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Registration Is Now Open for Accela Engage 2016!

Registration Is Now Open for Accela Engage 2016!
I’m excited to announce that registration is now open for Accela Engage 2016, the civic tech conference that brings together more than 1,000 customers, government leaders, business partners, thought leaders and Accela staff for a week of training, networking, inspiration and fun! The conference will be held August 21-26 at the JW Marriott L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles, and attendees will have the opportunity to network, learn and build relationships with the best in the civic tech industry. We’ll have a record number of breakout sessions and training, as well as a number of networking events. Take a look at the agenda to see what’s in store. WHAT ATTENDEES HAVE TO SAY ABOUT ENGAGE “Accela Engage is a ‘must’ show because you get the most opportunity to meet with agencies, learn about the concepts and the product, and be trained in a very cost-effective way. In a short amount of...
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Accela Engage 2016 Is Shaping Up to Be Bigger and Better Than Ever Before

Accela Engage 2016 Is Shaping Up to Be Bigger and Better Than Ever Before
As the team here gets ready to open up registration next week for Accela Engage, I can’t help but think back on Accela Engage conferences of years past. I first attended Engage in 2013, only about six weeks after joining the company. I was impressed by the strong sense of community among attendees and Accela staff, something I hadn’t seen to such a degree at other companies’ conferences I’ve been to. Accela Engage has grown significantly in the past several years, and now brings together more than 1,000 customers, government leaders, business partners, thought leaders and Accela staff for a week of training, networking and inspiration. We’ll be returning to Los Angeles in 2016 for an event packed with more training, more breakout sessions and more chances to learn about the latest innovations than ever before. For many, this is the one time each year they get to really focus...
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Government Invades SXSW: An Interview with Civic Insight Co-founder Eddie Tejeda

Government Invades SXSW: An Interview with Civic Insight Co-founder Eddie Tejeda
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South by Southwest (SXSW) is an annual set of conferences and festivals staged in Austin, TX, that showcase original music, independent films and emerging technologies. The SXSW Interactive conference specifically is a breeding ground for new ideas and creative technologies, including a startup accelerator. 2016 marked the first year SXSW offered a government track, because rather than SXSW happening to the City of Austin, the organizers wanted it to happen in collaboration with the City of Austin. The organizers had the opinion that “Mayors need to embrace civic tech startups early, be part of the iterating, and help frame the issues to make it easier for companies to navigate the bureaucratic dark matter within their organizations.” The Mayor of the City of Austin and the City of Austin Innovation Office put out the following questions to civic tech startups across the country: How might startups and entrepreneurs help cities solve...
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National League of Cities Recap: Live from Nashville!

National League of Cities Recap: Live from Nashville!
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Several of my Accela colleagues and I recently spent the better part of a week in Nashville, Tennessee, for the annual National League of Cities conference . Compliments to the staff at NLC and the Nashville Host Committee for throwing a fantastic conference, and to the City of Nashville for being such a welcoming place to spend a few days in early November. It was a busy conference for Accela, with numerous presentations to give, an expo booth to run, educational sessions to attend, perhaps a few honky tonk bars to check out… but most importantly, thousands of customers to speak with. Here’s a quick run-through of Accela’s high points for the week. Reinventing the Business of Government panel Maury Blackman, our President and CEO, joined Stonly Baptiste, co-founder of Urban.us, Peter Pirnejad, Palo Alto’s Development Services Director, and moderator Aimee Rawlins, Startup & Innovation Editor for CNN Money, to...
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Accela Engage Is Next Week!

Accela Engage Is Next Week!
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It’s hard to believe Accela Engage 2015 is almost here! Many of us here at Accela have been working hard for months to make sure this is a great event. From planning the presentations, sessions and training to the event logistics and fun activities (like Paramount Studios Monday night for our Customer Appreciation Dinner!), the office has been a whirlwind of activity. To lighten things up a bit, we recently had a “guess how many pins are in a jar” contest, and the winner is the woman whose team is responsible for much of the design work you’ll see at Engage – be sure to tell her what an amazing job they did when you see her in LA! I’d also like to give a huge shout-out to master event planner Candice Nepomuceno, who is the wizard behind the curtain for this year’s conference. Our multi-talented Creative Director Karla Wong...
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Environmental Health Is a Contact Sport

Environmental Health Is a Contact Sport
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Environmental Health leaders and practitioners convened in Orlando this month to fortify core practices and study emerging public health matters during the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA)'s Annual Educational Conference & Exhibition. Each year, for nearly twenty years, I attend and often bring a new staff member to get a flavor of environmental health and to internalize its mission. NEHA's new charismatic Executive Director, Dr. David Dyjack , made a splash with his keynote address. Taking a posture reminiscent of President Roosevelt's fireside chats, Dr. Dyjack introduced himself and called upon NEHA leaders, members and staff to embrace a three-point strategy, which included activating environmental health professionals, demanding a seat at the table where EH policy is made and executing on a global scale. Dr. David Dyjack, NEHA’s new Executive Director, delivering the keynote. In phrasing that was emblematic of the conference vibe, he asserted, "Environmental Health is a contact...
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