In 1963, President John F. Kennedy stood before an assembly of civic leaders and citizens in Frankfort, Germany, and articulated his philosophy on progress: "For time and the world do not stand still. Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future."
JFK's profound words are as applicable today as they were when delivered over a half century ago. Change is inevitable and one of the few constants in today's environment. Change can also be disruptive, but is often necessary for progress. In fact, the term "disruptor" has become prevalent not just in the business world but in modern culture as well. Consider some of the most famous disruptors of today: Amazon, Netflix and Uber; these companies looked to the future, transformed their industries, and changed how we live and do business.
The term "disruptive innovation" was coined in 1995, the same year the Georgia Superior Court Clerks' Cooperative Authority opened its doors. And though it is unlikely that our founders used this language, their vision was progressive and paradox-changing and, with the support of Georgia's 159 Superior Court clerks, the Authority did change or disrupt the way business was done.
A single project in 1995 – the UCC Project – started it all; initially disruptive and with many doubters, this project forever changed how a financing statement would be filed in the state of Georgia, and, in so doing, provided secured parties with greater protection while saving them both time and money. Now, 24 years later, the Authority has played the disrupter role many more times and closes its fiscal year as a successful, diverse entity overseeing 20+ projects including an invaluable website that currently holds over 273 million images and was accessed 5.2 million times this past year by 1.1 million people across the world.
The Authority's existence and success would not be possible without the continued support and collaboration of Georgia's Superior Court clerks. The Authority was created by clerks for the benefit of clerks, and since establishment, has provided to clerks $79 million in additional funding and over 27,000 pieces of new equipment. This symbiotic relationship is a critical element in the Authority's success to date and its ability to achieve even greater results in the future.
From the beginning and rooted to its core, innovation, collaboration and vision have defined the Authority. Although the culture remains the same, the GSCCCA is a very different organization today than the one that opened its doors in 1995. Since its inception, the Authority has not only fulfilled its original purpose of establishing a statewide system for the indexing of UCC documents, but has successfully developed and implemented, at no cost to the state, a variety of additional projects. Effective collaboration with other state agencies and numerous not-for-profit groups for the benefit of the State of Georgia and its citizens has become one of the hallmarks of the Authority's success and why it is respected both locally and nationally for its progressive, innovative and effective approach to problem solving.
For over two decades, the Authority has been an innovator within the public records arena and has led the State of Georgia to the forefront of court technology. Using a mix of old-fashioned cooperation and state-of-the-art technology, the GSCCCA has taken abstract ideas, that many believed were not possible, to the concrete world of implementation, and, in so doing, has changed the way many do business and made life easier for those accessing real estate records, financing statements, criminal case data, and other legal documents.
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