PermitsNOW Inc. and the Plumbing and Mechanical Professionals of Virginia have formed an alliance that will bring the two together for trade shows, public relations and mutual Web site links. PMPV members can use the site's automated permit process to collect and deliver permit applications and pay and track charges online.

In other PermitsNOW news, services have spread to the Richmond region from the Washington and Baltimore areas already served. Customers in six additional jurisdictions now can access the permitting services online.

Three executives from utilities and telecommunications have been appointed to the company's board of advisers. The newest board members include Luletha Cheatham, vice president of sales and marketing for the Group Fiber Optics Subsidiary at Florida Power and Light; Marie Johns, president of Verizon Washington, D.C.; and Gregory Martin, who serves as president, general services and CIO of Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.'s Constellation Energy Group.