BoardNews: Fall 2016

Welcome to the latest edition of our board management newsletter. Emerald Data Solutions recently celebrated its 2,000th BoardDocs subscriber milestone and added to our growing State Association partner program. We're expanding our subscriber support offerings with a new Best Practices program that will kick off early next year. And, we're working with the National Coalition for Technology in Education and Training to bring coding to all children, in all schools.

Today, you'll find an industry article that focuses on the importance of technology investments in local governance. In addition, we've announced our 2017 eGovLIVE Annual Conference dates and host venue -- details below!

This fall, the BoardDocs team is busy traveling the U.S. with a full calendar of conferences, so please check our Upcoming Events to find out when we'll be in your area.

Christen Clegg, BoardNews Editor-in-Chief

Now, let's get started ...


eGovLIVE 2017 - SAVE THE DATES!
We're thrilled to announce that the 15th Annual eGovLIVE Conference will take place September 6th - 8th at the tranquil
Westin Lake Las Vegas. Situated in Henderson, Nevada on the shores of a truly picturesque environment, you'll experience an idyllic retreat only 20 miles, but worlds away, from the neon lights of the Las Vegas Strip. As always, our conference will provide valuable, timely information and the opportunity to network with other governance representatives from across the nation, in a relaxed and informative atmosphere. Plus, we cover registration, breakfast, lunch and extra conference activities for all BoardDocs subscribers. Stay tuned as new details become available!

Emerald Data Solutions Surpasses 2,000th BoardDocs Subscriber Milestone
For Cost and Time Savings, Organizations Flock to Premier Board Management Service In Record Numbers
We are celebrating our 2,000th subscriber mark! What started in 2000 with a single subscriber has developed into the premier board management solution for organizations across the nation, and internationally. By committing to being best-in-class from day one, Emerald Data Solutions helps organizations of all sizes save money, save time and operate more effectively around the clock. The Company attributes exceptional employees, leading Association Partners and loyal subscribers as key pillars of its success.
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BoardDocs "Best Practices" Webinars
Emerald Data Solutions is excited to share that we will be hosting a series of complimentary Best Practices webinars, beginning in early 2017. Our goal is to ensure that BoardDocs subscribers are utilizing all of the features available with their board management investment, for each of our solutions. Stay tuned, we will soon roll out dates, times and registration details!

Bring Coding to All Children in All Schools
At BoardDocs, our goal is to help all elementary students learn to code, and thrive with the skills necessary to succeed in the 21st century. We’re proud to join the National Coalition for Technology in Education and Training in supporting programs that advance digital learning. After all, tomorrow’s technology solutions won’t come easy. But with the right education, the future is definitely brighter.
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State Associations Continue to Select BoardDocs!
This fall, the Massachusetts Association of School Committees (MASC) and Indiana School Boards Association (ISBA) chose BoardDocs for its member board management services. The Associations recommend implementing board management solutions, which prove to be a remarkably wise investment for governing bodies. The MASC and ISBA join a growing list of more than 20 state associations that have selected Emerald Data Solutions, which will generate over one million dollars in additional revenue for its partners in 2016. To learn more about partnership opportunities for your State Association, contact Michael Hanahan, Chief Marketing and Alliances Officer, at (800) 407-0141 ext. 3515.

Evaluating Technology Investments
By Jim Buston, Assistant City Manager and Chief Information Officer, Auburn, AL
Most local government managers agree there is a need to invest in technology for the betterment of an organization. This investing in technology often means something different to each person contemplating it. Technology investment is one of many tools available to make sure that an organization is providing the best possible services to residents and doing it in the most efficient and cost-effective manner. The price tag of the technology, however, should not be the only consideration when making an investment decision.
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Thanks for reading! Until next time, wishing you a Happy Holiday season and a bright New Year.

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