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Hurricane Country: How Charlotte County Leverages Land Use Tools to Boost Resilience

Adam Stone
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It took a hurricane for officials in Charlotte County, Fla. to realize that their antiquated, paper-based land use processes had to change. When the next big blow came through, they were better prepared. “One of the important things in terms of economic growth and economic sustainability of a community is how quickly you can bounce back from disaster,” said Claire Jubb, the Community Development Director for Charlotte County. Legacy systems made it hard for the county to recover after Hurricane Charlie hit in 2004. By the time Hurricane Irma struck in 2017, it was a different story. “We were ready,” Jubb said. “We had done our homework…. Continue reading
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Customer Spotlight: High Point, N.C. Leverages SaaS to Improve Planning and Development

Adam Stone
In High Point, N.C., a longtime hub of the U.S. furniture-making industry, city officials needed a better way to engage with developers, service citizens and ultimately guide the community development process. They needed digital tools in place of outmoded manual processes. The city needed a solution that would dramatically reduce permit time, in part by taking the plan review process online and also by facilitating improved communications between developers and city officials. “We started looking for vendors that we thought would be stable and be here with us for the long run,” said Mark Schreoder, a senior planner in the city’s Development Services Center Administration. After a thorough vetting process,… Continue reading

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Customer Spotlight: Mesa, Arizona Answers New Service Demands with Data

Adam Stone
Mesa, Arizona, City Hall
When Mesa, Ariz. decided to take its planning and building processes digital, city officials got more than they expected. They had hoped that purging manual tasks from the development cycle would speed the planning process. What they didn’t expect was the degree to which a digital framework would lead to new transparencies, and how this in turn would boost economic development. “When we implemented Accela we also went completely paperless,” said the city’s Permits Supervisor Heather Basford. “The feedback that we’ve received from our users is that it is much more convenient and it saves them time and money on their end to be able to make those transactions electronically.” A suburb of Phoenix,… Continue reading

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Deschutes County: Advancing and Optimizing Services through Cloud Technologies

Adam Stone
Deschutes County, Oregon
Aging systems, manual tasks and paper forms present formidable hurdles to responsible land-use, especially in fast-growing counties. While some struggle to manage these legacy processes, others have seized the opportunity to revitalize services with modernized Software-as-a-Service solutions. In a recent webinar, officials from Deschutes County discussed their efforts to accelerate planning and building services through cloud technologies, including Accela’s Civic Solutions for Planning and Building. They described the improvements they have experienced through the adoption of automation, mobile applications, citizen data portals and data-driven reporting. “We’ve seen a huge impact,” said Angie Havniear, an administrative manager at Deschutes County. “We can now track our workflow data,… Continue reading

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Recipe for Success: Manatee County Shows How to Move to the Cloud

Adam Stone
Success requires perseverance. In Manatee County, Fla., vigorous building and development activity has been testing the limits of old manual processes. At 893 square miles, this county of some 385,000 citizens has been performing about 3,500 property inspections a week. In early 2018 county officials implemented an Accela solution to automate and streamline that workload. The new solution has reduced paper processes, modernized back-end operations, and opened up new avenues of information-sharing across county offices. “We liked the thought of having just one system that would allow all our areas to collaborate with each other,” said Glenna Campana, Manatee County, Fla.’s business services manager for its Building and Development Services Department…. Continue reading

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How to Uncover the Real Value in the Cloud

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Accela and Microsoft experts answer the hard questions around cloud migration

Government IT leaders today generally understand that modernization means moving to the cloud – yet concerns linger.Will financial savings justify the cost of a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) rollout? How hard will it be to migrate existing applications to the cloud? Will government see the uptime and reliability it needs? Does a SaaS solution adequately address government’s security concerns?Experts from Accela and its cloud-platform partner Microsoft tackled these and other concerns in the webinar SaaS in Government: Insider Insights to Cloud Success that featured Dina Frandsen, the principal solutions specialist for Microsoft Azure and Amber D’Ottavio,… Continue reading
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Study Finds Emerging Regulations Will Redefine Permitting, Inspections and Oversight

Adam Stone

Leaders See Incoming Regulations to Have Sweeping Impacts Across Government Services

Dustin Haisler, e.Republic’s Chief Innovation Officer, reveals key findings in emerging regulation research at Accelarate 2018. In the face of a rapidly-changing regulatory landscape, government leaders will need to team up with technology providers in order to increase communication and cooperation across a range of operational areas, new research shows. These are among the findings that were unveiled at the Accelarate 2018 conference, on Oct. 12, in Atlanta, Georgia. The findings were presented by Dustin Haisler, e.Republic’s chief innovation officer and are part of a new study conducted by e.Republic’s Center for Digital Government,… Continue reading

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SaaS: The Emerging Standard for Government Agencies

Adam Stone

Microsoft and Accela Spotlight Benefits Found in the Next Generation of Software-as-a-Service

By Adam Stone / Accela As government technology leaders aim to modernize their operations, they’re looking for tools that will pare down capital refresh cycles and sunset old legacy systems. Additionally, they often seek to better respond with agility to evolving citizen expectations, protect privacy, and even help attract new talent. While there’s no silver bullet, many government entities are moving toward Software as a Service (SaaS) to deliver the solutions to these challenges.Over 41 percent of government IT leaders say they are making headway in migrating to the cloud, Deloitte reports,… Continue reading

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