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City of Hanford, California Selects Accela Civic Platform for Legislative Management

Accela Legislative Management Solutions including Civic Voice, Agenda and Minutes and Digital Boardroom will Foster Participation and Engagement Across City

SAN RAMON, Calif. – April 30, 2015 – Accela, the leading provider of cloud-based civic engagement solutions for government, announced today that the City of Hanford, California has selected Legislative Management solutions including Civic Voice, Agenda and Minutes and Digital Boardroom on the Accela Civic Platform

The City of Hanford, California, is located in Kings County and is the commercial and cultural center of south central San Joaquin Valley. The City is home to unique restaurants, stores and the historic Fox Theater and is a major trading center serving the surrounding agricultural areas.

Civic Voice, the newest addition to the Legislative Management solution suite, is designed to help government agencies of all sizes engage citizens online. The cloud-based solution involves citizens in core community decisions, when, where and how they want and lets agencies quickly and easily share information, collect public input and build support to improve project outcomes. Through a rich assortment of features including discussions, comment fields, like buttons, dashboards and search capabilities, governments give citizens what they need to voice their opinion on issues that matter most.

“One of the most important roles of a local government, such as Hanford, is to provide its citizens with the tools and channels to be involved participants in local decisions and dialogues,” said Jennifer Gomez, City Clerk, Hanford, California. “We found that Civic Voice could help us engage our citizens in a robust, direct, and modern way – connecting with them where they already are: on mobile devices. We are thrilled to bring this technology to our community to foster truly dynamic online two-way communication between citizens and government.”

Civic Voice allows citizens to engage their local government through a simple website. Constituents can offer feedback on planned and ongoing projects, quickly find projects and initiatives through online search capabilities and crowdsource ideas by creating, sharing and commenting on citizen-generated ideas. The City of Hanford will also use Agenda and Minutes to help prepare for meetings, approve agenda items, generate documents, create meeting packets and capture minutes and Digital Boardroom to display meeting content and voting results in real time.

“One of Hanford’s goals was to find a robust solution to help engage and inform citizens while improving agency efficiencies,” said Daryl Blowes, General Manager, Accela Legislative Management. “With Accela Legislative Management, Hanford’s citizens will be connected and engaged and agency staff will have access to powerful tools to help streamline key processes. We’re thrilled to work with the City to help them meet their needs.”

Accela Legislative Management allows governments to easily streamline legislative meetings, from document creation to video presentation, making workflow simple while saving time and money.