Gwinnett County, GA Moves to CivicRec for Modern Rec Management Tool
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County:Gwinnett County, GA
Managing the parks, facilities, classes, and activities in Gwinnett County, GA is no small task, especially in a county that is one of the largest in the state of Georgia and home to over 900,000 residents. According to John Register, CPRP, Gwinnett County Community Services Manager, he is proud to call Gwinnett home.
“I have lived here all of my life and wouldn’t want to live anywhere else,” said Register. “It’s where I was raised, and it’s where my wife and I are raising our children. I love living and working in Gwinnett.”
As someone who is passionate and committed to serving his community, it is crucial to Register to offer residents the very best of everything. That’s why, when the parks and rec leaders in Gwinnett realized their former parks and rec management software was outdated, it sought out a solution provider that offered intuitive usability, robust features, and a modern design, all backed by an accessible, strategic service team.
Getting citizens engaged via the Internet and mobile devices was a challenge,” said Register. “Our previous system wasn’t capable of allowing citizens to register online. The only information we were able to post online were classes, activities, and special events. There were no facility rentals. We knew the day was coming when we needed to offer that kind of functionality.
CPRP, Gwinnett County Community Services Manager
Before CivicRec (formerly Rec1), Gwinnett County utilized a parks and rec management software with limited functionality that in turn limited citizens’ ability to engage with available programs and activities.
The system that Gwinnett County utilized required installation on individual computers and his team quickly exceeded its software license limit, which hindered his team’s efficiency.
“We only had 60 seats, and we had way more people using the system than that,” said Register.”
The County’s parks and rec staff were also frustrated by system inefficiencies caused by the amount of data maintained in the system.
“We had a lot of data, and so the system kept getting bogged down,” said Register.
Choosing a Solution with Limitless Possibilities
When Register and his team wanted to make improvements to their current offering by expanding online functionality, they hit a roadblock with their previous vendor.
“We told the vendor we wanted to add online registrations for classes and activities and then eventually pavilions and facility rentals,” said Register. “They refused.”
Since then, the software Gwinnett County was using has been sunset and is no longer supporting system enhancements.
“They weren’t going to upgrade the system anymore,” said Register. “It was stagnant. We needed an upgrade and a new product to move ahead with the times.”
Register worked for a year crafting the request for proposal (RFP) for the County’s new parks and rec management system.
“We outlined the requirements that we had to have, like Web-based access rather than a hardware/software program,” said Register. “The proposal we released was several pages long. We received six responses, and we invited three to come in and give a one-hour presentation. Two did it over the phone and one presented in person.” Register adds with a smile, “Who do you think won?”
Not only did Register and his team appreciate that the CivicRec team made the effort to meet with his team in person, they were confident that in choosing CivicRec, they were choosing the best available product.
“If you compare each offering’s features side-by-side, CivicRec was the better system,” said Register. “It has better functionality. It’s Web-based, so as long as you have an Internet connection, you can get to it. Plus, the price was something we could afford. In the end, the committee chose CivicRec. It was the best option for us.”
A Strategic Partner and Committed Supporter
It was not only during the RFP process that the CivicRec team proved their commitment to being a present, accessible solution partner to Gwinnett County.
“During the implementation process, our CivicRec contact came to our offices several times to provide training to our team,” said Register. “Our CivicRec contact kept in touch with us weekly to keep us informed about his team’s implementation progress. I believe what makes the product better has to do with CivicRec’s leadership and its staff. We have always been made to feel that we are CivicRec’s best client. We know we have a diverse financial recording system and a lot of data and requirements, and if CivicRec can be customized for us to fir our needs, it will work for anyone.”
With the CivicRec solution as the foundation for its digital engagement strategy, Gwinnett County is confident it is providing the easy-to-use, high-quality registration and reservation experience it aimed to offer its citizens.
“We have over $5 million that comes through the system,” said Register. “There are lots of citizens who are signed up to use our CivicRec system, and we help troubleshoot very few requests. When we do, it’s mostly user error—things like trying to pay with a credit card type we don’t accept. It’s not because of the system.”
Register believes what makes CivicRec an easy-to-use solution for citizens is its convenient search functionality and the manner in which the County has color-coded its activity types to correspond to its Gwinnett County lifestyle magazine, Leisure is for Everyone.
“Green is for camps, brown is for historic activities,” said Register, “So, citizens can narrow down the list of opportunities to find just what interests them.”
Not only does CivicRec offer convenient usability for citizens, it provides robust functionality for the County’s administrative staff.
“The canned reports are great, and the data is available any time. If you can’t find what you’re looking for in those reports, you’re not looking for the right thing,” said Register. “We appreciate the system’s flexibility and the 24/7 access. If the system is ever going to be down, we receive an email a week in advance that the system will be down for routine maintenance for five minutes between 11:30 and midnight,” he adds with a laugh. “You just can’t go wrong using system.”
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