Who We Are


First Scribe created ROWay® in 2002 as a solution for the city of Minneapolis to facilitate the management of construction permits. It also helped to address a large amount of complaints due to road closures, traffic jams, and light rail construction. Our product began as a mapping solution to track and manage projects and road closures but has since developed into a fully streamlined Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) permitting solution.

Our Mission

Our mission is to make the permitting process easy for everyone, from vendors to city officials, through our online management system ROWay®.

Who Benefits From ROWay®

City officials are able to maintain and address all steps of the permitting process through our online portal. Additionally, registrants, utility companies, and contractors are tracked through ROWay® to simplify the permitting process for all parties.

Product Growth

In the beginning the city council studied the mapping process and found it was relatively easy to create a map but didn't have a solution to provide information in real time.

First Scribe created ROWay® as a flash based tool using XY coordinates to track projects. This streamlined the permitting process. Although the application was originally created for engineers, though further development, we found the additional benefits this has for city planning and communities.

Our Customers

The following municipalities are currently using the ROWay® system:

  • Ames, Iowa
  • Carrollton, Texas
  • Crystal Lake, Illinois
  • Dunwoody, Georgia
  • Eagan, Minnesota
  • Edina, Minnesota
  • Elmira, Ney York
  • Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota
  • Jefferson, Wisconsin
  • Manitowoc, Wisconsin
  • McKinney, Texas
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Muskego, Wisconsin
  • Prior Lake, Minnesota
  • Ramsey, Minnesota
  • Raymore, Missouri
  • Rosemount, Minnesota
  • Woodbridge, New Jersey