Scranton’s financial recovery coordinator testified Wednesday in favor of Scranton receiving state resources to modernize City Hall’s info technological know-how techniques.

Gerald Cross, senior study fellow with the Pennsylvania Economic system League, the city’s Act 47 recovery coordinator, testified in the course of a listening to held by the point out Section of Community and Economic Advancement on the city’s application for a $50,000 grant.

The funds would defray a $300,000 estimate to change antiquated, paper-primarily based financial and administration running methods to a fashionable electronic system.

“I agree that the city’s I.T. (information know-how) infrastructure is out-of-date and is in require of updating, to allow coordination between the economical recording capabilities and cross-education of workers,” Cross testified.

City Enterprise Administrator Carl Deeley, the only other particular person to testify through the listening to held by means of Zoom, stated the funding would go towards using the services of a business analyst to assist in the conversion.

The changeover will be a single of the greatest projects on the city’s plate in numerous many years, Deeley claimed. The outdated running system’s technical viability and support will expire at the finish of the 12 months.

The outdated process has about 70 core inner processes throughout all departments that will need to be digitized and transferred to a new operating platform, Deeley testified.

“So, it is considerably reaching,” Deeley reported, noting an analyst would aid put together info for the conversion.

The COVID-19 pandemic also highlighted “the will need for digitization, remote performing and obtain, both from our citizens but also from metropolis workforce,” Deeley testified.

Cross also testified the city’s antiquated money reporting method hampered hard cash circulation and expenditure monitoring previous year all through the pandemic. The metropolis was not able to commonly provide daily reports and as an alternative could only deliver details from prior months, and not even the most current prior thirty day period, he testified.

The testimony and any public feedback will be forwarded to DCED Secretary Dennis Davin for thought. Comments may be sent to [email protected]

As element of creating a conversion, the town issued general public notices in The Periods-Tribune on Dec. 25-26 requesting proposals, called RFPs, from corporations interested in offering management and money functioning units.

The metropolis formerly sought these proposals in November, but corporations indicated they required extra information. So the town clarified and re-issued the RFPs, which now have a Jan. 27 deadline.