Category Archives: Customer Spotlight

Small Town Stories: McRae, Georgia

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

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

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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Small Town Stories: Plevna, Montana

We are excited to welcome the town of Plevna, Montana to our Black Mountain Software family. While the Plevna School District, home of the Cougars, has been a software client of ours since 2009, we are thrilled that the town of Plevna itself is also joining our BMS family of customers.

Plevna, with a population of 162 and 90 utility customers, occupies Fallon County, Montana. First established in 1909, Plevna resides on the Milwaukee Road Transcontinental Rail Line along the Pacific Extension. Due to the number of Bulgarian railroad workers in the area at the time, the town is named after a Bulgarian city, Pleven. Read more >

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Small Town Stories: North of the River Recreation & Park District

When Finance Director (of North of the River Recreation and Park District) Leda said to her assistant Allison, “You now have an assistant…it’s Black Mountain Software” it made us celebrate out loud!  That’s because our software DOES function like a clerk’s “right hand man” and we DO enjoy getting to know our clients and working one-on-one to meet their needs as if we were sitting in the office right next to them.

Part of that getting-to-know-you process includes finding out more about the towns, communities, schools, and districts that make up our client list.  So when North of the River (NOR) Recreation and Park District recently researched software products and made the switch to Black Mountain Software, we were sure to do our research too – and what we discovered was just how “happening” this organization is! 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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Chronicles of a Montana County Road Warrior in North 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.

Sunday, March 17, 2013 – Marias Pass

It’s still winter.

Dave jumped in and started my engine. He steered me out of the garage and up the drive, resetting my trip odometer to zero.  I know that’s the symbol for “long trip ahead.” Someday I hope one of these long trips takes me to Alaska, or maybe to Argentina, where I could shine my headlights out into Lapataia Bay. Read more >

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Chronicles of a Montana County Road Warrior in Eastern 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.

February 24, 2013 – Eastern Montana Tour – Upside-down Latte

There’s a song that’s made Willy a lot of fans and money, and it really sums up my time here at Black Mountain Software: “On the Road Again.”

I almost managed to get through Polson before I stopped for the first time. My son gave me a Starbucks gift card that I hadn’t used yet.  I picked up my first free latte–spiced vanilla–at the local Safeway Starbucks.  At this point I had gone maybe 7 miles–a darned good start! 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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