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GovPilot’s Experience at Rutgers PPMRN 2016

By Alannah Dragonetti

Last week marked Rutgers University’s School of Public Affairs and Administration’s 9th annual Public Performance Measurement and Reporting Network (PPMRN) conference—a seminar about the importance of optimized data management and utilization.

PPMRN 2016 was a success and GovPilot is proud to have been a sponsor, presenter and exhibitor. Keep reading for all of the details, which include a major announcement!

GovPilot Presents: Leveraging Government Data to Fight Blight


On the first day of the conference, attendees filed into Passaic Room 226 at Rutgers’ Paul Robeson Center for GovPilot’s workshop “Leveraging Government Data to Fight Blight”, hosted by CEO and founder, Michael Bonner.

Bonner began by providing an overview of the GovPilot platform. He introduced attendees to its geographic information system (GIS) base, automated workflows and Mail Merge capabilities, before explaining how these features are applied to vacant property management.

For those unfamiliar, GovPilot’s secure, web-based server holds detailed property records that help local government identify foreclosed upon properties’ owners, lending bank and representing law firm. This knowledge empowers leaders to rack trends, analyze findings and more strictly enforce rules/regulations, ensuring that no unoccupied property or irresponsible owner falls through the cracks.

GovPilot’s “Report a Concern” feature guarantees that server information is up-to-date. Displayed on the municipal website, the “Report a Concern” button allows a city’s residents to provide government with real-time, clearly illustrated accounts of blight-related issues in their community via desktop, laptop or mobile device 24/7. Automation ensures that government and constituents remain equally involved in the war against property blight.

All data in the server can be depicted on a public-facing GIS map. Prospective buyers can view the location and history of a listed property.Access to detailed data helps potential buyers determine if they are up for the task before a purchase is made, reducing the likelihood of future vacancies.

GovPilot’s workshop concluded with Bonner demonstrating how the platform works. GovPilot’s well-received workshop was followed by an exciting announcement!

Big News

GovPilot and Rutgers University have a history of fruitful collaboration and the partnership will continue into 2017. As announced in flyers handed-out to PPMRN attendees, Rutgers will be offering an online certificate in e-governance during the Spring 2017 semester.

GovPilot worked with Andrew Ballard, Managing Director of Rutgers’  National Center for Public Performance, to craft a course syllabus dense enough to cover every facet of e-government and its critical importance, but flexible enough to accommodate students’ busy schedules and offer lessons relevant to their diverse career paths. Enrollment information coming soon!


The GovPilot team thanks Mr. Ballard and everyone else at Rutgers University for recognizing data and technology’s potential to elevate government operations. With an e-government certificate and another PPMRN, 2017 promises to be another great year!

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