Category Archives: Customer Spotlight

“The Best Town on Earth”

There are a lot of towns that claim this title, but Upton, Wyoming, actually owns the slogan: “The best town on Earth.” With its vast wildlife population, big-town amenities and rich history, it’s no wonder this little town claims the “best town” title.

 About Upton, Wyoming

 At only 2.96 square miles and with a population of only 1,100, the people in this Wyoming town are dramatically outnumbered by the vast wildlife. Because of the many lakes and streams outside the town’s borders, there is a number of fish species that feed the dense, local wildlife population.

 For the human population, this small little town packs a lot into its tiny footprint. Read more >

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City of Lava Hot Springs Switches from DOS to BMS

From D-O-S to B-M-S

We are excited to feature one of our newest clients, Lava Hot Springs, Idaho, in our small town stories this month. This is possibly one of the most unique places we have ever featured.

About Lava Hot Springs, Idaho

Lava Hot Springs, located in Bannock County, has a few things that make it unique. Besides the fact that it has 102-degree water surrounding the 455-acre town, it also claims to be an “odor-free” natural hot spring! Just imagine, soaking in warm, mineral-rich water as you take in the surrounding beauty with a deep, detoxifying breath that smells of…nothing! Read more >

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Small Town Stories: Helena, Georgia

helena-ga-telfair-county-museum-of-history-railroad-depot-small-town-america-photo-ccopyright-brian-brown-vanishing-south-georgia1Recently, we ran a story on the friendly merger of two sister cities in Georgia: McRae and Helena. We are thrilled that during this transition, the cities have decided to merge their software, too, and now McRae will join Helena as part of our Black Mountain Software family.

While McRae is new to us and that is very exciting, we feel that we haven’t done enough talking about how much Helena—a BMS customer since 2006–has meant to us. Over the years, we have enjoyed the southern friendliness and courtesy in our working relationship with the clerks and city manager of Helena: Janeen Tokar (City Manager), Allison Cox (UB Clerk), and Heather Livingston (City Clerk). Read more >

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Small Town Stories: McRae, Georgia

McRae Monument: A mini Statue of Liberty

McRae Monument: A mini Statue of Liberty

Recently, we found out some exciting ­news: The cities of McRae and Helena, Georgia (sister cities) are merging January 1, 2015, and have chosen Black Mountain Software as their software partner.

While Helena has long been a BMS customer, we are just now getting acquainted with the tidy little town of McRae! We expect to get to know them very well in the upcoming months, as a city merger is no “little” thing no matter what size the town.

The combining of cities means the combining of everything they do and every process they have into one “new” city: utility billing, property tax collection, bank accounts, even the stationary heading! Read more >

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Small Town Stories: Castleford, Idaho

Salmon Falls Creek Area

Castleford is a small town (.4 miles to be exact) with a big history. It is located along Salmon Falls Creek, a tributary of the Snake River which flows a total of 121 miles and was once a popular trading route between the Native Americans and settlers of the Snake River Plain and Great Basin.

Castleford was named after its odd-shaped “ford” that allowed mid-1800’s pioneers to cross the creek along the Kelton-Dalles stage route. The unusual ford was marked by a series of rhyolite obelisks.

In 1890, a man by the name of Cephas Lilly settled along this ford, and it became known as “Castleford.” Though considered a hardworking pioneer, new evidence paints a not-so-pretty picture of Cephas Lilly. Read more >

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Small Town Stories: Deary, Idaho

Deary, Idaho

BMS welcomes the small town of Deary, Idaho to our family! Deary, with its population of 505, has lumber homesteaders who made their way there during the 1880’s and 1890’s to thank for their rural northern Idaho lifestyle.

Timber, along with agriculture, remain the main industries of Deary since its establishment in 1907.

Deary is a product of the Potlatch Lumber Company, like many of its fellow communities along the Idaho railway such as Elk River, Bovill, and Potlatch. Unlike Potlatch, however, the town of Deary was created by the sale of lots which were to be lumbered and then cleared solely for the purpose of creating homelands. Read more >

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Chronicles of a Montana County Road Warrior in Southern Central Montana (Guest Blog)

by: David Morton, Customer Solutions Coordinator and Guest Blogger for the BMS County Traveling Road Show Series

These are the chronicles of one David Morton, road warrior on a mission to solve client problems for Black Mountain’s Governmental Accounting Software.  What you are about to read is real.

7/8/13 – Almost Wild Goat Skewer

Successful day one. It would be a success if the only thing that went right was managing not to hit the juvenile mountain goat as I rounded a corner along the Clark Fork River. He jumped the guard rail (better him than me) and a quick look in the rear-view mirror revealed he was ok and even feeling spry enough to pose for other drivers’ pictures. Read more >

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Small Town Stories: Lake Panorama Association, Iowa

lake panoramaBlack Mountain Software is excited to feature the Lake Panorama Association in Iowa as our “Small Town” feature this month.  Anyone who enjoys lakeside leisure would understand why Lake Panorama is an obvious choice; but this place is also home to Black Mountain’s 500th client in our 24th state, which makes it particularly special to us!

As the largest private lake in Iowa, Lake Panorama has 1,400 acres of water surface, and over 30 miles of casting shoreline. The lake is managed by the Lake Panorama Association, which was established 83 years ago and has 1,750 members who represent the 1,000 residents that occupy the land surrounding the lake. Read more >

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Small Town Stories: Donalsonville, Georgia

“Our neighbors are friends, and strangers soon become neighbors, as our friendly people are our number one asset” — Donalsonville Chamber of Commerce website.

This month’s small town story is none other than Donalsonville, Georgia, a town rich in education, health care, relationships, and history.  Donalsonville, a long-time client of Black Mountain Software, came to the top of our list of small cities to write about following publicity celebrating their downtown revitalization program.  Donalsonville appears to be a town full of charm and forward-thinking enthusiasm.  In fact, “making life better here” seems to be a theme for Donalsonville residents, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Donalsonville “BetterWay” Committee, who are teaming up to restore the downtown area.   Read more >

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Small Town Stories: Hazelton, ND

Black Mountain Software recently hit an enormous milestone: signing our 500th customer.  But hold on!  Before we write about that, we want to share our happiness about customer number 499, Hazelton, North Dakota. After working with municipal officials since 2009, BMS is excited to equip Hazelton with the whole nine yards: Utility Billing software Finance software, Payroll software, and our Automated Meter Reading interface module.

You may have heard about the town of Hazelton, ND, which in 2005 offered families up to two lots, $20,000 towards a home, and lots of elbow room to anyone willing to give the cold winters a try and make Hazelton home. Read more >

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