Greene County Launches Beacon™ Online Portal

GREENE COUNTY, MO. – (March 10, 2010) – Following a careful review process and a confident recommendation, Greene County, Mo. selected The Schneider Corporation’s Beacon™ product as the unsurpassed and most relevant option because of its speed, functionality and overall user-friendly design. Beacon™ is an interactive public access tool that allows users to view County information, public records and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) via an online portal.

Greene County’s Beacon™ portal features a public site that includes important property taxation and assessment information, in-depth search capabilities and robust property reports. The Beacon portal also provides users the ability to view an interactive map of the County’s GIS data and aerial photography as well as convenient tools to collect specific parcel information.

“The Beacon product was highly recommended by Don Davis, the recently retired Assessor of Jasper County. He was very pleased with the service. After seeing the features of Beacon, I was also sold on the product. Beacon provides a far superior website and the annual maintenance cost is lower than our previous provider. We have a much better website and we are saving taxpayer dollars as well! That is a great deal for the users and the taxpayers” said Rick Kessinger, Greene County Assessor.

Beacon is designed with its users in mind and no detail is implemented without careful consideration of usability and maneuverability. This is done to ensure a very simple and easily understood process when requesting data from the site.

“We have a lot of good information,” said Michael Allen, Greene County GIS Coordinator.” “Beacon will help our efforts to make this data more accessible to the general public”

Because all website set-up, development, hosting and maintenance tasks are handled by Schneider, there is no need for Greene County to purchase additional equipment. Beacon™ has been designed with a component-based architecture, which allows for rapid deployment.

The Schneider Corporation hosts similar sites for more than 100 organizations across the Midwest, including nine additional cities and counties in Missouri. For information on these sites, please visit http://www.beacongis.com or http://beacon.schneidercorp.com.

About The Schneider Corporation
The Schneider Corporation is a full-service national engineering firm, which applies professional expertise, sophisticated technology and unparalleled business practices to the areas of Engineering, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Surveying. Customers include both private and public organizations in industries including energy, commercial, corporate, federal, state & local government, academic, and residential. Breadth of services includes geotechnical engineering, GIS, site development, architecture, environmental engineering, municipal engineering, transportation, landscape architecture, and construction management services. The Schneider Corporation has been providing GIS solutions since 1989 to hundreds of county, municipal, state, federal and private entities. For more information about Schneider, please visit http://www.schneidercorp.com. For more information about Beacon™, please visit http://www.gis.schneidercorp.com.



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