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Land Experts from Seventeen Countries Visit Arlington County

Aumentum, Blog March 31, 2015

On Friday, March 27, Thomson Reuters assisted  the World Bank in hosting a field trip to the Arlington County Real Estate Assessors office – a customer of Thomson Reuters using a computer aided mass appraisal (CAMA) software solution, ProVal. Over 40 government officials and land management experts from around the world boarded a bus at the entrance to the World Bank building on Friday morning and headed to the City of Arlington.

I commend Richard Millman, Arlington County’s Director of Real Estate Assessments, and his staff for their hospitality, professionalism and willingness to open their doors to experts from nations located all over the world. Represented nations included China, Egypt, France, Georgia, India, Jamaica, Malawi, Tanzania, The Netherlands, Turkey, Uganda and more.

Visiting experts  participated in  a number of activities while on site at the County:

  • Presentations by key staff from a number of various departments – GIS, Assessment and Appeals.
  • An opportunity to meet and network with leadership within the Real Estate Assessment office.
  • A demonstration on Arlington’s use of the ProVal CAMA solution from Thomson Reuters and how they have leveraged this technology to better service their constituents.
  • An overview discussion on how the county values land and property fairly and equitably.

A first “master class” of its kind for the World Bank Land and Poverty Conference, this event was  unique  in many ways.  For many of the attendees, it was their first visit to a government office in the United States and an inside look at their operations. For Arlington County, it was a chance to highlight their work and share their success with those that might use that knowledge to aid in creating prosperity in their own countries. Much was learned by all in attendance.

Thomson Reuters would like to thank the World Bank, Richard Millman and the Arlington County Real Estate Assessors office staff for their willingness to put on such an event. We look forward to 2016!