Accela Acquires IQM2 to Offer Cloud-Based Legislative Management Capabilities for Government Agencies of all Sizes
New Solutions Extend Civic Platform to Streamline Public Meetings and Board Governance, Enhance Government Transparency and Engage Citizens
SAN RAMON, Calif. – June 4, 2014 – Accela, the leading provider of civic engagement solutions for government, announced today that it has acquired IQM2, a New York-based provider of legislative solutions to more than 250 customers in the United States. IQM2’s complete cloud solution unifies the entire experience of preparing, deciding and sharing the results and content of public meetings online.
The acquisition of IQM2 extends Accela’s Civic Platform, increasing the value proposition by delivering value for both companies’ customers and growing the portfolio of government agencies leveraging Accela for Land Management, Licensing, Asset Management, and Public Health and Safety. Accela will support all IQM2 solutions and their customers will now have the ability to provide open data through CivicData.com, Accela’s free open data portal, and take advantage of the ecosystem of developers and partners.
As a new Civic Platform solution, Accela Legislative Management will support all aspects of public meetings, from approval and decision workflow and minutes compiling to public information sharing through video streaming and electronic voting. The solution offers the easiest way to move the democratic process forward by streamlining processes, offering greater transparency into the legislative process and engaging citizens. IQM2’s strong presence in the legislative management segment includes customers such as Riverside County, CA, Palo Alto, CA, Reno, NV, Travis County, TX, Westchester County, NY, Santa Clara, CA, and St. Lucie County, FL.
“We’re excited to offer legislative management solutions on the Civic Platform,” said Maury Blackman, President and CEO, Accela. “We believe this acquisition will make our democratic process stronger by providing citizens with the tools for tracking and participating in the government decision-making process. With IQM2 we’re underscoring our commitment to help agencies run better and make it easier for citizens to engage. This acquisition reinforces our leadership position in the market, accelerates our ability to innovate and provides customers with even more valuable capabilities to improve governing through civic engagement.”
Accela Legislative Management includes:
- Meeting Management – Empowers you to easily manage meeting documents, review processes and procedures, create agenda packets and minutes, distribute post-meeting letters, publish to the web and conduct searches. Additionally, meeting organizers can display supporting documentation, enable speaker sign-ups and manage voting.
- Media Management – Automates the video recording, uploading and publishing of meetings and other events, and enables the interactive searching of the resulting transcripts and video.
- Board Management – Streamlines the entire process of managing government board and committee appointments, making board governance paper-free and simple.
“Accela is a leader in civic solutions for government agencies of all sizes, so this is a perfect fit,” said Daryl Blowes, Founder, IQM2. “Accela and IQM2 are committed to serving our customers and to providing the solutions and support they have come to expect. We look forward to continuing to innovate on behalf of citizens and our agency customers and to being a part of the growing Accela community.”