Manatee County, FL - December 30, 2019 – The County of Manatee, FL will usher in a new era of efficiency and transparency with the next budget cycle, utilizing OpenGov Budgeting and Performance software, a cloud-based solution for governments, to build the County budget, staffing model, and Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) management. The County is also implementing OpenGov Communications and Reporting, integrated software that will make data publicly accessible in real time. OpenGov was selected via a competitive selection process as the software of choice for Manatee County, home to cities like Bradenton and Palmetto, which manages over $750 million of public funds.
“We are proud to welcome Manatee County to the OpenGov family and are excited to work with them to better serve constituents by saving labor that can be reinvested into serving the public good in other ways,” said OpenGov’s Head of Local Government Business Mike Mattson. “Our software is designed specifically for organizations like Manatee County to streamline the budgeting process, align performance outcomes, build trust with community, and modernize reporting capabilities.”
Improving internal efficiency
OpenGov’s integrated budget reporting features are expected to provide the Manatee County Financial Management Department between 25-30% savings in staff reporting hours because the online system generates accessible, user-friendly reports directly from the budget management system.
Staff foresee OpenGov’s budgeting platform will reduce the timeline for producing the County’s annual budget. More than 60 internal users track and submit budget information; OpenGov’s user-friendly interface for staff will not only allow these users to build their budgets quickly and effectively, but also align strategic priorities, staffing needs, and budget tracking in one system. This unique model of optimizing personnel costs will have a positive impact in every department, and has not yet been factored into the Financial Management Department’s time saving projections.
The Department estimates the new system will also decrease the number of hours spent on CIP reporting by 30% due to the software’s integration and automation capability, eliminating the need for manual entry and project updates in multiple systems, while improving the amount of data readily accessible to stakeholders and the public. OpenGov will work with Manatee County to create a fully integrated geographic information system (GIS) mapped solution, saving the GIS Department time as well.
Allowing for better decision-making
As part of the OpenGov implementation, Manatee County will provide each Department with an internal dashboard to improve clarity for County decision-makers with real-time budget tracking. The software will automate projections, recognizing trends and providing data that will save time and provide more accurate insights for planning.
“Imagine all capital projects being aware of one another and having access to each other’s information, from library building to park infrastructure to stormwater and sewer systems,” said Financial Management Director Jan Brewer. “By having these integrated in a one-stop-shop, we will give project managers the ability to coordinate and leverage plans in concert with one another, making the most of our time, effort and public dollars.”
Manatee County will also tap into OpenGov’s community of over 2,200 government organizations, which facilitates best practices, encourages cross-county collaboration, and allows agencies to benchmark key metrics with peers across the country.
Providing readily accessible information to the public
Manatee will also move their financial management reporting from an internally built system to OpenGov Communications and Reporting, to provide more accessible, user-friendly data to the public and County officials. The County envisions improved service with readily available project descriptions, details and data.
“The software visualization within the budget management system is what originally drew us to OpenGov,” said Brewer. “We were impressed with the very precise, advanced level of public reporting we saw from other users, not to mention the report presentation and design. We believe it will provide a much better user experience for our constituents, who are consistently looking for more data, and increase public confidence that we are managing the County budget effectively.”
The public interface will be launched with the County’s next budget cycle in the fall of 2020, providing constituents with up-to-date status, schedule, and funding sources.
OpenGov is the leader in enterprise cloud solutions for government. The OpenGov Cloud™ is the only integrated cloud solution for budgeting, performance, communications, and permitting. Over 2,200 public agencies use OpenGov which was founded in 2012, and is backed by Andreessen Horowitz, JC2 Ventures, Emerson Collective, 8VC, and Thrive Capital.
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About the County of Manatee, FL
Located midway along the west coast of Florida, Manatee County encompasses nearly 743 square miles and approximately 395,000 residents. Manatee County is a diverse home to thriving agricultural, tourism, and manufacturing industries. The County is governed by an elected seven-member Board of Commissioners.
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County of Manatee, Florida
Jan Brewer, Financial Management Director