Municipal Software Corporation, the developer of local government business process automation software, CityView, and a wholly owned subsidiary of Municipal Solutions Group, Inc. (TSX-V:MSM), celebrated their move to the award-winning Vancouver Island Technology Park (VITP) with a Grand Opening event on June 4th.

President and CEO Robert Bennett welcomed guests to the opening by pointing out that "We are delighted that the Province of BC and the Municipality of Saanich saw the opportunity to develop such a fine location, and we are proud to call VITP our home." Bennett went on to say that " Municipal Software is an excellent example of BC entrepreneurship. While we went public on the TSX Venture Exchange in 2002, the company was actually founded here in Victoria in 1982, and has been steadily growing since that point in time."

The Grand Opening included guest speaker The Honorable Susan Brice, Minister of State for Mental Health and Addiction Services, a long-time champion for the creation of a high-tech park in Victoria . David Anderson, PC, MP, Frank Leonard, Mayor of Saanich, The Honorable Ida Chong, MLA and Bill Cooke, CEO of VIATeC also attended and spoke at the event.

According to Bennett, "Our new home at VITP is a very good fit for us, both in terms of space and vision. We know that there will be many advantages that we can derive from being located in this high tech cluster. As we continue to grow as a company and as our vision for CityView evolves, we need to have the best possible work environment, conducive to creative and strategic thinking, in keeping with our mission to be the partner of choice to local governments for business process automation software."

The company has steadily grown in size, from a handful of employees to close to 50 today and consequently outgrew its former space at Shelbourne and McKenzie. The new 16,000 square foot space at the Tech Park houses the company's Application Development, Product Development, Customer Education, Marketing and Administration departments. They still also retain satellite offices in Toronto and Denver .

Bennett says that Municipal Software needed a "showcase" location where clients, and prospective clients, can come and work collaboratively with the company, and see "where it all happens". VITP certainly meets this need. The Tech Park will allow Municipal Software to further strengthen its customer-centred focus, including a Client Office space where clients can come and test out their new CityView software. Situated in a campus-like, rural setting on 14.2 hectares (35 acres), with an existing premise of 165,000 square feet, zoned for research, office and high tech manufacturing, the Tech Park is quickly becoming a premier location for high tech companies on Vancouver Island .

"We are really excited to have a world-class software firm like Municipal Software as a tenant," said Dale Gann, Manager of Business Development and Marketing for the VITP. "The Tech Park is more than a building-it is the center of technology on Vancouver Island , where anyone can visit and really get a sense of what is happening in our local high tech industry. Certainly Municipal Software is well-recognized and respected in this sector and we look forward to building our relationship with the company as they continue to grow."

CityView is a true enterprise solution that integrates functions across an organization and enables e-government. CityView helps government automate business processes such as Building, Planning, Code Enforcement, Business Licensing, Public Works, Emergency Management and more. Award-winning CityView integrates with existing systems, including financials, other departmental automation software, document management, IVR, cashiering, field data collection and GIS. With clients in 30 states and five provinces, and in business for over 21 years, Municipal Software Corporation is the one-stop provider of everything government needs for an enterprise solution, including the software, the training, the services and the post-purchase support. Perhaps most importantly, CityView allows local governments to build their enterprise systems one application at a time, without breaking their budget.