD is opening a new Defense Innovation Unit Experimental office in Austin, Texas, while Congress debates legislation that could defund DIUx.

Reader comments

Please post your comments here. Comments are moderated, so they may not appear immediately after submitting. We will not post comments that we consider abusive or off-topic.

Please type the letters/numbers you see above

More from 1105 Public Sector Media Group