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4 Benefits of Digital Cannabis Regulation

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With most states legalizing some form of cannabis use and numerous localities considering new or expanded legalization, the growth of the cannabis industry is all but certain. To help local communities manage the wave of businesses and regulatory challenges, Accela has developed its Civic Solution for Cannabis Regulation to help governments track business operations, collect tax revenues and gain insights into local industry activity to keep residents safe. The solution can be customized to the specific needs of a locality or be deployed rapidly as cloud application to process cannabis business licenses and permits faster and more efficiently. Whether you are issuing and tracking a cannabis business’ license or certi­fication or ensuring cannabis facility construction meets strict code requirements,… Continue reading

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An Application that Rethinks Environmental Health

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Accela software allows citizens to have access 24/7

With True Workflow Management, Deep GIS capability, A Self-Serve Portal and Task Management Across Departments, Accela’s Civic Application for Environmental Health Sets a New Standard in Government Tech

The world of environmental health is vast. It’s regulations impact land use, recreational facilities, our consumption of retail food, and even how communities care for children and elderly residents. To help county’s and local governments, Accela has developed the Civic Application for Environmental Health, one of the first out-of-the box systems that will enable health departments to that automates critical activities like permitting, inspection management, and responding to health complaints. “Our Civic Application for Environmental Health is an adaptable and scalable solution that can be implemented quickly,… Continue reading

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Speed, Service Quality, Agile Strategies: Manatee County Moves to the Cloud

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Bradenton, Manatee County
Aging software and systems are a struggle for governments everywhere, but what do officials do when these same systems jeopardize essential services? They adapt. In this video, Manatee’s Director of Building and Development Services John Barnott explains how the county took 20-year-old systems and transformed them with the help of Accela’s cloud solutions for planning and building. This helped them save $250,000 annually and dramatically accelerate operations. Barnott said the county wanted to ensure services could meet the demands of residents, and many of the county’s older system were no longer supported by the vendors that had originally sold them. This meant constant fears of possible service outages and potentially high repair costs if a system went down…. Continue reading

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Survey: Local Leaders Report Strong Demand to Retool Business Licensing

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Take our 2-minute poll and get instant access to the findings from a recent study

With new technologies, changing business markets and emerging industries, states and local governments are always trying to adapt to new regulatory environments. To assist agencies Accela and the Government Business Council (GBC) polled a random sample of decision makers to provide insights on how governments are responding to new regulatory requirements and increased citizen demand for efficient processes in permitting and licensing. The new research offers recommendations, real-world examples of effective permitting and licensing strategies and a set of best practices for cities and local leaders to consider as they update,… Continue reading

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Trailblazing: San Francisco Erases Cannabis Convictions with Civic Tech

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San Francisco
As more state and local governments legalize cannabis, San Francisco and the national civic tech organization Code for America (CfA) are showing how technology and policy can offer communities big benefits. San Francisco partnered with the nonprofit to expunge more than 9,000 marijuana convictions using the group’s Clear My Record App that helps counties clear non-violent felonies from residents’ criminal records. The app uses digital forms and an algorithm to help residents submit proper documentation to officials that meet California’s legal requirements to erase felony convictions. San Francisco officials said the effort to eliminate the 9,000-plus convictions was part of a year-long effort that looked at records dating back to 1975…. Continue reading

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Michigan Explores Cannabis Tech to Bolster Business Activity

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When Michigan began issuing medical marijuana licenses last summer many wondered how the new industry would benefit the state and the state’s economy. Yet now, with more than $1 million in tax revenue collected each month from medical cannabis businesses, and the approval of recreational marijuana last year, Michigan is investigating how it can continue to use digital tools to support the industry’s regulation and economic growth. Michigan partnered with Accela to deploy one of the first statewide permitting and licensing systems for medical marijuana in the nation, and the Detroit News reports that since the system’s launch, the state has regularly collected more than $1 million in revenues each month,… Continue reading

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Four Ways Modern Business Licensing Tools Improve Government

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At first glance, business licensing may strike some as a basic transaction of government. Yet local cities and departments know the significance of this deceptively simple looking task. Business licenses can be a golden ticket for aspiring entrepreneurs. They’re a gate to ensure sound economic growth and they provides local departments and residents a clear picture of how and where businesses are operating in their community and neighborhoods. With this in mind, business licenses are a critical function of government, and in turn, this makes the many procedures, approvals and tasks in the application process equally important. This is also why having a modern business licensing system is a must have today…. Continue reading

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Customer Spotlight: Inspection App Slashes Complaints and Costs for El Paso Waste Operations

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Astrid Bunner, El Paso
Jesus Yamaguchi remembers the stacks of work orders. They filled up drawers, piled up on desks and made small mounds on the office floor.As El Paso Texas’ solid waste operations manager Yamaguchi said the work orders were part of an enormous service backlog for a vast number of waste bins. El Paso is a city of more than 680,000 residents and Yamaguchi and his eight-person field crew had to handle all requests tied to waste bin distribution and maintenance.“I had more than 5,000 work orders, and these were not current work orders, these were backlogged,” Yamaguchi said. “Back then it was taking you from six to eight months to get any type of service,… Continue reading

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Digitize Your Government: 4 Benefits of Modern Planning and Building Tools

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The pressure on planning and building departments is constant. They must oversee private development to ensure communities are safe. They prepare for escalating demands on infrastructure, review development plans, inspect building methods and materials, and navigate a labyrinth of incoming applications, approvals and information requests. To meet these needs many departments are modernizing, leaning on technology to fill service gaps, speed up processes and make services more accessible to residents. Yet the larger benefits of digital tools are not always apparent. Digitizing workflows and the logistics behind planning and building applications has the power to seed new opportunities for local governments to create a higher quality of life for residents…. Continue reading

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What the ‘420’ Cannabis Bill Could Mean for You

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A new piece of legislation under review in the Senate could decriminalize cannabis at the federal level and push state and local governments to act fast to regulate the emerging market. Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden, a Democrat, introduced Senate Bill “420” this month to support a similar bill in the House that would give states the power to legalize marijuana, opening up new tax revenues and authorizing national insurance and financial institutions to provide support to cannabis businesses. While previous cannabis legalization bills have failed in the House and Senate before, pro-cannabis legislators and lobbying groups are optimistic based on a number of new market forces propelling cannabis adoption…. Continue reading

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