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Actionable Insights Feed Civic Transformation

Judy Steele
cannabis grower with computer
This is the third and final issue of a three-part blog series reflecting on the findings from recent regulatory cannabis program audits (respectfully anonymized in our discussion below) to infer their long-term management and scalability needs. Previous posts, on Digitalization and Security and Enabling Civic Partnership are available now. As a new and controversial regulatory program, many Councils, Boards and Legislatures have had one specific mandate for their Cannabis programs: that regulation be responsive and adaptive. As the industry, public consumption, and local, state and national policies evolve, regulatory programs’ purposes and priorities often need to be revisited. This requires information on program performance, industry needs,… Continue reading
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Integrated Civic Partnership Builds Capacity

Judy Steele
woman cannabis grower
This is the second issue of a three-part blog series reflecting on the findings from recent cannabis program audits about the long-term management and scalability challenges of regulatory cannabis programs. All audits are anonymized. You can read the first post, on takeaways regarding digitalization and data security here. Getting a business license from a city, county and/or state to operate a cannabis business does not mean that doors open the next day. Like all companies, a cannabis business must meet various fire, building construction, health and other safety requirements, requiring the intervention of an intricate network of functionalities across state and local jurisdictions. This complete review process helps agencies make informed decisions and assures that only qualified applicants are operating licensed cannabis businesses…. Continue reading
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Looking Beyond the Crisis: Helping Governments Safely Re-Open Businesses

Darryl Booth
Darryl Booth
woman holding Open sign
Note from the Author: As we together turn attention to safely re-opening our businesses, we are mindful of the personal suffering experienced by so many over the last several months. We laud the dedication to service demonstrated by so many leaders and workers. Thank you. As leaders and citizens call for restarting the economy, municipalities are evaluating their communities’ readiness to re-open COVID-19-impacted businesses based on two primary measures: 1) can their healthcare system manage a potential uptick in cases; and 2) can they ensure businesses re-open in a manner that will protect the safety of its workers and customers? In all considerations one thing is certain,… Continue reading

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Modernizing Business Licensing for Today’s Dynamic Economy

David Maxwell
business-licensing
One of the primary pillars of building a strong community is nurturing and growing the local economy. Streamlined businesses licensing – often an afterthought in economic development – serves a vital role in developing and sustaining the overall business environment. A city’s licensing system can also set the tone for future interactions between business owners and City Hall. An outdated, confusing system makes obtaining and issuing business licenses a frustrating experience for both citizens and agency staff. What does your licensing system say about you? Fortunately, with the right tools, governments can make these licensing processes efficient and less resource-intensive. With this week’s launch of the Accela Civic Application for Business Licensing,… Continue reading
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