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Karin Vertefeuille is Director of Business Development for Accela, where she works to help government become more effective, more efficient and more open to the public. Ms. Vertefeuille has over 26 years of direct experience working with government agencies, with 13+ years working for the State of Connecticut. As a Director of Licensing with the State of Connecticut, Ms. Vertefeuille dealt with the regulation of hundreds of different license types. This gave her a broad level of experience with the government regulation from trade and professional licensing, alcoholic beverage control, food and weight & measures registration, and more, from application through the enforcement processes. She was also Project Manager implementing an enterprise eLicensing system with the State, providing her firsthand experience with the intricacies of introducing new technology in a large agency.


Ms. Vertefeuille took a leap in the technology business as a Director of Sales & Marketing at a competitor software firm, working with state licensing agencies across the country. Joining Accela nine years ago, Ms. Vertefeuille has helped Accela expand its message and product into state and municipal licensing agencies. Ms. Vertefeuille has introduced new regulatory solutions for improved services to over 75 agencies and brings a unique understanding to her clients. Having been there for the days of licensing on paper cards to the ever-changing age of technology, she can help navigate to the right solution.


She hold a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Central Connecticut State University and is an elected official in her hometown as Vice Chair of the Board of Education.

The Case for Modernizing the Alcohol and Marijuana Licensing Process

The Case for Modernizing the Alcohol and Marijuana Licensing Process
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Licensing is an intricate process, and for good reason — it is incumbent on governments to protect their communities, and they need a lot of information to make an accurate assessment of regulated businesses. What they don’t need, though, is all the paper pushing and managing data across multiple systems. Having worked in government myself, I know that regulatory restrictions make change difficult. But while cumbersome methods may work okay for awhile, even a small shift in balance (new regulation, new responsibilities, new requirements) can quickly topple any tentative stability. Things work, until suddenly they don’t. For example, take a look at three real-world scenarios below: After wrestling with four different systems to manage applications, renewals, and citations across 67 different counties, the State of Alabama’s Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board began searching for a consolidated licensing regulatory system – but had limited funding and infrastructure to manage the new...
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Last Call: Why It’s “Prime Time” for Alcoholic Beverage Control Regulation

Last Call: Why It’s “Prime Time” for Alcoholic Beverage Control Regulation
Nearly 100 years post-Prohibition, alcohol control remains a highly complex topic. This is due in large part to inconsistencies surrounding alcohol licensing, permitting and citizen confusion about the rules and regulations of when and where alcoholic beverages can be purchased and consumed. State by state, differences abound for citizens’ ability to buy alcohol in grocery stores vs. liquor stores, and on Sunday vs. any day. Questions linger even within restaurants and bars: What time constitutes "last call," and is it consistent across county and state lines? Business owners face a slightly different challenge: a lengthy and complex application process for liquor licenses and permits that can require months of waiting to receive an approval, or worse, a denial. In a previous life, I was the State Licensing Director for the State of Connecticut. I’ve seen the thick paper files of alcohol permit applications, reference checks and background information required for...
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