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Maury Blackman is the president and chief executive officer of Accela. He joined the company in April 2000 after serving in a variety of business development capacities. Most recently, he served the company as senior vice president of sales and marketing. In this role, he was responsible for all aspects of sales, marketing, partner strategy and customer relations. Mr. Blackman is also a member of the Accela Board of Directors.

Civic Tech: What It Is and Why You Should Care [Free Report]

Civic Tech: What It Is and Why You Should Care [Free Report]
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“Civic technologies provide the platform and tools to fuel government transformation, and this journey is just beginning.” Civic tech aims to solve the problems facing citizens. With technology we can help government agencies engage their communities in new ways and modernize the way they serve citizens. This can be anything from voting automation to data access and transparency to crowdsourcing ideas for community improvement. Civic tech is a growing area for state and local governments, as well as funding agencies and start-ups. We teamed up with the International Data Corporation (IDC) to develop a free report: “Civic Tech Fuels U.S. State and Local Government Transformation.” The report estimates that U.S. civic tech market spending will reach $6.4 billion in 2015 in a space that will grow 14 times faster than traditional state and local government spending from 2013 to 2018. You can download the report here to learn more about...
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Decades of Improving Environmental Health and Safety

Decades of Improving Environmental Health and Safety

Accela acquired Decade Software today, and we’re delighted to welcome employees, partners and customers into the Accela family. We’ll rebrand the Decade EnvisionConnect product suite as Accela Environmental Health and Safety, and will continue to provide Environmental Health Departments with the tools, training and expertise to protect the public’s health. We will also continue to support agency programs such as Food Protection, Recreational Health, Onsite Wastewater Treatment/Septic, Drinking Water, Vector Control, Solid Waste, Hazardous Materials and Body Art.

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Transforming the Way Governments Engage with Their Citizens

Transforming the Way Governments Engage with Their Citizens
Today, Accela acquired Government Outreach, a leading provider of citizen relationship management software. This ushers in a new era for Accela and our customers as we further strengthen our Civic Platform with citizen-facing offerings to help governments of all sizes better connect and engage with their citizens. We are thrilled to welcome Government Outreach customers to the Accela family. Government Outreach will be rebranded as Accela Citizen Relationship Management, and we will offer the solution to existing and new Accela customers. At Accela, we believe that engagement makes all the difference. Citizens want engagement with their government to be simple and streamlined. They increasingly want to connect with their government like they do with other organizations—on their own time through digital and mobile, in addition to over the phone and in person. In order to transform the citizen experience in their communities, agencies need to embrace technology that bridges the...
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The Accela Civic Platform: What’s (Trust) Love (and Creativity) Got to Do with It?

The Accela Civic Platform: What’s (Trust) Love (and Creativity) Got to Do with It?
At Accela, our company values of Trust, Love and Creativity drive everything we do. Though we don’t outwardly talk about these values frequently, they inform and support the way we behave internally as well as how we interact with customers, partners, developers and citizens. Because our beliefs and values are so important to us and everything we do, I wanted to take a moment to describe to you how we are living out these values. We believe that engagement makes all the difference, and we make engagement easy by building bridges between citizens and government. To take it one step further, how does being a platform provider fit in with our corporate purpose of building a better democracy through engagement? And what are the implications of living our core values of trust, love and creativity? The answer is in the Civic Platform, which simultaneously helps us serve agencies, citizens and...
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Looking Ahead to Accela Engage 2014

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Accela Engage 2014 is less than two weeks away, and more than 550 customers and partners have registered to attend. The office is filled with excitement and anticipation, and we’re looking forward to our biggest and best event yet. Attendees share what they love most about Accela Engage. This year we’ll be sharing our latest enhancements, from the Accela Civic Platform and our open data portal to our new solution offerings for pet licensing and legislative , resource and recreation , and right of way management. Based on attendee feedback, we’re offering even more sessions and hands-on training classes than in years past. This year, we’ll have over 60 user product presentations in addition to 50 hours of Accela software training with multiple sessions of our most popular training classes. We will also have some dynamic keynote speakers: • Tim O’Reilly, founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media and proponent of...
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A Year in Review: The Top 5 Advances in Civic Engagement

Management Analyst Jason Stewart with Tacoma, Washington Uses the Accela Civic Platform
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Now that Accela Engage is less than a month away, I find myself reflecting on what we’ve achieved as a community since we last met in San Diego. What’s most staggering is the number of new and upgraded customers joining the Accela community, including Seattle, Washington, the State of New Mexico, Dayton, Ohio, Chesapeake, Virginia, Queen Creek, Arizona, and Menifee, California. We now have over 800 customers around the world. Each new customer joins a strong and active community of their peers, combining the power of their solution with the knowledge other agencies have gained solving similar challenges. Building this strong ecosystem means more than just onboarding new customers. We have to continue to innovate and ensure that we’re speeding that innovation to deliver the best-in-class experiences that our agency customers need and want. To that end, I’d like to recap the top 5 advances since Accela Engage 2013: 1) Launch...
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