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Governments in state go on line

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An Internet-based public information network went live in November. This new service is the first of its kind in the nation offering “one stop shopping” capabilities for statewide public information. It is the result of a public/private partnership between the Nevada Association of Counties (NACO) and Governet. Citizens, businesses and government agencies are now able to look up property records, corporations, licensed contractors, business licenses, building permits and other public information from city, county and state agencies in Nevada.

This information is currently available at government offices across the state. By utilizing Internet technologies, anyone with access can browse the subscriber- based database from the privacy of their home or office to obtain necessary information.

Cities and counties and the general public are able to access information without the additional expense of calling, postage, travel or time delays.

In addition, participating local governments have homepages that contain local area information, such as directions to government centers, directories of elected officials, bulletin boards for public notices, board agendas, businesses, schools, civic groups, recreational and other points of interest, major events calendars and links to other related informational sources.

The partnership between NACO and Governet creates a “web presence” and converts highly accessed or commonly requested public information to a format that allows people to search for information throughout the state. An example of a serach offered through this system would be: A statewide search of all county assessor data to find “all properties where the legal owner is Smith Enterprises.” Another example might be used for economic development purposes to assist a business wanting to relocate in searching for “all light industrial properties in the state that are between 10-20 acres with a sale price between $100,000-$150,000.”

NACO funded the project at a fraction of the price it would have cost each agency to duplicate the services offered through the Governet project, said NACO executive director Robert Hadfield. The project is structured to have relatively no financial impact on participating governments relative to changes in existing hardware or software, or the way they conduct business operations.

Governet has similar contracts in Idaho and Arizona to connect multiple tiers of government through statewide database infrastructures. Current timelines project the completion of Idaho and Arizona within the next 9 to 10 months. Governet’s corporate offices are located in Las Vegas, with branch offices in Carson City, Santa Barbara, Calif., Boise, Ida., and Idaho Falls. Anyone wanting more information can contact Governet at http://www.aosys.com /governet or by e-mail at: governet @mindspring.com.

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