“Hampshire Cloud” helps local towns

HADLEY, Mass. (WWLP) – You may have heard of iCloud, but what about “Hampshire Cloud?” The new software is deigned to allow for digital record keeping and increase efficiency across several small towns.

This is all thanks to a grant the Hampshire Council of Governments received from the Community Innovation Challenge.  The money will allow several municipalities digital access to a central storage system of public records and information.

Hadley Town Administrator David Nixon told 22News that right now, they have stand-alone computers.  A universal system, he says, will make their services more efficient.

“It’s very hard for us to track permits, for example, and this would be a way of integrating the permitting process. So, all of the agencies who have inputted to any particular permit would be able to see it at the same time,” Nixon said.

Currently, Hampshire Cloud serves Hadley, Chesterfield, and Westhampton in Hampshire County, as well as Rowe in Franklin County.

Nixon says that they hope to have the cloud live and running by this summer.

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