October 28, 2015 – Ashburn, VA:
“The Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS) has partnered with the Indian Nations Council of Governments (INCOG) to offer building department and related services to INCOG’s five member counties, 2 tribal governments, and 50 member cities and towns.”
The Indian Nations Council of Governments (INCOG) signed a Master Agreement with the Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, in April 2015 to offer local government services to their members. Under this agreement, INCOG members sign a Service Agreement with IBTS giving their jurisdiction access to assistance in the following areas: Building Department Services (permitting, plan review and inspections), Floodplain Services, Property Maintenance, Accessibility and Fire Code Services, Feasibility Studies, Fast Track Plan Reviews and GOVmotusTMpermitting software.
Through the Master Agreement, Broken Arrow, OK has signed a Service Agreement and will utilize IBTS for plan review and inspections for their Stoney Creek Convention Center and Hotel. This project will run approximately 18 months and will launch services offered by IBTS in the Tulsa, OK area.
INCOG serves local governments in the Tulsa metro area and is leading the way to make development services needed by their members available. “Partnering with IBTS has allowed INCOG to expand services offered to our members,” said Rich Brierre, INCOG’s Executive Director. “We are impressed with the flexibility IBTS offers to deliver solutions to local governments within our region. Access to desired professional services will help local governments within the Tulsa area to become more efficient for their citizens.”
“We are excited to partner with INCOG and offer local government solutions to their members,” said Don Howell, Director, Local Government Services at IBTS, “There are a variety of needs that the member governments have been communicating to us and we look forward to working closely to meet those requirements. The kick-off of Broken Arrow’s project is the beginning of a long relationship with the Tulsa area communities.”
Several communities have engaged with IBTS and have their Service Agreement going through the review channels. IBTS is anticipating opening a Tulsa office by early 2016. For more information about the services offered through this partnership visit www.ibts.org/incog.
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IBTS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to helping communities through quality services that reduce risk, enhance public safety, and improve quality of life. IBTS is currently the leading provider of residential solar PV field assessments, providing services in over 25 states. Our work is guided by a Board of Directors made up of government officials appointed by five of the most highly respected, grassroots, state and local governmental associations. The board appointing organizations include the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center), the Council of State Governments (CSG), the National Association of Counties (NACo), the National League of Cities (NLC), and International City/County Management Association (ICMA). IBTS is headquartered in Ashburn, Virginia with branch offices across the country.