Jason Christensen, Author at Accela

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How to Untap Economic Growth Through Digital Licensing

Jason Christensen
business licensing
Editor’s note: This blog comes from the report, “Stimulating Economic Growth Through Modern Business Licensing,” the full report can be found here. Business incentives can be explicit – such as favorable zoning, taxation, and regulation – or implicit – such as the local real estate market, nearby natural resources, or an available skilled local workforce. Disincentives can also be similarly defined or implied, such as unfavorable zoning, high taxation, complex business regulation, a high crime rate, or poor available infrastructure.This unique combination of favorable and unfavorable conditions determines, to a large extent, the economic growth of a community. A favorable business ecosystem attracts new business and encourages expansion;… Continue reading

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Customer Spotlight: Pinellas County, Florida

Jason Christensen
Pinellas County, Florida Courthouse
Like many jurisdictions, Pinellas County, Fla. struggles under a land use regimen that can sometimes seem painfully slow. It’s a source of frustration to builders, and can be an impediment to economic development. “Plan review is probably the longest portion of the approval process,” said David Howdeshell, a project sponsor in Pinellas County’s Building and Development Review Services. He’s heading up a reinvention of the process, implementing Accela land use products to make the wheels turn more smoothly. Plan review can encompass a staggering range of participants, with as many as 18 separate agencies weighing in on the process, and no automated means to streamline the system…. Continue reading

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Event Roundup: 4 Things I Learned at the 2019 National Planning Conference

Jason Christensen
high risers
Last week, city planners from across the country descended on San Francisco, CA for one of the largest planning conferences of the year – the 2019 National Planning Conference – hosted by the American Planning Association. As an attendee and exhibitor, I wanted to share some of the highlights from the show, along with some of my key learnings. Learning 1: The Downtown Paradigm Shift 15-20 years ago, one major concern for city planners was rescuing downtown areas. Today, however, this is no longer an issue. Yet due to evolving urban demographics and emerging technology, planners are being presented with a new set of unique challenges and opportunities,… Continue reading

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Customer Spotlight: Maricopa County, Arizona

Jason Christensen
  When it comes to land management issues, geography and technology conspire to make life complicated for government officials in Maricopa County, Arizona. In terms of geography, the county’s vast spaces – some 9,200 square miles in all – make it time-consuming and difficult for citizens and developers to do their business at county offices, especially when hundreds of miles separate inspection locations. On the technology front, advances in the commercial sector are ratcheting up citizen expectation around service and convenience. “Everything is moving so much quicker today. Think about your experience with your bank or your financial institution and how you can interact with it at home,… Continue reading

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