Gary Kovacs, Chief Executive Officer

Posts by Gary Kovacs

We Exist to Serve Governments, in Good Times and Crisis

Gary Kovacs
covid
Responding with COVID-19 SolutionsOver the last month, we heard from customers about some of the most critical challenges they need to solve –and solve fast– to keep operations running and citizens safe and healthy during the aggressively growing crisis. In response, Accela’s product experts developed a suite of Accela COVID-19 Response Solutions. The cloud-based solutions are designed to help all governments (not just our customers) navigate new modes of business operation during “shelter-in-place” and “social distancing” mandates, enable newly remote staff members to work effectively from home, and ensure that critical government services continue to run digitally.Covering the Virtual Basics FirstThrough our discussions with customers, we identified the two biggest ways Accela can help agencies right now: help enable a remote workforce to continue providing citizen services digitally,… Continue reading
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A Message to Our Customers: Standing Together Amid Challenging Circumstances

Gary Kovacs
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is impacting governments in many ways around the world, and our customers and partners are being forced to implement unprecedented measures to keep their residents safe and calm. As your technology partner, we know the work you and your agency do to execute service delivery and maintain community wellbeing is more critical than ever, and I want to assure you that Accela’s teams stand ready to help. Our Customer Success, Support, Professional Services, Product, Engineering and Cloud teams are open for business and ready to help you leverage the digital tools you need to keep government services running and your communities safe. Accela is pulling our teams and staff together to rally around a new reality of how we conduct business and serve our customers…. Continue reading
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Tackling our Housing Crisis with Technology

Gary Kovacs
America is facing a serious housing crisis. Cities from coast to coast are affected. In fact, no city or state in the country has an adequate supply of housing for the lowest income renters. Complicating matters further, often affordable housing construction is stifled by an arduous and outdated permitting process that can delay or halt progress altogether. We have yet to fully acknowledge and embrace one of the simple truths about this glaring problem: the important role technology can play in resolving it. May is Building Safety Month and this is an opportune time to discuss the proverbial “elephant in the room.” If we are serious about tackling this issue,… Continue reading

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Leadership in 2019: Why Cities Need to Rethink Digital Services

Gary Kovacs
Leadership in 2019: Why Cities Need to Rethink Digital Services

An Open Letter to Mayors and Local Leaders: Leading the Decisive Shift in Government Innovation

Editor’s note: The National League of Cities published this article originally on its CitiesSpeak blog in advance of its 2019 Congressional City Conference in Washington, D.C., from March 10-13. The original post can be found here. With changing technologies and higher constituent demands, cities and state leaders are trying to move faster to build more intimate and meaningful relationships with their constituents. There is pressure to deliver digital services more effectively as a result of online consumerism. Technological change is accelerating at an exponential rate due to industries built around innovation…. Continue reading

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