I had noticed a sudden increase in traffic to my blog from Knoxville, TN and I commented on it on a previous post. I got this very interesting comment in response:
The folks hitting the website are most likely from Previstar (formally RamSafe). My City Hall insider says that this system was marginally used after Katrina to process FEMA project worksheets. The company basically used the City to develop a revision to the product and re-branded it Previstar. The system was never paid for by the City even though the system was pushed by the vendor as a paid product. This is where it gets interesting...FEMA balked at reimbursing the City for Previstar (RamSafe) however, Mark Kurt was "told" to get the invoice paid. Even though it was clearly a 50/50 chance that FEMA would pay.
Although Previstar lists two locations on their website, it was staff from the Knoxville office supported efforts in New Orleans.
I am sure the Knoxville folks are wondering what the hell did they get themselves into.
2011 Crystal Drive
Arlington, VA 22202
800-499-9879 (Toll Free)
10215 Technology Drive, Suite 101
Knoxville, TN 37932
Incidentally, Greg Meffert was recently appointed as a board member to Previstar.