Kelly Delaney, Author at Accela

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Building Safety Month: A Cause for Celebrating Community Development

Kelly Delaney
This month, we celebrate Community Development agencies, who oversee the building and permitting codes that save lives and businesses. Accela software helps them do it. May is Building Safety Month, a public awareness campaign driven by the International Code Council (ICC) to highlight the different elements needed to build safe and sustainable structures.  As the ICC says, building codes save lives. We spend a significant amount of our lives inside structures, so having a safe place to live, work and play is crucial. Building codes, and the local Community Development municipal agencies that oversee and implement them, protect citizens and businesses from many dangerous events… Continue reading

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Conference Roundup: Accela at the NEHA 2017 AEC

Kelly Delaney
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Another fantastic NEHA 2017 AEC is in the bag! The Accela Environmental Health team recently returned from the National Environmental Health Association’s Annual Education Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan. As in years past, it was again a pleasure to greet familiar faces and see where the environmental health sector is going (and meet the new, bright minds leading the way!). The NEHA AEC is always a busy place – we typically divide our time at the event talking about Accela Environmental Health in the booth, serving as panel moderators, and presenting classes. This year, myself and my colleague Darryl Booth both led sessions, and Darryl… Continue reading

Accela Engage Series: Q&A with Jana Sanders, Informatics Director for Fort Wayne-Allen County, Indiana

Kelly Delaney
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With nearly 20 years of public service experience, Jana Sanders guides the technological needs of the Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health, where she serves as the Informatics Director. This is her first time presenting at Engage. What are you most looking forward to at Engage 2016?Learning new and innovative ways to leverage technology to promote community engagement utilizing Accela. What do you hope to learn at Engage 2016?More in-depth features of the Accela Civic Platform and Accela Citizen Access that will aid in process improvement and strengthen communication both internally and externally. We are always looking for ways to better utilize Accela and technology… Continue reading

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Accela Engage Series: Q&A with Judy Steele, Deputy Director of Excise and License for the City and County of Denver

Kelly Delaney
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Judy Steele is Deputy Director of Excise and License at the City and County of Denver, Colorado. She has been joining us at Engage for the last several years, and most recently introduced Denver’s Marijuana Licensing program at Engage 2015. What are you most looking forward to at Engage 2016?I enjoy the networking opportunity and I look forward to learning what has changed for jurisdictions and the new things they are doing. I always take away great ideas and strategies that others have implemented, and network for additional support throughout the next year. What do you hope to learn at Engage 2016?I am particularly looking… Continue reading

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Accela Engage Series: Q&A with Darryl Booth, SVP and GM of Accela Environmental Health

Kelly Delaney
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I had the opportunity recently to sit down with Darryl Booth, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Accela Environmental Health, and ask him a few questions about Accela’s upcoming annual civic tech conference. Darryl joined Accela last year from Decade Software, where he served as President and worked with sales, marketing and product development to deliver high-quality environmental health software, and he continues his mission here at Accela. Have you attended Engage in the past?I was fortunate enough to attend Engage 2015 not long after joining Accela last July. What do you enjoy most about Engage?So many bright minds in local and regional governments… Continue reading

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Highlights from the National Environmental Health Association’s Annual Conference: Data & Informatics, Recent Headlines and This Year’s Award Winners

Kelly Delaney
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The Accela Environmental Health team recently wrapped up the National Environmental Health Association’s Annual Education Conference (NEHA AEC) in San Antonio, Texas, home of the Alamo, the beautiful Riverwalk and Texas barbeque! We’re a longtime partner to NEHA and a regular at this event. It’s so great to see familiar faces and meet new leaders in environmental health. We talked with many visitors to our booth about how the right environmental health technology benefits business processes from the back office all the way out to the field. One concept I heard over and over again at this event by multiple NEHA leaders was an increased… Continue reading

Seattle & King County Partners with Stanford to Standardize Inspection and Scoring Methods with Peer-Reviewed Inspections

Kelly Delaney
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I’m pleased to announce that our latest Building Capacity column can be found in the current issue of the Journal of Environmental Health. Written by our own Darryl Booth (SVP/GM of Accela Environmental Health), this column covers a project we’re exceptionally proud of as it comes from one of our own clients, Seattle & King County Environmental Health in Seattle, Washington. The Department knew that there was growing interest in publishing health scores from local restaurants. But when leadership began to investigate placarding methods, they identified variations in the data underlying existing scoring systems that they didn’t feel they could ignore. Luckily, Seattle & King… Continue reading

Infrastructure Matters: Four Ways to Extend the Life of Your Assets While Reducing Costs

Kelly Delaney
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People often take for granted the key public infrastructure and assets that keep our communities functioning. From traffic lights responsible for keeping rush hour traffic moving, to storm drains that capture rainwater that might otherwise flood our neighborhoods, infrastructure matters to our country, our economy, our quality of life and our communities. Hundreds of organizations are raising awareness about the need to invest in infrastructure locally and nationally in celebration of Infrastructure Week and National Public Works Week. I think many public works departments would agree that using the right technology and tools is the first step for effectively managing public infrastructure as cost-efficiently as… Continue reading

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