Growing up in rural Alaska I was surrounded by opportunities to explore; I was truly free. This environment encouraged me to make decisions at a very early ageI was allowed to test boundaries and experience consequences. To illustrate how different the world is today I often tell a story about my parents selling our family car, a Beige 1978 Volvo 240DL.

My parents purchased the car brandnew, put the key in the ignition, and drove it from Anchorage to Girdwood. Years passed and, when it was time to sell the car, we cleaned it out and got it ready for the new owner. The car had only one issue that cleaning couldn’t fix. We tried to remove the ignition key for the new owner, but it wouldn’t come out of the key slot. It had never been removed before, as the car had never been locked. The same is true of the doors on our house, shed, and the garage. This worked for us, so we saw no reason to change; it was our standard.

Keeping with the status quo, however, isn’t always the best approach when taking on new challenges. It’s easy, and safe, to stick with the tried and true, but in doing so we could be neglecting opportunities to realize more creative and efficient ways of reaching our goals.

Fast forward to 2018, I am the founder and CEO of an agile software company in Tacoma, WA. AIRLIFT Software is a platform for quickly building and deploying secure custom applications for the public sector. The platform is designed to be highlyscalable and incredibly flexible so that we can freely address a wide variety of business use cases and data transactions.

Six examples of how AIRLIFT is being used today:

  • Automates distribution and collection of marijuana business licensing forms
  • Collects data for creating and verifying medical patient identification cards
  • Simplifies electronic signature of approved city ordinances and resolutions
  • Eliminates the paper processing costs for collecting and processing student information
  • Provides a free tool for planning stages of life for a family member with disabilities
  • Manages submission and tracking of public disclosure requests for agency records

Recently we had the opportunity to demonstrate a prototype application to replace the aging paperbased process for registering firearms transfers and concealed pistol licenses. We had functional requirements to meet, but we also had the freedom to be innovative in our approach.

I believe this is what is missing in many government technology projects, and, in part, is due to legacy systems, process controls, andto a large degree, procurement laws. We believe that a shift in thinking can produce better results at a lower cost. We are always looking for opportunities to think freely and reimagine how software can be simple for users while still maintaining required functionality and security.

Responding to public records requests under the freedom of information act or local state laws is time-consuming and expensive. Together the political ecosystem, engaged citizens, and new legislation is making it imperative for public records officers to find ways to help them respond accurately, work efficiently, and maintain compliance with State laws.

AIRLIFT Respond is a software solution for public records request management. Its functionality helps records officers streamline the process, stay organized, and mitigate risk.

AIRLIFT Respond is available today: please visit to learn more and schedule a demonstration for a closer look at the future of Public Records.

We are working on a new cloudPWR website for 2016. The new site will bring AIRLIFT front and center. Since it was founded in 2011 the company has achieved the goal of providing cloud solutions and web apps that users love. These products are being used by thousands of Public Sector employees throughout Washington State.


This site as been updated to show the basic look and feel. What do you think? Just hashtag #OldLook or #NewLook with a comment on Twitter or Facebook.

Calling all DocuSign users and potential customers.

Over at cloudPWR there is a group of very talented engineers that can help with your DocuSign use cases and rollout initiatives. They put together a couple of sites to see which one generates the most feedback. Click on the thumbnails below and share the one you like or leave a comment.

DocuSign Solutions

DocuSign Integrator

The black and white (DocuSign Solutions) version will be static but the action photo site (DocuSign Integrator) will change with seasonal activities.

Are you using DocuSign® today? Could you benefit from a simplified interface for sending outbound envelopes? Would you like to save all your completed envelopes in a separate document archive like SharePoint, Oracle or FileNet?

Simplify the envelope sending process by integrating your back office ECM repository.

AIRLIFT for DocuSign  is the simplest way of sending forms directly from an existing line of business or enterprise content management system. Your customers, vendors or constituents can complete complex forms and sign from any browser or mobile device. When complete the forms are automatically attached or archived to your internal system of record.

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