Paul, a Sheffield, England native, successfully launches his own company in December 1992 here in the states, starting with a single employee – himself. Geographic Solutions, based in Palm Harbor, Florida, with a satellite office in California, today employs over 170 professionals. The company (GeoSol) develops workforce and labor market information products for state and local governments.
Geographic Solutions deploys the USA's first LMI system for the North Carolina Employment Security Commission. Known as Human Resource Information System (HRIS), this system revolutionized the way that state and local labor market data could be used by job seekers, employers, policy makers, and researchers.
Geographic Solutions develops the first software system to use the America's Labor Market Information System (ALMIS) database structure for the Florida Department of Labor and Employment Security (FRED).
Geographic Solutions develops the first system to display LMI data specifically for job seekers in the state of Georgia, called JobGuide.
Geographic Solutions deploys the first comprehensive LMI system for the Internet using the ALMIS database structure for the State of Washington's Interactive Labor Market Access. WILMA's customers included job seekers, placement counselors, policy makers, data analysts, and employers. Over the next 5 years this system is implemented in 16 states.
18 LMI systems are developed in just 18 months for the LMI Access Consortium of state employment security agencies from around the country.
Geographic Solutions introduces the first operational comprehensive one-stop operating system Virtual OneStop® Version 1.0.
The first Internet-based eligible provider and consumer reports system to meet new legislation released by the State of Louisiana. Louisiana Occupational Information System (LOIS) is deployed.
Geographic Solutions introduces Version 3.1 of Virtual OneStop® – the first system to combine Internet-based case management with a Web-based self-service provision. Under the Virtual OneStop Annual Subscription, Geographic Solutions began hosting sites and providing Internet access to one-stops.
An Internet-based eligible provider and consumer reports system to meet the needs of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998 is deployed.
Geographic Solutions introduces the first state-level integrated one-stop system for the District of Columbia Department of Employment Services. The system replaces the mainframe labor exchange system and is designed to serve all job seekers.
An Internet-based system for entering eligible training provider data and for displaying provider reports data for the Delaware Department of Labor is released. Also, Louisiana Works Virtual OneStop® is developed, a multi-WIB integrated operating system.
Virtual OneStop is the first one-stop system used to directly produce WIASRD data that are certified as having no significant edits by Social Policy Research Associates.
Virtual OneStop is a key component of the Workforce Development Board Centers of Flagler-Volusia Counties that receives the National Association of Counties Workforce Development Award of Excellence. The centers are recognized as the best in the country.
Geographic Solutions introduces the first Internet-based integrated Scan Card system for tracking non-enrolled individuals. The system is known as VOScan.
An Individual Fund Tracking System to manage and track funds used in workforce development is developed. The system is part of the modular Virtual OneStop suite of solutions. Clients: California, New Mexico, North Dakota and South Carolina.
Geographic Solutions introduces the Virtual OneStop JOB SPIDERING solution with tremendous job listing capabilities, drawing from public and private job boards as well as corporate and other sites.
Geographic Solutions' DCNetworks Analyzer system is acknowledged in Labor Market Trends publication. The case study title is "Bringing Labor Market Information to a Wider Audience."
Virtual OneStop and Virtual LMI component libraries are fully integrated with Analyst, Individual and Employer Services functions.
The VOSTouch kiosk web-based or stand-alone solution for job seekers is introduced.
Geographic Solutions' first annual Virtual OneStop/Virtual LMI combined User Conference generates a new user consortium to share workforce development business practices.
Virtual OneStop Version 6.0 is enhanced with new O*NET skills and interest assessments to expand skills matching.
Geographic Solutions is awarded a contract to provide a new generation of labor exchange system for the State of Florida. The system uses spider technology to collect every accessible job posted to the web by Florida employers (approximately 275,000 jobs).
Virtual OneStop/Virtual LMI Version 7.0 is released; it supports ALMIS 2.3, O*NET 7.0 and state-of-the-art labor exchange.
Wyoming and several counties in California are using VOS systems.
Employ Florida Marketplace is expanded to include WIA, Wagner-Peyser and other case management services.
Geographic Solutions is awarded a contract with the Missouri Department of Economic Development to provide the new Great Hires Web Crawler system providing spidered jobs and real-time LMI.
Virtual OneStop is upgraded to Version 8.1, which features a significantly enhanced version of the Virtual OneStop Individual Fund Tracking (IFT) system, first released in Wyoming.
Employ Florida Marketplace is upgraded to Version 8.1, including a large conversion of legacy data for over 2 million individuals. The system becomes widely used in Florida, averaging over 70,000 unique users on busy days.
Virtual OneStop/Virtual LMI Version 9 is released; it supports O*NET 12 and improved employer, jobseeker, LMI and staff services.
VOS Version 9.3 hits, which supports an improved interface, upgraded data audit, additional reports and document scanning. Shortly after, Virtual LMI Version 9.3 is released with a GIS module that allows mapping of unique features, such as active resumés and active job orders.
Systems are built for Georgia, Illinois, and Indiana using VOS version 9.3.
Virtual OneStop/Virtual LMI Version 10 is released, including more comprehensive resumé and job search tools, additional search features, more detailed information on candidates, an improved interface, and additional reports, among many upgraded features.
The Real-Time LMI module debuted in Version 10.05. The module provided labor market analysis of transactional data from spidered (aggregated) jobs, and supported O*NET 14.
Also in 2009, we welcomed numerous California and Texas locals, and the State of New Hampshire as VOS clients.
(continued) The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 called for transparency in government reporting. Modifications to Virtual OneStop allowed customers to effectively enroll participants in ARRA-funded training programs, and the ability to produce federally-mandated reports to track job placements and services.
In late 2009, America's Labor Market Analyzer (ALMA) launched on a subscription basis. ALMA, generates transactional data into a nationwide database consisting of real-time, current, and historical labor market information for contrast and comparison.Southern Nevada Goodwill and the Employ RI Network (A hybrid VOS and LMI site) launch.
Geographic Solutions announced the release of Virtual OneStop/Virtual LMI Version 11.0. The new systems will provide improved overall usability and enhanced system features such as multiple employer login, employer contact audit history, significant design changes for the fund tracking module, improved print capability for federal programs such as WIA and TAA, and more.
In 2010, we started the development of the new Nebraska Workforce Case Management and Reporting System and welcomed even more California local sites.
Geographic Solutions Unemployment System (GUS) is developed and launched. GUS is a game-changer in the reemployment process. In one step, job seekers can apply for unemployment benefits, and find current job openings where they live. From claimant application through the appeals process, the dynamic solution was designed specifically to reduce unemployment benefit durations by putting jobseekers back to work quickly.
Reemployment EXchange (REX) is introduced as a lightweight (don't let the mascot fool you) version of GUS. This module is designed to integrate into an existing Virtual OneStop system, while seamlessly incorporating a state's legacy unemployment system.
Hawaii, Alabama, Georgia, and the MARC Green Consortium (Maryland, Virginia, and Washington D.C.) kicked off a wave of "Green Job" sites launching. The green job portals operate in real-time, using keywords and phrases to mine other online job boards for "green" job postings. Job seekers can search for jobs by keyword or ZIP code.
The launch of a portal site targeted towards Veteran Reemployment gives job seekers in Florida the ability to search for military-coded occupations, etc.
The State of Florida is the first state system to upgrade to Virtual OneStop Version 12.05. Also in 2012, Geographic Solutions launched phase 1 of the California Employment and Training Modernization Project: California Workforce Services Network (CWSN) and Louisiana becomes the FIRST state to offer UI features on their site, incorporating GUS into their VOS system.
In 2012, we launched the new Kentucky LMI site, KYLMI.
This June will mark the 10th Anniversary of our Annual Workforce Technology Conference. We look forward to marking this milestone with even more information packed sessions than ever before. See you in Monterey, California June 10-13!
Geographic Solutions launches Virtual OneStop Mobile Applications in Nebraska, South Carolina, Virginia, and Southwest Florida; bringing job search and labor market information to the job seeker on the go!
Geographic Solutions successfully applied the first phase of WIOA case management functionality in all of its current Virtual OneStop systems on time for the July 1st implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. The new features, will assist staff at state and local workforce boards with meeting the goals, expectations, and federal reporting benchmarks under WIOA legislation.
Geographic Solutions developers and subject matter experts are currently working on functionality responsive to the second release of WIOA regulations. To date, Geographic Solutions implemented over 25 state Virtual OneStop systems to include WIOA case management and reporting.
Geographic Solutions has been a leader in government workforce development systems since we created the world’s first comprehensive LMI system in 1994. We provide applications for labor market information (LMI), labor exchange, workforce case management, unemployment insurance, and federal reporting. For more than 20 years, we have demonstrated a consistent record of developing and delivering innovative solutions.
We have developed workforce systems for agencies in 30 states and territories. As a testament to our dedicated project managers, 17 of our clients have had active contracts with us for more than 10 years. Our extensive experience has enabled us to develop effective policies, procedures, and standards to ensure that our product launches are successful, on time, and on budget.
In February 2016, all of Geographic Solutions’ hosted sites upgraded to Version 16 of Virtual OneStop and Virtual LMI.
In March 2015, all of Geographic Solutions’ hosted sites upgraded to Version 15 of Virtual OneStop and Virtual LMI.
In July 2015, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) took effect. After months of planning and development, Geographic Solutions successfully applied the first phase of WIOA case management functionality in all of its current Virtual OneStop systems on time for the July 1st implementation. The new features in the application will assist staff at state and local workforce boards with meeting the goals, expectations, and federal reporting benchmarks under WIOA legislation.
In November 2015, Geographic Solutions completed Phase III of the Louisiana GUS system, resulting in the country’s first integrated solution that combined the state’s labor exchange and unemployment insurance operations into one system.
In 2014, Geographic Solutions intentionally avoided naming a Virtual OneStop 13 and in October 2013, launched Virtual OneStop 14. Virtual OneStop 14 featured the mini-registration form as an initial intake for job fairs, economic development portals, and education portals. Also new in Virtual OneStop 14 is the ability for staff to merge individual user accounts if they find potential duplicates.
Attendance and service tracking automation was increased with the upgrade of VOScan scan card tracking and VOSGreeter. Visitors can sign in via the VOSGreeter kiosk, choose a reason for their visit, see their wait time, or choose a staff member to visit. VOScan allows staff to track one-stop traffic with the swipe of a card. The addition of the Workflow module allowed staff to assign work items and set up workflows for specific staff members.
With the enhanced Document Imaging and Document Management modules in Virtual OneStop 14, case managers no longer needed to toggle between multiple applications to manage documents associated with client cases. With the click of a mouse, staff can scan, upload, and manipulate verification documents, such as drivers’ licenses or birth certificates. The system stores all images in the database and easily associates them with job seeker records.
For individual users, we added several items to the advanced job search and skills search functionality, including interests, work values, and WorkKeys® Skills Analysis.
In alignment with recent social media trends, Virtual OneStop 14 allowed job seekers to share job postings on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn, or import their employment and education history directly from their LinkedIn profile. Virtual OneStop 14 also allows users to browse the free ALISON online learning course list.
The release of Version 14 marked the debut of Sapphire job matching functionality. Sapphire’s advanced technology uses proprietary pattern matching algorithms to determine exactly how well the individual matches the employer’s requirements. Job seekers see the real-time results of how well they match the job’s requirements in terms of education, work experience, certifications, and salary. The Sapphire component also analyzes the level to which the individual’s skills (soft, hard, and technical skills) and their tools and technology experience, match the job’s requirements.
In March 2013, Geographic Solutions officially launched the new CalJOBS site in a three-phase process. The new labor exchange site, developed in partnership with the Employment Development Department (EDD), served as a resource for job seekers, employers, unemployment insurance claimants, veterans, older workers, employers, individuals with disabilities, and youth.
In May 2013, the California Community College Chancellor’s office, in partnership with the California EDD, launched the new California Career Café. California’s Career Café connected 112 college campuses to job opportunities. The site, a first of its kind, helps current students and recent alumni find internships and jobs in California. Employers could post internships and job openings directly into the system, as well as contact the college career centers for assistance. The portal site launched alongside the CalJOBS site.
Also in 2013, we officially launched the Virtual OneStop Mobile Application, which gives users access to an entire Virtual OneStop database of job openings from their mobile device and the ability to search for jobs based on current location. The app lets job seekers pinpoint jobs on a map using color-coded pins and gives employers’ job openings exposure to tech-savvy job seekers throughout the United States. All Virtual OneStop Mobile Application users can save and share their favorite jobs via email, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter, while simultaneously recording all job search activity. We also customized our Reemployment Exchange (REX) to a mobile version, allowing the unemployed to claim weekly benefits and search for job opportunities, all within the same app.
The Mobile Application is available for the Apple iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Android and available for download on the iTunes App Store and Google Play Store. The Virginia Workforce Commission (“VAWorks”), Southwest Florida Works (“SWFL Works”), California Employment Development Department (“CalJOBS”), and the Nebraska Department of Labor (“NEworks”) have adapted versions of our Mobile Application.
In July 2013, the Georgia Governor’s Office of Workforce Development went live with the Georgia Work Ready Online Participant Portal (GWROPP). This project required an implementation timeframe of less than six months. Geographic Solutions’ staff worked closely with the GOWD staff to convert legacy data and configure the system for a successful launch. The system provides case management functionality for workforce staff in Georgia and WIA federal reporting.
In August 2013, the NCWorks Online site went live in North Carolina. NCWorks is a comprehensive one-stop operating system that provides services to multiple workforce development boards and their partners throughout North Carolina. Geographic Solutions developed custom programs to import legacy data, including participant information, vacancies, referrals, and services.
Also in 2013, we rewrote and re-architected the code base for the Virtual LMI system to make it more customizable and flexible in the ever-changing landscape of information delivery systems. The new version included enhanced graphing technology, widgets, more data export options, and a mobile-friendly user interface. Virtual LMI Version 14 also introduced new data sets for real-time skills, certifications, and tools and technology from employer-advertised jobs postings and online résumés. The system aggregates and classifies job postings containing this information for analysis based on a specific area, occupation, industry, or educational field of study (CIP).
In 2012, the Louisiana Workforce Commission contracted with Geographic Solutions to implement the GUS application. The project focused on putting people back to work, which in turn, would lower Louisiana’s unemployment rate and the costs of unemployment benefits. Louisiana rebranded its site as Helping Individuals Reach Employment (HiRE). The HiRE system would integrate employment service registration with the UI application and weekly certifications.
Geographic Solutions met with the leaders of the Louisiana Workforce Commission, and held JAD/JAR sessions with front-line workforce staff to gather knowledge and input about project design, enhancements, integrations, data conversion, production environment training, etc. Louisiana staff also participated in Customer User Acceptance Training (CUAT).
We implemented the Louisiana project in three separate phases:
Phase I – The GUS Reemployment Exchange module of the HiRE-GUS system went live in March 2013. This module interfaces with Louisiana’s current benefit system and is the entry point through which individuals file new and additional claims, reopen unemployment claims, and file their weekly certifications.
Phase ll – Phase II, scheduled to go live in June 2015, will replace the current mainframe UI benefits system completely. This phase will upgrade and enhance the current system and offer comprehensive UI benefits functionality, including addressing the monetary and non-monetary procedures for unemployment compensation, adjudication, appeals, employer charges, and federal reporting functions.
Phase lll – Phase III is the Employer Tax module for GUS-HiRE. This module will encompass all core functions of the unemployment tax process and will replace the existing mainframe tax system, including the functions of employer account status and ratings, tax and wage reporting, delinquencies, collections, audits, and trust fund accounting. Employers can pay taxes, set up new accounts, view ad hoc reports, and produce required federal reports.
These three phases of reemployment, benefits/appeals, and tax complete the integrated UI/workforce system.
The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development signed a contract in 2014 to implement the GUS solution, and both Nebraska and Wyoming will launch the REX solution in 2015.
In May 2012, Geographic Solutions launched the statewide job board, Jobs4TN Online system, under contract with the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development. The system provides case management and reporting for the Wagner-Peyser and WIA programs. Later, we enhanced the site to include reemployment and adult education programs, as well as online assessments and eligible training provider functionality.
The State of California’s Employment Development Department (EDD) contracted for the first installation of Virtual OneStop 12. The system went live with a soft launch in July 2012, with full labor exchange launching in March 2013. Virtual OneStop 12 introduced new levels of customer usability with friendly dashboards, widgets, user-configurable features and navigation, career networks, and many other upgrades intended to enhance the delivery of program services.
In 2011, Maryland incorporated an integrated LMI system with its labor exchange and case management system by incorporating Geographic Solutions’ aggregated, historic jobs data and Workforce Information Database (WID) data into the LMI Analyzer component. This integrated system included the Bureau of Labor Statistics program data, census data, and real-time jobs data.
Virtual OneStop was the first system to display “in-context” labor market information in 2011, letting individuals compare information, such as average wage rates, the total number of similar jobs available within the area, and the competition for a specific job. Detailed labor statistics for job seekers became available instantaneously.
Late in 2011, Geographic Solutions announced its entry into the emerging reemployment field by integrating unemployment insurance (UI) and workforce information systems into a singular system to foster rapid reemployment. Geographic Solutions successfully developed and launched two reemployment solutions, the Geographic Solutions Unemployment System® (GUS) and the Reemployment Exchange (REX®).
We designed GUS to integrate fully with public workforce system to help states target unemployment claimants and assist them in focusing on reemployment, not just unemployment. GUS is a complete unemployment benefits and appeals system, and a tax system. It can integrate fully with any Virtual OneStop system or it can function as a standalone system.
The leaders of the Louisiana Modernization Project wanted to be the integration leader of UI benefits and workforce systems, which led to Louisiana being the first state to offer GUS.
In 2010, Virtual OneStop 10 introduced a more versatile Résumé Builder allowing individuals to upload existing résumés. The new system let employers see more details about potential candidates and incorporated in-demand occupation lists to inform job seekers and employers. A streamlined, tabular design made tasks and searches both user-friendly and quick.
Virtual OneStop 10 greatly expanded the use of real-time LMI and displayed both current and historical data. Version 10 of the Employ Florida Marketplace ranked number one out of 559 systems in the United States Department of Labor’s “Tools for America’s Job Seekers Challenge.” Geographic Solutions’ national job board, America’s Virtual OneStop® (www.Americasvos.com), ranked third in the same challenge.
Virtual LMI 10.05 supported O*NET 14. The Real-Time LMI system incorporated years of historical data into a nationwide database of real-time current and historical labor market information as a subscription service, known as America’s Labor Market Analysis (ALMA) system.
In April 2010, South Carolina selected Virtual OneStop to replace AJLA for Wagner-Peyser services and to create a workforce development system to integrate with its existing WIA and TAA case management system.
Later in 2010, Geographic Solutions broke new ground with a regional green jobs solution for the Mid Atlantic Regional Consortium (MARC). Under this initiative, we integrated the workforce systems from Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia to provide a unified green jobs portal. Today, each state retains its own system with an independent look and feel, business rules, etc. Thanks to this initiative, a job seeker in one of the states can look for jobs and compare labor market information in all three of the states. Hawaii and Alabama also launched “green jobs” portals.
We built Virtual OneStop 11 based on customer feedback and goal and released it in 2010. Enhancements included multiple employer login and employer contact audit history. We also introduced significant design changes in the Fund Tracking module and improved print capability for federal programs (e.g., WIA and TAA) , along with many other features. Nebraska awarded Geographic Solutions the contract to furnish, install, configure, and support a comprehensive, integrated workforce case management and reporting system, which we developed on the Virtual OneStop 11 platform.
In 2009, The State of New Hampshire adopted Virtual OneStop 9 in March 2009. In the summer of 2009, we enhanced all client sites to track and report on training and employment services funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). This time-sensitive federal upgrade necessitated a significant effort that included weekly client conference calls with the national user community to explain the system modifications and deployment plans. We also introduced document scanning and résumé parsing in 2009.
In the spring of 2009, we released Virtual OneStop 10, beginning with the State of Rhode Island’s new labor exchange and automated case management and reporting system.
In January 2008, North Dakota went live with Virtual OneStop 9, which introduced significant improvement to staff functionality. The enhancements included an advanced Common Intake wizard, faster registration, and simultaneous enrollment in multiple programs. North Dakota also adopted the WTP federal program, and an enhanced version of TAA, as part of its case management system.
Indiana’s implementation of Virtual OneStop (IndianaCareerConnect.com) included the conversion of all labor exchange data (applicants, employers, job orders, services, etc.) from the State’s Oracle-based legacy system, as well as real-time interfaces with the State’s unemployment benefits and case management systems.
In January 2007, Employ Florida upgraded to Virtual OneStop 8.1. This upgrade included a large conversion of legacy data, including more than three million individuals and more than 60 million Wagner-Peyser records. The Commonwealth of Virginia adopted Virtual OneStop 8.1 to provide an integrated solution for Wagner-Peyser and WIA case management and advanced labor exchange.
Virtual OneStop 9 went into production in October 2007 for the State of South Carolina. This version contained an enhanced Résumé Builder and address standardization, as well as an incorporated O*NET 12 database. With growing industry concerns about the security of data in online résumé banks, we added several important features to keep email addresses private and control the integrity of employers and jobs entered into the system.
In 2006, Geographic Solutions released Virtual OneStop 8, which utilized the latest .NET programming language to increase system performance and design capabilities. Virtual OneStop 8 included significant developments for employer recruitment management. It allowed employers to rank candidates based on job order requirements and add notes to an applicant’s files for future reference. The system saved referred candidates to a folder in the Recruitment Plan Profile automatically, allowing employers to sort them by job type.
Virtual OneStop 8 streamlined the job search options for individuals and the staff workflow process of the Wagner-Peyser functionality. At a state’s discretion, the system automatically could generate a Wagner-Peyser application for newly- registered, self-directed users; or a Wagner-Peyser wizard could help staff quickly complete the registration process.
A summary screen highlighted all activities and programs in which an individual was participating. The My Reports option gave staff the ability to save reporting filters, and the Ad Hoc Query Analyzer option gave states the ability to create custom reports on any data in the system.
Hawaii was the first state to implement Virtual OneStop 8, choosing it for its online employer and job seeker services, and its ad hoc reporting capabilities. Because the state was experiencing low unemployment at the time, the HireNet Hawaii system advertised jobs in Hawaii both locally and abroad, to help bring Hawaiians back to the state.
Later in the year, we released Virtual OneStop 8.1, which featured a significantly enhanced version of the Virtual OneStop Fund Tracking system. The new transaction-based system tracked funds and participant expenditures, and included interface capability to multiple statewide financial systems. The system debuted in the State of Wyoming in November 2006.
In 2005, Geographic Solutions released Virtual OneStop 7.0, which incorporated a new proprietary job search technology that used “Database Intelligence” techniques to allow users to scan thousands of jobs in seconds, from a variety of Internet job sites, using comprehensive search criteria.
In 2005, the State of Florida selected Geographic Solutions to provide its labor exchange system, the Employ Florida Marketplace. Since its launch, there have been more than 20 million job postings and 66 million job referrals made through site. The system provides all labor exchange and employment service functions, including referral and service tracking and performance reporting. Employ Florida averaged more than 300,000 job postings in Florida at any one time until the onset of the recession. Currently, there are more than 225,000 jobs listed on the site.
Virtual OneStop 7.0 included the Individual Employment Plan/Individual Service Strategy and expanded outcome forms and compatibility with Common Measures federal reporting and an enhanced skills matching process. Geographic Solutions is the first company to classify skills into 14 wide-ranging categories so individuals could identify their transferable skills and use them to explore careers and search for jobs. The improved Manage Résumé/Candidate Ranking function added résumé ranking so users could rank candidate search results based on skill requirements and other criteria.
In February 2005, the State of Alaska implemented Virtual OneStop to provide online services to job seekers and employers and to manage its Wagner-Peyser program. The Alaska Labor Exchange System (ALEXsys) marked the first time the state provided services specifically to remote areas in the state where service centers were not available.
In April 2004, the DCNetworks system garnered national attention when CNN filmed presidential candidate John Kerry visiting a local one-stop center. Kerry observed job seekers using the DCNetworks system, commenting positively on its usefulness.
Later in 2004, Geographic Solutions introduced the VOSTouch kiosk system. VOSTouch was a web-based, stand-alone kiosk for job seekers.
We released Virtual OneStop 6.0 in 2004, which we enhanced with new O*NET skills and interest assessments, including web-based versions of the O*NET Interest Profiler and Work Importance Profiler, to expand skill matching.
Later in 2004, Geographic Solutions held the first Workforce Technology Conference. Virtual OneStop and Virtual LMI users attended the conference to learn about the latest version of our systems. We hold the conference annually and hosted our 12th Annual Conference in 2015.
In January 2003, Geographic Solutions’ fully integrated its Virtual OneStop and Virtual LMI component libraries with Analyst, Individual, and Employer Services functions and incorporated the ALMIS 2.2 database, O*NET 5.1 data, and NAICS, SOC, and CIP codes for occupational and educational data.
Also in 2003, Geographic Solutions introduced Virtual OneStop’s proprietary job aggregation (also known as job spidering) solution with tremendous job listing capabilities, drawing from public and private job boards, as well as corporate sites. Geographic Solutions collaborated with the Custom Research Division of Nielsen Media Research to offer labor market surveys and web-based solutions with survey data integration.
In 2003, federal auditors for the region noted South Carolina’s Virtual OneStop as an “exemplary model one-stop system” and the Labor Market Trends publication (Case Study: Bringing Labor Market Information to a Wider Audience) recognized the DCNetworks Analyzer system.
In 2002, Geographic Solutions introduced the first Internet-based integrated scan card system for tracking non-enrolled individuals, now known as VOScan. Also in 2002, Geographic Solutions developed the Individual Fund Tracking module to manage and track funds used in workforce development.
Introduced in June 2002, New Mexico Workforce Connection’s Virtual OneStop system provides self-service, labor exchange, Wagner-Peyser reporting, WIA case management, financial tracking, and WIA reporting functions. We implemented the initial project phase within 90-days. Our development team wrote data processes to import and export information from mainframe systems to populate the system with historical data. By adapting Virtual OneStop to the State’s business requirements, Geographic Solutions deployed a customized workforce development system that continues to fit the State’s needs to this day.
In 2001, The Louisiana Works Virtual OneStop (LAVOS) (rebranded as Louisiana HiRE) deployed in April 2001 and we have enhanced the system continually since then. Louisiana HiRE provides all self-service one-stop access, integrated case management, common intake, federal reporting, and labor exchange for the State of Louisiana Department of Labor and local WIBs.
Virtual OneStop was the first one-stop system used to produce WIASRD data certified as having no significant edits by the Social Policy Research Association. Also in 2001, Virtual OneStop became a key component of the Workforce Development Board Centers of Flagler-Volusia Counties and received the National Association of Counties Workforce Development Award of Excellence. By August of 2001, the Job Service of North Dakota awarded a contract to Geographic Solutions, in conjunction with Oracle Corporation, to provide a customized one-stop delivery system for the state. The project included the design and development of a statewide self-service one-stop and labor exchange system, delivered in 2003.
In 2000, Geographic Solutions produced the first state system that fulfilled the requirements of the WIA and Wagner-Peyser Act with Phase II of the DC Networks system for the District of Columbia Department of Employment Services. DC Networks offers a full complement of online services, including common intake, eligibility determination tools, referrals, case management information, placement data, scheduling tools, client tracking, and follow-up utilities. The DC Networks system integrates and interfaces with multiple agencies, partners, and programs, including Employment Services, Unemployment Insurance, Welfare to Work, and Vocational Rehabilitation.
In 1999, Virtual OneStop 3.1 was the first system to combine Internet-based case management with a web-based, self-service provision. Geographic Solutions later introduced the first Software as a Service (SaaS) model for one-stops. With the Virtual OneStop Annual Subscription, Geographic Solutions hosts the site and provides Internet access.
Since that time, Virtual OneStop has evolved into the only integrated web-based system in the country that encompasses a comprehensive suite of solutions that fulfills the requirements of labor exchange, labor market information display, case management, one-stop services, WIA/WIOA, Wagner-Peyser, and other workforce-related programs.
In August 1999, Geographic Solutions developed a state-of-the-art provider information system for the State of Florida Jobs and Education Partnership. The system met the requirements of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998, the State of Florida Strategic Five-Year State Workforce Investment Plan for Title 1 and the Wagner-Peyser Act. The resulting system was a single, integrated provider information system that assembled employment, occupation, and performance information from all of the state’s workforce development partners.
In January 1998, Geographic Solutions created the Louisiana Occupational Information System (LOIS) for the Louisiana Department of Labor. This system features an advanced provider reports system that showed side-by-side comparisons of provider report information, such as tuition costs and program length. The system also includes a scorecard for each program and displays the number of students who find employment and their average quarterly earnings. LOIS was the first Internet-based, eligible provider and consumer report system to meet the needs of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998.
In February 1998, Microsoft Corporation and Advisor Publications, Inc. selected Geographic Solutions and the site we created for the State of Washington (the Washington Interactive Labor Market Access (WILMA)) as a finalist in the 1998 Visual FoxPro Excellence Awards. WILMA received nominations in two award categories: Best Desktop Solution and Best Client Server Solution.
In April 1998, Geographic Solutions delivered a new Internet site, known as the Alabama Dislocated Worker System, to serve individuals who have lost, or are about to lose, their jobs due to large permanent layoffs or business closings. The site uses the latest Employment and Training Administration O*NET (Occupational Information Network) database.
In June 1998, we introduced Virtual OneStop 1.0 to fulfill the needs of local workforce development boards and one-stop offices. The system was composed of modules with universal access for job seekers, employers, and labor exchange services. In August 1998, the Jobs and Education Partnership (JEP) Regional Board of Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties, Florida, and the South Florida Employment and Training Consortium (SFETC) purchased the first Virtual OneStop.
In 1997, Geographic Solutions developed the first Internet system using the ALMIS database structure and branded it Virtual LMI. We delivered this system to the State of Washington Employment Security Department, as the Washington Interactive Labor Market Access (WILMA). Virtual LMI combined functionality from our previous systems, such as the Florida Research and Economic Database (FRED) and the Georgia JobGuide, and provided online labor market information access.
In September 1997, Geographic Solutions signed a contract with an association of 18 state employment security agencies from around the country known as the LMI Access Consortium. We developed and launched all 18 sites within 18 months.
In early 1996, Geographic Solutions designed a new workforce development system called JobGuide for the State of Georgia Department of Labor. This software introduced a simple, easy-to-use graphical interface that job seekers, with no prior computer experience, could operate.
The Georgia JobGuide allowed job seekers to identify likely employers based on their skills and to conduct effective, self-directed job searches. We designed JobGuide to reside in touch-screen kiosks in unemployment offices and other government field offices or on workstations using a standard mouse configuration. Geographic Solutions subsequently developed an Internet-based version of JobGuide for the State of Georgia Department of Labor and for the New Mexico Department of Labor, known as the NMWorks (now LASER) system.
Also in 1996, Geographic Solutions created the Florida Research and Economic Database (FRED) for the Florida Department of Labor and Employment Security. This system provided a single source for demographic, economic, and labor market information for Florida.
Now part of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity and rebranded as FREIDA, this system graphically displays, manipulates, and analyzes a broad range of information from state, local, and federal sources. This database includes population and income figures, industrial and occupational wage statistics and projections, annual and monthly employment and unemployment figures, employment service applicants’ data, commuting patterns, employer data, and mass layoff statistics.
In 1995, Geographic Solutions developed the first COTS labor market information system, which we expanded in 1999 to create the first integrated Wagner-Peyser and WIA service delivery and reporting system. Also in 1995, we developed the state LMI system for Georgia. We also developed and implemented the Minnesota Workforce and Economic Information System (MnWEIS) for the State of Minnesota Department of Economic Security.
In 1994, Geographic Solutions first gained national attention by creating the world's first comprehensive LMI system for the North Carolina Employment Security Commission. Known as the Human Resource Information System (HRIS), this system graphically displayed, manipulated, and analyzed economic and labor market information from both state and federal sources.
HRIS revolutionized the way that job seekers, employers, policy makers, and researchers use state and local labor market data. For the first time, a wide variety of key information was accessible in one system. The success of HRIS resulted in Geographic Solutions subsequently adapting this system for agencies in other states, including Georgia, Minnesota, and Iowa.