Jason Shueh, Author at Accela

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The ‘Love My City’ Campaign Offers New Tools to Elevate City Services and Improve Policy Making

Jason Shueh
Love My City

The National League of Cities and Accela’s #LoveMyCity campaign offers local leaders, citizens and changemakers best practices, policy resources and a digital toolkit to drive modern, citizen-centric services

In a world rife with conflict, filled with political discord and debate, our neighborhoods and communities have always stood as a unifying force, acting as bridges to join people together in common goals, ideals and challenges. That constant — yet often unspoken — power is what Gary, Indiana Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson calls love.“In this day and age, we spend a lot of time talking about our differences, our divisions and our struggles. But the reality is,… Continue reading

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Federal Hemp Legislation Sets Stage for Local Regulation

Jason Shueh

The legalization of hemp at the federal level will provide new opportunities for food products and medications but also brings new regulatory challenges

Just before the close of 2018 the cannabis industry locked in another major victory with the passage of the Farm Bill that will, among other policy measures, legalize hemp cultivation and compel state and local governments to regulate a market estimated to hit $20 billion by 2022. The implications of the bill for local governments are significant, as it brings opportunities for additional revenues via business licensing and sales tax revenues, but also the inherent technical and political challenges found in regulating a new market…. Continue reading

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Accela CEO Gary Kovacs to Drive the Next Shift in Government Innovation

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The former CEO of AVG and Mozilla takes the helm as Accela’s new CEO to pioneer innovative technologies and open the next stage of government innovation

Accela CEO Gary Kovacs (Flickr) Gary Kovacs is well versed in the dogmas of digital innovation. As the founder of the Zi Corporation, he led the company to develop some of the first patents for modern text messaging. As CEO at Mozilla, Kovacs launched FireFox OS, the free, open-source operating system for smartphones. And as CEO at AVG Technologies, Kovacs transformed the security company’s single consumer product into a diverse portfolio of enterprise cybersecurity services.Now Gary Kovacs has his sights set on government transformation as Accela’s new CEO. … Continue reading

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Accela Offers California Cities Aid with New Building Permit Extension

Jason Shueh
planning, building, construction
Starting Jan. 1 cities and counties will be extending the time developers have to comply with building permit regulations and Accela is ready to assist governments that may need help adjusting services. California Gov. Jerry Brown signed California Assembly Bill 2913 (AB 2913) on Sept. 21, easing some of the tight building permit compliance deadlines placed on developers. Prior to the law, developers who received a building permit for construction were expected to comply with all building codes currently in force, no matter when those codes were added. This meant builders that received a permit were still required to comply with a code even if it had been added or updated after construction plans were approved or construction was underway. Continue reading

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Accela Customers Shine in the 2018 Digital Cities Survey Awards

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(Shutterstock / hin255) The Center for Digital Government (CDG) has announced the winners of its 2018 Digital Cities Survey awards this month, and with that announcement, Accela would like to honor our many customers that were acknowledged in this prestigious innovation award. The annual survey recognizes the top cities that employ technology to solve pressing challenges in their communities and improve services for citizens.In a post by the CDG, the Center’s Executive director Teri Takai praised the winners and recognized cities for their innovative thinking and determination. “This year’s Digital Cities Survey winners are leading the nation when it comes to leveraging data to improve a wide range of city services and initiatives,” Takai said…. Continue reading

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Research Shows Governments Could be Missing Out on Millions in Short-term Rental Fees

Jason Shueh
Airbnb Headquarters, third floor (Airbnb) With the rise of companies like Airbnb, VRBO, HomeAway and others short-term rentals now have a pervasive influence in cities; yet while this emerging market continues to grow, data shows local governments could be missing out on millions in uncollected revenue if they are unprepared to regulate the industry.Since Airbnb was founded in 2008, the short-term rental company has given birth to a market that has grown at a near exponential rate. In the space of just 10 years Airbnb alone has increased its annual revenues to more than $2.6 billion with more than five million listings in 81,000-plus cities worldwide…. Continue reading

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National League of Cities Summit Prepares Agencies for Cannabis

Jason Shueh

As Midterm election results reveal a greater appetite for cannabis, Accela’s Vice President of Strategic Solutions Greg Felix explains best tools and strategies to manage regulations

Accela’s Vice President of Strategic Solutions Greg Felix speaks to city officals about effective cannabis regulation at the National League of Cities City Summit. (Accela) Voters gave legalized marijuana another commanding victory in this month’s midterm elections prompting cities to take note at the 2018 National League of Cities (NLC) City Summit.The event, that ran from Nov. 7-10, offered its 3,800-plus city leaders opportunities to discuss key topic affecting their communities. The impacts of the cannabis industry and its regulatory issues held a key place in these discussions,… Continue reading

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Cannabis Legalization in Canada Increases Demand for Regulatory Tools, Oversight

Jason Shueh

The News Signals Significant Industry Growth and Provides U.S. Cities and States Another Reference Point for Regulation

(Vaska037 / Flickr) Policymakers and industry analysts are already speculating about demands for new licensing and enforcement measures this month after Canada legalized recreational marijuana.Canada’s Cannabis Act, that took effect on Oct. 17, set Canada apart as the second country to legalize the drug nationally since Uruguay approved recreational marijuana  sales in 2017. The decision to legalize cannabis has prompted a rush for the drug in Canada with consumers standing in long lines and flooding retail websites. The Quebec Cannabis Society (Société Québécoise Du Cannabis, SQDC), an organization tasked by the Canadian government to manage cannabis sales,… Continue reading

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Accelarate Day 2: Government Innovator Aneesh Chopra Calls for ‘Open Innovation’

Jason Shueh

The Former U.S. Chief Technology Officer Urges Governments to Innovate with Each Other and the Private Sector

The former U.S. Chief Technology Officer and President of CareJourney Aneesh Chopra speaks at Accelarate’s morning keynote on Oct. 11 at the CNN Convention Center. (Jason Shueh) Open innovation will become the next major catalyst to modernize government. That was the message of Aneesh Chopra Thursday as he spoke at day two of Accelarate 2018, an industry conference for Accela customers and partners. The former U.S. chief technology officer, and current president of the open data medical care company CareJourney, said for governments to be effective in the future,… Continue reading

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Spotlighting Smart City Advances, Atlanta’s Chief Resilience Officer Opens Accelarate 2018

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The City’s Chief Resilience Officer Amol Naik Highlights New Efforts to Improve Equity Through Digital Innovation

Atlanta’s Chief Resilience Officer Amol Naik opens Accelarate 2018 at the CNN Center. (Jason Shueh) Opening Accelarate 2018, Accela’s customer conference, Atlanta’s Chief Resilience Officer Amol Naik met with government attendees Wednesday to underscore the city’s growing commitment to smart city innovation as it plans its future services.Through Smart Atlanta (Smart ATL), the city’s pilot program for smart city investments, and technologies like Accela’s Civic Solution for Building Naik said the city has already set a foundation for smart city growth, however more is expected. This movement he said will come through new and ongoing projects and IT leadership from the city’s new chief information officer Gary Brantley.“We really do want to continue this momentum that Atlanta has for smart cities,… Continue reading
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