Agenda Item # 6

Columbus Consolidated Government
Council Meeting

11/8/2016

Agenda Report # 58


TO: Mayor and Council

SUBJECT: ESRI & Leica Smart Communities Innovation Challenge: Mobile Government Edition

INITIATED BY: Department of Inspections and Codes



Recommendation: Approval is requested to submit an application and if approved, accept product and services from the ESRI & Leica Geosystems grant for the Smart Communities Innovation Challenge: Mobile Government Edition. The grant amount requested is awarded, with no local match, to be used by Inspections & Code Department.

Background: The intent of the joint program is to supply governments with the tools to succeed as they implement progressive methods to streamline workflows. By providing technology, training, and technical support grants, ESRI and Leica Geosystems aim to inspire legislative bodies to devise transformational approaches to improving the efficiency of mobile fieldworkers.

As innovative ideas from the government community are brought forward for solving real-world problems, the best applications will be those of universal appeal and the ability to be shared between governments through an open exchange hub. The challenge's grant winners will be thought-leading governments that have plans in place to jump-start projects such as facility inspections, emergency reporting, asset inventory, environmental management and monitoring, efficient employee routing, code enforcement, population and housing enumeration, mosquito abatement, and/or sign inventory.

Analysis: Receiving this grant will improve productivity, and field efficiency for the sign inspector position in the Inspections & Code Department which in turn will improve decision support by management.

Financial Considerations: The grant amount requested is $14,325.00 for the Inspections & Codes Department. The City (is not) required to provide matching funds to participate in this grant.

Legal Considerations: If awarded, there are no legal requirements of the grant, that would obligate the City. We do however agree to: become a reference site for ESRI and Leica Geosystems, have our organizations name used in ESRI and Leica Geosystems press releases and educational marketing campaigns, document and provide the open source mobile application code to ESRI for posting on the code sharing website no later than January 31, 2017, and provide the mobile application code on other open source, code sharing platforms of the organizations choosing.

Recommendation: Approval is requested to submit an application and if approved, accept product and services from the ESRI & Leica Geosystems grant for the Smart Communities Innovation Challenge: Mobile Government Edition. The grant amount requested is awarded, with no local match, to be used by Inspections & Code.


Grant Proposal.pdfGrant Proposal.pdfLeica Esri Grant Program Prospectus.pdfLeica Esri Grant Program Prospectus.pdf



A RESOLUTION
No. _____

A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER OR HIS DESIGNEE TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION AND, IF APPROVED, ACCEPT A GRANT FROM THE ESRI & LEICA GEOSYSTEMS GRANT FOR THE SMART COMMUNITIES INNOVATION CHALLENGE: MOBILE GOVERNMENT EDITION. IN THE AMOUNT REQUESTED, OR AS OTHERWISE AWARDED, WITH NO LOCAL MATCH REQUIREMENT, FOR FISCAL YEAR 2017, TO SUPPORT THE DEPARTMENT OF INSPECTIONS AND CODES IMPROVING PRODUCTIVITY, AND FIELD EFFICIENCY FOR THE SIGN INSPECTOR POSITION IN THE CODES & INSPECTIONS DEPARTMENT WHICH IN TURN WILL IMPROVE DECISION SUPPORT BY MANAGEMENT.

WHEREAS, products and services have been made available from the ESRI & Leica GeoSystems for the purpose of supplying governments with the tools to succeed as they implement progressive methods to streamline workflows; and,

WHEREAS, the Inspections & Code Department improve productivity, and field efficiency for the sign inspector position which in turn will improve decision support by management; and,

WHEREAS, Inspections & Code Department will apply for a grant of $14,325.00, or as otherwise awarded, with no matching funds required.

NOW, THEREFORE, THE COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA, HEREBY RESOLVES AS FOLLOWS:

That the City Manager or his designee is hereby authorized to submit an application and, if approved, accept a grant from the ESRI & Leica Geosystems grant for the Smart Communities Innovation Challenge: Mobile Government Edition for product and services, or as otherwise awarded, to continue the Inspections & Code Department to improve productivity, and field efficiency for the sign inspector position.

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Introduced at a regular meeting of the Council of Columbus, Georgia, held the _________ day of _____________, 2016 and adopted at said meeting by the affirmative vote of _____________ members of said Council.


Councilor Allen voting __________.
Councilor Baker voting __________.
Councilor Barnes voting __________.
Councilor Davis voting __________.
Councilor Garrett voting __________.
Councilor Henderson voting __________.
Councilor Huff voting __________.
Councilor Thomas voting __________.
Councilor Turner Pugh voting __________.
Councilor Woodson voting __________.


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Tiny B. Washington, Clerk of Council Teresa Pike Tomlinson, Mayor