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Civic Innovation in the Triangle

Civic Innovation in the Triangle
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This past weekend, a CityCamp unconference and hackathon were held in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina. Long known as a home for technology innovators, the area has hosted a CityCamp event for the last five years, and the event is now marketed statewide. I had the privilege to present as a keynote speaker at this year's event and to attend the weekend hackathon. CityCamp NC is an "unconference," where attendees collaboratively decide on the agenda for the event in a brainstorming session that takes place shortly after the event begins. CityCamp NC was also complemented by some planned sessions run by APPCityLife (an Accela Development partner) and Girl Develop It . A full house at Girl Develop It RDU's training session at CityCamp NC. In addition, a panel discussion kicked off the event where innovative uses of geospatial data by municipal governments in the state were showcased. Accela...
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Developing a Data Standard for Building Permits

Developing a Data Standard for Building Permits
At Accela, we understand the power of permit data . For the past several months, Accela has been working with a broad consortium of stakeholders to develop a data standard for building permits issued by cities and counties. We're helping a growing number of our customers publish their data in this format and we've been hard at work building a prototype application based on this new data standard. Now we want you to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty using this data — we want to hear what people think of the data we're currently publishing, and what they'd like to see in a new building permit data standard. You can find sample data from a growing number of government agencies in the new Building and Land Development Standard (BLDS - pronounced "builds") here , and sample apps that use this data here and here . Why...
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Time to Engage! Registration Now Open for Accela Engage 2015

Time to Engage! Registration Now Open for Accela Engage 2015
Good news — registration is now open for Accela Engage 2015. A can’t-miss event, Accela Engage will be held at L.A. Live in Los Angeles, California, from August 24-28. Need more good news? Early bird pricing will be offered through June 5. The early bird conference rate is $999 and the regular conference rate is $1,299. And if you buy five passes, the sixth is free. This is a great opportunity to expand your entire team’s knowledge and performance while saving money. To learn more, visit accelaengage.com . Why attend? Accela Engage is an industry-leading conference where government agencies meet partners, developers and staff for a week filled with training, networking and fun. Attendees will: Gain insight into future trends from industry thought leaders. Gain knowledge about the latest solutions, best practices and future developments. Network with industry peers and thought leaders. The conference will feature visionary keynotes, thought-provoking sessions and...
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Honoring our Civic Heroes: Public Service Recognition Week

Honoring our Civic Heroes: Public Service Recognition Week
Today marks the first day of Public Service Recognition Week. Celebrated since 1985, the week honors the public servants across the nation whose hard work and dedication keeps our government agencies and communities thriving. Accela supports more than 2,000 government agencies around the world, and we'd like to thank all of the agency employees who support the towns, cities, counties and states we serve—YOU are our civic heroes and we're honored to support you! Want to know more about our Civic Heroes? Check out the Customers page for some great stories from the agencies we support. This week, we'll be tweeting about some of our amazing government agency heroes using the hashtag #PSRW, and encourage you to share your stories here and on Twitter of how public servants are working to connect citizens and governments.
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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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CA Fwd’s Summit on Data: Creating Sustainable Open Data Programs

CA Fwd’s Summit on Data: Creating Sustainable Open Data Programs
On March 18th I attended CA Fwd’s annual Summit on Data. Speakers touched on many themes related to the sustainability of open data programs, with a focus on how open data can create value for governments, the private sector and citizens. Making open data programs within government agencies sustainable has been a recurring theme that I have come across in my research on open data. One point that Michael Chui, a partner from the McKinsey Global Institute, brought up was that opening data is not an end in itself. Rather, people need usable applications to contextualize the data and make it actionable. Referencing the McKinsey Global Institute’s study , which claims open data can unlock $3 trillion dollars of value or more in the economy, Chui asserted that one way open data can create value is by enabling governments and private sector companies to benchmark themselves off others. Another trend...
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