Who We Are
Formed in 1987, our journey working with municipalities began by creating hand drawn “personality maps” for small to medium-sized cities across the country. These handsomely illustrated posters put CGI on the map of every municipality that participated. In the following years, the company steadily evolved a program of street banners which publicly adorned the lamp posts in the towns they served.
Maintaining strong relationships with the National League of Cities and the US Conference of Mayors, CGI Communications, Inc. eventually advanced to its current product line of eLocalLink Online Video Tours for its municipal partners, and the businesses who support these programs.
The journey begins!
After training in Massachusetts, CEO Bob Bartosiewicz started CGI from the basement of this house in February of 1989. Bob is pictured here with Bob Greenebaum, lifelong friend, business partner, and first believer in CGI.
Fun Facts: CGI Vice President Hank Vinick also lived in this house with Bob in ‘89, while President Frank Buono was living in Buffalo on Creekside Drive.
CGI’s Second Location
CGI officially moved to its second location and first legitimate office in June of 1990. At 945 East Henrietta road Bob met Bob Greenebaum and began a lifelong partnership with President Frank Buono. The company had a grand total of eight employees, including 2 full time artists drawing Community Graphics posters.
CGI’s THIRD Location
CGI’s third location, bringing on legacy employees like Lee Hastings, Executive Vice President Rich Madafferi, and Vice President Chris Sokal. The company expanded to 4 artists and 10 sales people.
CGI Expands Further
CGI expanded to a larger office marking the beginning of the careers of President Bob Forys, Randy Sanford, Al Forys, and Liz Mallane.
Banner Division Introduced
Near the end of 1996, CGI traveled to the United States Conference of Mayors and signed up the city of Wilkes Barre, PA as the first banner client. The banners served to enhance ordinary street poles with beautiful artwork and build a sense of community with the local businesses who supported their town.
CGI’s fourth Location
Closing out the 1990’s CGI moved into the entire basement floor of this building in Toby Village, utilizing a nearly 8,000 square foot space.
CGI’s Fifth Location
Going big-time! CGI had the whole building here in the early 2000’s. The company expanded to 50 employees but experienced the same economic fallout from September 11th as other companies. CGI did gain Vice Presidents Tim Corcoran, Kevin Baer, and Greg Thoen at this office. It was here that Greg first patented CGI’s OneClick technology.
eLocalLink becomes leading video provider!
eLocalLink is the cornerstone division of CGI Communications, Inc. The division produces tens of thousands of cost-free videos for municipalities across the country and supports those programs through local business sponsorships, bringing the community together around this widely-viewed showcase.
CGI Partners with USCM
With the success of eLocalLink, CGI formed a partnership with the U.S. Conference of Mayors. This agreement echos the spirit of community and provides a resource for towns across the country to have their stories told in a professional way through online video.
CGI Partners with NLC
With the continued success of eLocalLink, CGI formed a partnership with the National League of Cities. This agreement put the Community Showcase Video Program on more municipal websites than ever before.
Community Video Network Created
Relocate.org maintains a library of more than 10,000 videos showcasing communities across the United States and Canada. The site hosts the largest library of informational community videos in the United States. With a network of videos that includes Quality of Life overviews, messages from Mayors and municipal leaders, and education and health care reviews, Relocate.org’s scope is unparalleled.
CGI Gains Aerial Video Technology
Completely changing the face of CGI’s video technology, aerial video and in-house operated drones are now part of CGI’s repertoire. This technology adds a new layer of innovation to CGI’s unparalleled video force. Aerial allows the Community Showcase Video Program to capture the unique elements of towns, cities, counties, and businesses in a way that tells a much grander story!