Costs and Benefits of Going Paperless


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Many cities have converted from a paper filing and storage system to an all electronic system. This is not only an environmentally friendlier option but it also can save a city money on printing costs and can save file storage space. Furthermore, electronic files are much easier to navigate and can lead to productivity increases for staff members if there is not a frequent need to dig through paper files. The City of Big Lake currently uses an all-paper system for files but is interested in converting to an all electronic file storage system. Students will examine the process of converting to an electronic file storage system and create a flow chart identifying and explaining the components necessary for an efficient system conversion process. In addition, they will examine the costs and benefits of converting to an electronic file storage system, including payback times for going paperless, and students will examine case studies of other cities that have made the switch. Students will integrate these findings to create a set of recommended steps for the City of Big Lake to convert to an all-electronic file storage system.

Read the final student report delivered to the local gov/community partner.

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University Faculty Contact
Sheneeta White

Local Government / Community Contact
Michael Healy

City Planner

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