New Y2K Technology Tools Available to Smaller Localities

Some of the nation's smaller cities, counties and towns have new Year 2000 inventory tools at their disposal thanks to a program being made available by Public Technology Inc. PTI is the technology arm of the National League of Cities, the National Association of Counties and the International City/County Management Association.

PTI developed the program to help local governments perform thorough inventories of their mission-critical devices and systems as a first step in determining their level of exposure to the millennium bug. The program is conducting a pilot project in Warren, Pa., said Tony Gainor, business director of enterprise programs at PTI.

"We're really tailoring something for smaller communities because the latest data we've seen said at least half of them haven't addressed the Y2K issue," Gainor said. "We've even heard reports of people storing gasoline in their homes and fires being caused because of it.... Local governments need to let their constituents know that they don't need to do things like that, and [the governments should] actually do something about [the Year 2000 problem]."

PTI has made the tools available through its Web site (pti.nw.dc.us). An inventory/evaluation tool developed by GTE Corp. is available for free from the site. The Trimaran 2000 management and reporting tool -- a complete Year 2000 preparedness package -- can be purchased for $300. Consulting services also are available.

"A package like this makes it easy for [small communities] to get started and see where they are" in regard to solving their Year 2000 problem," Gainor said.

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