East Hartford, CT (PRWEB) March 18, 2014
Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Inc. has been selected, through a competitive Request for Proposals (RFP) process, as the preferred provider for a broad range of information technology (IT) assistance and services by the Capitol Region Council of Governments (CRCOG) agency.
According to CRCOG Executive Director Lyle D. Wray, provider selection was based on a firm’s success in offering IT assistance and services to the public sector, its strategic vision of how local governments can leverage the Connecticut Nutmeg Network, and cost-effective pricing. Under the terms of the five-year agreement, CCAT will offer IT services on an approved, fixed rate basis to CRCOG, its member communities, including its Capitol Region Purchasing Council, and the Connecticut Council of Small Towns (COST).
“CCAT is pleased to be recognized by CRCOG as a preferred provider for IT services,” said Elliot Ginsberg, president and CEO, CCAT. “We’re confident that our expertise and strong record of IT service with Connecticut towns and schools, nonprofit organizations, and our existing datacenter on the Connecticut Nutmeg Network will enable us to deliver innovative and reliable IT services, designed to meet the evolving needs of Connecticut’s municipalities.”
The master contract agreement allows individual towns to opt into and pay for services directly with CCAT, affording municipalities further cost savings. The CCAT partnership will also assist CRCOG with its goal to offer service sharing programs to municipalities on a regional and statewide basis and to establish a Data Center on the Connecticut Nutmeg Network for centralized software offerings and disaster recovery.
Up to 97 Connecticut municipalities are targeted to be connected to the network during the next 12 months. The agreement will make available the opportunity for these towns to move from paper-based operations to digital systems. CCAT will provide much-needed assistance to connect to the Nutmeg Network and begin the process of helping towns create their own plans for using IT technology to gain efficiencies in their operations.
“We are confident that our partnership with CCAT will bring tangible benefits to our member communities,” said Wray. "CRCOG has long been a convener and facilitator of cooperation in government operations at the local level. The CRCOG-CCAT partnership will enable an enormous opportunity for local governments to work together and leverage technology to provide services to their residents.”
“The long-term partnership between CRCOG and CCAT will offer top quality IT services to the agency, our members and the Connecticut Council of Small Towns for years to come,” he stated.
The Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Inc. (CCAT), a unique economic development organization headquartered in East Hartford, Conn., leads partnerships between industry, academia and government, creating a collaborative framework for tackling today’s economic challenges. CCAT combines expertise in cutting-edge manufacturing and information technology with specialized centers of excellence in education and workforce development and alternative energy solutions to help organizations increase efficiencies, compete and succeed.
The Capitol Region Council of Governments (CRCOG) is a Regional Planning Organization consisting of 30 cities and towns in the Hartford, CT area. CRCOG is guided by the chief elected officials of the Capitol Region municipalities. For more information, please visit http://www.crcog.org.