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The Accela 2019 Spring Release: The Best Gets Even Better

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Learn about the latest updates to Accela’s Civic Solutions and how they will accelerate your services

Accela’s solutions have always been about elevating government services. Now, with our Spring 2019 product release, Accela is transforming services even further with a series of new enhancements that will put governments on the cutting edge.In the next set of updates launching this month, you’ll get a clearer picture of your system processes with improved activity logging, gather near real-time business intelligence through our new Enhanced Reporting Database (ERD), save data in the field with offline mobile app storage, collect agency payments efficiently via configurable payment types, and complete tasks even faster through major upgrades to four of our Civic Applications…. Continue reading

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From Roads, Water to Railways, Accela Celebrates Infrastructure Week

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Improving infrastructure can seem like an abstract concept, yet the impacts of effective infrastructure are undeniable. Infrastructure dictates how and where you drive, the quality of water you drink, your access to emergency services and how you connect to the rest of the world. This is why, from May 13-20, Accela is joining the many public, private and non-profit organizations across the U.S. in celebrating Infrastructure Week (IW). The week of advocacy and education is designed to help business, labor and elected leaders revitalize and modernize infrastructure, and as such, Accela is supporting the effort with a few pieces of advice for local governments as they invest in digital infrastructure…. Continue reading

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Planning and Building: Pima County Spotlights 4 Benefits of Going Digital

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Pima County Modernizes Planning, Permitting and Inspection Processes with Accela Community Development Solutions

Editor’s note: This is a case study of Pima County, Arizona, that used Accela to improve its permitting and planning department operations.Key Benefits: Staff save an average of 8-hours in processing time per week Reduced office foot traffic, and 24/7 online access to residents Quick reporting for better workload management Reduced permit turnaround times Pima County utilizes Accela Building and Planning for all permitting and planning functions including inspections, code enforcement, record searches and more. Each year, a total of 35,000 building inspections are conducted within the county limits, presenting processing challenges for the agency…. Continue reading

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Building Safety Month: Tips to Safeguard Your Community

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Building codes can seem frustrating. They demand building plan approvals, collaboration with city planning and building departments and they create a chain of checkups and inspections along the way. Yet building codes also protect residents and save lives and this is why Accela celebrates May as Building Safety Month. The International Code Council (ICC) has set the time aside to call attention to the significance of building codes and provide education to governments and communities about how they can leverage this regulatory tool to protect residents during times of disaster. “All communities need building codes to protect their citizens from disasters like fires, weather-related events and structural collapse,” the ICC notes…. Continue reading

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What Legalized Hemp Means for Local Government

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A Q&A with Accela’s Director of Cannabis Regulation Judy Steele

Hemp is an emerging market that is priming itself for an aggressive U.S. expansion. After the 2018 Farm Bill, that officially legalized hemp at the federal level, growers and distributers are planning to unleash a wave of new products and services.What this means for governments is a new regulatory landscape fueled by an unprecedented demand. There are more than 25,000 products globally that use hemp and these products touch many industries. Hemp can be used in automotive parts, furniture, textiles, construction supplies, cosmetics and in food and beverages — without the psychoactive qualities of traditional marijuana…. Continue reading

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Elevate Your Agency at Accelarate

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Early Bird Registration Through May 31st

Accela’s premier customer conference is fast approaching and this is your opportunity to get access to this industry event through early bird registration, saving attendees $250 off the regular price.Held in Denver, from Oct. 6-9, Accelarate brings together the best of government with a series of insightful keynotes, thought provoking panels, breakout discussions, training sessions and awards. The 2019 conference is expected to be the biggest yet and will provide a unique opportunity for government leaders to get insider insights on the latest technologies and innovation tactics.The conference will host nearly 30 exhibiting partners and offer more than 70 hours of product training and customer- and partner-led sessions…. Continue reading

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Unlock Your Inner Superhero for National Superhero Day

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Take this quiz to learn your Civic Superhero type and get resources to supercharge your community​

April 28th is National Superhero Day, a day that honors heroes, both real and fictional, that inspire us to do better and achieve more.To celebrate, Accela is recognizing government innovators and do-gooders that are making a difference in their communities with our Civic Superhero Intel Brief, a set of resources that offers research, strategies and case studies that can empower you and your government to improve services. In this Civic Superhero questionnaire below, we’ve identified three superhero types and have a list of resources in the intel brief for each…. Continue reading

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California Cannabis Control Summit Attendees Say Preparing for Regulation is Critical

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State and local leaders ready for the rapid rise of the new cannabis market

Whether for or against recreational cannabis, local officials at the 2019 California Cannabis Control Summit were unanimous in their support to find effective regulatory tools and policies to manage the emerging industry. The Summit, held from April 10 – 11 in Sacramento, convened state and local leaders to discuss the challenges and solutions discovered in the first year of cannabis legalization in California. Attendees included a wide variety of public officials from state senators, mayors, police chiefs, county supervisors, planners and other state and local officials. Topics prepared officials with insights on cannabis taxation policies,… Continue reading

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Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers Honors Accela Customers

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Government Technology Magazine Awards 10 Accela Customers Its Highest Recognition for Innovation

They’re collaborators, ground breakers, and constantly innovating. These were the three qualities of the 2019 Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers awardees, with 10 out of the 25 winners serving in offices of Accela’s government customers. Government Technology magazine (GovTech) has held the awards for nearly two decades and they are intended to put a spotlight on public sector pioneers that have used technology to re-envision  services for residents and assist their agency to govern the future effectively. Over the course of its history, the awards program has honored 450 talented teams and individuals that have set the bar for what is possible in government…. Continue reading

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Seizing the Shift: 3 Ways to Harness Digital Transformation in 2019

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Accela CEO Gary Kovacs spotlights three strategies for mayors and local leaders to answer resident demands and improve services at the same time.

Accela CEO Gary Kovacs Editor’s Note: This article was originally published by Government Technology magazine and Route Fifty.Technology is changing government, new industries are changing government, resident expectations are changing government. These pressures are a given in 2019 as officials work tirelessly to keep residents happy and services running.Yet with these shifts, Accela CEO Gary Kovacs sees a game changing opportunity for governments to achieve what previous leaders could just dream about: a complete and lasting digital transformation. In an open letter to mayors and local leaders,… Continue reading

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