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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.

Making the Case for a Local Version of the U.S. Digital Service in California

Making the Case for a Local Version of the U.S. Digital Service in California
A California version of the highly acclaimed U.S. Digital Service (USDS) just took a big leap forward. In its recently released report , the Little Hoover Commission, a bipartisan government oversight committee, has called on elected officials in Sacramento to create a local version of the federal program in the form of a new California Digital Service (CDS). For background, the USDS was created by President Obama in 2014 to make it easier and more efficient for Americans to interact with government services. The agency offers designers, engineers, product managers and others from the private sector the opportunity to work for the government for a week, a month or a year, and the work being done is impressive and impactful—from  improving services for America’s veterans, to modernizing our immigration system, to helping Americans access healthcare. In a blog post on TechCrunch back in March, I called on California Governor Jerry...
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Why Civic Platform 8.0 Matters

Why Civic Platform 8.0 Matters
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Over the weekend, Accela released Civic Platform 8.0. For many of our employees, partners and customers, these releases are an annual or biannual event that produce a litany of new FAQs and release notes on the platform’s newest features. After many years of releasing product, it’s easy to see how these events become yet another “ho-hum” release listing off the “new stuff” added during the past cycle. However, this is not an ordinary release by any measure. Not only is it the most significant release in Accela’s history, but Civic Platform 8.0 is the most dramatic release in the government technology sector, ever . And I realize that is making a bold statement! So what’s the big deal? Why does the release matter? A little more than two years ago, Accela closed its first round of institutional funding. Our desire to raise outside money was centered on our belief that...
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Springbrook Software and SoftRight Acquisitions Bring Finance & Administration to the Civic Platform

Springbrook Software and SoftRight Acquisitions Bring Finance & Administration to the Civic Platform
We are excited to announce that today we acquired Springbrook Software and SoftRight, leaders in cloud-based fund accounting, payroll, human resources and utility billing software. These new additions to the Civic Platform allow cities and counties not only to be more productive and modernize finance and billing processes, but also to meet demands of local residents. As we expand our platform and solidify our position as the leader in civic engagement, our truly connected and integrated solutions offer more capabilities to fit all agencies no matter the size or complexity. We will rebrand the Springbook and SoftRight solution suite as Accela Finance & Administration, and going forward we’ll have the ability to provide city and county agencies with the tools, training and solutions they need to manage finance, payroll, billing and more. Our customers will benefit from the expanded breadth of the Civic Platform. These new solutions will mean the...
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Accela Closes Largest Investment in the Government Tech Market

Accela Closes Largest Investment in the Government Tech Market

At Accela, our goal is simple: to make interactions with and between government agencies and with citizens easy. We can accomplish this by bringing the public sector to the cloud.

With that, I’m excited to announce that this week we closed $143.5 million in new funding – the largest investment in the government technology market.

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Extending the Civic Platform to Connect Government and Citizens

Extending the Civic Platform to Connect Government and Citizens

With the Accela Civic Platform, we want to align government and citizens to build better communities.  By continuing to expand our platform, we can help agencies of all sizes with a wide variety of solutions.

Accela’s core focus has been around land and asset management and business licensing, so when we looked to grow our platform we stuck to offerings that fit and were an extension of these solutions. We have added Legislative Management, Recreation and Resource Management, Environmental Health and Safety, Citizen Relationship Management and Right of Way Management to our platform and continue to add new capabilities to help agencies innovate and engage citizens.

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Happy Holidays from Accela

Happy Holidays from Accela
It’s been a great year for Accela, and we owe it to our dedicated and loyal Accela family: our customers, partners, developers and employees. On behalf of all of Accela, we would like to wish you a Happy Holiday. We thank you for your support and hope you have a happy and safe new year. Here’s to 2015!
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