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Guest Blog from VuSpex | It’s a Win-Win-Win: Government, Accela and Industry Partners Work Together for Even Greater Results

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We’re energized following a great week at Accela Engage. The event brings together agencies from around the world, best-of-breed partners and the growing Accela ecosystem. The VuSpex team enjoys our membership in the Accela community. Maybe it sounds a little hokey, but we are actually true believers in the spirit and message of Accela stakeholders. We know we are part of an innovative community and movement that is making democracy better. We do our bit by helping communities build better and in real time. For those of you who do not know about what we do at VuSpex, please check out this 2.5 minute video that we shared at Accela Engage last week: https://vimeo.com/102289421 (password is “engage”). The video shows our Smartphone Inspection Solutions app in action, and we’re proud that it was a winner in this year’s Accela Construct App Challenge. If you’d like to learn more, take a...
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What Not to Miss at Next Week’s Accela Engage 2014

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Accela Engage 2014 is almost here! Here's a quick guide to some can’t-miss activities for those of you still planning your schedule: Keynote Speakers: We are fortunate to have some innovative and dynamic keynote speakers, including Tim O’Reilly, founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media and proponent of civic technology, Jennifer Pahlka, founder and executive director of Code for America, Greg Martin, Managing Director of Accenture’s Global Regulatory Practice, and Eric Koontz, Project Director for Woolpert focused on Accela implementations. Over 60 sessions: Peruse our online agenda to plan which sessions you would like to attend. Be sure to check out the State of the State of Open Data session with Tech Evangelist Mark Headd and Director of Solution Architecture Seth Axthelm to learn how easy it is for your agency to get started publishing open datasets, as well as the How to Protect Your Infrastructure with Accela Asset Management panel with...
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Guest Blog from Microsoft's John Shewchuk: Accela and Microsoft Hackfest — Providing Access to Open Data, Online and Off-Grid

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By John Shewchuk, Technical Fellow and the CTO for the Microsoft Developer Platform A few weeks ago several of us from the U.S. and worldwide DPE teams holed up in Redmond for a few days of coding. Our goal was to prove that there is an easy way to take a Web App and port it over to a mobile experience, and then make it work in both connected and offline scenarios. Joining us for the hackfest was Accela, an ISV that provides solutions to help municipal, county and state governments streamline their licensing and permitting processes. Roughly seven months ago Accela launched an open data platform called civicdata.com , and we set out to create an app that would let people consume a variety of open datasets — whether in the office, out in the field or off the grid. In a nutshell, our target scenario was to help real...
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Guest Blog from Town of Framingham, MA: HTML5 App Development with the Accela API

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***Editor's Note: Today’s post comes from Alan Holt, Manager of Data Services for the IT department in the Town of Framingham, Massachusetts.*** The other day I was asked by my director to take a survey about what motivates me to do my job well here in the Town of Framingham, Massachusetts. I was supposed to pick my top 3 motivators. Of course I started to check off MONEY, then paused and spent some time reflecting on what really does motivate me. When I handed in the survey, money did not even make the cut. I was surprised to realize my top choice was “Interesting Work.” I am the sole Accela support person and implementer at our site. This responsibility occupies about half of my time. I find it has so many capabilities that I find interesting, that I would gladly spend all my time working on Accela-related projects if I...
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Thanks for such an insightful and detailed post
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Ride-along with the Fort Worth Stormwater Management Division’s Field Operations Work Crew

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While in Fort Worth, Texas, for the inaugural Accela Asset Management User Group (AAMUG) meeting last month, the Fort Worth Stormwater Management Division invited several Accela employees to participate in a ride-along with their Field Operations work crews. As an Accela Product Manager, I was looking forward to observing how a work crew uses Accela Mobile Office to document work performed in the field and create new work orders, as needed, without returning to the office. I was prepared to observe a totally automated and paperless process, leveraging technology as an alternative to common “old school” techniques. Part of the City’s Transportation and Public Works Department, the Stormwater Management Division implemented Accela Asset Management with Accela Mobile Office last year for work order management and to document infrastructure asset condition assessments. Among the Division’s primary objectives were to realize time savings and provide a better method of documenting work on...
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Guest Blog: Building a Better Palo Alto with Civic Insight


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Editor's Note: This is a guest post from Civic Insight , one of Accela’s app partners . Picture this: you’re an entrepreneur who’s just signed the lease on your new storefront. You’re itching to knock down some walls, to make the space embody your vision. Or maybe you’re a homeowner looking to remodel your kitchen, or finally finish out that basement. These folks are vital to a thriving city: the ones launching new businesses, fixing up old buildings, investing in their homes and creating new places for residents to live, work and play. As a public servant looking to foster economic development, you want to make it as easy as possible for people to build in your city. But you also need to make sure that they’re building up to code. Unfortunately, securing a building permit is often a daunting experience—especially for first-time builders. Figuring out which permits you need...
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